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Recent Respiratory Illness Concern

Recent reports in the Denver area and in other cities across the country have indicated an increase in pediatric patients with severe respiratory illness and asthma.  Medical personnel have been asked to encourage pediatric patients with asthma to be vigilant in taking their asthma controlling medications. 

Nurses in Douglas County schools have seen an increase in respiratory illness and are stepping up the awareness concerning how to control infections at school.

To prevent the spread of this and other respiratory pathogens, we are reinforcing the message of good hand washing, cover your cough and in particular, stay home when you are sick.

To read more about this respiratory infection, you may go to

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DCSD is requesting parent input on the health and wellness of our students. Last year, DCSD received a large planning grant from Colorado Health Foundation in an effort to assess how the district supports students through the lens of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model (WSCC). The mission of this grant is to review the current state of DCSD's student health and wellness program, and then formulate a three to five-year plan based on stakeholders’ needs, the latest research, and best practices. As part of this process, we would like your input.

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.