Emergency Management

The Emergency Management Division functions with the DPS Shared Core Values and the Denver Plan in mind while working to ensure students and staff collaborate in a safe educational environment. Colorado Senate Bills 08-181 and 11-173 establish the need for school districts to adopt a school response framework for emergencies, and the ability to work and communicate with local and state emergency personnel. DPS Board of Education Policies ECA -Safety and Security and KDE-Emergency Management represent the District’s commitment to student, staff, and visitor safety.

Denver Public Schools (DPS) is a national leader among school districts for emergency preparedness. In working with students and their families on emergency preparedness procedures and policies, the Division is deepening engagement within the community. Working with local and state emergency response personnel helps leverage the partnerships with the City and County of Denver in pursuit of the Denver Public Schools vision.

Access Control privileges are determined and assigned by the Department of Climate and Safety and school-based leaders, according to the specific needs and requirements of the District and the cardholder.
Please submit all access needs to securitybadging@dpsk12.net:
  • Activate/Deactivate access cards
  • Activate/Deactivate Contractor/Vendor access cards
  • Requesting replacement access cards/District photo IDs
  • Schedule one-time events
  • Fusion X

DPS uses Lightspeed® to scan through DPS Google accounts and Chromebook devices used by students. Lightspeed informs the district of potential safety concerns such as bullying, threats, and self-harm, and the Department of Climate and Safety and school staff work together to investigate and respond accordingly.

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Kip Sixbery

Irving Payan
Emergency Management Specialist

Jharri Stanford
Emergency Management Specialist


Zach Fanshier
Emergency Management Specialist

Kellie Riley
Student Safety Specialist