Storm Emergency Procedures
We follow the school district policy on school closures. The closings are announced on local radio, local news programs and on the district web-site at www.dpsk12.org. Closings for the district are announced as “Denver Public Schools.” Please use good judgment when deciding whether or not to drive your child to school.
Parking Lot Safety
The following instructions are for the safety of our children. Please follow these instructions at all times.
Parking lots are a source of danger to young children. We strongly suggest that you:
- Enter and leave the parking lots with extreme caution. Be on the lookout for wandering children.
- Park in the west parking lot. Please adhere to the “NO PARKING” signs on the front of the building. Also, adhere to signs that indicate “Authorized vehicles and Personnel”. Visitors are NOT allowed in these areas.
- Be aware that when the bus displays its stop sign, you are required by law to STOP! Bus drivers will record the license plate number of people not adhering to school bus stop signs. Traffic tickets will be issued and fines imposed.
- Always hold your child’s hand when going to and coming from an automobile. Do not let the child run ahead of you. Children can inadvertently run behind a car that is backing out.
- Please do not stand in the parking lot conversing with other adults unless your child is seated safely in the car with the doors closed.
- Never leave children unattended in the car while you are taking or picking up your enrolled child.
- Staff will take walks to the parking lot with the children and discuss safety precautions with them.
- Parking in the lots of businesses surrounding the school is NOT permitted unless you were told by Escalante-Biggs’ Administration that it is allowed. Failure to obey this rule could lead to having your vehicle towed or ticketed.
Memo of Understanding: Parking, parking lot safety, crosswalk and bus lane
To: Parent(s) of child/ren attending school at Escalante-Biggs Academy
From: Eric Love -Principal – Escalante-Biggs Academy
At Escalante-Biggs Academy our utmost concern is that of your child’s safety. One of our licensure regulations is that all students must be delivered to their classrooms via “hand to hand” drop off and sign in, which necessitates many vehicles coming and going though our two parking lots at various times during the day.
We also provide Denver Public Schools bus transportation through the Student Success Shuttle and for our School program.
It is imperative that anyone transporting a child at Escalante-Biggs Academy by car know and understand the following guide-lines and agreements. Please share this information with all adults who may be transporting your child to or from school:
- The west parking lot is reserved for visitors.
- Other parking lots are reserved for staff and authorized vehicles.
The front of the building “horse-shoe” drive is for bus access ONLY.
THIS WILL BE ENFORCED BY DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS SAFETY AND SECURITY OFFICER ASSIGNED TO OUR BUILDING.
Thank you for being an active partner with us in ensuring these guidelines are followed to help protect all children at Escalante-Biggs Academy.
On our walks about the school neighborhood, we conduct an ongoing program of education for street safety. Children are taught:
- To look both ways and make sure that no cars are coming before crossing a street.
(STOP, LOOK & LISTEN)
- To stand on the curb, where it is easier to be seen by someone in a car, until it is safe to cross.
- To obey traffic signals.
When we take the children on walks, we have very strict rules: The children must always wait for the teacher to tell them that it is safe to cross a street. When the group is near a busy intersection, no child is allowed to walk in front of the teacher, and there will be one or more of the adults at the rear of the group where they can see everyone at all times.
Inclement Weather Days
If it is raining or snowing, students will not go outside to recess and will engage in indoor play. If the temperature is below 30 degrees students will have inside recess.
If weather is exceedingly hot, outdoor play will be cancelled and will be substituted with indoor play.
The Three Bees Rule
We teach the following safety rules at school to (1) remind children how to interact appropriately with others; (2) to help children feel safe in their classrooms.
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful.
- Be Responsible.
Through many discussions, the teachers and the children discuss what “Be Safe” means in terms of concrete behaviors surrounding playground play, going on field trips, using the bathroom, etc.
“Be Respectful” is clearly defined – no actions against someone which could hurt their bodies (hitting, kicking, pushing, etc.) or their feelings (name calling, teasing, hurtful words, etc.)
“Be Responsible” includes awareness all classroom materials, products children make, and anything which is brought from home.
Reporting Child Abuse
The Colorado Children’s Code requires that all staff employed by public schools report incidents or information of “suspected” abuse and/or neglect. Any follow-up regarding these reports is the responsibility of the Denver County Department of Social Services.