Back To School 2020 Update

Back To School 2020 Update
Posted on 07/17/2020
Dear DCSD Staff and Community,

Thank you for your feedback and questions in follow up to my email from Wednesday, July 14.

Transitioning our students and staff back to school requires community collaboration and we thank you for your continued partnership. We will continue to update and refine our re-entry plan to incorporate feedback, the changing environment, and pending guidance from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on reopening schools protocols. This information, along with our, forthcoming, full plan document, and frequently asked questions will be presented and reviewed by the Douglas County Board of Education at its upcoming special meeting Saturday, July 25. 

We are listening to your concerns. We received many common questions that families feel they need answers to in order to select in-person learning or eLearning for their students. As recommended by our Task Force, we could also pivot to a hybrid model (more details included in the link below). 

Click to View Commonly Asked Questions (July 17, 2020) 

Next week, we will release a full plan document which will include information ranging from specific safety protocols in buildings to what lunch and recess will look like for in-person learning, Frequently Asked Questions and Answers, informational videos, and invites to upcoming town hall meetings. We hope the following information, along with the additional resources coming next week, will help better inform your decision.

Sincerely,

Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Douglas County School District

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]