Safety & Security Overview
Thank you to Jesus Villahermosa/Crisis Reality Training for the parent training on 10/31. >Check back for more training opportunities in the future. Training Presentation Notes provided by Jesus [personal-use only]
School security and student safety are vitally important in our community. At Coeur d’Alene Public Schools, we are working continuously to evaluate and strengthen our safety program. We welcome families to engage with us on this important topic.
This school year we will send a Safety & Health newsletter each month with helpful information and reminders for families. We also will host a community night led by Jesus Villahermosa, a nationally recognized expert in planning for and surviving an active shooter event. You can take a part in keeping our kids safe by reading these newsletters and attending the community night.
Each school in our district has an Emergency Response Plan that has been carefully developed. If there is an emergency at your child’s school, your assistance will help us respond more quickly and effectively. Go here to learn about how we will communicate with you during and after a school emergency, and how you can help ensure the safety of students and school employees during an emergency.
We also want to make sure we know how to reach you during a school emergency. We have several ways we share information and updates, and we invite you to plug into our communication channels, whether it’s by text message or email, or through social media and our website.
Be alert! All Coeur d'Alene Public Schools staff members, parents, students and community members are encouraged to report anything they see, hear or are made aware of that may disrupt or threaten a school or school program. If you see or hear something, say something: Call 911 or call the non-emergency line at (208) 446-1854.
Please discuss these safety matters with your family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concern during emergencies. Thank you in advance for following these steps to ensure our students, staff, and public remain safe and secure.
Meet Dean Keck:
Dean Keck is the Safety & Security Coordinator for the Coeur d'Alene Public School District. Dean joins us from Panhandle Health District where he was a Master Exercise Practitioner/Trainer for seven years. He has also spent seven years as a Logistics Section Chief volunteer with Kootenai County Emergency Management in their Emergency Operation Center. Dean served in the Army for 8 years as a Military Police Accident Investigator and Swat Team Member. After the Army, he was a Police Officer in Western Washington before moving to Eastern Washington. Dean has also worked in the fire service as a firefighter/EMT, and for FEMA as a Disaster Response Communications Tech and has extensive training and experience in incident command system and emergency management.