Walking to the Bus

Susan Miller

SAFETY AND MENTAL HEALTH - New Leadership Delivering Results for Our K.I.D.S.

A sad reality in our society today is the amount of time and money that schools and districts must spend to protect students from violence. We are fortunate that Jeffco is recognized as a national leader in this area. However, not all of the causes of safety risks are under the district’s control. 
The Jeffco School Board should focus its efforts on those that are. For example, continuous learning and improvement in the areas of securing our schools and, just as important, identifying and mitigating the factors that motivate individuals who commit violent acts in schools.


For those areas that are not the District’s competencies, we can work more closely with Jefferson County organizations that deal with families suffering from trauma and stress.  These real life issues are brought to school every day and are impactful not only on the child dealing with trauma but also their classmates that must navigate the stresses with them, impacting their learning as well.


Additionally, Jeffco must ensure privacy and security of student and staff data.  A recent data breach of a school vendor, Pearson, impacted a number of Colorado school districts. This breach happened in 2018 and families are only just now learning that their children’s private information was compromised. As a district we must stay vigilant and aware of data privacy threats and learn how to better enhance our systems to avoid them.


My areas of focus:

  • Limit access to Jeffco Student and Staff private data

  • Ensure students’ and staff physical safety and security are always top priorities

  • Work closely with Jefferson County organizations that work with impacted families

The Chalkbeat aricle is a warning to all educational entities that retain and maintain private information about its students and employees. https://chalkbeat.org/posts/co/2019/08/29/pearson-data-breach-revives-concerns-about-student-privacy-in-colorado/