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Tuesday, January 11, 2022
The following is a summarized version of Across the Board. For the full version click here.
Next Regular Board of Education Meeting
Tuesday, January 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Study Session
DCSD Now and In The Future
DCSD Superintendent Corey Wise and members of his Cabinet discussed with the Board the school district’s current and future financial needs and challenges. Some of these needs include:
  • More competitive teacher compensation
  • Continued safety and security enhancements
  • Special education resources and programming
  • Mental/behavioral health resources and staffing
  • Preschool/early childhood education classrooms
  • Additional transportation access
  • Capital improvement/construction needs such as new schools in fast-growing housing developments
  • Click here to view the presentation slides.
Parent and Family Engagement
DCSD Superintendent Corey Wise and members of his Cabinet talked with the Board about family and parent engagement in DCSD. The discussion centered around:
  • Definitions of parent engagement
  • How DCSD could enhance and increase the effectiveness of parent engagement efforts
  • What opportunities there are for growth in terms of focus areas, format, communication, grievance processes, etc.
  • A common theme was the need to have more two-way communication systems to receive additional input and feedback from families and staff
  • Click here to view the presentation slides.
COVID Updates
Staff provided an overview of current COVID isolation guidance from the CDC, CDPHE, and Douglas County Health Department. Discussions centered around the differences in protocols in the case that an outbreak is declared at a school by the Douglas County Health Department/Jogan Health.
Superintendent Wise reiterated that all school districts in Colorado and around the country are facing similar challenges related to COVID such as staffing shortages.
  • DCSD is proactively working to avoid having any classes or school levels shift to remote learning by continuously working to recruit substitutes and having central office staff fill in in the case of a larger shortage.
  • In addition, members of the transportation department are working to consolidate and/or fill in on bus routes in the case of a staff absence to minimize interruptions to bus service. 
There were questions raised by a couple of Board members about parent choice when it comes to mask-wearing. President Peterson reiterated that DCSD is providing parents with the power to make their own decisions with regard to their children’s health, including mask-wearing and vaccinations.
  • He concluded that this does come with increased parental responsibility, including vigilant monitoring for symptoms, and having their children stay home when showing symptoms of illness. 
There was discussion about exposure letters being sent by schools.
  • Some families are receiving multiple exposure letters each day and there were questions about whether those letters are truly informative.
  • DCSD will continue to collaborate with the Douglas County Health Department/Jogan Health and will explore the value of exposure notifications. 
Board members and staff also discussed ways to support staff mental health, acknowledging that the ongoing pandemic has created more work for teachers and staff. This topic will be explored further and recommendations will be provided to the Board by the Superintendent and his Cabinet.
School Spotlight - Legend High School
Superintendent Corey Wise introduced a video spotlighting how Legend High School’s Computer Science teacher Mr. Stasiak inspired Legend Alum Lance Schneider to start his own business after graduation. Click here to view the video.

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