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School Safety & Security Task Force

“In the years since Columbine, we have learned a great deal about better securing our schools and Jeffco Public Schools has become a national leader in systems to safeguard students. Jeffco Public Schools is committed to school safety and to working with our community to make sure we all understand the part we have to play in keeping Jeffco’s kids safe.”  - Dr. Jason Glass


The task force met on June 18. After a review of norms and recommended methodology, the group split into the four committees to brainstorm ideas: Climate & Culture, Threat Assessment & Management, Target Hardening/Physical Security, and Tactics & Response.

Slides from June 18 School Safety Task Force meeting

June 4 Meeting

The task force met on June 4. The group is splitting into several committees. There will be 4-5 working meetings over the summer, then the task force will make recommendations for the district to the superintendent. 

Slides from June 4 School Safety Task Force meeting

Initial Meeting

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The initial information meeting about school security and safety was held March 20, 2018. The speakers included:

  • Dr. Jason Glass, Jeffco Public Schools Superintendent
  • John McDonald, JPS Executive Director of Security and Emergency Mgmt
  • Susan Payne, Director, Safe2Tell
  • Dr. Katherine McMann, Nicoletti-Flater Associates
  • John-Michael Keyes, I Love U Guys Foundation
  • Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader
  • Jefferson County District Attorney Pete Weir
  • Westminster Police Chief Tim Carlson
  • Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan
  • Lakewood Police Chief Dan McCasky
  • Golden Police Chief Bill Kilpatrick
  • Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey
  • Arvada Police Chief Ed Brady

There were approximately 400 people in attendance. After a presentation and comments by the panel, attendees split into groups to discuss school safety. The meeting concluded with reports from the breakout groups.

Here is some information from the first meeting:

Task Force Application Process

Jeffco Public Schools is assembled a task force to further examine our security practices across the district. Applications closed April 10. Fifty of the over 100 applicants were selected for the task force. The task force selection criteria included an attempt to represent all articulation areas and various viewpoints. 

Your Input

If you would like to give feedback on this issue, please use this form (feedback form in Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese).

All feedback will be reviewed by the task force.

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