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A safe haven for learning

Statistically, schools continue to be one of the most secure places for our children. Garfield School District Re-2 believes that students learn best and achieve their full potential in safe classrooms. This positive academic environment begins with safe families and safe communities.Maintaining safe schools is the No. 1 priority of Garfield Re-2. Our teachers and staff cannot encourage, nurture or challenge our students if they or the students do not feel safe in their learning environment.Schools are considered some of the safest places in our communities because of the high ratio of adults supervising young people and because of the number of regulations that govern public schools.Regulations and policies oversee everything from what our children eat to the buses they ride. School districts must adhere to the standards and safety policies federal, state and county agencies require. These concern everything from educational issues to playgrounds.Garfield Re-2 has a variety of policies that address potential issues that may occur within our schools. These policies include a code of conduct, use of tobacco by students, drug and alcohol abuse by students, weapons in school, student dress and bullying.In addition, Garfield Re-2 has policies that explicitly detail the discipline actions to be taken in the event that students violate the district’s policies. These policies reflect the state statutes, as well as issues of local concern, and are in place to provide due process of law to all students involved in incidents, as well as parents and school personnel.All of these policies are available for the public’s review at any of the school buildings or the Garfield Re-2 district office at 839 Whiteriver Ave. in Rifle.In addition, to ensure the safe learning environment for our students, each building has a crisis management plan to guide them through a catastrophic event. The district is in the early stages of revamping the districtwide crisis management plan with the help of staff and community members, and this plan will have significant input from local fire, police and emergency services.The administration, teachers and staff of Garfield Re-2 consider providing a safe learning environment top priority. Everyone from the bus drivers who greet your children first thing in the morning, to the cooks who serve them lunch, to the teachers and principals who care for them and teach them during the day are committed to keeping our children safe every day.For more information on Garfield Re-2’s policies, or if you would like to serve on the districtwide crisis management team, please contact Theresa Hamilton, director of districtwide services, at 625-7621.

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