Keeping Students Safe
Students need to feel safe to be able to learn. Boulder Valley School District is committed to the safety and security of each of the more than 30,000 students and staff using our facilities each day.
The Security Department for the Boulder Valley School District operates 24 hours a day year round, including weekends and holidays. Security agents patrol schools after hours and on weekends.
BVSD has a Crisis Management Plan in place for each school. The plan has five core components:
Prevention: The action(s) that schools, districts, and communities take to decrease the likelihood that an event or crisis will occur by creating a safe and orderly learning environment. Prevention includes issues of physical and psychological safety.
Protection: The capabilities necessary to secure schools against acts of violence and manmade or natural disasters. Protection focuses on ongoing actions that protect students, teachers, staff, visitors, networks, and property from a threat or hazard.
Mitigation: The sustained action(s) that schools, districts, and communities take to eliminate or reduce the loss of life and property damage related to an event(s) that cannot be prevented in order to decrease the need for response. Mitigation focuses primarily on physical safety.
Response: Maintain trained Crisis Response Teams at the school and district levels which work with Public Emergency Response Agencies. Response Actions (RA): Four key crisis response procedures (Lockdown, Lockout/Secure Perimeter, Evacuation and Shelter) designed to provide consistent, clear, shared language and actions among students, staff and first responders.
Recovery: Restore the infrastructure of the school and return to normal operations as soon as possible. The goal of school recovery efforts following an incident is to resume learning in a safe and healthy environment.
The plan provides staff with procedures to follow before, during and after a crisis situation and provide processes for effective and appropriate communication to maintain student and staff safety.
BVSD provides a number of resources and programs aimed at protecting student personal safety and preventing children and youth from initiating or engaging in harmful behaviors.