Safety & Security FAQs

Valor Christian High School has partnered with RAVE Mobile Safety to enhance our current emergency alert system. RAVE Mobile Safety is capable of delivering messages to your email addresses, as well as your land line and cell phone. This system will provide alerts to you in the event of a snow day, early dismissal, lockdown, or other emergency alert.

We have enrolled you in the program at no additional expense to you. We encourage you to login to the Rave Mobile Safety site to confirm your contact information and choose your notification preferences.

To sign up or manage your preferences, click here.

Emergency Plans

Overview

State law requires that schools be adequately prepared to respond to natural, biological, and man-made emergencies. To assist in complying with these requirements, Valor Christian High School has adopted the Model Safe School Plan, Emergency Procedures for use as a template in the preparation of emergency procedures.

Plan Organization

The effective management of emergencies requires both adequate emergency preparedness and emergency response capabilities. This plan is organized into sections addressing emergency preparedness, identifying the school’s emergency response, emergency response teams roles and responsibilities, determining the nature and extent of an emergency, response actions to be taken in an emergency, detailed emergency response procedures for different emergencies that may be encountered in a school setting, and supplemental emergency information including contact information, supply lists and evacuation routes. Standard forms, site maps and other supporting information are contained in the Appendices. This plan also incorporates principles of the National response Framework (NRF), National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS).

The Valor Emergency Operations Plan/ Comprehensive School Safety Plan is an “Official Use Only” internal document and is not available for public viewing, but if you have any specific concerns or questions pertaining to The Valor Emergency Operations Plan/ Comprehensive School Safety Plan, please feel free to contact Tige Watson, the Director of Safety and Security at 303-471-3039.

Standard Response Protocol

Valor Christian High School adheres to the “Standard Response Protocol” as endorsed by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and developed by the “I love U guys Foundation.” This protocol establishes a standard set of four action based responses to any number of school emergencies. These actions are lockout, lockdown, shelter, and evacuate. The pre-established responses increase student safety through ease of application, predictability, flexibility and common understanding. First responders, parents, teachers and students can easily understand each specific action and confidently apply it to the situation.

Standard Reunification Method

Due to any number of events, it may become necessary for Valor Christian High School to implement a “controlled release” of it’s students. Examples may include severe weather events, fire, or other potential crisis. The process of a controlled release is formalized into a protocol referrred to as the “Standard Reunification Method”. This protocol helps direct parents, students and staff during a potentially chaotic event; with the goal of returning all students safely to their parents. Please contact Tige Watson, the Director of Safety and Security if you have questions or concerns.

Parking Management

Overview

All vehicles that park on Valor Christian High School property must be appropriately permitted unless they are short-term visitors. Only visitors are permitted to park in the visitor’s lot. All Valor Christian High School students, faculty and staff must have clearly visible, current permits affixed to their vehicles as per the permit regulations. This provision allows Valor personnel to easily identify if a vehicle is authorized to park on our campus and assist in keeping track of those on campus at any given time. Fees may be assessed for unsafe driving practices or for violations of permit regulations. Driving privileges can be revoked or restricted for repeated occurrences of driving infractions and or for immediately dangerous driving practices. At all times, Valor strives to make parking management an educational experience and we encourage our students to display responsibility and self-advocacy. If you have questions, concerns or ideas to improve parking management, feel free to contact the Lead Dean at 303-471-3230.

  • The initial parking permit is free
  • Additional permits or replacement permits are $15.00 each
  • The initial ticket fee is $15, subsequent fees may be increased to no more than $50 each.
  • The receipt of four or more tickets will result in referral to the Dean’s office for appropriate consequences.
  • Repeated violations of the permit regulations will be addressed as appropriate

Text Alert System Definitions

Late Start

Valor may determine that due to current or projected weather conditions a late or delayed start may be prudent. Valor will always begin a late start schedule at 9:30 a.m. Students will report to the first class normally scheduled on the specific day in question and will attend all classes within a modified time schedule on that day.

Evacuation

This action is taken after the decision is made that it is unsafe to remain inside Valor facilities. Do not come to the campus until directed to do so.

Lockout

A lockout is utilized to secure the perimeter of the school from a potential threat from the outside. A lockout allows “normal” business to continue within the facilities while restricting or prohibiting movement on the exterior. Do not come to the campus because no one will be allowed in or out until DCSO (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office) has determined the situation has been rendered safe.

Shelter-In-Place

“Shelter-in-place” is initiated to protect students and staff from chemical, radiological, or biological contaminants released into the environment or other hazardous atmosphere. To “shelter-in-place” means to take immediate shelter where you are and isolate the inside environment from the outside environment. Do not come to the campus until directed to do so.

