Safety and Security at SES
Raider Safety Bulletin
The safety of the students at Stetson Elementary School is of the utmost importance to the staff of the school. To keep your children safe, we use a variety of drills and procedures to ensure everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Please continue to read below for a recap of those procedures.
Stetson Elementary Daily Security Precautions
• Keeping all outside doors locked.
• Visitors must be buzzed in by the front office.
• All visitors must check in at the office, show identification, and receive a sticker authorizing them to be in the building.
• Classroom volunteers must have a background check to include fingerprints.
• Picture identification and authorization verification is required for an adult to pick up a child from school.
Stetson Elementary School-wide Drills
• Lockdown drills:
o We typically conduct between two and four lockdown drills each year. These drills are designed to familiarize students with the procedures we would follow if there were an emergency situation inside the school. These procedures are designed to keep our staff and students safe.
o We coordinate with local law enforcement on these procedures, have them observe at least one lockdown drill, and provide feedback to improve the procedures.
• Lock out drills:
o We practice setting a secure perimeter in the building once or twice each year. This is to protect students and staff in the event of suspicious activity outside the building or in the event of law enforcement activity in the area.
• Tornado/Severe Weather Drills:
o Twice per year, we conduct a drill that reinforces our expectations in the event of severe weather such as a tornado. Moving students into the main building and away from windows and doors is the focus of this drill.
• Fire Drills:
o Once per month we practice evacuating the school in a quick and orderly fashion. This drill is meant to reinforce with our students how to get out of the building in the event of an emergency such as a fire. These drills are coordinated with and the results reported to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.
We also have a procedure for dismissing students during severe weather. This procedure is implemented in the event of life-threatening weather events. Most predominantly, weather involving lightning, tornadoes, or severe winter weather could trigger a severe weather dismissal. Please check the Stetson webpage for details on severe weather dismissal.
Reporting Safety Concerns:
• The district and the school encourage the use of a state-wide social media organization called Safe2Tell, for anonymous reporting of threats and safety concerns. Concerns about student, school, of staff safety can be reported on this network.
o From the website
• “Safe2Tell Colorado provides the only anonymous way for students, parents and community members to report unsafe and risky behaviors before they grow out of control.”
• The school and/or local law enforcement investigate all Safe-to-Tell notifications. For more information, go to their website at www.Safe2Tell.org. Reports can be made via the website, phone, or app.
Safety & Security Overview
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 & Security Resources
Safe2Tell provides 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. It is a state-funded strategic initiative of the Colorado Department of Law, Office of the Attorney General. The anonymity of all Safe2Tell reports is protected by C.R.S. 07-197. This means the reporting party remains unknown by Colorado state law.
School Safety Resource Center
The mission of the Colorado School Safety Resource Center is to assist educators, emergency responders, community organizations, school mental health professionals, parents and students to create safe, positive and successful school environments for Colorado students in all pre K-12 and higher education schools.
American Red Cross - Southeastern Colorado
The first Colorado-based chapter of the American Red Cross was chartered on Nov. 11, 1914. Today, there are four chapters in Colorado, which is part of the Colorado and Wyoming region. The American Red Cross is not a government agency; it relies on the donations of time, money and resources from individuals in the local community, corporate partners and like-minded foundations to do its work. Red Cross Services are provided throughout Colorado thanks to the generous commitment of thousands of local volunteers who help individuals and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; teach lifesaving skills to tens of thousands of individuals; provide transportation for the critically ill and elderly; offer support to U.S. service members and their families in Colorado; and provide lifesaving information to immigrant and migrant communities, promote international Humanitarian Law and reconnect families separated by war or disaster.
Colorado Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Colorado's Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management provides leadership and support to Colorado communities to prevent, protect, mitigate, respond and recover from all-hazard events including acts of terrorism. The division works to keep Colorado communities are safe, secure and resilient.
Common Sense Media
Common Sense is dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. It empowers parents, teachers and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids' lives.
Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. Cyberbullying can be defined as "Willful and repeated harm inflicted through the use of computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices." It is also known as "cyber bullying," "electronic bullying," "e-bullying," "sms bullying," "mobile bullying," "online bullying," "digital bullying" or "Internet bullying." This web site serves as a clearinghouse of information concerning the ways adolescents use and misuse technology. It is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, law enforcement officers, counselors, and others who work with youth.
Facebook Family Safety Center
Facebook's administrators believe safety is a conversation and a shared responsibility among everyone. Safety is an ongoing conversation between parents and kids, teachers and students, companies and the people who use their products and services.
Using this Facebook page, learn about the platform's safety tools and resources. It provides updates and information to help keep families safe while using Facebook or surfing on the Internet.
NetSmartz Workshop is an interactive, educational program of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children that provides age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement. With resources such as videos, games, activity cards, and presentations, NetSmartz entertains while it educates. (When website unavailable, try again later)
Pikes Peak Regional Emergency Management - Colorado Springs
The Pikes Peak Regional Emergency Management - Colorado Springs Office proactively plans for hazards, works to reduce threats, and prepares Colorado Springs' citizens to respond to and recover from a disaster. The office is responsible for providing mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, and coordination for large-scale emergencies and disasters, both natural and human-caused, to the citizens of Colorado Springs for the purpose of saving lives and preventing property damage.
Launched in February 2003, Ready is a national public service advertising campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. Ready, and its Spanish language version Listo, ask individuals to do three key things: Build an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan and be informed about the different types of emergencies that could occur and their appropriate responses.
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying. It coordinates closely with the federal partners in bullying prevention steering committee, an interagency effort led by the Department of Education that works to coordinate policy, research, and communications on bullying topics. The federal partners include representatives from the U.S. departments of agriculture, defense, education, health and human services, as well as the interior and justice departments, and the Federal Trade Commission and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.