It is an issue that concerns every parent with a child in school, just how safe is your child in class?
Since the Newtown, Connecticut Elementary School Shootings, school security has again come to the forefront.
Is the answer cops in classrooms, or better buildings?
"We have invested a lot of resources throughout the years in both personnel and capitol expenses to specifically make our buildings more secure," said Andy True, Administrative Coordinator for Kingsport City Schools.
True told News 5, safety is always top of mind.
And he says they have even remodeled entrances to the buildings to add more security.
"So when people come in, they would go into a secured lobby where they would physically talk with someone before they would be allowed to come past secured locked doors," said True.
Bristol Virginia Mayor, Jim Steele is a former police officer.
He told us he does not think locked doors are enough to keep kids and teachers safe.
"There's no doubt in my mind, I don't think security is there because there are so many ways a person could enter," said Steele.
And tells News 5 the police department is doing what they can to keep the kids safe.
"We are having officers going back and forth, all different hours of the day, making sure our schools are safe," said Steele.
Instead, Mayor Steele has an idea that might be easier.
He says retired, part-time officers could serve in the Elementary Schools, what he calls a win-win situation for schools and retirees.
"A lot of these officers are dedicated to doing a good job," said Steele.
He told us he was on the force for many years and thinks many retired officers in our area would jump at the idea.
"If I wasn't the mayor and if I was certified and in good physical condition, I’d be out there helping in any way I can," said Steele.
And while many schools are re-thinking their security in light of the Newtown shootings, Administrator True says Kingsport Schools will consider Mayor Steele’s suggestion.
"As ideas happen as thoughts come up, those will be things we will always consider and always be thinking about," said True.
The Bristol Virginia Police Department says if something like this were to happen, they would make sure it was a trained and competent individual.
As of now, the big question is who would pay for it?