Resources for Staff

Resources for Staff

Effective December 8, 2021, DCSD’s mask requirement is no longer in effect. DCSD will honor personal and parent choice with regard to mask-wearing at school. There are, however, a couple of exceptions:

  • As recognized in the Board of Education’s resolution and by the Douglas County Board of Health, masking may be required in individualized circumstances as an accommodation under the ADA, Section 504, or the IDEA. Students, staff, and volunteers should continue to bring masks to school in the event they may be needed. In the case that masks are needed in certain situations to protect an individual with an accommodation under the ADA, Section 504, or the IDEA, it will be done in a manner that impacts the fewest number of individuals as possible and will additionally respect students and staff who for medical reasons cannot tolerate a mask.

Families needing accommodations related to ADA, 504 or IDEA should work with their school principal on determining potential plans and next steps. DCSD staff may submit accommodation requests via this form.


As a reminder, if you received the COVID vaccine, please take a moment to enter your vaccination information into Workday as soon as possible. Vaccinations are one of the most effective ways to avoid becoming ill with COVID. Your vaccination status in Workday will be kept confidential and only utilized should an exposure occur to help us determine which employees are exempt from isolation or potential quarantine. COVID vaccinations are NOT mandatory for DCSD staff, and your decision to receive, or not receive the vaccine will not impact your employment status with our school district. 

Click HERE for the instructions if you are new to the District or do not see that task in your Workday inbox.

If a DCSD staff member has an underlying medical condition and is unable to receive the COVID vaccine, there is a process for them to request an accommodation. They should contact the DCSD Office of Human Resources at [email protected] for additional information.

  • Sick Days for Licensed Staff: During the school year, should a licensed staff member become ill and need to stay home, there will no longer be an option for virtual teaching or learning. Teachers will need to request a substitute as they would have prior to COVID.
  • Staff Quarantines: Employees who need to quarantine should talk with their supervisor in the instance that it is appropriate to perform duties remotely.  For employees whose jobs require them to perform duties in person, they will need to utilize Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) and/or sick leave. 
  • Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL): Public Health Emergency Leave (PHEL) remains in place for employees. Specific information regarding PHEL is detailed here.
  • Employee Guide: This link provides updates to procedures, employee guidelines and policies that may be helpful. For further needs, please contact Human Resources as they are here to serve and support.

Douglas County School District (DCSD) is committed to providing a safe work environment for all employees. When DCSD employees know or have reasonable concern about workplace violations of government health or safety rules, or about an otherwise significant workplace threat to health or safety related to a public health emergency, they should report such concerns to the District's Workplace Coordinator, Katie Van Horn, at [email protected] or 303-387-0030 or 720-660-7926.

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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], 303-387-0127.

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.


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 at this link ( Douglas County School District Transcripts and Records Requests ).