Safety

Columbine

Support available as Jeffco remembers Columbine 20 years later

April 19, 2019

Wednesday’s school closure and the 20th anniversary of the Columbine tragedy have made for a very challenging week for our community. Anniversaries are always difficult, as is finding a way to sensitively talk about school violence with children. There are resources that can help.  “Seeking out mental health counseling is not a sign of weakness, […]

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threat

Threat to area schools ends Wednesday morning

April 17, 2019

A “credible threat” that closed schools in Jeffco and all along the Front Range ended Wednesday morning after the 18-year-old woman in question was found dead near the base of Mount Evans. Jeffco Sheriff Jeff Shrader said that the FBI confirmed that Sol Pais was found deceased of an “apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” He said […]

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snow delay

Jeffco Schools may pilot 2-hour snow delay this week

March 12, 2019

Jeffco Schools may pilot a two-hour snow delay as an alternative to a snow day as early as this week, if current snow forecasts hold true. A letter explaining how the two-hour weather delay will work was sent to Jeffco families and staff on March 5. Superintendent Jason Glass announced the March weather delay pilot […]

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SELS

Social Emotional Learning Specialists (SELS), explained

March 1, 2019

Additional mental health support for Jeffco students is in the works due to funding from 5A, the mill levy override approved in November. The district will use some of that funding to expand mental health support by adding a half-time Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SELS) to every elementary school. The goal of adding SELS is […]

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delayed start

School Board discusses snow days, mental health resources, preschool

February 27, 2019

Jeffco Schools will premiere a two-hour delayed start pilot in March as a potential option to a full-closure or regular school schedule for hazardous weather days, Superintendent Jason Glass told board members at their Feb. 7 regular meeting. “The question frequently comes up, ‘Why doesn’t Jeffco have a delay?’” Glass said. Several metro-area school districts […]

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5A 5B winning

5A, 5B winning after days of uncertainty

November 12, 2018

After days of counting and waiting, the fate of Jeffco Schools’ mill and bond is nearly resolved and both 5A and 5B are winning. Voters approved 5A, a $33 million mill levy override with approximately 55 percent of the vote. Meanwhile, the fate of the $567 million bond also looked positive, with the We Are Jeffco campaign reporting […]

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recommendations

Additional security staffing, secure entrances top Safety Task Force recommendations

October 10, 2018

Staffing all middle and high school entry points with Jeffco security personnel, ensuring there is a School Resource Officer (SRO) at each middle and high school, adding campus supervisors to all middle schools, and increasing the number of qualified behavioral health specialists were top recommendations presented by the Safety Task Force at the Jeffco School […]

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mental health resources

Student perspective: Jeffco Schools needs more mental health resources

September 11, 2018

In July, Jeffco PEN published an article about the various mental health resources available to Jeffco students. In response, we heard from a female Jeffco student who graduated in May. We have chosen to keep information about this student confidential, but have permission to share the following details from “someone who received lots of mental […]

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mill and bond

‘Our students deserve better’: Jeffco School Board puts mill, bond on 2018 ballot

August 24, 2018

The Jeffco School Board unanimously voted to put a mill and bond on the November ballot, and also approved a resolution supporting the statewide school funding initiative Amendment 73 at their meeting on Aug. 23. Board members voted after hearing Jeffco parents, teachers, principals and citizens talk for more than an hour about about how […]

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mill

Jeffco School Board to vote whether to put mill, bond on ballot

August 23, 2018

The Jeffco School Board will host a special meeting today, Thursday, Aug. 23 to discuss and vote on whether to put a mill levy override and bond on the November ballot. Before the discussion, board members will listen to public comment about the mill levy override and bond proposals. People wishing to address the board […]

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