Safety and Security
The District adopted a Violence Free Environment Policy in the fall of 1999 to systematically review and maintain conditions and procedures in schools. The policy was adopted to increase safety and security and to foster a sense of well-being for students and staff. The policy helps the District gauge efforts in sustaining safe learning environments. Under the policy, every school completes a form to provide an end-of-year report of their progress in various school safety areas.
The District believes that staff, parents, students, and community members play a part in keeping learning environments safe. Each group has a specific responsibility:
- Staff members should model safe behavior, monitor student and visitor behavior, and reinforce the expectations set forth in a variety of behavior programs. Staff should also regularly review facility needs, plan and conduct safety drills, organize and participate in safety committees, and work collaboratively to fine tune or improve prevention or preparedness plans for safe schools.
- Parents or family members should be knowledgeable about safety and security procedures at their student’s school, reinforce the behavioral expectations as set forth by the school district, participate in school safety discussions at meetings, and alert school authorities when they come across dependable information to share.
- Students play a paramount role in sustaining a violence-free school environment. Threads of valuable information are tightly woven from student to student. When troublesome information enters that pattern, students should know how to identify a potential threat or danger, have a safe place to report it, and believe that trustworthy adults will follow-up on this tip. Students should also help sustain a safe learning environment by practicing positive interpersonal relationship skills on a daily basis.
- Community members can best support safe school efforts by modeling safe behaviors every day. Demonstrating civility, empathy, respect, non-discrimination, and positive interpersonal relationships as a community sets a social standard that fosters non-violent lifestyles community-wide.
- Community groups, organizations, and businesses can participate in school crisis preparedness by way of offering their time, expertise, or facilities to schools for their use. In a commendable endeavor, school staff can work collaboratively with law enforcement, fire safety agencies, churches, city departments, private clubs, and businesses to successfully coordinate use of alternate facilities in a crisis.
From a state-wide perspective, the St. Vrain Valley School District is a leader in developing and implementing a violence-free environment policy with measurable performance components. The District's policy requires that each school:
- have a Safety Committee
- promote positive school climate/culture
- promote violence reduction, empathy, respect, non-discrimination, and positive interpersonal relationships
- discuss safety and security issues regularly at staff meetings
- discuss safety and security issues at parent meetings
- have a mechanism in place to access information that averts violent or destructive behavior
- insures that each staff member has participated in crisis preparedness training
- includes lockdown, evacuation, fire, and tornado drills in their safety drill procedures
Resources For Parents
Standard Response Protocol (SRP)
NOTE: Parents are encouraged to contact their child's school if they have additional questions about school safety.