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Former Robb Elementary students welcomed at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde, principal talks security upgrades

The majority of recent enrollees at Sacred Heart beforehand attended Robb Elementary School, in accordance with Principal Joseph Olan.

UVALDE, Texas — Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde opened its doorways on Monday morning to greater than 100 students, together with kids who as soon as attended Robb Elementary.

“Schools need to be beacons of hope,” mentioned Joseph Olan, principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde.

At least a dozen students from Robb Elementary have enrolled at Sacred Heart following the May 24 mass capturing that left 19 students and two lecturers lifeless.

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“At this time, I couldn’t tell you exactly the number from Robb. I just know it’s significant and is probably the majority of our new students,” Olan mentioned.  

The first day of faculty for students, households and employees started with Mass with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller adopted by the celebration of a newly renovated cafeteria and exercise heart.

More than $1.5 million in contributions from a number of donors has gone towards serving to households fund tuition for his or her kids, and enhancing college security.

Sacred Heart put in 8-foot metal fencing across the campus and applied a fundamental entrance security verification system. Windows are additionally on monitor to obtain main upgrades.

“In September, we will be getting ballistic-grade windows and steel-frames reinforced doors and windows across the proximity so these coverings will protect our school. We are very secure,” Olan mentioned. “We do know that the Uvalde police — they will be stepping up patrols during the school day around the school — so that will also help.”

Olan hopes the security enhancements scale back anxiousness and worry amongst Sacred Heart households, all whereas preserving “Uvalde Strong.”

“We’re doing loads of outreach for households in the neighborhood, so shifting ahead in this year, I simply actually really feel folks have to witness the distinction, and witnessing the distinction right here at Sacred Heart, you’ll actually come away understanding that these students are usually not simply secure, however they’ve God at the middle of their lives, and we build a powerful tutorial basis off of that,” Olan mentioned.

Sacred Heart Catholic School in Uvalde remains to be accepting new students.

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