ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Students in Albany public schools will no longer be greeted by police officers on the first day of school after some students and their families expressed fear and anxiety because of the officers’ presence last week.

Rumors circulating on social media prompted superintendent Melissa Goff to release a statement Wednesday addressing the district’s decision to at least temporarily discontinue the tradition, The Albany Democrat-Herald reported.

Goff said the lack of officers assigned to campuses, often called school resource officers, is unrelated to the decision and was a result of shortfalls in Albany’s city budget and staffing challenges in the Albany Police Department.

Goff described the decision as a “pause” in the district’s tradition and did not indicate whether the change would be permanent. Goff said the decision was made with the intent of ensuring all students feel safe on campus, not only the students who feel comfortable around law enforcement.

“We are now actively listening to all those experiences and perspectives and considering them in decision-making for this future event,” Goff said.

She added that the school district appreciates the positive work the Albany Police Department does for the community and the district believes the district and police department can model how to repair relationships and build trust.