Compass Montessori School complies with all local and state rules and regulations by providing an environment that is free of all known health and safety hazards in accordance with all Social Services, Health Department, and School District rules. We make a conscientious effort to correct any situation that could endanger the health and safety of students and adults at our school. We appreciate your support in helping us identify any safety hazards.
Tornadoes and High Winds
When a tornado or high wind warning is issued, students will be taken away from windows and into an interior hallway. Teachers will indicate that students need to get into the tucked position. For high winds, teachers will decide if it is safe for students to stay in the classroom.
Fires and Fire Drills
All students and staff will practice fire drill evacuations on a regular basis. Two different routes or evacuation plans will be posted in the hall by each classroom door. Staff will familiarize themselves with these plans and be ready to execute them when the fire alarm goes off. Fire extinguishers are readily accessible in the event a small fire breaks out. There is no smoking allowed in the building or on school grounds.
Safety Drills: Secure, Lockdown, Hold, and Evacuation
Secure: Secure is ordered when there is an issue OUTSIDE the building, most often police activity in the area that could pose a threat or a wild animal nearby. All exterior doors are locked and "business as usual" continues inside the school. No one is allowed in or out of the building without permission from the Administration, such as the Executive Director or a Director of Student Affairs.
Lockdown: A lockout is ordered when there is a threat INSIDE the building. Students and staff are secured IN the school. Staff does not communicate during a lockdown. No one is allowed in or out of the building without permission from the Administration, such as the Executive Director or a Director of Student Affairs. Cases that would involve a lockout would include: (1) environmental concerns and (2) warnings from police about a possible fugitive or violent activity in the immediate area. Compass will work in partnership with Jeffco Security, Student Resource Officers (SROs), and local law enforcement in the event of a lockdown.
Hold: A “Hold” is used when there is an issue in a specific part of the building that is under control but not yet fully removed. Business as usual within the classrooms; doors closed.
Shelter: A “Shelter” is used when personal protection is necessary from dangerous weather conditions such as a tornado, blizzard or hail. It may also be ordered in the event of a hazmat situation in the area.
Evacuation: An “Evacuation” is ordered when people must exit the building due to unsafe circumstances. If student pick-up or off-site reunification is required, instructions will be communicated by the district.
The school will also conduct no less than an annual lockdown drill in partnership with the Jefferson County Schools Office of Safety and Security. The school conducts these drills in an effort to constantly improve safety and security protocol at the school. The school will send notice to families before all lockdown drills and we encourage parents to talk to their children after the drills to discuss any concerns that students have.
Emergency Protocol On or Off of School Property - Wheat Ridge Campus In the event of an emergency that would cause students and staff to leave the building, we will evacuate to Mountain Phoenix School, located at 4725 Miller St, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Parents will then receive a message via School Messenger with the details of when and where to pick up their child.
Emergency Protocol On or Off of School Property - Golden Campus
In the event of an emergency that would cause students and staff to leave the building, Compass Montessori School will evacuate north to Tony Grampsas Memorial Sports Complex, located at 4471 Salvia St, Golden, CO 80401, east to Compass Montessori Wheat Ridge, located at 10399 West 44th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033, or west to the Farmhouse at 4350 Easley Rd, Golden 80403. Parents will then receive a message via School Messenger with the details of when and where to pick up their child.
Emergency Protocol for Students with Special Needs
In the event of an emergency, Compass Montessori Schools will comply with all Jefferson County Board of Education approved policies and regulations, and the requirements of federal and state laws concerning the safety of students with special needs. Compass Montessori Schools will ensure full compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There will be an individual plan in place for students with special needs which will be located in the classrooms.
If the school is without heat, a cooling system, and/or electricity in the building, parents will be contacted regarding pick-up instructions if the classroom temperature is falling and less than 60 degrees or rising and above 90 degrees.
Locating a Lost Child
Teachers will first check out their classroom and surrounding area. The Program Director, Head of School, or Executive Director will be notified immediately if a child is lost and begin a thorough search. Parents will be notified if their child is missing. All off-campus classroom activities are reported to and tracked in the front office to account for students at all times.
Compass works with Jeffco Schools to ensure the foundational security principles of early prevention, strong preparedness, rapid response, and sustainable recovery are present in the environment. This may include utilizing the established threat management process to assess students and the development of school safety plans. Parents and Guardians will be notified as soon as possible.
Reporting Child Abuse
All Compass Montessori staff members, board members, and school volunteers are required, by law, to report any known or suspected student abuse or neglect to the proper Social Service or law enforcement agency and to the Executive Director. If child abuse is suspected within our program please contact our local county child protective services department or Colorado Neglect/Abuse Hotline at 1-844-CO-4-KIDS.
Asbestos Inspections and Abatement
The schools have conducted an extensive inspection and evaluation of asbestos-containing materials in its buildings. The results of this work established the basis for our plans to control or remove asbestos from school buildings. Our work also brings us into compliance with the Federal 1986 Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act. The results of inspections and evaluation have been summarized in an asbestos management plan for the school. The plan is on file at each school building and at the Facilities Building. You are welcome to review our asbestos management plan at any time during regular business hours.
Alcohol, Tobacco, Other Drugs and Weapons
Alcohol, tobacco, non-prescription drugs, illegal substances, or weapons will neither be allowed in the school, on the grounds of Compass Montessori Schools nor at any Compass-sponsored activity. Use, possession, or purchase of alcohol, illegal substances, or weapons by students will result in an automatic suspension or expulsion from school and possibly the school district.