Making certain that students and staff members are safe every day is our top priority at Aurora Public Schools. We take a multi-faceted approach to health and safety planning by providing students and staff social and emotional resources and safe and secure physical learning environments.
At APS, we provide mental health and counseling support, health services support and crisis response to ensure good social and emotional health and safety for all students and staff. School counselors, psychologists and social workers are vital to this work.
In addition to resources for social and emotional support, our district is also using bond funds to improve building hardware and infrastructure to ensure that learning environments are safe and productive for all students and staff
In January, the APS Maintenance and Operations Department replaced locks on classroom doors in all district schools. These upgrades will enhance security measures and ensure that APS is following new federal guidelines for classroom door locks.
In addition to updated door hardware, several APS schools will receive bond-funded upgrades to electronic hardware. Contractors will replace analog security cameras with high-definition digital cameras and add motion sensors to increase their efficiency.
Many schools will also receive updates to their fire alarm and PA systems, which will provide quicker notification to the district’s central security monitoring system.
To further enhance current security measures, the APS Design and Construction Team is planning to install security vestibules at twenty-one elementary and middle school buildings. The vestibules will ensure that school visitors follow check-in procedures at the front office before entering the rest of the building.
We are grateful to Aurora voters for approving the $300 million bond measure in November 2016. To learn more about bond-funded projects throughout APS, visit bond.aurorak12.org.