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Establishing a Safe Learning Environment for All Students
We know that before creating an environment conducive to learning, our students and staff must feel safe and secure. That is why Safety is Douglas County School District’s top priority. 
It all begins with Health & Wellness of our Students. Our programs work to address student issues early.
DCSD's Innovative Safety Plan
Our Safety & Security team has created a comprehensive and innovative plan, consisting of many layers designed to protect our children and to respond in the event of an imminent threat to one of our schools or facilities. In fact, DCSD is the first school district in the nation to offer a School Marshal program, in which law enforcement officers make multiple unannounced visits to our schools on a daily basis. 
Learn about the 12 Safety Strategies set in place following the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
Strong Partnership with Law Enforcement
DCSD is fortunate to have the strong support of local law enforcement. Working with these agencies, DCSD has not only implemented best practices realized after school tragedies here in Colorado and across the nation, but also the innovative Youth Education and Safety in Schools (YESS) education program, which covers bullying, Internet safety, substance abuse, suicide prevention and teen relationships.

Getting Help
During an emergency, seconds matter. Know who to call, when you need help.
For emergencies, contact 911 immediately and then call the DCSD Dispatch Center at 303-387-9999.
DCSD Dispatch Center
The Dispatch Communication Center serves as the primary point of contact for staff, DCSD stakeholders and outside agencies during and after normal business hours. It is staffed 24-hours a day and is a liaison for multiple law enforcement agencies and has the ability to grant access to all facilities remotely in the event of an emergency.
In partnership with the law enforcement agencies of Douglas County, DCSD high school students can send an anonymous crime tip via a text message from their cell phone. The tips are completely secure and anonymous. 
Providing young people a way to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know, in a way that keeps them safe and anonymous.
Know the Plan

During an emergency, having a simple game plan in which everyone knows his or her role, is key. The premise of Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is simple—there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident:

Lockout is followed by the Directive: "Secure the Perimeter" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.

Lockdown is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.


Evacuate is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.

Shelter is always followed by a type and a method and is the protocol for group and self-protection.

Learn more about the District's Standard Response Protocol.


Committed to Continuous Improvement
We know that security efforts are never complete. The most effective programs continually evaluate existing measures and work to improve. That has been the goal in DCSD. We welcome input regarding our efforts via Security & Safety Feedback Form.