New tools announced to protect Colorado students

DENVER (KKTV) - "From threat to action, from risk to reality, our state and nation are experiencing an unprecedented rise in school-related violence. Those who work in school safety no longer are asked basic questions about what their jobs involve; instead parents and communities want to know, “Can you ensure our children are safe at your school?"

In a message addressed to the public Colorado's Attorney General announced new tools for schools to protect students on Wednesday.

Click here to read the entire "Colorado School Safety Guide" researched and written by Sarah Goodrum, Ph.D., Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Northern Colorado, and William Woodward, M.P.A., Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence at the University of Colorado Boulder.

The guide points to five components of school safety planning, including: Prevention and Assessment, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The goal is for schools and communities to rely on available high-quality evidence-based programs, when possible, and to have information on “best practices,” for issues where no research currently exists.

“From threat to action, from risk to reality, our state and nation are experiencing an unprecedented rise in school-related violence,” said Attorney General Coffman. “Those who work in school safety shoulder a tremendous load whether it is counseling students through crisis, participating in threat assessments, coordinating lockdown drills, intervening to prevent a planned school attack, or supporting parents struggling to raise healthy children in a stress-filled environment. The Colorado School Safety Guide is offered in response to the need for more resources to support their work. It’s my hope that the practical safety tools and resources gathered here, along with information on best practices and evidence-based programs, will help better protect kids in our state.”

Another tool released is an educational video discussing the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). You can watch the video below: