March 8, 2018
Dear Denver Online School Families,
It is our priority to keep you informed of incidents related to student safety. This morning we received reports from students and parents of a perceived threat posted on social media by one of our students. This caused some students fear and anxiety.
DPS takes all threats seriously. The Denver police and the DPS Department of Safety investigated the student’s post and determined that a threat toward our school or students was not made. As an extra precaution, the Denver police increased patrols around our school today.
I would like to assure you that the safety and well-being of our students is our No. 1 priority at Denver Online. Our school works closely with the Department of Safety and the Denver Police Department to report all safety incidents that occur at our school and anything suspicious that may occur in the neighborhood.
Please know that my team will continue to work with our students to empower them to understand online safety and digital citizenship. I am asking each of you family members to talk with your student/s about responsible social media use. Please remind them of the impact their words, actions and photos can have on their peers when shared through social media.
Also, please let them know that, even on “disappearing media” such as Snapchat and Instagram, the things they post are not necessarily gone forever. Others may still be able to view their messages, including members of law enforcement. Lastly, please emphasize that if your student is a witness or target of inappropriate behavior or bullying in person or through social media, they should reach out to his or her teacher, school administration and should contact Safe-2-Tell.
To learn more about cyber-safety as a parent, we encourage you to visit www.commonsensemedia.org, a partnership we have forged through Denver Public Schools.
I thank you for your support in helping us to keep our school a safe place of learning for our students. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions.