SPOKANE, Wash. -

The shootings in Newtown, Conn. Friday were a stark reminder for schools across the Spokane area to remain ever vigilant.

Spokane Public Schools sent a reminder to principals Friday about safety drills and other procedures. This tragedy really brings to light that this can happen anywhere and the best thing to do is be prepared.

Homework is her only worry now, but this morning, Stevens Elementary fourth grader Katelynn Vernon had other things on her mind..

"I was scared to go to school," she said.

On the other side of the country students her own age were in the line of fire.

"It was scary. The first thing I did was think of my daughter," Katelynn's mom Kristin Vernon said, adding she almost drove to school when she heard the news.

Spokane Public Schools also heard and informed staff and administrators, a somber reminder to review safety procedures and stay updated.

The district employs 12 commissioned officers, and "six of them are assigned to high schools and six of them are assigned to different regions or sectors of our school district," according to security supervisor Mark Howard.

Spokane Public Schools has over 1,000 cameras and at any given time someone can pull up a camera in any school just to see what's going on.

While safety drills may help staff and students feel safe the school has counselors ready to talk.

"Certainly next Monday and Tuesday our counselors will be available for students that have concerns, as they always are," Spokane Public Schools spokesperson Terren Roloff said.