Englewood schools review safety measures

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Englewood School District is including information provided by the Colorado School Safety Resource Center in a package offering tips and strategies for talking to children about tragedies.

“We have sent a letter to all parents letting them know we are reviewing our school safety procedures and offering our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims of the school shooting in Connecticut,” said Brian Ewert, school superintendent. “Right now, we are working on preparing a package contain our information as well as the web sources of information about school safety and talking to children about tragedies. We are hoping to complete the package as quickly as possible.”

He said the package will be sent to parents by e-mail as well as having students take a printed copy home. The district also will post the information on the school website.

Ewert said all principals have been asked to review their school safety procedures with their faculty.

“We have procedures in place in all our schools and practice them frequently,” the superintendent said.

He added that Englewood faces unique challenges because all the district school buildings were constructed in the late 1940s and in the 1950s.

“The modern safety measures expected in schools wasn't an issue when our schools were built,” Ewert said. “We have completed a number of projects to improve building safety at some of the schools and others are being considered for later this year. Everything comes with a price tag, but ensuring the safety of our student is of the highest priority.”

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