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DCSD is committed to continually improving security practices to keep students, staff safe

CASTLE ROCK – This week’s anniversary of the Columbine High School tragedy is a poignant reminder of why it is critically important for school districts across the nation to take the safety and security of students and staff seriously. Douglas County School District (DCSD) has long been a leader in this regard. Learning from the past, it has taken a comprehensive and innovative approach, utilizing and continually improving a layered system of security.

DCSD does not rely on a single measure to keep its schools safe

The District, in close collaboration with its law enforcement partners, has implemented a multi-layered system of security measures, including the creation of the first-of-its-kind School Marshal Program, in which dedicated police officers and deputies visit elementary and middle schools multiple times daily. Meanwhile, DCSD high schools have dedicated uniformed School Resources Officers. This is in addition to efforts to security cameras and communication systems that allow for school staff to communicate directly with first responders.

Recent safety enhancements
Recently, the DCSD’s Safety and Security team added yet another proactive layer to this system, purchasing 10 long rifles. The weapons will only be used by its armed security patrol in the event of a crisis.

DCSD’s armed security officers, who are all former law enforcement and currently carry a handgun, regularly train side-by-side with our partners at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) and will work with DCSO deputies in completing training and certification required prior to implementation.

“The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has enjoyed a very good relationship with the Douglas County School District," said Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock. "The school security director and staff work very closely with the Sheriff’s Office as it relates to security of the schools and the protection of the students and staff on all the campuses. I support the continued enhancements of their school security program to include the deployment of advanced weapons in the event they are needed. We continue to support additional training to the security staff of the school district.”

It is important to note that the long rifles will only be deployed during an emergency. At all other times, the weapons will be kept in a locking mechanism inside the DCSD patrol vehicle – similar to what is utilized by law enforcement – and housed inside a safe during off-duty hours.

READ MORE: DCSD Safety Enhancements

Safety, including psychological and online safety, is DCSD’s number one priority
We know that physical safety is only part of the picture. In order to create an environment conducive to learning, students must also feel secure psychologically and online. For this reason, the District placed safety, in all of its forms, as its top priority in the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan.

Additionally, we have created resources to support students and to prevent suicide, bullying, dating violence and make them safer online.

LEARN MORE:  Safety: DCSD’s Number One Priority

April 22, 2016 | By rmbarber | Category: Safety and Security

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.