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Safety & Security: What you need to know in the first week

With school starting, we want to provide our students, staff and parents about some important reminders about safety and security.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility
All of us play a role in the security of our schools and buildings. Everyone needs to actively participate in safety efforts, including learning procedures and taking part in drills, to keep our students, staff and community safe.
 
Know the SRP
The Standard Response Protocol provides us with the common language used during emergencies at all of our schools and facilities. If you don’t know the difference between Lock Out and Lock Down, watch our video.
 
Wear your ID or visitor badge
That wonderful Douglas County School District ID badge or visitor badge should not be stuck at the bottom of your purse or wallet. When everyone has their identification displayed, it is easier to determine if a stranger is an intruder.

See something, say something
If someone is acting strangely or something seems out of place, talk to your principal, security or law enforcement. 

Be vigilant
The best defense is a good offense. Keeping your eyes open can prevent tragedy.

August 15, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Safety and Security

District News

Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.

When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.

The Apple Awards honors and celebrates excellence in education. This year, more than 5,000 nominations were submitted. 188 Apple Representatives from schools and departments were then selected by the Foundation in January. Of this outstanding group of education leaders, five individuals were awarded with an Apple Award.