School Safety Updates

School Safety Updates
School Safety Update

Dear Powderhorn School Community,
We wanted to reach out to you about school safety early in the school year to both keep you informed of our procedures, and ask for your support in this area. Schools are one of the safest places kids can be, but when tragedy strikes, it’s difficult not to worry.
Our school and all Jeffco Public Schools are deeply committed to keeping students and staff as safe as possible:
·         We take proactive measures to build community and create a safe environment, setting expectations of respect and inclusion, providing mental health supports, reaching out to families when students display a need for intervention, clearly defining how we expect students to behave while in school, and promptly addressing inappropriate behavior.
·         Preparation for emergencies includes detailed school and district plans for a variety of crisis situations, staff training, and regular emergency drills that include students.
·         Safety measures consist of controlled entrances, visitor check-ins, video cameras, security staff support, School Resource Officers (SROs) assigned by our local law enforcement agencies, and more.
·         The school district has a School Safety Task Force examining aspects of school security and exploring how we might enhance our already robust policies and practices.
Family and community support is critical to student safety. Please keep the following in mind as you assist us with this vital work:
·         Know our school safety protocols, so if your school is dealing with an emergency you understand the typeof emergency.
·         Understand our emergency procedures and communication limitations. We only share facts, student privacy must be respected, and sharing information that is not clear or verified may cause confusion. We value our relationships with families and want to keep you informed, but need to do so responsibly.
·         Be vigilant. If you see/hear something that causes concern or sounds suspicious, report it to the school office, local law enforcement, or Safe2Tell as appropriate.
·         Discuss safety topics with your child in an age-appropriate way. Remind them of school behavior expectations, and let them know how important it is to tell a trusted adult or use Safe2Tell if they have concerns for their safety or the safety of their classmates.
·         Make sure your contact information and emergency contacts are current in our JeffcoConnect system.
Lastly, keep in mind that everyone must be responsible for their words and actions while on school property and must abide by our conduct expectations. Staff and students have rules to follow to keep everyone safe, and we expect the same of our visitors. Individuals must NOT engage in, or encourage others to engage in, the following conduct:
·         Entering a school without stopping at the entry point to sign-in and receive a visitor’s badge
·         Displaying any behavior that would endanger the health, safety, or well-being of any student, staff member, or visitor 
·         Using profanity 
·         Treating any student, staff member, or visitor with disrespect based on ethnicity or race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, age, disability, or ability 
·         Making verbal or physical threats of abuse 
·         Initiating a fight or scuffle
·         Bringing weapons on school property (law enforcement and school security personnel are exempted)
Failure to meet these expectations could result in an individual being asked to leave our property and/or the individual being barred from reentry.
Thank you for your attention to this difficult subject. We all know learning is our focus and student success our goal – but to make sure our students get there we need have a solid foundation, and safety is a significant part of that foundation. I appreciate your support!
Barb Boillot, Principal
C.J. Cain, Assistant Principal

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