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Schools On Lockdown Modify Normal Releases

By: Leslie Fichera Email
By: Leslie Fichera Email

Schools in D38 and D20 modified their normal release procedures after a day-long modified lockdown Friday due to a manhunt for a kidnapping suspect.

DISCOVERY CANYON CAMPUS K-10:

Discovery Canyon Campus will remain in a Level One lockdown - Controlled Access status for the rest of the school day. Due to continued police activity in the Stone Crossing and Gleneagle areas, the following steps are being taken to maximize the safety of your children:

1. Students who walk or ride their bikes to school will remain at school until a parent is able to come and pick them up. All students will be under the supervision of school personnel. Every effort will be made to assist the students with making parent contact. If your child is a walker or bike rider, please come to the main level office to pick up your child.
2. Bus riding students will be boarded on their regular bus and transported to their appropriate bus stop. PARENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO MEET THEIR CHILD AT THE BUS STOP.
3. All after school events and activities have been cancelled.
4. Any parent wishing to pick their child up early may do so through the regular student check out procedure.

TCA NORTH:
TCA North remains to be on a limited access status. We do not anticipate this to be lifted before school is released this afternoon.

Our TCA staff members will be directing a "controlled release" at 3:00 PM.

What this means:

Our staff members will direct the bus students to board their bus and stay on that bus. They will not be allowed off the bus once they have boarded.

We encourage parents of students that walk home to come and pick them up or arrange a ride home for them.

Any student that has an activity on the TCA field or in the gym will need to go directly to that area and stay there. The volleyball game in the gym and the football game this evening are still scheduled.

Supervision will be vigilant and students will not be allowed to wander, hang around, or play on the playground equipment after school. All students must have a destination, either home or an activity.

ANTELOPE TRAILS ELEMENTARY

Antelope Trails Elementary will remain in a Level One lockdown - Controlled Access status for the rest of the school day. Due to continued police activity in the Stone Crossing and Gleneagle areas, the following steps were developed with the cooperation of the Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office to maximize the safety of your children:

1. Students who walk or ride their bikes to school will remain at school until a parent is able to come and pick them up. All students will be under the supervision of school personnel. Every effort will be made to assist the students with making parent contact. If your child is a walker or bike rider, please come to the main office to pick up your child.
2. Bus riding students will be boarded on their regular bus and transported to their appropriate bus stop. PARENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO MEET THEIR CHILD AT THE BUS STOP.
3. All after school events and activities, including basket raffle ticket purchases, have been cancelled.
4. Any parent wishing to pick their child up early may do so through the regular student check out procedure.

DA VINCI

The da Vinci Academy will remain in a Level One lockdown - Controlled Access status for the rest of the school day. Due to continued police activity in the Stone Crossing, Trail Ridge, and Middle Creek Manor areas, the following steps are being taken to maximize the safety of your children:

1. Students who walk or ride their bikes to school will remain at school until a parent is able to come and pick them up. Parents may begin picking up your students as soon as you can before 3:50 pm (with ID). All students will be under the supervision of school personnel. Every effort will be made to assist the students with making parent contact. If your child is a walker or bike rider, please come to the main level office to pick up your child as soon as possible (with ID).
2. Bus riding students will be boarded on their regular bus and transported to their appropriate bus stop. PARENTS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO MEET THEIR CHILD AT THE BUS STOP.
3. All after school events and activities have been cancelled. PTO Picnic and Land sharks are cancelled.

DCC PK-5 Afternoon Car Pick- up (Kiss & Go)

Because of inclement weather and the heightened security in the area, PK-5 students who use Kiss & Go will be held in the office until parents arrive.

Staff members will be stationed outside with radios to call children out to the pick up area. Parents are welcome to park in the parking lot and come in to pick up their students.

You are also welcome to pick up your students early following our regular check out procedure.

DISTRICT 20

On advice from the Colorado Springs Police Department, all buses will run on time this afternoon from all District 20 schools. However, families in the northern part of our district should be aware that there is continued law enforcement presence in the areas near Stonegate and Gleneagle. You are urged to try and meet your children at the bus stops in these areas as a precautionary measure.

Law enforcement agencies continue to search for a criminal suspect who was seen in the northern part of the school district. Four schools, The da Vinci Academy, Discovery Canyon Campus, Antelope Trails and The Classical Academy North were on limited access status most of the day today.

Parents in District 20 received this letter from district officials:

As you may know via the media, this morning Police were searching for a kidnapping suspect in the northern area of our school district. On the advice of the Colorado Springs Police Department, working with District 20 Security and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, several schools were initially placed on "limited access" early this morning. Pine Creek and others in our area were added to that list later in the morning. This meant that we did not allow any students to leave the school and limited access to the school to parents. By 10:00am, we were informed by the police and District 20 Security that the suspect was no longer in this area or a threat to our students and that we could return to business as usual.

We know that this was of great concern in our community and want to assure you that the situation was being closely monitored, and we were in constant communication with the police through our School Resource Officer and Security.

The safety of students and staff at Pine Creek High School was the number one priority in making decisions. Your students were wonderful and responded very calmly and appropriately to the situation. If you have any questions or concerns about this specific situation, or about school security in the District or school in general, please consider attending the Building Accountability Advisory Meeting on Monday evening, September 15th, from 6:00pm-7:30pm in the Pine Creek Library. Mr. Larry Borland, District 20 Director of Security, will be the guest speaker.


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