DPS Releases First Draft of Safety Plan

By The Denver North Star Staff

Denver Public Schools’ Superintendent Alex Marrero has announced the first draft of the Long-Term Operational Safety Plan.

This first version of the plan was developed after the DPS Board of Education directed the superintendent to create a new plan by June 30.

In the creation of this first draft, DPS stated Marrero received input from local, state and national experts in safety in general and school safety, as well as multiple DPS community partners and family groups. He also gathered input on what to include in the plan from thousands of families, students and staff.

“I think that it is very important for everyone to know that this is not the final version. This first version is far from a finished product,” Marrero said. “We have listened to our safety experts and received some community input. Now, we want to hear from our students, our families, our staff, and our community. There will be many ways for you to share your input with us that will be announced in the coming days.”

After receiving community feedback about this first draft, Dr. Marrero will release a second draft by June 1. Then, a second round of community feedback will begin. The superintendent will unveil the finished product on June 26 as instructed by the Board of Education.

DPS suspended a rule that removed armed officers from campus after a shooting in March at East High School. Within the draft document, Marrero recommended the Board of Education allow all district-run high schools and sixth-through- 12th-grade campuses to “engage their school communities to make a site-based decision regarding (school resource officers) on their campuses.”

More information in addition to the full report are available at superintendent.dpsk12.org/safetyplan/.


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