Thank you for choosing Denver Public Schools to provide educational services to your child. We are proud to be able to serve you and your children and we will continually strive to provide a safe learning environment for them.

Safety of your child and all children in our schools as well as the safety of school staff and support personnel is very important to us. In order to maintain a safe environment for a children to study and learn, it is necessary that we practice emergency and crisis response plans by having drills designed to exercise our procedures. We do conduct various drills throughout the school year. This message is to help you understand the importance of this as well as to understand what to expect and why.

The students and staff in our school practice three types of safety. They are fire drills, lockdown drills and shelter-in-place drills.

Today, we experienced a lockdown drill, which is explained below.

During a lockdown drill, which must be completed once each semester, we will secure the school building and shelter all students, staff and visitors inside of rooms in the building. The purpose of this drill is to keep the students safe from any danger outside or inside the building. During a lockout drill (which we also practiced today), all of the perimeter doors to the school building will be locked and will remain locked until the danger or issue outside or inside the building is removed. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one is allowed to enter the building or leave the building until the authorities authorize such a release.

Please remember that these safety practice drills are done to help maintain our schools as a safe place to learn and work.

If you have any questions regarding any of these Safety Drills or other safety concerns, please contact our school safety office at 720-423-8417.