On Thursday, Sept. 19th, each of our schools will participate in our annual Safety & Security Day.

Throughout the year, all schools create opportunities for students and staff to focus on safety and security, and additionally, each building is required by law to conduct monthly safety drills of various types. Even with that being the case, in September we set aside some extra time to place emphasis on the processes, procedures, and approaches to how we respond to violent threats or active shooter scenarios. As we engage in this work, we strongly emphasize the importance of situational awareness and the need for every individual to have considered their best option in the chaos of an emergency situation. Each building has crafted developmentally appropriate procedures, based on the age of the kids in that school. A good amount of what we present and practice, and what we need families to know, can be found on our website using the following link:  https://www.dpsd.org/safety-and-security/

In addition to talking about and practicing our response to violent threats in and around the school, staff also talk to kids about the important role they play in helping prevent these tragic scenarios – our kids are taught that if they see something or hear something that gives them concern they shouldn’t hesitate to say something to an adult.

Folks, the safety the children we serve is of utmost importance to us; as always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or any of our building principals for answers.  It’s been a great start to the school year and we so appreciate your partnership and support!



Superintendent  ||  Travis W. Hanson

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