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  • A Parent's Guide - School Crisis Management
    Aspen School District is always looking for the best ways to keep children safe, healthy and engaged in their learning. We recognize the essential role parents and community members play in maintaining a safe and secure learning environment. We also realize that in the event of a crisis, a parent's role is critical in working toward a safe outcome. Please read "A Parent's Guide - School Crisis Management." 
       
    School Resource Officer (SRO)
    A school resource officer is a career law enforcement officer with sworn authority who is deployed by an employing police department or agency in a community-oriented policing assignment to work in collaboration with one or more schools. Aspen School District works with three SROs, two with the Pitkin County Sherrif's Department and one with the Aspen Police Department. 

    The goals of well-founded SRO programs include providing safe learning environments in our schools, providing valuable resources to school staff members, fostering positive relationships with youth, developing strategies to resolve problems affecting youth and protecting all students, so that they can reach their fullest potentials. The National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) considers it a best practice to use a "triad concept" to define the three main roles of school resource officers: educator (i.e. guest lecturer), informal counselor/mentor, and law enforcement officer.

    School Resource Officers

    Deputy Paul Hufnagle
    Aspen High School
    phone: 970-920-5300
    email: 
    Paul.Hufnagle@pitkinsheriff.com

    Officer Brian Stevens
    Aspen Middle School
    phone: 970-920-5400
    email: 
    Brian.Stevens@cityofaspen.com

    Deputy Bruce Benjamin
    Aspen Elementary School
    phone: 970-920-5263
    email: 
    Bruce.Benjamin@pitkinsheriff.com

     
    Security Services
    The District has personnel, along with School Resource Officers, that protect district property through the patrolling of district facilities. This ensures our schools are ready for learning every morning when our students arrive. Through crisis planning, training and response the district makes every effort in providing a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff throughout the Aspen School District campus and in all of our public schools.
     
    The District is implementing, during the 2017-18 school year, the Raptor Visitor Managment System. This online program will provide check-in/check-out security that will help schools track who is in their buildings, during the school day, and provide visitor badges for identification purposes. All district employees wear photo ID badges whenever on campus during the school day. 
     
    Safe2Tell
    Safe2Tell provides a safe and easy way to anonymously report information about anything that is a concern to school or community safety. Please watch this brief Safe 2 Tell Video about this important anonymous reporting program. To report a safety concern regarding yourself or others:
     
    Call:  877-542-SAFE (7233) 
    Web:  http://safe2tell.org/submit-a-tip 
    Text:  Text "S2T1" to 274637 
     
    For more information, please refer to their website at http://safe2tell.org.
     
    Marijuana in Colorado
    For information regarding youth prevention please visit this website https://goodtoknowcolorado.com/.   
     
    Social/Emotional Well-Being
    Resources:
    Substance Abuse and Mental Health - "Tips for Talking to Children & Youth after Traumatic Events"
    National Association of School Psychologists - "Tips to Talk with Children about School Violence"
     
    Environmental Services
    The District works to provide a healthy environment for its students and staff, allowing them to focus on our core business - student learning. The District also maintains its compliance status with all state and federal environmental laws and regulations.
     
    Internet Safety
    How can children be safe on the Internet? How can you protect your child from harm? Internet + children = ? If you are uncertain about how to help your child stay safe on the Internet, learn more about Internet Safety. Educate yourself about the usefulness and dangers of the Internet. A good resource is CommonSenseMedia.org. This web resource is a field guide for parents to help them navigate their child's digital world. With reviews of everything related to appropriateness for children from movies to video games to the latest social media apps, CommonSenseMedia is a valuable resource for parents. In fact, the District's Digital Citizenship curriculum comes from this website.

    Digital Citizenship Resources The District also has more specific technology information on it's For Parents home page.