DCSD Week In Review for April 12-16

DCSD Week In Review for April 12-16
Posted on 04/16/2021

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April 16, 2021

Dear Douglas County Families and Staff,

I hope you’re staying warm on this snowy Colorado Friday! It’s been a busy week here in the Douglas County School District but things are moving in the right direction to enable us to end the school year on a positive note!

School Celebrations
In our last few editions of the Week in Review, we have celebrated some fantastic accomplishments at our middle and high schools. Today we focus on our elementary level.

  • Congratulations to the three Clear Sky Elementary students who won the annual Fire Safety Poster Contest through the Castle Rock Fire Department. The winning entries will be made into decals and placed on the sides of fire trucks. Way to go Annalie, Sienna, and Makayla! Click here to see their winning artwork!

  • Timber Trail Elementary held a food drive with the goal of collecting 1,300 items. However, after final counting, they had over 4,200 donated items for the Help & Hope Center in Castle Rock. Way to go TTE!

  • IVY + BEAN Author Annie Barrows and Illustrator Sophie Blackall visited with students (virtually) at Pioneer Elementary School. What an amazing opportunity!

  • Mountain View Elementary School has been awarded Level 1 certification in Marzano High Reliability Schools. Level 1 certification means Mountain View Elementary School has created a “Safe, Supportive, and Collaborative Culture,” which is the foundation for every level that follows. Click here to read more about this honor! We look forward to officially recognizing Mountain View Elementary at the DCSD Board Meeting on April 20.

Share Your School’s Good News!
We will continue to send these celebratory emails out each week. If we missed a celebration above, or if you have good news to share, please submit it here.

Administrative Professionals Week
Wednesday, April 21, is National Administrative Professionals' Day! Please join me in thanking our schools’ administrative assistants, front office staff, and other administrative professionals for their hard work and dedication to our students! Consider showing your appreciation for these school staff members by providing them with a thank you card, a piece of artwork from your child, or even a kind email or video message from you or your child.

It’s amazing to see the Class of 2021 yard signs popping up across our communities. Our high schools are hard at work planning for graduation ceremonies. We are in conversations with local and state health officials to determine some logistics so that we can provide our graduates with the commencement ceremonies they deserve with the minimal number of restrictions, while still keeping our students and their families safe and healthy. We will provide more specific information in the coming days and weeks. See graduation dates, times, and locations here.

Public Health Orders
We have received many questions this week about Public Health Orders related to COVID-19. Please take a moment to read this letter from the Tri-County Health Department (TCHD) which clarifies what DCSD must do in order to be in compliance with public health orders and state requirements. On Tuesday, April 13, the Douglas County Commissioners voted to opt out of a TCHD Public Health Order. This will enable local businesses to determine what capacities are best for them, their patrons, and their employees. The Commissioners’ resolution, however, does not have any effect on state-issued mandates such as face mask requirements. In addition, school districts and TCHD must follow public health orders from the state of Colorado. Therefore, requirements for schools to quarantine students who are exposed to COVID-19, and to follow other health and safety protocols, remain in effect for DCSD and other school districts across the state. We are working with our staff and with Tri-County on the end-of-year adjustments to the health orders with regards to quarantines, events, and graduation.

Health care providers are beginning to notify us of COVID vaccine availability for students ages 16 and up. We will continue to make that information available so that our families who wish to access the vaccine can do so. Please be sure to check this page of our website often for updates. Currently, there are some Pfizer appointments available at the former Safeway building in Castle Pines.

Thank you for being a part of the Douglas County School District Family!


Corey Wise
Interim Superintendent
Douglas County School District

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