Ask around Fairfax County and you'll find plenty of parents who feel confident when their kids go off to school in the morning.
However, there are many like Amy Smith - a parent at Mantua Elementary School - who believe the push to make schools safer should never stop.
"I think we can't ever be too safe, so the more focus the better. It's so important," she says.
On Wednesday near Richmond, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell joined other state leaders to ceremonially sign new school safety legislation. Following the shootings at Sandy Hook, the governor formed a task force to improve school safety.
Some of the results now going into effect include funding to hire more school resource officers, requiring schools to hold regular lockdown drills, and grants for new security equipment.