About

Health and Safety

Boulder Country Day is committed to providing a safe and healthy school environment. Attention to health and safety are at the forefront of our thinking and are given top priority when school employees are hired and programs, policies, procedures, and events are developed, planned, and implemented. Faculty/staff and parent survey data support our safety efforts and 97.8 percent of our population report that they feel safe when on campus.

Employees, Volunteers & Visitors

BCD carefully screens all employees. We require background checks and fingerprinting for all employees as part of our hiring process and employees are rescreened through a comprehensive rescreening process. In addition, we require background checks for regular parent volunteers. To comply with BCD policy, parent volunteers must get background checks every two years. All visitors to BCD must sign in at our front desk and receive a visitor's badge. Guests new to BCD must show identification as a part of our check in process. Similarly, unfamiliar persons (i.e. a new nanny or a grandparent) given permission pick up a child from school must show identification before a child is released.

Protocols

With attention to health and safety in mind, we train all BCD employees in health and safety protocols and procedures on an annual basis prior to the start of the school year. These trainings include the following: emergency medication administration (e.g. Epi-Pen, inhaler, etc.) and universal precautions which are covered by our health nurse consultant; and, a review of school safety drills, crisis management, and emergency response plans which are covered by our Head of School and Administrative Leadership Team. In addition, our health nurse consultant trains and delegates several employees in non-emergency medication administration and many faculty and staff hold certification in CPR/AED and first aid. Training in CPR/AED and first aid is mandatory for BCD's physical education teachers and coaching staff.

As a critical component of our attention to health and safety, BCD maintains an "allergy aware" campus and strives to keep students with life threatening food allergies safe. Being allergy aware means that faculty and staff are vigilant in ensuring that children are safe. All BCD faculty and staff are informed of children on campus with life-threatening food allergies and the exact location of their emergency medications.

Furthermore, all BCD employees are trained in how to recognize and prevent child sexual abuse. BCD also offers safety and assault prevention workshops for both students and parents on campus through CAP (Child Assault Prevention) and well-known specialists such as Feather Berkower. In addition, BCD participates in Safe2Tell, a program that allows students to report threatening behaviors or activities endangering themselves or someone they know through an anonymous hotline.

Crisis Management

BCD has a thorough crisis management and emergency response plan. This plan is posted at all building entrances and exits and near all BCD phones. In addition, all faculty and staff members have a personal copy of this plan and each classroom has a copy kept in the emergency backpack located behind the classroom door. Our crisis management and emergency response plan is also posted on our website for parents.

BCD's Administrative Leadership Team conducts an annual review of BCD's Crisis Management and Emergency Response Plan. In June 2013, BCD conducted a comprehensive review of school safety protocols and procedures with several security experts, including the Boulder Police Department, a security consultant, and officials from other schools, to see where we could improve school security. The resulting analysis provided feedback on our existing policies and led us to adopt other measures. We will continue to conduct comprehensive reviews of our safety plans on a regular basis.

Child Endangerment

Colorado requires that all adults report known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. If an adult suspects that a child was abused, they are required to seek immediate assistance from Boulder County Department of Human Services.

To report child abuse in Boulder County, please call: Boulder County Department of Human Services, 3460 Broadway Boulder, CO 80304 303-441-1100

Safe2Tell

Safe2Tell provides a safe and easy way to anonymously report information about anything that is a concern to school or community safety.

To report a safety concern please:

Call: 877-542-SAFE (7233)
Web: http://safe2tell.org/submit-a-tip
Text: Text S2T1 to 274637

For more information, please refer to http://safe2tell.org.

Resources

Asthma / Allergy / Medication - Health Care Plan Information and forms

Students with severe allergies who require an Epi-Pen for emergency use at school are required to have an Allergy and Anaphylasix Action Plan in place with the school. Click here for the form which must be completed by you and your health care provider. If your child is also diagnosed with asthma and requires an inhaler at school, the Colorado State Asthma Care Plan needs to be completed as well - click here for the form. Regrettably, we cannot accept any medication without the required authorization/paperwork.

If your child will carry his or her own inhaler or Epi-Pen, the appropriate contract must be completed by you and your child and provided to the school. Please click here for the Student Carry Inhaler Contract or click here for the Student Carry Epi-Pen Contract.

If your child requires any additional medication at school, a separate medication permission form signed by both parent and health care provider is required. Please remember a separate form is required for each medication. Please click here to download and print the Medication Administration form. Again, please remember that we cannot accept any medication without the required authorization/paperwork. 
Boulder Country Day School    4820 Nautilus Court North • Boulder, Colorado 80301 • Phone - 303.527.4931 • After-hours x229 • info@bouldercountryday.org
Boulder Country Day School, where academic distinction meets education with character. BCD is a top-rated, accredited private school in Boulder, Colorado where every child has the opportunity to discover his or her own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, rigorous curriculum and a focus on community, our preschool, elementary and IB middle school teachers strive to create a well-rounded educational environment that balances traditional subjects with the arts, world languages, athletics and project-based learning.

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