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Important Resources for Winter Break

While the holidays are often a joyous time with friends and family, we know that they can also be stressful, not just for adults, but for children too. In addition to the annual pressure of gift giving, family gathering and travel, the holidays can trigger memories of the loss of loved ones and other traumatic events.

It is always a good idea to keep a watchful eye on our children, family and friends during the holidays and the extended break from school. If you are concerned that your child may be experiencing changes in their mood or suicidal behaviors or thoughts, please remember to:


  • Stay with the child until you are sure they are safe.

  • Call the Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or the National Crisis line at 1-800-273-8255.

  • If there is an immediate threat to your child or other students, call 911.

In the midst of holiday stress, we encourage you and your family to take a moment to review our 99 Coping Skills embedded within our Student Wellness & Prevention Framework.  You will find many student-friendly coping strategies under the December link and a student-friendly video to watch with the family.

You can also find specific suicide prevention, grief, substance abuse and many other resources on the DCSD mental health website. Additionally, you may find resources on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline website.

It is important that we work together to protect our children. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our children safe. Together we can make this a safe and happy holiday season!

December 21, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category:

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

Five female students standing on stage smiling and laughing at the awards ceremony

The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.