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  May 30, 2013
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Douglas County Law Enforcement Joins School District to Announce Safety Plan

'Layered Approach' to School Safety Includes School Marshal Program and Building Enhancements

  "School safety is our number one priority, students can't learn if they are not safe," said DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen at a news conference today in Castle Rock. "Keeping Douglas County schools safe is a community effort.  I am very proud of the DCSD community and value the partnership the district has with law enforcement."


Douglas County Sheriff Dave Weaver, Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley, Parker Police Chief David King, and Lone Tree Police Department Commander Ron Pinson joined Fagen to announce a school safety update.

"This partnership is a win-win situation for everyone. Our combined efforts will enhance security within our schools and will increase interaction with staff and students. We will continue to work together to make our schools in each of our communities a safe place to learn," Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley.     


After the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012, DCSD officials met with members of the law enforcement community to review current safety plans and make recommendations to improve an already strong program.  The result of those meetings was the creation of the DCSD Safety Committee.  The Safety Committee has met throughout the spring to develop recommendations, including building enhancements and the new innovative School Marshal Program.

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We have a very strong safety program in place for our students.  However, we believe in and are committed to continuous improvement.  We have learned a lot from recent events.  Along with our partners in law enforcement, we are committed to providing the best security to our students and our staff."  

New school safety measures focus on protocol, deterrence, isolation, screening, and training.  All measures are part of a "layered approach" to ensuring safe schools.  No single measure can guarantee student safety and DCSD is working with law enforcement to provide a thoughtful, coordinated system in which each element of the system builds upon the next. 
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