Kanawha County's schoolchildren will see more law enforcement officers in their classrooms and hallways this year.
The idea, though, is more to show students friendly faces than to intimidate them with a beefed-up police presence.
That's just one part of the county's school safety program, a multi-faceted approach to school safety across the school system. But its most notable feature may also be the newest.
Beginning last year, in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Conn., and with a $30,000 gift from the Kanawha County Commission, the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office began sending officers to the county's schools for regular visits.
The officers spend about three hours in the school, getting to know the building and letting the students get to know them - the goal is to be reassuring, not threatening, while quietly preparing for a worst-case scenario.
"If there's an incident in that school, I don't want that call to be the first time I'm in that school," said Cpl. Brian Humphreys, with the sheriff's department.
Last year, the sheriff's department did about 300 school visits. This year, they hope to have officers doing school visits every day of the year. They'll continue to be funded in this work by the county commission.
In essence, this approach is still a compromise: ideally, officials would place an officer in every school full-time - but that's a cost prohibitive option. Still, Humphreys says just having a rotating cast of law enforcement officials in a school can change the tone in the building.