Aurora schools superintendent increases security, offers mental health resources

AURORA, Colorado (KDVR) – The Aurora Public Schools superintendent has beefed up security and is providing mental health resources to students and staff after two shootings in one week. Six students were shot near Central High and three in a parking lot at Hinckley High School.

Rikko Moon announced Saturday at a peaceful prayer gathering in Nom Park, where one of the shootings occurred, that the campus would be closed during lunch for students. Moon has extended this closure by a full day, with few exceptions.

“Exceptions to this will include: students who leave for classes at Aurora Community College and Pickens Technical College, students who leave school with parent/guardian permission, students who attend sports/supervised activities, and students who attend supervised field trips,” Moon said. Statement that students must check in at the main office before leaving campus.

Students are not allowed to go to their cars in the car park during school hours without permission.

The Aurora Police Department will have a larger presence on and around the APS campus.

All restrictions will remain in place until the winter holidays. Administrators will then decide whether or not the protocol will continue for the next semester.

The safety of students and staff is not the only thing that is addressed, their mental health is also a concern. Moon reminds students that they can reach out to their school counselors to help them navigate violent incidents.

The National Association of School Psychologists and Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 are other options for APS students and families.

APS employees can take advantage of the employee access assistance program.

Interested students and parents can contact advice and concerns anonymously through the Safe-2-Tell at 1-877-542-7233.


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