SchoolWay is a smart phone application that the district is utilizing to help establish clear communication to all parents, staff and students involved in the district. Get real time information on district updates, school updates, athletics, bus routes, clubs, after-school activities, and much more!
School Crisis Manager Application Instructions HERE
If you have any issues, or need assistance with downloading and setting up this application please call Technology Department at 307-352-3460
Snow Day Procedure
On days when it seems possible that schools may be closed due to inclement weather, including severe snow storms, please listen to or check with a local radio station, local media source, SchoolWay notifications or the school district website (sweetwater1.org) for an announcement regarding a Snow Day.
If schools are closed due to a Snow Day, the decision will be made prior to 6:00 a.m. by district officials. Local radio stations, local media sources, SchoolWay notifications or the school district website (sweetwater1.org) will announce the decision by 6:00 a.m. If students come to school on a wintry day, please ensure their safety by providing the proper clothing for Wyoming weather.
Sweetwater County School District #1 worked diligently throughout the summer on school safety. In June, the district collaborated with Homeland Security, Rock Springs Police Department, Rock Springs Fire Department, and the Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office participating in a school safety presentation by John-Michael Keyes of the "I Love U Guys" foundation. Following the presentation, Officer Meddler of the RSPD trained the leadership team which included central administration leaders as well as principals, directors, and coordinators on the Standard Response Protocol (SRP).
The Standard Response Protocol plan was created by the "I Love U Guys" foundation to create a uniform response to incidents. The four symbols and phrases above are the specific actions that can be performed. More information on the "I Love U Guys" foundation can be found here. The SRP posters will be found in every classroom and every hallway of the buildings in Sweetwater #1. Staff members will have a summary of the four actions on the back of their ID badges, which they are required to wear at all times in the district.
District All Staff Meeting
On Wednesday, August 26, 2015, the district held an all staff meeting at Rock Springs High School. The focus of the meeting was School Safety. The Department of Homeland Security brought back Mr. John-Michael Keyes to address the entire staff and introduce the Standard Response Protocol.
Special guests left to right: John-Michael Keyes, Mark Trimble (WOHS), Superintendent McGovern, Chief Dwane Pacheco (RSPD), Sheriff Mike Lowell (SWCSO), Sergeant David Thompson (RSPD), Amy Taylor (RSFD), Nathan Reese (RSFD)
District Staff filled both sides of Tiger Arena.
We were joined by several members of the Rock Springs Police Department, Rock Springs Fire Department, and Sweetwater County Sheriff's Office.
Officer Medler addressed the staff regarding training and SRP follow-up meetings that took place in each building over the next couple of days.
RSFD Ladder No. 1 arriving for the district meeting.
Many schools arrived on buses to the meeting.
Crisis Management Plan & App
In tandem with the SRP, Sweetwater #1 is utilizing SchoolDude's Crisis Manager app to distribute the new Crisis Management Plan to staff, students, and parents. If ever in a crisis situation within the district, the app offers quick and easy access to step by step directions on what to do in a specific situation.
Download the "SchoolDude Crisis Manager" application on your mobile device. Instructions on how to use our plan are Here
In July, Sweetwater #1 met with the Rock Springs Fire Department to identify standard evacuation routes for each building. The evacuation plans are another step in the direction of school safety, common language, and partnerships with public safety officials.
Wyoming state statute requires monthly safety drills for all public and private schools. With the new SRP, these drills can be one of the following four: Lockout, Lockdown, Shelter, or Evacuate. Sweetwater #1 intends to continue to foster the partnership with public safety. RSPD and RSFD will be asked to attend and participate in drills throughout the district.