Security officer with teens smiling

Boulder Valley School District is committed to keeping our school communities safe. We know that before learning is possible, our students and staff must feel secure, so we have developed measures to protect our children and to respond in the event of a threat at our schools.

See Something? Say Something!

It takes everyone working together to keep our students safe.

We encourage everyone to alert and vigilant. If you hear of a possible threat or see something out of the ordinary, immediately contact your school administrator, BVSD Security or local law enforcement. 

Boulder Valley School District Safety & Security logo

Report a non-life threatening emergency such as vandalism, water line breaks or suspicious activity around a school to the Security Department at: 

24-Hour BVSD Security Dispatch
or 303-442-2400

In the case of a life threatening emergency, call 911.

Evaluating Threats

Evaluating  Threats

BVSD always takes reported threats to our schools seriously. We work closely with our partners in law enforcement to determine each report’s credibility as soon as possible by evaluating evidence, conducting interviews and gathering other intelligence. In some cases investigators are able to ascertain that there is no substance to the threat and therefore regular activities should continue, as normal.

When a threat is considered credible, BVSD is committed to notifying parents with as much information as we can provide, including information about the threat and actions that can be taken to protect students and staff.

Avoid Sharing Rumors
Additionally, we ask for help in avoiding the spread of rumors. When unsubstantiated information is spread by word of mouth, social media or other means it can cause unnecessary concern in the community.

Our Plan

How BVSD and Our Schools Prepare for Emergencies

Safety Planning Diagram - Prevention, Mitigation, Prepardness, Response and Recovery.

Crisis Management Plan
BVSD has a plan in place that covers all five phases of emergency preparedness.

The Standard Response Protocol
During an emergency, shared vocabulary for students, staff and first responders is also essential. That is why we use the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation.




Secure the Perimeter

During a Lockout, the danger is considered to be outside of the building. School personnel ensure all perimeter doors are locked and bring any students involved in outside activities indoors. Learning and other activities continue, as normal.



Locks, Lights, Out of Sight

During a Lockdown, the danger may be inside the building. Learning community and individual classroom doors are secured, lights are turned off and students are kept quiet and in place indoors.


Shelter in Place

Follow the Directions 

When a school is sheltering in place, students and staff take actions to protect themselves from a potential danger (tornado, hazardous material, wildland fire, etc.).



Follow the Directions

During an evacuation, students are moved away from possible danger, in a quick, orderly process.


Reunification Logo


Bringing students and families back together

In some situations it may be necessary for families to pick up their children either from their school or another location, like another BVSD facility or a community center.

When asked, a parent or guardian, will need to come to a reunification center. We encourage each family to only send one adult, rather than multiple family members.

Parents and guardians will need to fill in a reunification card and show photo identification.

Students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians who are documented as emergency contacts Students will be released ONLY to parents/guardians who are documented as emergency contacts. We are responsible for ensuring an accountable exchange.

The reunification process can be time-consuming. Please be patient.

CLICK HERE to learn more about Reunification



Your Role

What Families Should Do

The natural instinct for parents or guardians is to come to the school during an emergency to protect their children. However, by doing so, they may endanger themselves and their children. Law enforcement and school personnel are busy responding to the situation. Your arrival or calls may distract them from their work. Please help by following the steps below.

House icon

Stay Home
The most important contribution you can make to your student and your own safety may be staying away from the school.

Cellphone icon

Stay Informed
Information will be shared with families as soon as possible. Please know, in some situations, accurate information may take some time to verify and share.

Caution symbol icon

Be Ready
Be prepared to follow instructions from the Boulder Valley School District.


Be Flexible

Be Flexible During an Emergency

Emergencies are incredibly dynamic situations. It is critical that staff and students are prepared to react quickly and respond to different scenarios and changing conditions on the fly. 

Drills are an excellent opportunity to practice not only the prepared protocols, but to consider actions for different, unplanned situations.​

Emergency Communication

Emergency Communication

Keeping parents, students and staff informed

BVSD is dedicated to providing families with information as soon as possible, but in some situations accurate information may take some time to verify and share.

During an emergency, BVSD will work to notify family members via multiple communication avenues, primarily:

Emergency Alerts

When the Standard Response Protocol is activated at your child’s school or a decision has been made to delay or close our schools, BVSD will send an emergency alert letting you know via phone, text and email messaging – based on the emergency notification preferences you have chosen in your School Messenger account. 

These initial notifications may not include many details, as the situation is developing and accurate information is being gathered. Additional updates will be sent as more information becomes available.

READ MORE: Parents Guide to Crisis Communication
MORE INFO: Adjusting your preferences and opting in to messages from School Messenger.
MORE INFO: Weather Closures and Delays

District Trauma Team

When a crisis happens in the Boulder Valley School District, we have a team of school counselors and psychologists that are ready to respond.

The District Trauma Team, coordinated by the Student Services team, works to support school leaders and personnel in providing emotional comfort and care to students and staff impacted.