Safe Schools Month - October 2020
October is Colorado Safe Schools Month! We encourage students, staff, parents, and community members to support school safety and wellness. In addition to activities at individual schools, see below for districtwide Safe Schools Month activities and resources.
Happily Family Conference
This is an incredible FREE resource for raising resilient kids in an anxious world. Everyone--parents, therapists, teachers, even grandparents--can register for the Happily Family Conference for free at conference.HappilyFamily.com. This five-day event from October 5–9 includes live webinars from 25 of the most well-known mental health experts and best-selling authors in the nation, such as Daniel Siegel, Julie Lythcott-Haims, Ross Greene and Rosalind Wiseman. Topics such as mindfulness, coping skills, dealing with bullying behavior, social justice issues, parenting tricks for different ages, and gender are all covered.
START Online Suicide Prevention Training
The START training, offered by Living Works, is an online training where participants learn a powerful four-step model to keep someone safe from suicide. It even has built-in opportunities to practice with impactful situations. The program is being offered for free through LPS for the month of October. Register here to receive your online access code by mail. Please allow for 90 minutes to complete this training. You can take the training at your own pace. Participants must be 13 years old and up.
Sources of Strength Community Night (Virtual Event)
This event will provide an introduction to the Sources of Strength program by providing participation in the same training our youth leaders experience in their schools. See how a positive, peer-led model counteracts the challenges our youth face today and encourages them to live a life of wellness. The training is limited to 50 participants and will take place virtually on Tuesday, October 20 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Register here.
Positive Problem Solving (Virtual Event)
Learn from district Restorative Practice Facilitator Rita Danna about proactive, positive ways to address conflict. Find ways to restore relationships and competencies versus shame and punishment. The training is limited to 50 participants and will be held Wednesday, November 4 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Register here.
LPS Poetry Slam Competition (Virtual Event)
All LPS high school students are invited to participate in our 10th Annual Districtwide Poetry Slam event focused on healthy self-expression. The Poetry Slam Competition will be held virtually on November 4, 2020. Interested students should contact their English department for more information.
First Aid/CPR/AED Training
Sponsored by the LPS Security Department, these trainings are open to all LPS parents, community members, and youth above the age of 11. The two-year certification cost is $26.00. Participants must make payment arrangements prior to attending the course. Various dates are available. To get more information and enroll in a course, email Dara Van Kampen at dvankampen[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us. The classes are held in the evenings and multiple sessions are offered throughout the year.
How to Report Concerns
Click here to find out how to utilize Safe2Tell, the Colorado Crisis Line, and LPS Safety and Security to help people you are worried about.
LPS Website - Tough Topics
2020 has provided a lot of opportunities to discuss tough topics with our families, and sometimes we need help with ideas on how to have these complex conversations. Click here to find resources to help discussions with your children about COVID-19, social justice issues, traumatic events, and anxiety.
LPS Website - Family Resources
Click here to find resources for child care, clothing, food assistance, grief and tragedy, housing, insurance, mental health, technology, food assistance, and transportation.
Common Sense Media
Helping families make smart choices about media (television and movies) and technology. Website
One Mind Cyber Guide
A website that reviews apps and digital resources that can be used for mental health and wellness. All resources are vetted based on their credibility, user experience, transparency, and professional reviews.
Parent and Teen Resources from the National Institute on Drug Abuse
A website where you can get information to help you talk with teens about drugs and their effects and learn where to go get help.