Safety and security is a top priority at all schools. In Derby, school officials want to make sure parents know how USD 260 is keeping its students and staff safe.
The district is hosting two Derby Safety Nights for parents.
District staff will teach parents about the recently adopted Standard Response Protocol.
“It’s a more simplified standardized crisis emergency protocol,” explained Andy Koenigs, USD 260 assistant superintendent of human resources.
There are four standard responses to a crisis situation:
- Lock down
- Lock out
Parents will learn what each response means, so that when the district sends out an alert, parents will know what exactly is happening and what to do.
“It would let parents know where to reunify with a student, if there was a crisis,” said Koenig. “We do plan to notify parents this year of any drills that we’re planning to do.”
Right now, staff and students know the Standard Response Protocol.
District officials said it’s important parents understand it too.
“If we are all on the same page and we know the same terminology, then when it comes to a crisis, there won’t be as much panic. There won’t be as much concern,” said Koenig. “It causes less stress in times of crisis.”
Other topics staff plan to cover includes the results from a safety and security survey, and the role of the district’s School Resource Officers and Adopt-A-School officers.
“We want our SROs to be that staff member that a student feels like, if they see someone, maybe an intruder or something funny, they can go report that to the School Resource Officer,” Koenig said.
School officials hope safety night provides parents insight and a better understanding of the district’s safety protocols.
“God forbid we don’t want to have to do an actual experience, but if we did, we’d think we’d at least have everybody all understanding what their roles are in a crisis,” said Koenig.
Tonight’s Safety Night is geared towards parents with kids in the elementary level. Thursday’s event is for parents with kids in the secondary level.
Both safety nights start at 6:30 p.m. at Derby North Middle School, located at 3100 N. Rock Road.