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CENTENNIAL – This week an outbreak of the norovirus prompted the closure of a school in Centennial. It is a good reminder to wash your hands and take other basic measures to stay healthy, something that is always important during the cold and flu season

Norovirus infection occurs in the stomach and intestines and is caused by a specific group of viruses. It is most often called the stomach flu. The viruses can spread through a variety of ways, including:

  • Surfaces, such as a door knob
  • Food and drinks prepared by infected food handlers who do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom
  • The viruses can also spread by direct contact with an ill person. This is common in schools, day care centers or nursing homes.

READ MORE: Norovirus Information and Tips from our partners at Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

MORE INFORMATION: Centers for Disease Control norovirus resources

Again, simple measures – including washing hands – can help avoid exposure to illnesses including norovirus and the common cold.

READ MORE: Remember: Wash hands, cover sneezes & stay home when sick
TAKE ACTION: DCSD Attendance Policy



December 14, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category:

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.


The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.