Emergency Protocols

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Do's and Don'ts in an Emergency or Crisis

  • DO check your email and text messages. DPS utilizes SchoolMessenger in an emergency. 

  • DO wait for communication of arrival and release times if a crisis or emergency coincides with the start or end of school.

  • DON’T come to your child’s school unless notified to do so. This could create traffic congestion and get in the way of emergency personnel.

  • DON’T call your child or your child’s school. Excessive phone calls could jam the phone system and interfere with emergency communications.

Be Prepared

  • Visit the Parent Portal (myportal.dpsk12.org) to ensure that you are set up to receive emergency notifications and that your child’s emergency contact information is up to date.

  • Also within the Parent Portal, please verify the primary guardian on your child’s record, as they are the only one that a child can be released to in the event of an emergency that requires a pick-up.

  • Ensure that your child’s school has updated emergency contact information.

  • Talk to your children about school emergency procedures so they know what to expect.

  • Reach out to your school leader to learn how your child’s school communicates during an emergency and what school-specific emergency procedures are in place.

Emergency Management Policies

Relevant Legislation of the Colorado General Assembly

School response framework – interoperable communications. The act adds additional public safety agencies and entities to the community partners defined in the school response framework and clarifies that a school district’s school safety, readiness, and incident management plan includes interoperable communications. The schools will test the emergency communications equipment and its interoperability with state and local emergency personnel.

  • APPROVED by Governor June 10, 2011

  • EFFECTIVE June 10, 2011

  • Colorado Senate Bill 08-181

    • School response framework – required elements. Requires a school district board of education and the state charter school institute to adopt a school response framework with specified elements.

    • APPROVED by Governor May 14, 2008

    • EFFECTIVE May 14, 2008

Relevant DPS Board Policies: