In Poudre School District, we want our students, staff and their families to feel as safe as possible. We care deeply about this. No school district or emergency services agency can guarantee that emergencies woní»t happen, but we can continue to build our capacity to strengthen our shared culture of safety.?
Our districtí»s emergency management approach is rooted in culturally-responsive, age-appropriate and emergency services best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from natural and human-made emergencies. Here's how we approach safety and security in PSD.??
- ║┌┴¤═°has its own Security Department, which prepares for and responds to emergencies in the district. Campus security officers (CSOs) train and prepare for emergencies with school resource officers. Security technicians work on installation/maintenance of security cameras, intrusion alarms and door-access control systems.?
- Every school has a dedicated crisis response team, supported by the districtí»s crisis response team. These teams respond to crisis events at or involving the school
- School teams are made up?of administrators and key staff such as the office manager, custodian, teachers, etc.?
- The districtí»s team has representatives from multiple departments, including but not limited to Security, Mental Health, Employee Assistance Services and Communications.?
- ║┌┴¤═°has?strong relationships with Fort Collins Police Services, Larimer County Sheriffí»s Office and Timnath Police Department, whose school resource officers (SROs) serve all schools. ?
Many outstanding regional emergency services agencies also serve our communities and work closely with our district. ?
- School and district crisis response teams attend the districtí»s Crisis Response Conference to refresh skills, update response plans, learn best practices, and collaborate with regional first responders.?
- School crisis response teams participate in the scenario-based training í░Seconds Count,í▒ to learn critical steps to responding to school violence (person with a weapon, etc.).?These?teams?also do tabletop exercises to help?prepare for a variety of emergencies (medical, natural disasters, wildlife on campus, etc.). ?
- í░Run, Hide, Fightí▒ training for staff so they are as prepared as possible to respond to an active shooter.
- Students and staff are trained in nationally recognized (hold, secure status, lockdown,?evacuation, shelter). ?
- Every summer, all Fort Collins Police Services?officers participate in active shooter response training. In-service trainings are held throughout the year, but this annual exercise, held in different facilities around the city, ensures that every?peace officer is prepared?to take action.?Learn more?about
Additional training and drills
- ║┌┴¤═° participate in fire and lockdown drills with?fire department and law enforcement officials who?help identify areas of improvement.?
- Department- and position-specific training?occurs (i.e. for bus drivers, Early Childhood Education staff, school nurses, etc.).?
- Mental health is a district priority, and ║┌┴¤═°has a dedicated Mental Health Team?including?but not limited to psychologists, behavior support paraprofessionals, social workers, mental health specialists, safety paraprofessionals, student safety coordinators, and counselors. ?
- ║┌┴¤═°has a full-time threat assessment team that works with schools and community partners to develop safety plans for students and families, along with a team of mental health specialists who serve all ║┌┴¤═°schools.?
- Numerous community partners work with ║┌┴¤═°to provide services and after-hours care for students and their families.
Mental health resources
Some resources include but arení»t limited to:
- crisis services: 970-494-4200?
- Colorado Crisis Services (counseling): in case of a mental health crisis, call 1-844-493-8255 or text HOME to 741741
- : call 970-482-2209
- Call or text 9-8-8 or?chat ?to be connected with mental health support through the new 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.
Building Features and Equipment?
- Single point of entry at all schools; people must use video intercom system to enter schools.?
- Interior and exterior surveillance cameras and updated intercom systems at schools??
- A call button is in each classroom for?staff to use to alert the school office in case of emergency.?School teams also have radios to communicate with one another and SROs, as needed.
- All visitors and volunteers must check in at all schools using the Raptor system, which conducts real-time background checks.?
Additional features at schools
- Systems have lights and sounds that go off during an emergency to serve people with differing visual and auditory needs.?
- Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are available in all schools.
- Epinephrine auto-injectors (í░epi pensí▒), to treat people having an allergic reaction, and opioid overdose treatments will be?available in schools starting in mid-fall 2022. These?can only be administered according to district policy.?
How You Can Help Build Our Culture of Safety
- Students, staff and families are encouraged to í░See Something, Say Something.í▒ Safe2Tell Colorado provides an anonymous way for anyone to report concerns regarding safety. One can report a safety concern on the ?or call 1-877-542-7233. Students may also report concerns to any adult in school.
- Students, parents and staff can also report experiences that negatively impact their education based on race, gender, culture, religious belief, socio-economic status and sexual orientation. Visit?the í░See Something, Say Somethingí▒ web page, linked at?the top of the ║┌┴¤═°website and?school websites.?
Other action you can take
- Parents/guardians should?keep their emergency contact information updated in , which is?used by schools and the district to communicate in the event of an emergency.?
- Please follow required school and district safety and security protocols, including entering the school?ONLY?through the FRONT?entrance (not other side doors)?and checking in at the school office.
- Parents/guardians should remind their students not to prop doors at school open or let people into the building. ?
- As a family, talk about what to do in case of an emergency at home or school. Helpful resources: