Safety & Security Overview

  • District 49 Safety Poster Safety and Security preparedness is a top priority in District 49. School safety is the responsibility of everyone – students and parents, along with staff and community members. District- and school-level safety and security teams are constantly coordinating with their local law enforcement partners. The district conducts monthly emergency procedure drills, as well as individualized training opportunities with school faculty.

    We're constantly auditing our processes for effectiveness and efficiencies, which includes identifying those areas that need improvement. This proactive process helps us ensure that our students can maximize their learning potential within a safe and secure environment.  In 2020, based on community feedback, we enhanced our security posture by adding armed security officers at select District 49 campuses.  As budgets allow, we plan to grow this security measure in the future.

    School safety encompasses multiple domains within the school environment. Each must be reviewed when assessing the level of safety for students and staff. Some components of our assessment process include development and enforcement of policies; procedures for data collection; development of intervention and prevention plans; the level of staff development; opportunities for student involvement; the level of parent and community involvement; the role of law enforcement; standards for safety and security personnel; safety and security of buildings and grounds; and development of emergency response plans.


    On this page, we share resources for the opportunity to find out more about how to keep your kids safe and happy.


  • Safety Terms You Need to Know

    District 49 has adopted The “I Love U Guys” Foundation" standard response protocols for K-12 schools.  The standard response protocols (SRP) are a uniform, planned, and practiced response to any incident.  The SRP's are used by all Pikes Peak Region school districts to allow for a consistent response by local law enforcement agencies.  The five SRP's are simple and achievable: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. Here is a quick look at the three most common. 


    Hold iconDuring a HOLD, the school clears the hallways and keeps students in their current classroom. This allows the school staff to respond to a variety of situations including, medical emergencies, extreme messes and some student behavior issues. D49 also uses Holds in partnership with the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit for service dog training. Schools will be doing “business as usual” during a Hold. In most cases, families will not receive a message from a school after a Hold has been issued.


    Secure iconDuring a SECURE, the perceived danger is outside of the school, like police activity or wild animals. Faculty move students and activities inside and secure the perimeter. While a SECURE response elevates situational awareness, it also allows for learning to continue with minimal classroom interruptions. Schools operate daily in a near-secure status. Perimeter doors are always locked and every visitor is screened at each building’s entrance. Visitors use intercom systems to notify front offices of their arrival and then sign in at the office, or other designated location. Security personnel often greet high school visitors.


    lockdown iconDuring a LOCKDOWN, the perceived danger is inside the school. When announced, the standard response protocol is initiated: “Lock, Lights, Out of Sight.” Classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off and students have moved away from windows and doors. Teachers encourage students to remain quiet. With barriers to students placed, teachers buy time for police to respond. 


    Sex Offender Lists Available to Parents

    Colorado State Law (CRS 22-1-124) requires that all schools annually notify parents of their rights to access law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders. You may request this list at the law enforcement office governing your address of residency. Additional information can be found at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's website: (interactive map).
David Watson
Safety and Security Director
Phone: 719-499-3583
David Pratt
Sr. Safety and Security Specialist
Phone: 719-963-0762
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