6 Ways Aspen Academy Makes Safety a School Priority

  • Health and Wellness
Bridget Aylward

Our top priority at Aspen Academy is the safety of our students, staff and community. Each year, we remind our community of the safety measures we practice and enforce  that enable us to create a space where everyone thrives. We dedicate the month of September to the Health & Safety of our school and community. 

 

  1. Driving on Campus: The speed limit on campus is 9 miles per hour. Please provide a model of safety to our children by refraining from cell phone use or texting while driving on campus. Your full attention while driving is essential for student safety. When driving on campus, please be alert, patient, and courteous.

  2. Parking: Please park only in our Aspen Academy parking lots. Per Greenwood Village, parking is not allowed on any neighboring main or side streets. During drop off, please do not park in the first row of our main lot, as it causes back-ups on Orchard and unnecessary congestion.

The south lot is open daily for overflow parking. Greenwood Village added a lighted crosswalk for safe passage in front of the Curtis Art Center on Orchard. 

  1. Kiss-n-Go and Pick-Up Procedures: Cars enter the drop-off lane directly from Orchard. If you arrive from University, travel around the parking lot and merge with the drop-off lane directly in front of the building entrance. Pull all the way forward to the first student drop off station at the northwest corner of the building. Administration is ready to help your child(ren) exit in 7 seconds or less. Parking in the drop off lane is prohibited per fire code. 

Parents of PreK and Morning Extended Care students must park and walk their children into the building. State law requires parents to sign their child in to the attendance book located outside those classrooms’ doors (or inside the room for Extended Care).

Students are not permitted to be dropped-off prior to our stated drop off times as there is no supervision or monitoring for location, activity and safety should an emergency occur. Parents who drop their students before arrival times assume all responsibility if any issues arise as a result and are doing so at their own risk.

  1. Visitor & Volunteer Procedures: All visitors and volunteers are required to sign in at the Front Desk. Our state-of-the-art check-in system, Raptor enables us to scan your ID and print out a visitor/volunteer badge with your picture and destination on it.

  2. Access Key Cards: Each family is provided two access key cards. Additional or replacement cards are $25 and can be purchased at the Front Desk. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, families are required to use their key cards in order to enter the building. If you do not have your key card, you may be asked to check-in for a visitor badge. Parents have access Monday-Friday from 7:10 AM until 5:55 PM.

  3. Security Protocols: A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration.

Our school follows the Standard Response Protocol. Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter. In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be shared via our public announcement (PA) system. The SRP is based on these four actions:

  • LOCKOUT/SECURE PERIMETER - “Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors”

  • LOCKDOWN - “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight”
  • EVACUATE - “To the Announced Location”

  • SHELTER - “For a Hazard Using a Safety Strategy”
     

Notifications are sent to parents to alert you about emergency situations (closure for weather, etc.) via text message and email. You may also check the school website and local news channels for weather closures.

Students and staff are trained and the school will drill these actions over the course of the school year. More information can be found at: http://iloveuguys.org

 

Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of our community. Please speak with your child about the items above and the importance of practicing drills, remembering that practice drills help maintain our school as a safe place to learn and grow. If you have questions or concerns, please speak to me, teachers, Directors, or the ELEVATE team. 

 


About the Author:


Bridget Aylward is the Health and Safety Manager for Aspen Academy. She has worked at Aspen Academy since 2014 and has over 10 years of professional experience, including working with infants and toddlers, teaching pre-kindergarten and extended care, substituting in all subjects and grades, and working as a school nurse. She loves that the Aspen Academy community is so supportive and welcoming. When she is not working, Bridget enjoys reading and spending time outdoors (camping, hiking and stand-up paddle boarding). She loves to spend time with family & friends and cheering on her Kansas City sports teams.