Thompson School District standardizes on DFi curriculum

Jason Breed – 2018-05-22

an excerpt from the full story here:  http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_31896092/loveland-council-thompson-school-board-discuss-school-safety

School Safety

The statewide anonymous tipline Safe2Tell, LPD's school resource officer program, advanced door locks, digital citizenship training, parental "boot camps" about social media and smartphones, counseling services, and more are all among the things being done to increase safety of Thompson schools.

Loveland Chief of Police Bob Ticer presented to members of council about the department's school resource officer program, which assigns officers to middle and high schools to bond with kids, listen to their problems and handle any serious disciplinary or law-violating issues that may come up. In addition to manning doors and walking halls, officers teach students in fifth to ninth grade and their parents about safety in the digital age via a standardized curriculum called the Digital Futures Initiative, act as mentors, advisers and coaches.

"The kids really like it," Ticer said about the program. Parents like it too, he said, and tend to be "shocked" at what they learn, though attendance at the parent academies can be low, he said.

Community Resource Unit Sgt. Bob Rabson of the LPD said the state's Safe2Tell anonymous reporting system in combination with the school resource officer program have worked well to allow successful interventions with students who need help. Anyone can submit an anonymous tip to Safe2Tell via the internet or phone on topics such as a planned school attack, bullying, alcohol, self-harm or dating violence, and every tip is investigated by appropriate authorities.