Additional information for what to expect at school tomorrow.
It has been a long 24 hours, but as you know by now, the “credible threat” to schools in the Denver metro area is over. The FBI has confirmed that the suspect was found dead this morning in the mountains west of Denver. There is no longer a threat to the community.
Thank you to our law enforcement partners for their work and proactive steps to keep all of our children safe. Thanks also to our teachers and staff who students look to for comfort and support in difficult moments like this one. As you know, safety is always the highest priority.
All schools in the Five Star District will be open tomorrow, Thursday, April 18. We will operate with heightened safety and security measures in place.
Below is helpful information in terms of what you and your child should expect as we return to school.
Increased Police and Security Patrols
In partnership with our local law enforcement agencies, we will have increased police patrols in and around all schools in the Five Star District, including our elementary schools. This is in addition to our School Resource Officers who are at each of our middle and high schools.
Mental Health Support
Our staff looks forward to welcoming students back to school tomorrow and recognizes they have an important role in helping students return to a sense of normalcy. All school staff have been equipped with the necessary tools and resources to talk with and address any questions students may have regarding the recent safety concern. In addition to our classroom teachers, we will have our mental health professionals (counselors, psychologists, social workers) available for those who need additional support.
As provided in earlier communications, you can find some helpful points in talking with your child about this situation on the district website.
Student IDs for Middle and High School Students
Wearing a visible school ID every day is a critical component of school safety. Please join us in reminding your middle and/or high school student(s) to wear their ID badge every day. Arrangements to get a temporary ID and replace lost IDs can be made at each school's main office.
As with any school day, if a student will not be in attendance, parents/guardians should call their child’s school for an excused absence.
Our staff cares deeply about our students and they make safety a priority. We are thankful for our partnership with parents, staff, law enforcement and the community in supporting a safe and secure learning environment for our students.