Earlier today, November 2, 2018, Rangeview High School was placed into lockdown while the Aurora Police Department investigated a possible threat at the school. We received a report of a student with a weapon in the building. We immediately placed the school into lockdown. Aurora police officers secured both the student and weapon. We want to thank all Rangeview students and staff for closely following our safety and security protocols and we thank our families and community for their support.
Mrachek Middle School and Vassar Elementary School were placed into secure perimeter as a precaution. We thank parents at those schools for their patience during the incident.
We know that today’s events may be upsetting for students and staff. Please know that we have counselors available for those who need support. Counselors will be at Rangeview High School tomorrow from 8 a.m.-noon, on Monday and as needed. Our focus remains on ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students and staff.
Unfortunately, Rangeview phone lines have been down today. Staff will be working to repair our phone lines over the weekend. We expect phones to be working again early next week.
Safety is our top priority. As a reminder, we use a comprehensive approach when it comes to health and safety called APS CARES: Communication, Awareness, Relationships, Engagement and Security.
During emergencies, we understand the urgent and important need to communicate with our community. Social media is often a source for information. However, social media often spreads rumors and misinformation. Please know that we always work to share information that is timely, accurate and actionable through phone calls, email messages, website updates and our official social media channels (Twitter and Facebook @aurorak12).
We maintain close relationships with our law enforcement partners and want to thank the Aurora Police Department for their support in keeping our students and staff safe.
As a reminder for APS staff, all employees have free, 24-hour, confidential access to counseling services offered through our Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-284-1819.
I would like to thank the APS family for your vigilance, teamwork and care today.
Aurora Public Schools