Safety and Security Operational ReviewThe Widefield School District Security Department monitors and maintains the security systems. This includes the access control, closed circuit television systems (CCTV) and various intruder detection systems. The security components are fully integrated at each school. All of the schools’ systems comprise a seamless, districtwide networked security management system.
The most visible security equipment at the schools is the proximity card readers at designated entrances and the security cameras on the exterior of the building. Proximity card readers provide accountability for who is coming into the building. CCTV cameras are a useful crime deterrent, and, by working in conjunction with the access controls system, the cameras provide accountability for access during both regular business hours and outside of business hours (nights and weekends). The cameras also provide surveillance of the school grounds.
In addition to providing detection of unauthorized entries into the schools, the security system addresses key control, vandalism, and emergency planning issues. This provides Widefield School District with documentation on who accesses the schools and when they are accessed. Exterior cameras and detection devices provide prevention, notification, and documentation of vandal-related incidents. The security system also helps in planning and preparing for emergencies by allowing the school to be locked down from the school's main office or from the Widefield School District security office, and it provides camera views of the exterior during a lock-down situation
Safety and Security are the highest priorities in our schools
- Please know that the safety of the students in our care is of the utmost importance. While it is impossible to guarantee that dangerous situations will never happen in and around our schools, we take far-reaching preventive measures. The most important thing we can do is be aware of who is in and around our schools.
- It has been standard practice to require visitors to check in at the main office and receive a visitor’s badge. We are asking all school personnel to make sure this is a priority.
- We stress to employees the importance of stopping individuals they do not know. Students, especially older ones, are asked to report any unidentified individuals to a teacher or other school official right away.
- We are also taking extra care to keep non-essential doors locked. Our high schools have multiple entrances, but we are restricting access at each high school.
- You as parents and neighbors of our schools can be very helpful by being aware of what is going on in and around the building and reporting unusual activity.
- Local law enforcement and district security officials are increasing their presence around our schools.
- Our district security system is currently one of the most advanced systems used.
- We work closely with local law enforcement through the preparation of and drilling for various emergency responses and through our school resource officers to help keep our schools safe learning environments for our students.
- All schools have implemented National Incident Command System within their emergency response teams.
- All Widefield School District Schools are equipped with automated external defibrillators. Each school has CPR, First Aid, and AED trained staff members assigned to the Incident Command Teams.
- Widefield School District has full radio communication interoperability with all area first responders.
- Continue to meet with emergency responders.
- School-level emergency response plans will be revised/updated when necessary to be consistent with the National Incident Command System.
- Widefield School District allows first responders to train regularly in our schools preparing for emergencies.
- Emergency Procedures Handbook has been printed in an easy-to-read, flip chart format and distributed.
- The El Paso County Sheriff, Security/ Fountain Fire Departments, and other emergency responders have been given the district’s "Emergency Management Plan" and complete virtual floor plans of all district buildings. Plans are updated every semester.
- Security and emergency planning improvements are budgeted for annually.
- Widefield School District will continue to update, evolve, and improve as needed.