January 7, 2013 (CAPRON) -- From afar you can see Capron Elementary School students playing in the snow during recess as more than 200 students returned from winter break.
For parents like Kayla Kimmey, the return means having to follow stricter security measures for the new year.
"I think it was a very good thing that they implemented the new changes for the safety of our children," said Kayla Kimmey.
School safety has always been a number one concern for parents here and across the country, but with the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Capron is finding themselves changing their own safeguards.
School officals say that starting Monday, all outside doors will be locked at all times.
Parents will now have to wait outside to pick up their child, and visitors must check in to the main office, and carry a visitors badge while on school grounds.
These are stricter security measures parents must now adjust to.
"We were able to walk in and drop our children off. I don't know if that goes for like first and second graders," said Kimmey. "But it goes for the pre-k students. We were able to walk to their classrooms and drop them off."
Kimmey argued, you can't take anymore chances when it comes to your child's safety at school.
She said, the North Boone School District made the right decision.
"I know some parents are upset about having to wait outside until the teachers arrive in the lobby," said Kimmey. "But I think it's a good thing regardless if we have to wait or not. It's for their protection."
In response to last month's tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, Capron Elementary School Principal, Matthew Klett, put in place heightened security measures as students return from their winter break.
Starting today, doors will now be locked prior to the start of the school day, parents will not be allowed to walk students to class or stay inside the school when waiting to pick up their child at the end of the day. Visitors that are allowed inside the school will be given a new identification badge.
Klett says the changes were made to keep the students' school environment as safe as possible.