Superintendent Messages

Thank You Douglas County for Saying Yes to 5A
Superintendent Erin Kane and Douglas County School Board Vice President Christy Williams take a moment to thank the voters of Douglas County for the passing of 5A. The community's continued support of the DCSD staff helps to guarantee the best possible learning environment for our students.
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Welcome to the 2023-24 School Year
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! This morning I, along with members of my Cabinet, our Executive Directors of Schools, and Board of Education directors, had the absolute pleasure of visiting every school that was celebrating their first day of the new school year. It is so much fun to welcome our staff and students back. Nothing beats that first day of school energy and excitement. Of course, we still have a few schools to welcome back in the coming days and weeks but we can officially say that the 2023-2024 school year is off to a great start!
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Celebrating the 2022-23 School Year
Today marked the last day of the 2022-2023 school year for most of our students. It truly felt like this school year flew by yet so much was accomplished and there is so much to celebrate. Let�s take a moment to reflect on some of the amazing accomplishments of our students, staff and schools over the past year. Here is a quick video message recapping our school year and wishing you our students, staff and families a relaxing summer break. And, below are more celebrations, awards and accolades.
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DCSD Home to Colorado HS Principal of the Year
Please join me in congratulating our very own Dr. Chris Page from Highlands Ranch High School. Dr. Page has been named the 2023 Colorado High School Principal of the Year by the Colorado Association of School Executives (CASE)!
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Safety and Security in DCSD Schools
As I am sure you know, there was a shooting at East High School in Denver this morning. Our hearts go out to the impacted staff and students and the entire East High School community. As a mom and a leader of schools, I know how events like today can shake us all and raise questions about how we are keeping our students safe.
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Updates from Superintendent Kane - January 2023
Happy New Year! We are so excited to have our students and staff back in the classrooms after the break. This afternoon I had the absolute privilege of visiting Sage Canyon Elementary and Rock Ridge Elementary in Castle Rock and reading to students. It does not get any better than seeing the eager faces of Kindergarteners as you share with them the wonder of reading.
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Yesterday's Tragedy in Colorado Springs
As we head into the Thanksgiving week, it’s a time to gather with loved ones, show love and gratitude for our families and friends, and reflect on our blessings. Sadly, many in the Colorado Springs community had that taken away just days before the holiday. Our hearts are absolutely breaking for those impacted by the senseless tragedy that took place at Club Q last night. This type of violence is difficult to fathom. We do applaud the heroes that took down the gunman, but ultimately 5 people still lost their lives with many others injured. Please join us in sending our thoughts and prayers to the victims, those who lost or nearly lost a loved one, and all who were impacted by this tragedy, as their lives and Thanksgiving holiday will never be the same.
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Update on 5A and 5B
I want to sincerely thank our amazing community for joining together over the past few months in support of ballot initiatives 5A: Mill Levy Override and 5B: Bond. We came so close! As of this morning, 5A received over 49% support and 5B received almost 47%. While there are still votes to be counted, it is unlikely that the results will change. However, I believe that we should be celebrating the amazing gains in support we have made in such a short time!
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How DCSD Determines Snow Days and Delays
I hope you are staying warm on this chilly evening. I wanted to take a moment to let you know that our amazing Snow Team is closely monitoring the incoming winter storm. With this being one of the first storms of the season, I thought it would be a good time to quickly provide a little more information about how we determine when a delay or closure (snow day) is needed versus when we decide to keep schools open as normal.
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Updates from Superintendent Kane - October 2022
I hope the school year is going well for your family. This fall weather is just gorgeous! I have loved being out in our schools and seeing the great learning going on. Our teachers and leaders are doing an amazing job of focusing on the achievement and growth of every one of our students and that focus is evident in every classroom I have had the pleasure of visiting. It has also been a joy to see so much positive parental involvement in our schools - thank you for all that you are doing to support our teachers and our kids.
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Updates on Important Issues Facing DCSD
As we approach July (where does the time go?) I want to update you on a number of important issues, including where we are with respect to a potential Bond/MLO initiative. Hopefully, you can relax, find your favorite summer beverage, and take some time to read through this information and watch the videos.
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Yesterday's Tragedy in Uvalde, Texas
This is the last week of the 2021-2022 school year. While the last days of school are always filled with mixed emotions ranging from joy and relief, to sadness as our children say goodbye to their teachers and friends, today is feeling more mixed than ever. Many of us lost sleep thinking about the community of Uvalde, Texas, and the senseless tragedy that took place there yesterday. Our hearts are absolutely breaking for those impacted. This type of violence is difficult to fathom. And I know it raises questions for our families and staff about school safety right here in DCSD.
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Wrapping Up the School Year
As we hurtle to the end of the school year, I hope you are able to take a few minutes to reflect on the year. I’m incredibly proud of our amazing teachers and staff who have continued to support our 64,000 students through the most challenging period in modern history. I have had the great privilege of seeing their impacts first-hand in our schools and classrooms over the last four weeks. I am so grateful to you, our families, for your continued partnership and for entrusting us with your wonderful children!
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Updates from Superintendent Erin Kane - May 12, 2022
I hope you are having a great week! I have truly enjoyed visiting with so many of our staff throughout our school district. Over the last few weeks, I have visited over 40 schools, many of our DCSD worksites, and one of our transportation terminals.
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Employee Appreciation Week 2022
This week marks DCSD Employee Appreciation Week and I hope I can count on you to join me in saying THANK YOU to our school district’s amazing staff!
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Updates from Superintendent Erin Kane
It’s already been over three weeks since I started the role of Superintendent of this wonderful school district. In that time, I’ve been able to meet one-on-one with all of our department directors and over half of our school leaders. Last week I began school visits. It truly fills my bucket to be in classrooms, seeing the amazing work that our teachers do and how immersed our students are in learning.
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Introducing Superintendent Erin Kane
Good morning. My name is Erin Kane, and beginning today I will be leading and serving as your Superintendent. I am truly honored to be back in the role of Superintendent, and am looking forward to connecting with each of you – those I have had the honor to get to know previously, and those who I haven’t met yet.
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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 ).