April 17, 2019 School Closure

Posted: Apr 18, 2019

Dear Denison Families:

We are excited to welcome our students back to school today knowing that yesterday’s security threat has ended and that our schools are safe.

These kinds of incidents are stressful for all of us, but especially for our children. Our mental health team and our teachers are prepared to support our students on their return.  If you have questions about talking to your children about a fear of school violence, make sure to review the email that DPS sent to all parents and review the resources provided by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Yesterday all DPS school leaders participated in a webinar to share their experience with this week’s events. We learned that DPS received direction from the state right around dismissal time that schools should do both a lockout and a controlled release. Like other school districts in the metro area experienced, there was no precedent for doing a lockout and controlled release district-wide during dismissal time. Additionally, there were delays in messages being received by school leaders. We understand that DPS is reviewing all of its communication software and emergency communication plans based on the events of this week.  As a district, we strive every day to learn and continue to improve.

Thank you for entrusting your children to us. Safety of your students is our top priority and we are grateful to our law enforcement for working quickly to avert a potential threat to our schools in Colorado.

Thank you,

Ms. Elza Guajardo

Interim Principal

Denison Montessori