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Parent & Community Engagement

Communications Officer & Parent Liaison
303.387.0128
 
 
620 Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

Research shows a direct correlation between parents involved in the education of students and high student achievement. Douglas County School District is committed to increasing parent involvement to ensure DCSD students are the highest achieving in the state.

Many opportunities exist in each school to increase parent involvement. DCSD also works to involve parents in the decision-making, accountability, and guidance of the schools and the district. Ensuring that the needs of students are represented is vital to the remarkable success of DCSD.

An important way DCSD involves parents is through the School Accountability Committee (SAC) and District Accountability Committee (DAC). These advisory committees represent the local control aspect of each school in the District and are required by Colorado state law, according to the Educational Accountability Act of 2009.

Committee Involvement

School Accountability Committee

Each School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee composed of parents, community leaders, principals, and teachers who meet and discuss topics of vital importance to their individual school. The SAC makes a recommendation to the principal regarding how the school should spend money, engage parents, create strategies for success, and any other areas or issues that affect the function of the school and the success of students. This important committee meets regularly throughout the school year and is a critical component in the oversight of the school and success of students and staff.

District Accountability Committee icon The District Accountability Committee (DAC) meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the Douglas County School Board of Education regarding spending district money, charter school applications, improvement plans and parent engagement plans. DAC members also make recommendations for areas and issues for study, as well as teacher and principal assessment tools. This committee collects feedback from and provides information to the SAC.

 

The Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) assists the Board of Education in fulfilling its fiscal oversight responsibilities. The FOC does not assume the ultimate fiscal responsibilities of the Board of Education. The Board and the Superintendent retain the ultimate responsibility for the District's financial condition and for decision-making in all matters of policy and operation.

The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is charged to study school district facility and capacity needs. This citizen-based group keeps close track of new housing developments and student enrollment trends. Recommendations are made to the Board of Education on capacity needs, attendance boundaries and school locations, and other issues related to facilities.

School-Community Partnership

Research shows that when parents and families are involved in learning, they will have a more active role in the educational process. This heightened engagement in education positively impacts the academic and social success of children. DCSD Parent University affords a unique opportunity for parents, schools, and community to become jointly involved in education, increasing the likelihood of academic and personal success for our students and their families.
What does Parent University provide?
The DCSD Parent University program provides training, information, and resources to parents and caregivers that will aid parents in their essential responsibility for influencing children's lives. By partnering with internal district departments, academic institutions, community organizations and other agencies to equip families with additional skills, knowledge, and resources, Parent University will support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning.
Classes offered through Parent University provide resources and training in areas such as safety, life skills, academic development and financial literacy, and will provide families with tools that they can use to encourage their children to become successful while fostering school and community improvement.

Parent University is designed to:

  • Increase parental involvement and participation in schools,

  • Empower parents to become effective advocates for their children,

  • Strengthen home-school-community partnerships, 

  • Allow parents an opportunity to network with professionals and other parents,

  • Help parents develop the skills needed to implement positive parenting practices, and

  • Equip parents with the knowledge and awareness of resources available to them.

Mission Statement
Parent University will educate, empower and connect families with community resources needed to build parent and student confidence, enhance character development and teach life skills in order to help increase the likelihood of family success in academic endeavors.

Vision Statement
Parent University is a community collaborative empowering parents to be “power parents” by providing training, skills and resources in the areas of: 
  • technology
  • internet and cyber safety
  • health and wellness
  • financial literacy
  • academic success
  • life skills
  • leadership skills
  • navigating the school system
Parent University provides a valuable opportunity for parents, schools, and community to become jointly involved in education. The program is designed to support and empower parents to become leaders and advocates for their child's learning, resulting in greater school and community improvement. 

Upcoming Events

Parent University has concluded for the 17-18 school year. The 18-19 schedule will be posted in August.

Volunteers play a significant role in student and school success.

What role will you play?

The School Accountability Committee (SAC) is an advisory committee comprised of parents, community leaders, principals, and teachers who meet and discuss topics of vital importance to their individual school. The SAC makes a recommendation to the principal regarding how the school should spend money, engage parents, create strategies for success, and any other areas or issues that affect the function of the school and the success of students. This important committee meets regularly throughout the school year and is a critical component in the oversight of the school and success of students and staff.
The District Accountability Committee (DAC) meets monthly throughout the year and makes recommendations to the Douglas County School Board of Education regarding spending district money, charter school applications, improvement plans and parent engagement plans. DAC members also make recommendations for areas and issues for study, as well as teacher and principal assessment tools. This committee collects feedback from and provides information to the SAC.
The Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC) assists the Board of Education in fulfilling its fiscal oversight responsibilities. The FOC does not assume the ultimate fiscal responsibilities of the Board of Education. The Board and the Superintendent retain the ultimate responsibility for the District's financial condition and for decision-making in all matters of policy and operation.
 
The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) is charged to study school district facility and capacity needs. This citizen-based group keeps close track of new housing developments and student enrollment trends. Recommendations are made to the Board of Education on capacity needs, attendance boundaries and school locations, and other issues related to facilities.

The Douglas County School District is committed to providing our stakeholders, including parents, employees, students and community members with updated and accurate information. 

Emergency Communication

Communication is critical during an emergency. The following are the primary communication avenues we use during a crisis and how to receive them.

Website iconDCSD Website
Alerts posted on front page. No sign up required
School Closure Information

Parent portal iconVoice, Text & Email Messaging
Sign Up: Parent Portal | School Messenger FAQ
School Messenger alerts are sent to families using contacts in Infinite Campus. Guardians must opt in to which messages they want.

Newsline iconNewsline
Sign Up: Constant Contact
Our newsletter tool is used to provide updates to parents.
 

Mobile app iconDCSD Mobile App
Sign Up: Apple iTunes | Google Play
App available for Android and iPhone
Push notifications are available via our app.

Facebook iconFacebook
Visit our Facebook page and select “friend” to receive updates in your news feed.

 

Twitter iconTwitter
Visit our Twitter page and select the “follow” option to receive our tweets.

 

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Providing Feedback

DCSD welcomes civil discussion and feedback from stakeholders. We consider you, our students, parents, employees and community members to be a valuable part of the partnership to provide our students the best education possible.

There are many ways you can address concerns, get answers and provide praise. Generally we encourage people to begin with the school or department closest to the issue. We provide contact information on each department and school website.

General feedback and security concerns can be provided via these two avenues:
General Feedback
Safety & Security Feedback