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Twelve safety strategies in place now at Douglas County schools

CASTLE ROCK – The tragic events that took place at Arapahoe High School on Friday, December 13 have again shaken school communities throughout the country. Here in Douglas County, the school district works closely with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Castle Rock Police Department, City of Lone Tree Police Department, and Parker Police Department to be diligent in our efforts to keep students and staff safe.

  1. All DCSD school doors are locked and/or have safety personnel at the door to greet each visitor. 
  2. All middle and high schools have school security at their entrances.
  3. All DCSD high schools have uniformed School Resource Officers and marked cars in addition to safety personnel at the open door.
  4. Regular drills are performed, including Lock Out and Lock Down drills.
  5. Annual “tabletop exercises” with emergency scenarios are conducted in collaboration with law enforcement.
  6. DCSD provides, high-speed Internet access to our law enforcement partners in our schools and school parking lots, increasing police presence and providing officers with Internet access that is much faster than the cellular alternative. 
  7. DCSD partners with law enforcement to offer Y.E.S.S. and many other proactive safety programs, including Text-a-Tip.
  8. A standard response protocol (SRP) has been established at all district buildings.
  9. Active shooter trainings for DCSD staff and law enforcement personnel are held in DCSD schools during the summer.
  10. Free school lunches are available for all police officers during the lunch period.
  11. The School Marshal Program is underway in all elementary and middle schools. Police officers make unscheduled, unannounced visits to schools throughout each day.
  12. The DCSD Safety Committee, composed of district leaders, law enforcement, and emergency responders, continuously reviews safety procedures.

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