12/16/2013 06:28 pm ET

Arapahoe High School Will Remain Closed Until 2014


Three days after the shooting at Arapahoe High School, law enforcement released the building back to school officials but classes will not resume until 2014.

In a letter addressed to the "Arapahoe Community," principal Natalie Pramenko announced that students will be able to return for the first time since the shooting to collect their belongings on Thursday, Dec. 19 and Friday Dec. 20. But reached by The Huffington Post on Monday, district officials say that a set back-to-school date has not yet been determined.

In the letter, Pramenko also detailed some of the security protocols that have been added and some that are already in place for schools in the district:

  • We are fortunate that we were able to install buzz-in systems in all district elementary and middle schools a year ago;
  • It's important to remember that all of our high schools and middle schools also have uniformed police officers serving as School Resource Officers;
  • Police and district security will patrol the areas around all of our schools more frequently;
  • Mental health teams will continue to be available to students, staff, and families;
  • All adults in our schools are asked to continue to be extra vigilant;
  • All visitors must sign in at the main office and receive a visitor's badge;
  • All facilities will continue to be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The shooting occurred on the eve of the anniversary of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 and the day after Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson announced his retirement.

At the time of the shooting last Friday, all public schools in the Littleton area and in the city of Aurora were placed on lockdown .

Arapahoe High School was located just 8 miles from Columbine High School where 13 were killed, not including the two shooters. It took Columbine four months to reopen, and the library where 12 died was torn down to make a memorial. In Newtown, Conn., a panel voted unanimously to tear down Sandy Hook Elementary School and build a new school.

During the shooting rampage at Arapahoe High School, 17-year-old Claire Davis was shot at point-blank range by fellow student Karl Pierson, 18, and remains in critical condition.



Arapahoe High School Shooting