Lock Down

A lockdown is an emergent course of action necessary when it is not possible to safely evacuate the building due the presence of an armed intruder. This requires the isolation of students and staff into secure areas until law enforcement can secure the building. Do not come to the campus because no one will be allowed in or out until DCSO (Douglas County Sheriff’s Office) has determined the situation has been rendered safe.

All Clear

This action is taken to notify the Valor community that normal school operations can resume.

Reunification

This action is taken when circumstances occur at the school that require parents to pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release. The process of controlled release is called a reunification. This may take place at an off site location. This will be communicated via the text alert system. Upon receiving this alert, do not come to the campus. Wait to receive reunification directions/protocols, along with the reunification location.

Valor Test

At prescheduled times, Valor will conduct a test of the emergency text alert system to ensure that our parents have consistent, and efficient access to critical information.

Snow Day/School Closure

A school closure or “snow day” will result in the cancelling of all classes. To include cancellation of co-curricular activities and any other non-school related activities taking place on our campus on the particular day of closure. School will resume on the next weekday according to the typical schedule for that day.

Early Dismissal

In rare events, Valor may determine a need to invoke an early dismissal from school. Early dismissal may take place due to current or projected extreme weather or weather events and or emergency situations. If the need for an early dismissal is identified, Valor will communicate with parents through the schoolcast notification system, and the Valor website. The time and location for early pick up of your student will be communicated as well.

Valor Safety & Security Department

Purpose

In partnership with the Director of Safety and Security (Lead Dean) and the assigned Douglas County SRO, the Valor Safety and Security Committee will work collaboratively to review current safety and security policies and procedures, foster a safe and secure environment throughout the campus, provide consistent communication and recommend training for the staff/faculty, and encourage the Valor community to join the committee in vigilance; recognizing that God goes before, behind, beside and within that there might be confidence in all circumstances.

Notification

24 hour Notification – Valor Security Line 303.471.3011
Director of Safety and Security: Tige Watson, 303.471.3039
School Resource Officer: Deputy, Mike Adams, 303.471.3130
After Hours Emergency Number: 303-471- 3011
Contact 911 for emergencies

Text A Tip

Is sponsored by the Douglas County Sheriff’s office. Students can send anonymous crime tips to the Douglas County Sherriff’s Office via text message from their mobile device. All tips are anonymous and secure.

Safe 2 Tell

Safe 2 Tell provides a safe and anonymous way for young people to report any threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know. Students can call 1-877-542- 7233 or submit a tip through the link below.

Weather Closure and Delay Decisions

Weather Closures & Delays

The Director of Safety and Security and the Director of Campus facilities will review and discuss conditions in the local area and on Valor Christian High School campus as well as monitoring incoming storm systems. If conditions are considered to be too dangerous for travel or the current weather forecast indicates that conditions are projected to become increasingly dangerous, a decision for school closure or delay will be made.

Valor Christian is a metropolitan school with students coming from numerous Front Range communities. In an effort to assist parents and students in arriving to school safely, the school will adhere to the following policies related to closures, late starts and early dismissals. Valor will make independent decisions separate and distinct from any other school or district. If we make a decision to close or delay the start of school, we will do so by 6:00 a.m. and will immediately post the notices on our website, official Valor social media sites, and the Valor Weather Hotline, 303.471.3111. Students, parents, faculty and staff will be notified by text message via the SchoolCast communication system. We will also attempt to announce our decision on the major radio and television stations in Denver. Parents may begin calling the Valor Weather Hotline beginning at 6:00 a.m. for any pertinent announcements. While we will make every attempt to notify the media and update our hotline and website by 6:00 a.m., parents and students should assume that if notice of a school closure or late start has not been communicated by 6:30 a.m. then we will begin school as normal.

Student safety is a priority. If bad weather contributes to negative road conditions, parents should make their own decisions about their student’s safety traveling to and from school. Parents, under these circumstances, please call the attendance line (303.471.3100) and update the school regarding your student’s attendance. Student absences due to travel safety will be excused provided Valor has been properly notified.

School Closings

A school closure will result in the cancelling of all classes. Cancellation of co-curricular activities and any other non-school related activities taking place on our campus on the particular day of closure will be communicated via the coaches/teams, the website home page, text message via the SchoolCast communication system, and the Weather Hotline. The school will resume on the next weekday according to the typical schedule for that day. (Example: If school was closed on Tuesday, we will resume school on Wednesday according to the normal Wednesday schedule.)

Late Start

In order to take the guesswork or any confusion out of a late-start schedule due to weather, we will ALWAYS begin a late start schedule at 9:30 a.m. Students will report to the first class normally scheduled on the specific day in question and will attend all classes within a modified time schedule on that day. Students will be considered tardy or absent if they arrive at a later time.

Early Dismissal

In the rare event that we would determine to invoke an early dismissal from school due to current or projected extreme weather or weather events , we will communicate with parents through the schoolcast notification system, and the Valor website. The time and location for early pick up of your student will be communicated as well.