Standard Response Protocol

Eagle County Schools uses the Standard Response Protocol for emergency response. School leaders are National Incident Management System (NIMS) certified to ensure proper response and cooperation with First Responders.

In the event of an emergency

Parents will be notified via our School Messenger notification system. This pulls phones, emails, and cell phones from our student information system (PowerSchool) and alerts parents through this contact information. Unless asked to do so, DO NOT go to your child's school. This can slow and hinder emergency response. A reunification plan will be announced. Avoid excessive cell phone use and texting, which can crash networks.

Here's what happens: 911 is called or an alarm instantly alerts first responders. Teachers and students take action. Responders arrive on site within minutes and breach the building. Threats are eliminated. First aid is administered and any injured are transported. Parents are reunited with children.

In the event of an emergency, we understand everyone will be upset and want to put hands on and around their children as soon as possible. We want the same thing. But, in the midst of chaos, we have to account for every child, keep them safe, and carefully release them into the custody of their correct parents. No effort will be spared to keep the community's children safe.

Protocol (pdf)

Reunification (pdf)

Posters (pdf)

Drills (pdf)

First Responders

Every school has on-duty law enforcement officers assigned to the school for emergency response. Response times are very fast! Down valley, we have Deputy Tad Degen as our School Resource Officer. He's also on the SWAT team. His home base is Eagle Valley High School, but he also patrols all schools in Gypsum. Up valley, Deputy Megan Richards is our School Resource Officer. She's a certified trainer for Drug Impairment and certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE). She is stationed at Battle Mountain, but patrols all schools in Edwards and Eagle-Vail. Eagle police officers are assigned to schools in Eagle, and the Sheriff's office has a deputy assigned to Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.