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Updated 3-18-20
A Message from the Steamboat Springs School District Board of Education 12-12-19
On Monday night, we heard public comment from parents who voiced concerns about Steamboat Springs High School. It is important to us that those parents know that their concerns were heard. We recognize and admire the courage it takes to come before the board of education, in a public setting, and talk about painful and personal issues. Our policy states that we do not respond to comments made during the public comment period. We abided by this on Monday, but want to be clear that we are taking action.
Since the meeting, we have each individually spoken with the superintendent about a plan to address the concerns that were brought forward. Dr. Meeks is in the process of meeting with parents and students and cooperating closely with Advocates of Routt County. He will report back to us and to the wider community, but as is required by law he will not be able to discuss any individual student matters.
As a school board, we are deeply committed to student safety. It is important to all of us that our students are in environments that allow them to thrive in all ways. We are determined to address concerns and call for the necessary changes to improve the high school experience where improvements are needed.
The board of education will be scheduling a special workshop on Wednesday, December 18th to hear an update from school district personnel on how they are beginning to address concerns.

District Response to SSHS Parent Concerns 12-10-19
Dear Steamboat Springs School District Families:

I want to assure all of our families that we take allegations of violations of student safety (sexual and otherwise) very seriously. As mandatory reporters, we are obligated by law to report known or suspected incidents of child abuse and/or neglect to the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

The reason you may not hear about incidents of child abuse and/or neglect and our response to them, is that there are strict rules about confidentiality, particularly related to minors. Another reason is because these instances are rare. However, just because they are rare doesn’t in any way diminish the importance of dealing with child abuse and/or neglect when it occurs. In fact, it makes our response, and efforts to proactively ensure student safety every day, all that more important.
Recognizing the sensitivity around the topic, and with great empathy and understanding for victims and the reasons they tend not to report, we encourage anyone who has been victimized to contact the Steamboat Springs Police Department immediately. Should a school or district staff member be alerted to child abuse and/or neglect, we will (and are required by law to) inform law enforcement right away. Other agencies such as Advocates of Routt County are also available to support victims and their families through the reporting process.
As superintendent, student safety is my first priority. Some parents expressed concerns with the culture and climate of the high school at the school board meeting on Monday night. That any student would not feel comfortable reporting inappropriate behavior of which they are victims or witnesses to is unacceptable. We take these allegations seriously and are looking into them. I am inviting each of the parents who spoke on Monday night to meet with me personally.
Additionally, we are fully supportive of Advocates for Routt County’s efforts to work with high school families this winter to ensure that our students feel safe. We are committed to cooperating and closely collaborating with them and the Steamboat Springs High School community in these efforts.
Sincerely,
Brad Meeks

District Public Notice of nondiscrimination to students, parents, employees and others.

7 months ago

In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of  1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, Steamboat Springs School district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, age marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression (including transgender status), genetic information, conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, disability or need for special education services in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it operates. 

Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public as outlined in District Policies Non-negotiated Personnel NNP-1: NonDiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and NNP-1-R: Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity (Complaint and Compliance Process). The following person(s) have been identified as the compliance officer(s) for the district: 

Compliance officer for Title IX complaints involving employee misconduct and ADA/EEO complaints:

Director of Human Resources: Katie Jacobs

Steamboat Springs School District RE2, 325 7th Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

PH: 970-871-3197            EMAIL: kjacobs@ssk12.org

Compliance officer for Title IX complaints involving student misconduct:

Steamboat Springs High School Assistant Principal/Activity Director: Luke DeWolfe

Steamboat Springs High School, 45 East Maple Street, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

PH: 970-871-3686             EMAIL: ldewolfe@ssk12.org

Compliance officer for 504 complaints:

Executive Director - Northwest Colorado Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES)

NWBOCES, POB 773390, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477

PH: 970-879-0391

Strategic Plan 2015

over 4 years ago

The Steamboat Springs School District worked with staff and community to draft a Strategic Plan for the district. The Board of Education adopted the Strategic Plan on  April 6, 2015. Please click on the links below to view the plan and year one priorities: