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First day of school at DCSD kicks off innovative safety plan

CASTLE ROCK, CO – Monday marked the first day of school for three Douglas County School District (DCSD) elementary schools – Clear Sky, Meadow View and Soaring Hawk. It also marked the first day that DCSD’s new school marshal plan was put into action. The plan adds another layer to the district’s already strong safety plan.
“Keeping our students safe in the classroom is our number one priority,” said DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen.  
“The last thing we want our kids to worry about or to think about is the security. We take care of that and for them,” Chief Jack Cauley, Castle Rock Police Department added.
After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, DCSD officials met with members of the law enforcement community to review current safety plans and make recommendations to improve an already strong program. 
“We appreciate our partnership with the law enforcement community and look forward to ensuring the safety of our students.  This partnership goes to show how incredible our community partners are and what can be done when we all come together and put our children first,” Fagen said.
Specific measures include building enhancements and the new, innovative School Marshal Program that is modeled after the federal air marshal program.
The updated safety plan is a partnership between Douglas County School District and the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Castle Rock, Parker, and Lone Tree Police Departments.  New school safety measures focus on protocol, deterrence, isolation, screening, and training.  All measures are part of a “layered approach” to ensuring safe schools.
The updated safety plans will be implemented as schools continue to open.
To read more about DCSD’s safety plan, go to:
October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Safety and Security

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