As kids head back to school this year, there will be armed law enforcement officers on school grounds for two hours every day at all elementary and middle schools, as well as some charter schools that have opted into the program. District high schools already have Campus Security Specialists.
The officers on campus will wear what are called “soft uniforms,” which includes a shirt with “police” or “sheriff” printed on the back so that they are easily identifiable. However, the officers will use unmarked cars so that the public won’t know when they are on school grounds.
Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen said in a press release that, “keeping our students safe in the classroom is our number one priority. We appreciate our partnership with the law enforcement community and look forward to ensuring the safety of our students. This partnership goes to show how incredible our community partners are and what can be done when we all come together and put our children first.”
DCSD has been known for innovative and effective reforms in regards to academics, and now it is taking the same approach to safety at area schools – always putting its students first.