An essential component of school crisis response is the reunification of students with their parents or primary caregivers. This process is especially important for younger children. The sooner students are reunited with their parents or guardians, the less likely they are to exhibit traumatic stress. In addition, schools must be accountable for maintaining the chain of custody for every student during and after a crisis. A predetermined and practiced reunification process helps to ensure that reunification will not add to anxiety and trauma in the event of a crises crisis.
Planning for reunification requires careful and thoughtful consideration of a number of factors. The Cheyenne Mountain School District has developed and practices a comprehensive reunification process which is illustrated in a video created by students at Cheyenne Mountain High School. We encourage all parents to review the video below in order to be fully prepared and informed in the unlikely event that we have to implement a large-scale reunification at any of our Cheyenne Mountain Schools.
SAFE2TELL® is an organization designed to help students, teachers & parents anonymously report anything that is scaring or endangering them, their friends or their family.
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Responses to Emergencies
The Cheyenne Mountain School District has adopted the Standard Response Protocol (SRP).
By standardizing vocabulary, all stakeholders can understand the response and status of an event.
For students, this provides continuity of expectations and actions throughout their years in District 12.
For teachers and staff, this becomes a simpler process to train and drill.
For parents, the practices are easily understandable so they can reinforce the expectations for their children.
These response actions in the protocol include:
Staff and students at all grade levels in all District 12 schools will practice all four components of the protocol each year so that the terminology and expectations become clear, and subsequent responses can be quickly and efficiently implemented.
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School Crisis Prevention and Intervention
The Cheyenne Mountain School District Crisis Team is trained in PREPaRE, a protocol that provides school-based counselors, psychologists, social workers, administrators, and other educational professionals training on how to best fill the roles and responsibilities generated by their participation on school safety and crisis teams. PREPaRE is one of the first comprehensive nationally available training curriculum developed by school-based professionals with firsthand experience and formal training.
To read more about the PREPaRE program from the National Association of School Psychologists, click here.
Summary Report on Safety and Security Public Forums
During the months of January and February 2013, District 12 held 15 school-based meetings that involved nearly 100 parents and patrons and over 150 staff members. Additionally, all parents were invited to complete our on-line safety and security survey through the month of March. To review a summary of the meetings and the survey as well as information regarding District interventions and projects, click here.
National Incident Command System (ICS)
In July 2009, the Cheyenne Mountain School District adopted the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS) protocols for multiple agency response to emergencies. The ICS structure is designed to clearly indicate local jurisdiction and personnel responsibilities until such time that emergency response command can be transferred to the appropriate agency.
Bullying and Threats
The Board of Education and the staff of the Cheyenne Mountain Schools support a secure school climate conducive to teaching and learning that is free from threat, harassment, and any type of bullying behavior. To promote consistency of approach and to help create a climate in which all types of bullying and threatening behavior are regarded as unacceptable, the District has adopted Policy JICDE and a very specific protocol (Policy JICDE-E) for evaluating the substantive nature of any threat.
Board policies and procedures exist for dealing with disruptive students and the District takes disciplinary action in accordance with policy. The District and each school has implemented a Safe School Plan in compliance with district policy.
The specific policies can be found in the Cheyenne Mountain School District Policy Manual which is available online, and can be accessed in electronic format at the following location:
Fostering Civility and Safety
The Cheyenne Mountain School District has implemented the following programs and procedures to create a safe and civil learning environment:
- Safe school plans for each building
- Policies for conduct and discipline codes
- Disruptive student policies and procedures
- Standards for student dress
- Required visitor check-in at school offices
- Uniformed school police officer assigned to the high school
- Building based emergency crisis plans
- Bullying and threat assessment protocols
- Non-violent crisis intervention training for District administrators and staff
- Regular safety inspections of schools
- Positive Behavior Support (PBS)