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411 on Norovirus

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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
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December 14, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.