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In a continuing effort to provide interactive communications among school, parents, students and the community, the following information is provided to communicate the Douglas County School District’s commitment to student safety. Douglas County School District has always held student safety in high regard and been pro-active in the development of appropriate safety training and preparedness.  In light of recent occurrences in the world today,

it is clear that we can’t be too prepared. Clearly schools must be prepared to deal with many crisis situations. The Douglas County School District improved its capabilities to deal with crisis situations whether they are natural or man made. To further enhance the district's readiness, an updated and revised Douglas County School District Keeping Schools Safe plan was developed and each site developed, updated and/or revised procedures that address issues best dealt with at the school site level. The Douglas County School District Keeping Schools Safe plan was designed as a consistent protocol, which serves as a needed framework while allowing each school site to insure that local measures are appropriate for each individual school site. Additionally, the Douglas County School District added the School Safety Strategy to the Strategic Plan over a year ago.

It is important that public safety officials, school employees, students, parents/guardians, and the district office be involved in all planning and response processes. Therefore, the Douglas County School District formed the School Safety Task Force. The task force consists of representatives from local law enforcement agencies, elementary, middle, and high school administrators, and members of the community. The task force continually addresses the areas of rise assessment, prevention, and early intervention and training, and created a document with a response plan suited to an educational entity for district administrators and support personnel. Additionally, an interagency agreement was created and implemented that defines the roles and responsibilities of all representatives.

The Douglas County School District Keeping Schools Safe plan was submitted to the Board of Trustees and approved at their regular meeting of November 12, 2002. Updated plans will be submitted to the Board of Trustees and each employee of the district will receive training on an annual basis (NRS 392.624).

Parents and students can help maintain safe schools! Additional information has been provided for you below.

PARENTS CAN HELP MAINTAIN SAFE SCHOOLS! Here are some ideas that parents in other communities have tried:

Discuss the school's progressive discipline plans with your child. Show your support for the rules, and help your child understand the reasons for them.
Involve your child in setting rules for appropriate behavior at home.
Talk with your child about the violence he or she sees on television, in video games, and possibly in the neighborhood. Help your child understand the consequences of violence.
Teach your child how to solve problems. Praise your child when he or she follows through.
Help your child find ways to manage anger that do not involve verbally or physically hurting others. When you get angry, use it as an opportunity to model these appropriate responses to your child and talk about them.
Keep the lines of communication open with your child - even when it is tough. Encourage your child to always let you know where and with whom he or she will be. Get to know your child's friends.
Listen to your child if he or she shares concerns about friends who may be exhibiting troubling behaviors. Share this information with a trusted professional such as the school psychologist, principal, or a teacher.
Be involved in your child's school life by supporting and reviewing homework, talking with his or her teacher(s), and attending school functions such as parent conferences, class programs, open houses, and parent group meetings.
Find out if there is a violence prevention group in your community. Offer to participate in the group's activities.

STUDENTS CAN HELP MAINTAIN SAFE SCHOOLS, TOO! Talk to your teachers, parents, counselor, and principal to find out how you can get involved and do your part to keep your school safe. Here are some ideas that students in other schools have tried:

Help to develop and participate in activities that promote student understanding of differences and that respect the rights of all.
Listen to your friends if they share troubling feelings or thoughts. Encourage them to get help from a trusted adult such as a school psychologist, counselor, social worker, leader from the faith community, or other professional. If you are very concerned, seek help for them. Share your concerns with your parents.
Create, join, or support student organizations that combat violence.
Work with local businesses and community groups to organize youth-oriented activities that help young people think of ways to prevent school and community violence. Share your ideas for how these community groups and businesses can support your efforts.
Organize an assembly and invite your school psychologist, school social worker, and counselor - in addition to student panelists - to share ideas about how to deal with violence, intimidation, and bullying.
Participate in violence prevention programs such as peer mediation and conflict resolution. Employ your new skills in other settings such as your home, neighborhood, and community.
Work with your teachers and administrators to create a safe process for reporting threats, intimidation, weapon possession, drug selling, gang activity, graffiti, and vandalism. Use the process.
Volunteer to be a mentor for younger students and/or provide tutoring to your peers.
Know your school's code of conduct and model responsible behavior. Avoid being part of a crowd when fights break out. Refrain from teasing, bullying, and intimidating peers.
Be a role model! Take personal responsibility by reacting to anger without physically or verbally harming others.
Seek help from your parents or a trusted adult such as a school psychologist, social worker, counselor, or teacher if you are experiencing intense feelings of anger, fear, anxiety, or depression.

Come forward if you have a concern!

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