CDC has a fun way of teaching about emergency preparedness. "Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic" demonstrates the importance of being prepared in an entertaining way that people of all ages will enjoy. Readers follow Todd, Julie and their dog Max as a strange new disease begins spreading, turning ordinary people into zombies. Stick around to the end for a surprising twist that will drive home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. Included in the novel is a preparedness checklist so that readers can get their family, workplace, or school ready before disaster strikes.So what do you need to do before zombies … or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.
- Water (1 gallon per person per day)
- Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
- Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
- Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
- Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
- Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
- Important Documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
- First Aid Supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)
District 49 Safety & Emergency Overview
Safety and emergency 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.
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; level of staff development; opportunities for student involvement; level of parent and community involvement; 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.
What's a Lockout or Lockdown?
During a lockout, 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 lockout response elevates situational awareness, it also allows for learning to continue with minimal classroom interruptions. Schools operate daily in a near-lockout 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.
During a lockdown, the perceived danger is inside the school. When announced, the standard response protocol is initiated: “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.” Classroom doors are locked, lights are turned off and students are 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: www.sor.state.co.us (interactive map).