VRHS Leadership Updates

  • VRHS Safe2Tell Notification Under Investigation

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 4/4/2019

    FINAL UPDATE: Thursday, April 4, 6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 4 

    Good evening Vista Ridge High School families,

    Working closely with our law enforcement partners at the Colorado Springs Police Department, we are confidently closing the investigation into a Safe2Tell notification referring to VRHS. Although sharing more specific information would violate the privacy of a minor, we can share that the D49 safety and security team along with CSPD interviewed an individual about a specific conversation that ultimately led to the submission of a Safe2Tell tip. The conclusion of that investigation is that there is no credible threat to the safety of students, staff or the campus at VRHS. Accordingly, VRHS will continue to operate on a normal schedule Friday, April 5.

    The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable. D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages students, families and our community to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust and understanding as we balance our top priorities of safety and our commitment to deliver the best education to every D49 learner. 

    We invite you to help us improve our communications about school safety by completing a short survey by clicking here.

    Sincerely,

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications

     

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    UPDATE: Thursday, April 4, 10:30 a.m.

    Good morning Vista Ridge High School families,

    District 49 safety and security is working closely with our law enforcement partners with the Colorado Springs Police Department on an investigation into a Safe2Tell notification involving VRHS. The investigation continues at this time, but there is no verified threat to the safety of students, staff or the campus at VRHS. Students and staff are safe.

     

    VRHS is operating on a normal schedule Thursday. To provide enhanced support and security for our students and staff, there will be increased security precautions in place through the day.

     

    The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable. D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages students, families and our community to stay alert and report any suspicious activity.


    If you have any questions, please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director at dwatson@D49.org.

    Sincerely,

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications

     

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    Good morning Vista Ridge High School,


    District 49 safety and security is actively tracking a Safe2Tell notification received Wednesday evening referencing a non-specific threat against VRHS. The District 49 security team is working closely with our regional law enforcement partners to investigate and identify the source of the threat.

     

    A thorough investigation of the Safe2Tell notification is underway. In the meantime, VRHS will operate on a normal schedule Thursday. To provide enhanced support and security for our students and staff, there will be increased security precautions in place Thursday morning.

     

    The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable. D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages students, families and our community to stay alert and report any suspicious activity.


    If you have any questions, please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director at dwatson@D49.org.

    Sincerely,

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications

     
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  • Lockout at VRHS, SMS, RVES Thursday Feb. 28

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 2/28/2019

    February 28, 2019

    Dear VRHS Families,

    On Thursday at approximately 1:20 p.m. our law enforcement partners at the Colorado Springs Police Department informed the D49 Safety and Security team members about an active investigation in neighborhoods near three of our schools. Administrators immediately initiated a lockout status at VRHS, SMS and RVES as police searched the area. Students and staff remained inside the buildings, and the schools restricted visitors, which follows our lockout procedures. Members of our safety and security team also reported to each school as a precaution.

    The CSPD found the person they were searching for approximately 15 minutes after the initial alert, and the lockouts were lifted at 1:35 p.m. All campuses operated as normal during the investigation, and our students and staff are safe. 

    D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our staff, students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We’ll continue to be proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.

    Sincerely,

    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications

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  • Safety Drill at VRHS Wednesday, Jan. 30

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 1/30/2019
    Good morning Vista Ridge High School family,
     
    District 49's safety and security team selected VRHS for a lockdown drill on Wednesday Jan. 30.
     
    This drill started at approximately 9:15 a.m. as part of ongoing efforts to continuously strengthen our safety procedures. Drills like this help your school maintain a safe atmosphere and remain prepared in case of an emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, you would be notified via a phone message, text, and/or email.
     
    Please take this opportunity to review and update the emergency contact information you have registered in parent portal.
     
