Dear Families and Students,
Denver Public Schools (DPS) will be hosting several conversations about School Resource Officers being transitioned out of schools by the end of this school year. We want to move forward in this transition together with the community. We invite you to share with us your hopes and concerns with this transition at our upcoming meeting. Your input will help us better prepare our schools and community for the transition and work toward eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline.
Join us from 5:00pm – 6:00pm on Wednesday, March 17th for a forum hosted in Vietnamese and interpreted into English.
Meeting information: Below are the options to join the event
Your thoughts are so important to us as we look forward to continuing to build safe and healthy schools. This time will provide a space for you to hear which schools will see this transition. Team members from the school district will participate and be available to hear your questions, hopes and concerns directly.
As you might know, the Denver Public Schools Board of Education approved a resolution in the summer of 2020 to remove all School Resource Officers from DPS schools. School Resource Officers are employees of the Denver Police Department who worked inside some DPS schools. For some context, less than 20 School Resource Officers were in our 220 schools.
Since the vast majority of our schools have never had School Resource Officers, we have numerous many examples of how to provide safe schools without having a DPD officer inside the building. But even without School Resource Officers in our buildings, we know there is ongoing work needed to end the school-to-prison pipeline. These efforts include decreasing the number of criminal citations to our students, reducing referrals to law enforcement for our students, and continuing to create safe schools through positive safety and discipline measures. We are also focused on ensuring making sure that, in those instances times when we do need police support on our campuses, those law enforcement officers are working with our schools and students in an anti-racist and culturally-responsive way.
In our ongoing endeavor to ensure continuous work trying to make sure that all of our students have safe and healthy schools, we know that it is important that we hear from students and families at our schools with School Resource Officers. Your input will help us better prepare for the transition and ensure that your hopes, expectations and concerns about eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline are addressed.
We will host more meetings in April to share a draft transition plan and get your feedback and input on final changes to this transition. To ensure the transition of School Resource Officers out of schools is working for our students, families and school leaders, we will continue to engage with families and students into the next school year.
For questions and to learn more, visit: dpsk12.org/sro-transition/