October is Safe Schools Month
By Dr. Brenda Krage, Superintendent Fremont Re-2
October in Colorado is Safe Schools Month. School safety is something we take very seriously for all staff, students and visitors to our schools. Allow me to share some of our efforts to strengthen safety systems within our district. We have recently added a staff member to our team dedicated to designing, training and maintaining emergency response protocols that align the Colorado Safe Schools Summit and the CO School Safety Resource Center. Each of our schools has established a school-based emergency response team. Each team is in the process of training on the FEMA National Incident Management System of protocols. Together these efforts will support a districtwide Emergency Operations Plan and standardize our response protocols. Any and all training will tightly align to these response protocols.
Another helpful tool to keep staff, students and visitors to our schools safe is the use of Safe2Tell. Safe2Tell went live in 2004 and was a result of the tragic events at Columbine in 1999. In 2014 Safe2Tell moved under the jurisdiction of the Colorado Attorney General’s Office. Safe2Tell is a way to anonymously report safety related information that is routed back to the local community for follow-up and investigation. This includes: law enforcement, school districts, and schools. Anyone can report via phone, web, or mobile app. Across Colorado Safe2Tell has saved numerous lives and prevented numerous incidents. To access Safe2Tell visit
or ask your local school for information.
Annually, school districts receive a report summarizing the data gathered by Safe2Tell. Our data over the past 5 years indicates that bullying and youth suicide are our 2 highest reported tips. We also know that student behavior tends to peak in November and March of each school. This is helpful information as we design responsive systems to support our students and communities.
Currently, we are in the process of writing a suicide prevention grant; developing partnerships with multiple agencies including mental health and first responders; and continuing to consult with the Colorado School Safety Resource Center as we strengthen our plans.
We are also being very thoughtful about designing data systems to help us identify safety related concerns. These efforts include auditing our facilities, addressing the whole child with health and wellness support from the Fremont Regional Wellness grant, and validating our partnerships within our community to ensure we can provide the necessary support for our students.
As always, my commitment to you is communication. Please visit our schools and get involved! Join the School Accountability Committee to ensure your voice is heard.