In light of the unexpected closure today do to the safety threat across the Denver-metro area, I wanted to write a note to reassure you that your scholars will be in good hands as you plan for them to return to learning with us tomorrow (Thursday, 4/18/19).
We are grateful that our school can benefit from the thoughtful leadership and strong communication of DCSD. For situations such as these we do rely even more heavily on the direct communication of DCSD to our families. In such cases our staff must also remain protected, which can limit our access to some of our normal means of communication.
For this reason, we strongly urge every family to subscribe to DCSD’s direct text messaging. Here’s how:
If you did not receive a text message during [Wednesday] afternoon’s situation and would like to do so, please select to receive text messages in your Infinite Campus account. The next step is critical:
Send a text to 68453 with the message “YES”
If you do not complete the registration process as outlined above, you will NOT receive emergency text messages. If you need further information regarding emergency messaging, please visit https://tinyurl.com/textdcsd.
As you know, safety will always be a top concern for both Leman Academy of Excellence and the Douglas County School District. Specifically, this is evidenced in several important ways:
Our building has been designed to help protect our students and staff.
All external doors are locked and/or have safety personnel at the door to greet each visitor.
Guests do not have access to the school building, without first checking in to the office.
Leman Academy has walkie talkie communication set up by DCSD Security that allows our school staff to directly communicate with first responders.
Our school staff has drills to prepare us for emergencies.
We have increased security and law enforcement at our schools and activities for the remainder of this week through April 20.
We have an emergency response plans in place and practice them.
Local law enforcement has increased patrols in and around our schools as a precaution.
Finally, here are a few resources that may help equip you to talk with your scholar:
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out either directly to me or to our office. We appreciate your partnership, care, and communication.
Dr. J. Edwards
(DCSD’s Earlier Communication)
April 17, 2019
Dear Douglas County School District Families and Staff,
As you may have heard, the manhunt is over for a woman who threatened schools, prompting today’s closure of Douglas County School District and other districts across the metro Denver area. The suspect was reportedly located in Clear Creek County. While much is still to be confirmed, the FBI is stating there is no longer a threat to the community.
We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine next steps. Our schools and facilities will remain closed for the remainder of the day. After school activities and athletic events are still canceled for this evening.
We will provide another update later today, including information about school status for Thursday, April 18.
Thank you for your continued support and patience. We remain committed to the safety of our students and staff.