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Remember: Wash hands, cover sneezes & stay home when sick

CASTLE ROCK - Back to school often marks the beginning of the cold and flu season in our schools. With recent media coverage regarding viral meningitis at a Douglas County School District school, and two more parent-reported possible cases this week, we would like to remind everyone in District to keep three simple steps in mind to prevent illness of all types:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Cover your cough or sneezes
  • Stay home when you are sick

We understand that any mention of “meningitis” may cause concern, but please know that viral meningitis is far less serious than bacterial meningitis. In addition, people who are around someone with viral meningitis can become infected with the virus that actually made the person sick (like the enterovirus or influenza), but most people are not likely to get viral meningitis from a person with viral meningitis.  Please work with your school nurse and/or healthcare professional regarding any specific questions or concerns you might have related to your child’s unique needs.

As always, we ask parents to keep students home if they are feeling ill and are exhibiting any of the following symptoms: 

  • Nausea / vomiting / diarrhea
  • Severe abdominal pain or headache
  • Fever of 100 degrees or higher
  • Sore throat / swollen glands
  • Runny nose or cough not associated with allergies


After illness, when can a student return to school?

1. After completing 24 hours of medication for the following conditions:

  • Strep throat
  • Infected skin eruptions
  • Other conditions requiring antibiotics

2. The student has been free of the following conditions for at least 24 hours:

  • Fever without use of medication, such as Tylenol
  • Eye drainage

3. The student has been free of the following conditions for at least 48 hours:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting

For more information about DCSD's Attendance Policy:

August 19, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category: District, Health Wellness and Prevention, Nursing Services

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.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

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.