Partnership for Safety

Safety Committee

Keeping Douglas County schools safe is a community effort

The Safety Committee was formed at the beginning of 2013, following the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Shortly after the tragedy, the school district convened local law enforcement to discuss ways to improve safety, as explained in this Parent Safety Letter, December 2012.

The committee includes representatives from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Castle Rock Police Department, Castle Rock Fire Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Parker Police Department, Douglas County School District leaders who represent each school level, and a community member.

The group reviews changes or improvements to the following:
Protocol – Reviewing the effectiveness of current security procedures and whether new practices are needed.
Deterrence – Determining whether facilities should be hardened using additional technology, personnel or other means.
Isolation – Additional measures available to help to isolate a threat inside a facility.
Screening – Assessing potential threats or improvements needed at school entry points.
Training – Ensuring that students and staff are prepared and practiced for any situation that they might encounter.

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, complianceofficer@dcsdk12.org, 303-387-0067. Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.