Frequently Asked Questions

  • Nothing is more important than the safety, security and wellbeing of our students, families and staff. We hope that many of your questions about safety and security are answered below. 

  • Are our schools safe?

    Yes. Studies tell us that schools are one of the safest places for children. Cherry Creek Schools is committed to ensuring the physical and psychological safety of all students. We strive to make sure all of our schools are safe, supportive and welcoming places for all.

  • Do all schools have emergency plans?

    Yes. All schools in the Cherry Creek School District have Readiness Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) plans for ensuring the safety and security of students and staff. All school crisis plans are aligned with the recommendations of state Homeland Security, local emergency responders, and public safety officials and use the general response practices outlined in the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

  • Are there police officers or security guards working in our schools?

    Both. We have a total of 24 School Resource Officers (SROs) (through the Aurora Police Department, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Greenwood Village Police Department) who work directly with Cherry Creek Schools. These officers are assigned to specific schools, and available to respond to calls throughout the school system. CCSD also has a number of trained security guards that assist at sites, on buses and at the district command/dispatch level.

  • Do schools have video surveillance cameras?

    Yes. All schools and district buildings are equipped with video surveillance cameras and are remotely monitored by district security personnel.

  • What should I do if my child or I see a threat posted on social media?

    All concerns for safety, including posts on social media, should be reported immediately through our Safe2TellCO app/email/phone number or directly to police. You can access Safe2Tell here: www.safe2tell.org. We work closely with our law enforcement partners to investigate each and every threat that is reported. Once the threat has been reported to police, it is not helpful to continue to share the threat on social media. The district will communicate directly with families when a threat is made against a school. Only official information coming from police or the school district should be considered accurate.

  • Are visitors required to check-in and wear ID?

    Yes. All visitors are required to check in at the security desk or front office, show identification, and get a badge. All schools use the Raptor ID visitor management system to check visitor names against the sex offender database.

  • Are all doors to schools locked during the day?

    All doors at elementary and middle schools will be locked at all times during the school day and visitors will be required to show identification and get a badge at the front desk or office. Our high schools are open campuses similar to college campuses, so doors are not locked. However, security personnel and School Resource Officers are present on every campus and visitors are required to check in, show identification and get a badge.

  • Has the district considered getting metal detectors for the main entrances to schools?

    The Cherry Creek School District continuously reviews and evaluates security systems in place across the district. Based on best practices and conversations with our security and law enforcement partners, we have determined that metal detectors are not a strategy that will improve safety and security for students and staff in our schools. Our comprehensive safety and security plan for the district is multi-faceted and includes highly trained security personnel, School Resource Officers in all of our high schools and feeder areas, locked doors and buzzer systems at the elementary and middle schools, visitor badges, and educating our students and staff in “see something, say something” protocols.

  • Do schools have drills so staff and students know what to do if there is an intruder or someone actively using a weapon? How often?

    Yes. All CCSD schools conduct multiple drills throughout the school year. These include drills to practice protocols around lockdowns, fires, secure perimeter, shelter in place, evacuations and more.

  • Does the district’s security staff participate in regular safety training exercises?

    Yes. Every year, the CCSD security officials work closely with police departments, sheriff's departments and fire departments from across the district's 108 square miles to create a more streamlined and effective protocol for handling emergencies. This includes regular safety drills and security summits, exercises that seek to recreate conditions and offer a practical, immersive training exercise not only for security specialists in CCSD, but also for police officers, fire officials and first responders who work with our staff to ensure the safety and security of our community.

  • What are elementary students taught during these types of drills?

    The main message is to remain calm and quiet and follow the instructions of their classroom teachers. Procedures involve locking classroom and entrance doors, pulling down interior window shades and moving children to the least visible areas in the room or the most secure areas of the school.

Last Modified on April 18, 2019