Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

Dear Douglas County School District Families and Staff,

Please take a moment to read this important letter from Dr. John M. Douglas, Jr., Executive Director of the Tri-County Health Department. It clarifies some misinformation that has circulated regarding moving some Douglas County School District (DCSD) schools to temporary remote learning and how DCSD quarantines students in the case of a COVID-19 exposure at a school.

Click here to read the letter from Dr. Douglas. 

Learning Model Transition: What Families Need to Know

Current Safety Level:

Level Yellow: Concern

Current Learning Model:

Elementary - full, in-person learning
Secondary - full, in-person learning

Most Recent Communication:
Minimizing COVID Exposures in Our Schools
(April 9, 2021)
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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is using a new framework to monitor COVID-19 outbreaks and conditions, known as the COVID-19 Dial Framework.

Important Updates About State Testing

The State of Colorado was recently granted a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education reducing the number of state tests for students for this school year.

During the annual testing window of March 29 - April 30, the Douglas County School District will be required to administer the following assessments. You can view the testing schedule at your school by visiting their website.

CMAS testing infographic
  • 3rd Grade - English Language Arts (Math suspended for 2021)
  • 4th Grade - Math (English Language Arts suspended for 2021)
  • 5th Grade - English Language Arts (Math and Science suspended for 2021)
  • 6th Grade - Math (English Language Arts suspended for 2021)
  • 7th Grade - English Language Arts (Math suspended for 2021)
  • 8th Grade - Math and Science (English Language Arts suspended for 2021)
  • 9th Grade - PSAT 9
  • 10th Grade - PSAT 10
  • 11th Grade - SAT 11 (CMAS Science suspended for 2021)
Click here to view a fact sheet from the Colorado Department of Education for additional information on Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) testing in Spring 2021.
Parents/guardians may excuse their students from CMAS testing if they wish to do so by following this process.

Parents/guardians wishing to have their students tested in a suspended content area at their grade level will need to opt in for that specific test. To opt in please complete this form no later than Friday, April 9.

Vaccination Options for Students

Beginning in early March, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) will open vaccination eligibility for individuals 16 years or older with qualifying high-risk conditions as detailed below. 

PHASE 1B.3 - Now Vaccinating

    People age 16 to 59 with two or more of the following high-risk conditions:

    Cancer (defined as patients who are currently receiving treatment or have received treatment within the last month for cancer), chronic kidney disease, COPD, diabetes mellitus (types 1 and 2), Down syndrome, specific heart conditions (heart failure, cardiomyopathies or coronary heart disease, and severe valvular/congenital heart disease), obesity (BMI of 30 or more), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, solid organ transplant, individuals with disabilities who require direct care in their home, and people with disabilities that prevent them from wearing masks.

PHASE 1B.4 - Vaccination Eligibility Begins March 19

    People age 16 to 49 with one of the following higher risk conditions:

    The intent of this classification is to vaccinate Coloradans who have risk of severe outcomes from COVID-19. It includes Coloradans with one condition listed in 1B.3 or asthma (moderate-to-severe), Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain), Cystic fibrosis, Hypertension or high blood pressure, Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines, Neurologic conditions, such as dementia, Liver disease, Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues), Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder).

To enter a student on a vaccine waitlist, parents need to work directly with their chosen healthcare provider.
Parents may use DCSD's vaccine partners if desired. 

Please click here for directions from Kaiser Permanente, Children's Hospital, Centura Health, STRIDE Community Health, and UC Health.

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