Emergency and Crisis Information Guide for Parents
At Roaring Fork Schools, the safety of our students and staff is our top priority. Our leadership team works directly with the local police departments to ensure coordinated approaches to school safety, and we regularly enact precautionary safety measures to keep our school communities safe. We are grateful for your support to prepare in advance for a crisis or emergency.
How are the Roaring Fork Schools Prepared for a Crisis or Emergency?
● We have a comprehensive crisis plan that details protocols for a variety of crisis and emergency
situations. The crisis plan is reviewed and updated regularly.
● We partner with local police, fire, and sheriff’s departments in planning efforts, and collaborate
regularly with these agencies to share information, plan for situations that may arise, and streamline
What can Families do to Help?
● Talk to your children about school emergency response procedures so they will know what to expect in
the event of an emergency or crisis.
● Ensure your child’s emergency contact information is up-to-date in the Parent Portal at https://campus.rfsd.k12.co.us/campus/portal/roaringfork.jsp in order to receive automated email messages, text messages, or phone calls when there are emergencies at your child’s school. Students will not be released from school to unauthorized individuals, and we will not be able to reach you in an emergency if your information is incorrect or outdated.
Schools are Required to Prepare for an Emergency or Crisis by Taking the Following Actions:
● Complete the Roaring Fork School's crisis plan preparedness checklist within the first two weeks of school.
● All building leaders are required to take online classes to cover emergency procedures and submit completion certificates to the district office.
● Conduct all-school emergency drills to ensure all students and staff are responding in a safe and timely manner. The following drills are to be completed during the school year:
○ Shelter x 1
○ Lockout x 2
○ Lockdown x 2
○ Evacuation x 2
SCHOOL SAFETY/LOCK DOWN INFORMATION
In the event of an incident at one of the schools that could be dangerous to the children in the school either externally or internally, it is unlikely that you will be able to contact anyone through the school office. Because we understand the anxiety that parents will experience if we have a lock down event in a school that requires a response from law enforcement, the following information will allow you to get any information we have in a timely manner. Please know that if there is a direct threat to the safety of the students and staff in a school that law enforcement will be setting up a perimeter around the school and will not allow any traffic into the area, either by automobile or on foot. To keep you informed regarding the incident please note the following:
You can call 384-6075 for a recorded update of the most current information. You can also call the main number at the district office at 384-6000.
Bullying is…Bullying is when someone is mean to you, on purpose, over and over again, creating an imbalance of power in the relationship. Bullying behavior can be direct or indirect and may take many forms, including, but not limited to: teasing, relational aggression, exclusion, harassment, verbal/ physical/emotional degradation and threats, name-calling, intimidation, public humiliation, and causing harm/violence. Behaving in such a manner through the use of technology (internet, cell phones, etc.) is also considered bully behavior.
Bullying is NOT…Age appropriate conflict between peers is not considered bully behavior. Normal peer conflict: happens on occasion, is accidental, lacks seriousness, and displays equal power among disputants. “Not Bullying” may include: not liking someone, arguing, sharing unfavorable personal thoughts/feelings, and being bossy. We employ a “Zero Tolerance” policy for bullying. This policy extends to all school environments, including school buildings, grounds, vehicles, bus stops, and school sponsored activities. Students who bully will be “subject to appropriate disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion, and/or referral to law enforcement authorities.”
Always sign in at the front office when you enter the building and put on a BES VISITOR sticker.
When picking up your child during school hours:
- Sign in at the front desk and put on a BES VISITOR sticker
- Sign your child out at the front desk
- Ask the front desk to contact your child's teacher and have your child sent up to the office to meet you
Please limit entry into the building during school hours, unless you are scheduled to volunteer or picking up your child. Monitoring the number of people in the school protects instructional time and provides increased safety for our children.