WOBURN - Woburn Police will be conducting emergency response training exercises on Thursday at several schools throughout the city, according to Chief Robert Ferullo.
Training is expected to begin around 7:30 a.m. at the Goodyear Elementary School in East Woburn, and will then move to the Kennedy Middle School, the Wyman Elementary School and perhaps other locations, with activity ending about 4 p.m.
Residents who live near those schools are advised the exercises are only a drill, and should not be alarmed. School is not in session this week due to February vacation, so no students will be on the premises.
“The exercises may be dynamic in nature, and there may be some police activity beyond the school grounds into the neighborhoods,” said Ferullo.
Training will be conducted in conjunction with the multi-community School Threat Assessment and Response Systems (Stars) program, involving law enforcement personnel from Stoneham, Waltham, Bedford and Burlington, as well as Woburn.
The training comes two months after the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Conn., but is not a direct result of that incident.
Local police have been training to respond to emergencies at local schools for a number of years.
“This is something we do annually, and we usually wait until summer, but I wanted to get ahead of it this year and be a little bit more pro-active, instead of reactive,” said Ferullo.