Last summer, Denver Public Schools (DPS) Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to end the district’s contract with the Denver Police Department. We applaud this important first step toward police-free schools and ending the school to prison pipeline, but we know this is just the beginning.
As part of the decision, the Board will spend school year 2020-2021 making plans to effectively phase out School Resource Officers by June 2021, by creating a Task Force and engaging community in critical conversations about imagining what safe and just schools look like in DPS moving forward.
In preparation for these critical conversations with the district, Stand parent leaders are engaging in learning and conversations about school safety and imagining what’s possible in Denver Public Schools. Last week, they heard more about the Denver Support Team Assistance Response (STAR) program an alternative emergency response service for mental health, substance use, and other public health emergencies.
Parent leaders, Nebula, asked a powerful question at the heart of this conversation, "What is the role of protection and discipline supposed to be in our schools?" Stand parent leaders are committed to engaging in this conversation and we will continue to elevate their input.