Safe Schools Month - October 2021
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.
Social Worlds & Youth Well-Being:
Research Presentation on Youth Mental Health in the LPS Community
For the past two years, Littleton Public Schools has been participating in the Social Worlds and Youth Well-Being Study (SWYWS). Led by Dr. Anna Mueller of Indiana University, the research team is studying how social environments shape youth wellbeing and resilience and identifying new strategies for improving youth mental health and preventing suicide in schools and communities. This research has included many hours of observations in LPS high schools, hundreds of interviews and focus groups with students, staff, parents, and community members, formal surveys of parents and staff, and study of LPS policies, protocols, and training. This is an opportunity for the community to hear the initial research findings and recommendations and to ask questions of Dr. Mueller and the research team. Oct 18th, 2021 6:30–8:00 p.m., A Virtual webinar on Zoom, Click here to register for the event
Keeping Our Kids Well
How Schools and Families Can Work Together to Support Youth Mental Health
Do you need help understanding and accessing mental health support for your child at school? Come to this one-hour webinar where Littleton Public Schools mental health professionals describe how to navigate our district mental health resources, learn about multi-tiered systems of support, learn about the unique roles our mental health professionals play in the district, and meet mental health staff. Oct 26th, 2021 6:30-7:30 p.m., A Virtual Webinar on Zoom, Click here to register for the event
Living Works 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 email. Please allow for 90 minutes to complete the training. You can take the training at your own pace. Participants must be 13 years old and up.
Living Works SafeTALK
Suicide Prevention Class
SafeTALK is a four-hour face-to-face workshop featuring powerful presentations, audiovisuals, and skills practice for preventing suicide. Learn how to recognize signs, engage someone, and connect them to intervention resources for further support. This class will be held on October 28th, from 8:00 to 11:00 am at the ESC Building, 5776 S. Crocker St. Register by contacting Debbie Honeker (dhoneker[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us) 303-347-3388.
Positive Problem Solving (Virtual Event)
Learn from district Restorative Practice Facilitator Rita Danna about proactive, positive ways to address conflict in your life. Find ways to restore relationships and competencies versus shame and punishment. The training is limited to 50 participants and will be held November 3rd, from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, REGISTER
Social media is causing a lot of issues in our society, and simultaneously, mental health issues are increasing among our youth. Education on these issues and taking action are two things that could significantly improve these problems. NoSo is a great solution. Heritage alumni Maddie Freeman partnered with Jeff Orlowsky, the director of the acclaimed Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma to create and informational video for a campaign to step away from social media use for the month of November. Learn more at the NoSo November Website
A suicide awareness and prevention concert benefitting the Legacy Fund for Mental Health from the Littleton Public Schools Foundation. Featuring the Arapahoe High School Choirs and The Colorado Saints Chorale. Sponsored by the Littleton Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. October 23rd at 7:00 pm, Saint Timothy Episcopal Church, 1401 E. Dry Creek Rd.
LPS Poetry Slam Competition
All LPS high school students are invited to participate in our 10th Annual district-wide Poetry Slam event focused on healthy self-expression. The Poetry Slam Competition will be held at Options High School on November 9th, 2021 at 6:30pm. Interested students should contact their English Department for more information. Click Here for the Poster and Link to Sign Up
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 Leah Raymond at lraymond[at]lps.k12.co[dot]us The classes are held in the evenings, and multiple sessions are offered throughout the year.
For our students’ health and safety and as required by the state of Colorado and LPS board policy, we are required to have a current immunization record or exemption on file for all students.
Compliance with the immunization expectations is required for enrollment and attendance in LPS schools unless the student has a valid exemption for medical or non-medical reasons.
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
The past year 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 on https://littletonpublicschools.net/tough-topics to find resources to help discussions with your children about COVID, social justice issues, traumatic events, and anxiety.
LPS Website - Family Resources
Click here to find resources for child care, clothing, food assistance, grief & tragedy, housing, insurance, mental health, 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.