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LATE START on Oct. 10 at Each Campus - DCSD Security Drills

As October approaches, we want to let you know of a planned late start at each campus so our staff can take part in important security training. The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Security Team visits schools in Douglas County to do important Lock Down training & drills and we are thrilled to once again have them at American Academy! Our entire staff is required to participate in the before-school training session and then, with the help of DCSD Security, staff and students (KP-8) will be running through a Lock Down drill.

Refer to the date below for ALL campuses and then please read to the end of this email for very important resource information when talking with your children about school safety.

ALL CAMPUSES:  October 10, 2023

  • All morning K-8 extracurricular activities will be canceled.
  • NO Morning Club on the above date at your campus.
  • All staff and parent meetings scheduled before 9:05 am will be canceled — a staff member will contact you to reschedule.
  • Morning K-8 carpool will begin at 8:35 am.
  • K-8 classes will begin at 9:05 am.
KindiePrep (LM & MB)
  • Morning KindiePrep ExtraCare (before-care) will be canceled.
  • KindiePrep doors open at 9:15 am.
  • KindiePrep classes begin at 9:30 am.

In addition, we will be conducting a Lockdown Drill on the date above with our entire campuses and DCSD security. Our experience doing these drills with DCSD security has been very positive for the kids and adults alike, as they always take the time to have age appropriate discussions with the kids and answer questions they may have.

With that, an important component of running safety drills is the emotional well-being of our students, parents and staff. We realize that everyone responds differently to these situations, and we would like to provide resources for our parents to help in talking with your children. We have a link on our Student Support Services webpage with talking points and resources for additional help.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child participating in this drill, please reach out to their teacher, principal or campus counselor. We are happy to help in any way we can.