For Safe Schools Month in Colorado you are invited to be a VIP Observer at a full-scale active shooter exercise in Pueblo County School District 70. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Pleasant View Middle School.
Help make every month Safe Schools Month in Colorado. CSSRC E-Update readers are invited to be VIP Observers at any (or all) of the monthly scheduled full-scale active shooter and all-hazards exercises in Pueblo County School District 70 (D70).
- Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at Pleasant View Middle School
- Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at Prairie Winds Elementary School
- Wednesday, December 9, 2015, at Vineland Elementary School
- Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Desert Sage Elementary School
- Wednesday, February 17, 2016, at North Mesa Elementary School
- Wednesday, March 9, 2016, at Pueblo County High School
- TBD April, 2016, at Sierra Vista Elementary School
- TBD May, 2016, at Rye High School
VIP Observers may arrive at any time, and will have access to early morning preparation activities, up-close vantage points throughout the exercises, and the all-hands-on-deck "hotwashes," or post-exercise evaluations, around lunchtime.
Organized by: Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor, Emergency Services Bureau Chief Mark Mears, D70 Superintendent Ed Smith, and D70 Director of Student Services Greg Keasling.
The 8 upcoming full-scale exercises are part of one of the most highly-developed school safety exercise programs in the nation. Each year, D70 conducts full-scale exercises at least once a month, rotating among its 19 campuses. Exercises involve up to 18 response agencies at a time and sometimes more than 2,000 students, teachers, and staff members.
Keasling maintains at D70 a school safety center of excellence that puts into practice latest response strategies and tactics, and develops new ways to integrate school security technologies. Keasling also records each exercise using up to 70 high-definition cameras, with footage captured by embedded video documentary crews, surveillance cameras, and body cameras worn by first responders, actors, and school participants. The video archive is freely available to researchers everywhere.
Discussions designed especially for the VIP Observers vary with each exercise, and include topics such as:
- School safety management, presented by D70 Director of Student Services Greg Keasling
- New procedures for SWAT teams working with rescue teams, demonstrated by Pueblo County first responders
- New radio communications methods between responders and school safety teams, demonstrated by D70 staff
- How to build an affordable mobile command center, in association with HSTL Modular
- School safety best practices for portable classrooms, in association with the Modular Building Institute
- Countering violent extremism among our students, presented by School Safety Partners
- The debate about SRO body worn cameras in schools, with Colorado policymakers
- Statewide interoperable radio communications in Schools, testing District 70's SchoolSAFE Communications platform
- Communicating effectively with broadcast media, with Superintendent Smith and Colorado media relations experts
- And more!
There is no charge to be a part of these events. Food and refreshments will be provided. To get more information along with your 2015-2016 VIP badge, contact John Simmons at 303-345-7926 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.