As details continue to unfold about the deadly shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Alton's mayor wants parents to know that local school children are as safe as can be.  Tom Hoechst (pictured) says he reached out to Alton School District Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Spells Monday morning shortly after getting to his office.

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Hoechst says the city's policies were examined at the Monday morning staff meeting, and believes everything is up to par.  The fire department has a plan in place in case of emergency, and Hoechst says they inspect every classroom in the city on an annual basis.

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