Interim Superintendent Messages

MLK Jr Day Message 2021
01/18/2021
Today marks the 35th anniversary of our country’s observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. I hope this long weekend has provided our staff and students with time to reflect on this past year. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. pushed for equality and acceptance, no matter a person’s race, religion, or economic status. He showed the American people that we can fight battles without violence, but instead with compassion, love, and kindness.
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Community Resources Following Events in Washington, DC
01/07/2021
Recent events at our nation’s Capitol will likely be a topic of conversation in our homes, schools, and workplaces in the coming days. Seeing and hearing about events of this nature can have an impact on our children and their ability to feel safe and secure. They may have questions or want to talk. This may further compound the pressures both adults and children are feeling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Second Semester Update
12/30/2020
I hope you are enjoying the winter break and finding time to connect with family and friends. I am reaching out with an update in regard to our second semester plans.
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Happy Holidays 2020
12/21/2020
I want to wish you and your family a very happy and relaxing holiday season and Winter Break. This has certainly been an unprecedented and challenging year, but seeing the dedication our parents and staff have to our students has made it very worthwhile. I truly hope you can take some time to connect with one another over the break.
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Return to School Plans
12/11/2020
As you know, state and national health experts and elected officials have been stating that students should be in school even as positivity rates are at high levels in our communities. We agree that schools are safe and the COVID-19 transmission rates in schools are low, but health experts and elected officials fail to address the real reason why schools are not open: schools do not have enough staff members available (including substitutes, bus drivers and nutrition services personnel) to support in-person learning at every level five days per week. This is mainly due to staff members being ill with COVID-19 or other seasonal illnesses, or being included in quarantines.
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DCSD Names Chief Technology Officer
12/04/2020
It is a pleasure to share that Mark Blair will serve the Douglas County School District (DCSD) as our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), effective immediately. Mark is a dedicated technology executive with proven expertise, both technical and educational. He joined DCSD 25 years ago as a technology teacher. Since that time, he has held various roles in the DCSD Information Technology Department, most recently as the Director of School Technology. Mark also led the implementation of Google Apps for staff and students in the district, and managed the acquisition and hands-on distribution of 10,000 computers and hotspots to staff and students at the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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High School Grading Update
12/03/2020
Many of our high school principals have raised concern about what they refer to as the “COVID Slide.” While our teachers are working harder than ever to keep their students engaged and to help them succeed, DCSD is still seeing a significant slide in student grades. As you know, grades are especially critical for our high school students when it comes to postsecondary plans, whether that be getting accepted into a college or university, applying for scholarships, or other plans after high school.
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Post-Thanksgiving Remote Learning Plan
11/19/2020
As we approach Thanksgiving Break, I want to let you know how incredibly thankful I am for your support and patience as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. This has been one of the most challenging school years the Douglas County School District (DCSD) has ever faced. The perseverance and dedication of our families, students and staff has made me even more grateful to serve as your Interim Superintendent.
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Moving to Remote Learning after Thanksgiving 2020
11/12/2020
We are continuing to closely monitor COVID-19 data in our community, as well as positive cases and the number of quarantines in our schools. At the DCSD Board Meeting on Tuesday we discussed that data was trending towards a change in Douglas County’s status to Level Orange on the CDPHE COVID-19 Dial. Today, we learned that Douglas County’s status will, in fact, be moved into Level Orange effective Friday, November 13 at 5:00 p.m. This comes with increased restrictions for our community and our schools.
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Honoring Our Veterans and Active Service Members
11/11/2020
Today, I am proud to join with you in honoring our veterans and active service members. I especially want to thank the veterans across the Douglas County community, including some former DCSD students, and some current DCSD staff members. Thank you for all you have done to provide each one of us with our freedom and safety.
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COVID-19 Update: November 2020
11/06/2020
We have important information to share about the status of COVID-19 in our community and what it means for our schools. At this time, the Douglas County School District is NOT moving to full remote learning (nor are we moving our elementary schools back to the hybrid learning model). However, the current COVID-19 data in our community is quickly trending in the wrong direction. It appears that tomorrow our Decision Dashboard score will have dropped for the second week in a row. While this Dashboard is not the sole basis for our decision-making regarding DCSD’s learning models, it is an indicator that we may need to start preparing for a possible shift back to remote learning in the not-so-distant future if things do not turn around soon.
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Updated COVID Quarantine Protocols
10/27/2020
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) recently updated its COVID-19 guidance for cases and outbreaks in child care and schools, which allows school districts, under certain circumstances, to be more targeted in determining which students and staff to place on quarantine if a positive case of COVID-19 is identified in a school or classroom. Effective immediately, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is revising its quarantine process to reflect this updated guidance. DCSD will continue to implement comprehensive health and safety processes and work to reduce the number of quarantined students and staff by using targeted contact identification when possible.
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October 19 Message from Mr. Wise
10/19/2020
First, it is an absolute honor to serve as your Interim Superintendent. I have served my entire career here in the Douglas County School District (DCSD), my children have attended DCSD schools, and my wife and I reside in Douglas County. My roots here run deep, and I feel a very personal stake in ensuring that our students, families, and staff feel heard, and share in the pride that I feel in our amazing school district.
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