Mark Hoy, principal at Abilene Elementary is keeping his students a little closer, after the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut.
"It's just a great loss. You just start playing that out and you start to think, what if that happened here in our school or anything like that?" says Hoy.
The school, like others in the Valley Center school district has a crisis prevention plan. At least once a month, staff and students practice lock down drills, running through things like what to do if a stranger enters the building.
Every door is locked and there are security cameras inside and outside of the building. Classrooms also have special locks where only the teacher can give access in.
"It's sad that we have to have all the doors locked, you have to go to one particular place, it's good but it's bad that we've come to that point that you can't just come to school when you need to," says parent Tracy Griffith.
While many parents here in Valley Center are glad their own children are safe, they say their thoughts and prayers are with the community in Newtown, Connecticut.
"I can't imagine what they parents are going through. The person that perpetrated this has destroyed hundreds, maybe thousands of lives," says grandparent, Larry Rutschmand.