CSI recognizes that effective learning and teaching takes place in a safe, secure, and welcoming environment, and that safe schools contribute to improved attendance, increased student engagement, and community support. Consistent with CSI’s commitment to making school safety a top priority, CSI will work to ensure that CSI Schools comply with all statutory requirements and CSI policies related to school safety. Schools must annually submit to CSI a Safety, Readiness, and Incident Management Plan to ensure requirements are being met. The resources below provide helpful summary information on key topics.
Colorado Safe Schools Act
CSI schools must create specific policies and procedures related to student conduct, discipline and school safety (C.R.S. 22-32-109.1). Among other things, this must include establishing a Safe School Plan that addresses student conduct and discipline and a School Response Framework that addresses emergency management.
Claire Davis School Safety Act
The Claire Davis School Safety Act imposes a limited waiver of sovereign immunity for a school that fails to exercise “reasonable care” to protect all students, faculty and staff from “reasonably foreseeable” acts of violence that occurs at school or a school-sponsored activity.
Emergency Operations Planning
CSI schools must create and regularly update a School Safety, Readiness and Incident Management Plan (also known as an Emergency Operations Plan) that addresses emergency preparedness and responses to threats.
As part of their school safety planning, CSI schools should have procedures in place to identify and manage concerning behaviors among the staff and students.
As part of their school safety planning, CSI schools should have procedures in place that address the supervision and security of school buildings and grounds. Schools should conduct periodic site assessments to identify and address physical safety concerns.