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Working Together to Build Safe Neighborhoods

The safety and welfare of children is a communitywide priority in Canyons District where schools work hand-in-hand with cities, first responders, non-profit groups and citizens to safeguard neighborhoods and prepare for emergencies. From the contributions of our parent volunteers and PTA to the policing efforts of our School Resource Officers and the crossing guards hired by municipal partners to help students safely get to and from school—it takes all of us to put kids first.

  • School Resource Officers are sworn law enforcement personnel whose salaries are co-funded by the District. They serve and protect our schools while also mitigating criminal behavior by building trusting relationships with students so they can feel comfortable reporting suspicious activity. They also sponsor anti-drug and –violence activities, such as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
  • Canyons District is a member of the S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods Program. In partnership with the American Red Cross, local governments, and school districts, SAFE – an acronym for Schools Aid Families in Emergencies — trains community volunteers to mobilize as a neighborhood and operate their own Incident Command centers until outside help arrives. The idea behind it is to build the capacity of neighbors to help neighbors in the 96 hours immediately following a catastrophic event – the amount of time that it can take for first responders to reach those in need. In the event of a major emergency, elementary schools become hubs for communities to gather and organize. All of our elementary schools store a large black tote containing maps and radio frequencies — everything that CERT teams, ham radio operators and other do-gooders need to set up a communications hub, begin search-and-rescue operations and reunify families.
  • The cities our schools serve—Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Sandy, and Midvale—keep our roadways maintained and clear of snow, and employ crossing guards who, rain or shine, help students traverse busy roadways and intersections.

Let’s Empty Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard

If the cupboards are bare, don’t despair. When it comes to prescription drugs, there’s no such thing as safe leftovers. For Red Ribbon Week this year, in partnership with Intermountain Healthcare and the Canyons Region 17 PTA, we are encouraging families to go through their cupboards and cabinets and clean out unused or expired drugs. Be a part of the solution to Utah’s opioid problem and join us in safely disposing of your leftover medications at one of many free community collection sites.

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