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Health and Safety

Campus 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 portal 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.

Immunization requirements

Click here for information on required immunizations for children in grades K-12 from the State of Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.

Please note, you are required to furnish a current immunization record, or the appropriate exemption form, for your child or children at the beginning of each school year.

Immunization Forms

To report your child's immunization records, please use this form:
Immunization Certification Form 

To file for reporting exemption, please use this form:
Online Non-Medical Exemption Form 

Additional Health Forms

Epi-Pen Form
Students with severe allergies who require an Epi-Pen for emergency use at school are required to have an Allergy and Anaphylaxis Action Plan in place with the school. The Colorado Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan and Medication Orders must be completed by your child’s health care provider. Click here for the form.
 
Inhaler Form
If your child has asthma and requires an inhaler at school (no Epi-Pen), the Colorado School Asthma Care Plan must be completed by your child’s health care provider. Click here for the form.

Epi-Pen and Inhaler Form
If your child requires an Epi-Pen and an inhaler at school, the Colorado Allergy and Anaphylaxis Emergency Care Plan and Medication Orders must be completed by your child’s health care provider. Click here for the form.

Student Self-Carry Form
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.

Medication Administration Form
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. 

BCD Preschool immunization reporting

The state of Colorado requires that schools report their immunization and exemption rates annually. Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, schools are also required to share MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) rates from the previous school year with currently enrolled families. During the 2019-2020 school year, our percent immunized rate for MMR was 95.44 and our percent exempted was 4.55. We did not have any students who were non-compliant.
 
In addition to sharing with you our MMR rates, the chart included here reports BCD's preschool immunization rates for all other State of Colorado required vaccines from the 2019-2020 school year. Please note that immunization and exemption rates are published based on a percentile only - and do not include any personal identifying information. 
 
Click here to read an official letter for parents of families who intend to enroll in preschool for the 2021-2022 school year to help ensure that your child is ready. The letter outlines information regarding required and recommended vaccines under Colorado law. 

To view BCD’s vaccination rates and compare our data with other schools, you may access and search all reported immunization and exemption rates by clicking here.

BCD Elementary & Middle School immunization reporting

The state of Colorado requires that schools report their immunization and exemption rates annually. Beginning with the 2020-21 school year, schools are also required to share MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) rates from the previous school year with currently enrolled families. During the 2019-2020 school year, BCD's percent immunized rate for MMR was 92.28% and our percent exempted was 7.72%. We did not have any students who were non-compliant.
 
The provided chart includes last year’s immunization rates for all other State of Colorado required vaccines from the 2019-20 school year. Please note that immunization and exemption rates are published based on a percentile only - and do not include any personal identifying information. 
 
Please click here to read an official letter for parents of families who intend to enroll in Elementary or Middle Schools for the 2021-2022 school year to help ensure that your child is ready for the 2021-22 school year. The letter outlines information regarding required and recommended vaccines under Colorado law.

If you are interested in viewing BCD’s vaccination rates and comparing our data with other schools, you may access and search all reported immunization and exemption rates by clicking here.

Safe2Tell

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

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.

Child Endangerment

Colorado requires that all adults report known or suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. To report suspected child abuse in Colorado, please call 844-CO 4 KIDS (844-264-5437).

Resources

Boulder Country Day School    4820 Nautilus Court North • Boulder, Colorado 80301 • Phone - 303.527.4931 • 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 their own unique excellence. Distinguished by small class sizes, outstanding faculty, engaging academics 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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