Our Role in Safety
The Estes Park School District believes that staff, parents, students, and community members play an integral part in keeping learning environments safe. Each stakeholder has a specific responsibility:
STAFF is expected to:
- model safe behavior, monitor student and visitor behavior, and reinforce the expectations set forth in safety trainings and policies.
- promote positive school climate and culture.
- also regularly review facility needs, plan and conduct safety drills, organize and participate in building safety committees, and work together to prevent and prepare for a safe school environment.
- 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
- participate in Crisis preparedness training.
PARENTS and FAMILY MEMBERS should be empowered to:
- take steps to educate themselves about safety and security procedures at their student’s school.
- should reinforce the behavioral expectations in place by the school district, and actively engage in school safety discussions.
- participate in meetings such as SAC (Student Accountability Committee, held at each school level) meetings and DAAC (District Advisory Accountability Meetings).
- identify potential threats to the safety and security of their student(s) and report concerns to school administration and/or police without delay.
STUDENTS will be encouraged:
- that healthy peer relationships play an integral role in sustaining a safe school environment that is free of threat and violence.
- to talk with parents, teachers, school counselors, school administrators, and police when they have concerns about their individual safety, or that of another.
- to identify a potential threat or danger, have a safe place to report it, and believe that trustworthy adults will follow-up on the information they have provided.
- to practice positive interpersonal relationship skills to help sustain a safe and secure learning environment and to promote social competence.
- to follow all direction during emergency drills.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS, BUSINESSES and ORGANIZATIONS can:
- promote and support school efforts by modeling safe behaviors every day, and leading by example. Estes Park is a strong and close knit community, that draws strength by engaging in local learning for a global future. Demonstrating civility, empathy, respect, non-discrimination, and positive interpersonal relationships as a community sets a social standard that fosters non-violent lifestyles community-wide.
- 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.