How safe are our schools?


How safe are our schools?

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The following is a list of schools with the highest number of each type of incident during 2011-12. (The comparison included 17 public schools in three school districts.):

Tobacco: Bayfield High School, 7

Alcohol: Bayfield High School, Ignacio Junior High, Durango High School (tie), 5

Drugs: Durango High School, 27

Dangerous weapons: Ignacio Intermediate School, Riverview Elementary, Miller Middle School, Durango High School and Park Elementary (tie), 1

Disobedient behavior: Ignacio High School, 20

Detrimental behavior: Ignacio Intermediate School, 20

Out-of-school suspensions: Durango High School, 96

Expulsions: Durango High School, 5

Incidents referred to law enforcement: Durango High School, 25

Total number of incidents: Durango High School, 107

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Source: Colorado Department of Education

How safe are our schools?

Durango Police Department's school resource Officer Preston Rae is joined by La Plata County Sheriff's Office school resource Deputy Chris Burke as they patrol the hallways at Needham Elementary School checking that doors are locked and students are out of sight during a recent lockdown drill.
La Plata County Sheriff’s Deputy Chris Burke speaks to children eating breakfast before the start of the school day as part of his normal rounds as a school resource deputy.
Karola Hanks, fire marshal for Durango Fire & Rescue Authority, inspects the roof of Riverview Elementary School during a safety inspection.
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