    Please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, with any questions.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications  
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  • Lockdown Drill at VRHS Tuesday, Dec. 18

    Posted by David Nancarrow on 12/18/2018
    Good afternoon Vista Ridge High School family,
     
    District 49's safety and security team selected VRHS for a lockdown drill on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
     
    This drill started at approximately 2:10 p.m. as part of ongoing efforts to continuously strengthen our safety procedures. Drills like this help your school maintain a safe atmosphere and remain prepared in case of an emergency. In the event of an actual emergency, you would be notified via a phone message, text, and/or email.
     
    Please take this opportunity to review and update the emergency contact information you have registered in parent portal.
     
    Please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, with any questions.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications 
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  • Non-Credible Unsubstantiated Rumor at Vista Ridge High School

    Posted by Samantha Dosen on 3/1/2018

     

    March 1, 2018
    Dear VRHS and District 49 Families,
     VRHS Rumored Threat photo
    Today D49 safety and security learned about a rumored threat re circulating through social media this morning. At the start of school Thursday a number of Vista Ridge students reported a SnapChat image of a handwritten note to VRHS security. We’ve provided the image in this message for you to see for yourselves. School leadership immediately notified our security staff and law enforcement partners.
     
    The same image was initially investigated by the school resource officer, D49 safety security team and school administration one week ago on Wednesday, February 21, prior to its re-emergence today. The previous investigation was closed when it revealed nothing specific to verify a credible threat. Furthermore, this cyber-rumor can not be traced to a specific student or school. It’s very possible it originated somewhere outside the district.
     
    VRHS is operating normally as security and administrators continue to monitor the rumor closely. We do not wish to overreact to rumors which have the potential to disrupt our mission to providing the best education to our students. Our partners with CSPD do not believe this is a valid threat, but out of an abundance of caution the district will have additional security on school grounds at VRHS next Tuesday, March 6, the date mentioned in the SnapChat image.
     
    D49 commends the responsibility demonstrated by the students who discovered the image and reported it to school leadership. D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We thank you for your trust, understanding and support in this matter. The safety of students, families and staff on our campuses is non-negotiable; we’ll continue to be proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner every time they arrive at school.
     
    Sincerely,
    David Nancarrow
    Director of Communications
     
     

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  • Fire Alarm Prompts Brief Evacuation

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 3/6/2017 11:55:00 AM

    Main Takeaways
    -Fire Alarm at 11:15 a.m.
    -Precautionary Evacuation
    -CSFD Determined No Emergency
    -Evacuation Ended 11:30 a.m.
    -Lunch Period Extended Through 11:45 a.m.


    Message
    A fire alarm sounded today, March 3 at Vista Ridge High School at approximately 11:15 a.m. The school was evacuated as a precaution and returned to a normal schedule at approximately 11:30 a.m. after the building was cleared by the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

    Colorado Springs Fire Department personnel arrived at the campus shortly after the alarm sounded and determined there was no emergency. The alarm may have been the result of a faulty sensor. District 49 and Vista Ridge High School facility team members are continuing to troubleshoot.

    As a result of the alarm coming during the lunch period, students were given until 11:45 a.m. to finish lunch before returning to class to ensure the lunch break was a full 30 minutes and the school has returned to the normal learning schedule.

    If you have any questions, please contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director at dwatson@d49.org.

    Sincerely,

    Matt Meister
    Communications Director
    District 49

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  • Pepper Spray on Foyer Floor

    Posted by Bruce Grose on 1/19/2017

    A student used a small amount of pepper spray on the front foyer floor today, Jan. 19, at 11:17 a.m. The spray was discharged in jest.

    The pepper spray was released near pedestrian traffic, since lunch routines had just started. Students were immediately relocated outside, or well ventilated areas in the building.

    Colorado Springs Fire Department emergency responders cleared the area for re-entry to the foyer at 11:32 a.m. With the spray cleared, the area was determined safe to occupy and students returned to class through the foyer.

    Discharging pepper spray on school property without a valid excuse is considered a disruption of the school environment. Disciplinary actions may range from a conversation with school administration to suspension.

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  • Final Exam Schedule, Fall 2016

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 11/17/2016

    Final exam schedules for the 2016 fall semester.

