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NEWS RELEASE #35
December 7, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE.

WHAT: Aurora Public Schools Tests Emergency Skills
WHEN:Dec. 8, 12-3 p.m.
WHERE: APS Transportation Department, 160 Airport Boulevard, 80011
CONTACT: Communications Services, 303-344-8060, ext. 28015, or 303-281-9506

Aurora Public Schools Tests Emergency Skills

With recent incidents locally and around the country, student safety has become even more of a concern in our schools. On Dec.8, Aurora Public Schools, in conjunction with local police, fire and medical groups, is actively testing its emergency response in a functional drill that simulates an active shooter scenario in an APS facility. The drill will begin at 12 p.m. and last until approximately 3 p.m.

"Keeping our students safe is a top priority at APS. This training is a great way for us to assess our emergency response procedures and how APS would work with different agencies if a real emergency occurred," said Christine Hoppe, APS Director of Incident Response. Details of the simulated emergency are kept confidential so participants can have as realistic an experience as possible.

APS staff members work collaboratively with the Aurora Police Department, the Aurora Office of Emergency Management and the Aurora Fire Department regularly to test its emergency response each year.

If you are interested in video taping SWAT activities, please contact Georgia Durán at (303) 344-8060, ext. 28015 in order to coordinate with APD.

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Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: georgiad@admin.aps.k12.co.us
http://www.aps.k12.co.us/communications

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