    Wednesday, December 14

    Period

    Start/End Time

    Length

    2nd

    7:30am     -     8:00am   (Review)

    30 min

    2nd

    8:07am     -     9:37am       (Exam)

    90 min

    3rd  

    9:44am     - 10:14am     (Review)

    30 min

    3rd

    10:21am     - 11:51am       (Exam)

    90 min

    Lunch

    11:51am     - 12:26pm       (Lunch)

    35 min

    4th

    12:33pm     -   1:03pm     (Review)

    30 min

    4th

    1:10pm     -   2:40pm       (Exam)

    90 min

                                                          *No extended lunch this day

     

    Thursday, December 15

    Period

    Start/End Time

    Length

    5th

    7:30am     -   7:54am   (Review)

    24 min

    5th

    8:01am   -     9:31am       (Exam)

    90 min

    6th

    9:38am     - 10:03am   (Review)

    25 min

    *6th

    10:10am     - 11:40am       (Exam)

    90 min

                              *All students released for the day at 11:40 am

    Friday, December 16

    Period

    Start/End Time

    Length

    1st

    7:30am     -   7:54am   (Review)

    24 min

    1st

    8:01am     -   9:31am     (Exam)

    90 min

    7th

    9:38am     - 10:03am   (Review)

    25 min

    *7th

    10:10am     - 11:40am     (Exam)

    90 min

                               *All students released for the day at 11:40 am

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  • Parking Lot Graffiti

    Posted by Bruce Grose on 10/3/2016

    Greetings Vista Ridge High School family,

    As part of an incentive program, students who score well on the ACT earn reserved parking spaces, along with the privilege to personalize them with artwork throughout the school year. Unfortunately, some of these creative spaces were recently the target of hateful graffiti.

    Between the evening of Friday, Sept. 30, and early this morning, Oct. 3, several of the north parking lot’s personalized spots were vandalized. Multiple offensive depictions, including cartoonish body parts, a swastika and racially derogatory language, were spray painted over student artwork.

    As a district and as a school community we absolutely reject the sentiments expressed. Upon discovering the graffiti, we notified our law enforcement partners and began an immediate, collaborative criminal investigation. After documenting the graffiti for the ongoing investigation, it was promptly removed.

    Participating in hateful speech or otherwise defacing our school grounds and neighborhood is unacceptable. The person or persons responsible will be held accountable. If you have any information that might assist in the investigation, there are several ways you can report it:

    1. Contact the VRHS administration at 494-8800 or,
    2. Contact the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000 or,
    3. Send an anonymous Safe2Tell report at Safe2Tell.org.

    The safety of our students and staff members is critical to our educational commitments and school culture. Many resources and partnerships are focused on finding out who committed this crime.

    We appreciate your continued diligence in helping to maintain our school as a safe, respectful and caring environment for our students, staff members and everyone who visit VRHS.

    If you would like updated information about this investigation, contact Dave Watson, District 49 safety and security director, at dwatson@d49.org.

    Sincerely,


    Bruce Grose

    Principal
    Vista Ridge High School

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  • Important Message From Vista Ridge High School

    Posted by Matthew Meister on 8/18/2016

    Dearest VRHS family,

    During a passing period this morning, Aug. 18, at approximately 10:55 a.m., one of our students jumped off of a second floor balcony as many other students were walking below.

    VRHS security, administrative and medical staff immediately responded to assist the injured student and assisted other students out of the area. Colorado Springs Fire Department paramedics and AMR responded to assist the student and transported him to a local hospital.

    Counselors from Vista Ridge High School and other schools in District 49 have responded to the school to provide support to members of the student body and staff that may be upset by the incident. The support staff will remain available for the remainder of the day for students that need to talk. Students will be instructed to let their teacher know if they need support, and we stand ready to provide any and all assistance that our kids need.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the student and family during the recovery process. We stand together as a wolfpack, united together in support of each other.

    Sincerely,

    Bruce Grose

    Principal
    Vista Ridge High School

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