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September 28, 2017 | By CSilberman

DCSD will conduct a test of the emergency notification system, including email, mobile app, website, social media, text and voice messaging on Tuesday, October 3. Should a real emergency arise, the test will be delayed.

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Campus Safety Specialist posted at school
August 24, 2017 | By CSilberman

Douglas County School District’s (DCSD) Safety and Security team is dedicated to keeping all students, employees, parents and community members safe. In order to maintain a safe environment, several layers of safety measures are in place, including physical security measures, training and prevention, designed to protect our children in the event of an imminent threat to one of our schools or facilities.

 

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student next to lake and sign that says keep off thin ice
December 1, 2016 | By CSilberman

With temperatures now below freezing

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Kim Jones Castle Rock Middle School Campus Safety Specialist
August 31, 2016 | By CSilberman

DCSD’s Safety and Security team has created a comprehensive plan consisting of many layers, including physical security measures, training and prevention. The layers of security are designed to protect our children in the event of an imminent threat to one of our schools or facilities.

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August 25, 2016 | By CSilberman

DCSD will conduct a test of its emergency notif

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August 25, 2016 | By rmbarber

Inspired by the death of a friend and classmate, a group of Chaparral High School marketing students have launched a campaign to ensure their school and the community understand the dangers of distracted driving.

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April 22, 2016 | By rmbarber

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.

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April 8, 2016 | By CSilberman

Submitted by parent, Sally Erickson

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March 17, 2016 | By NDJones

Bullying often stems from misunderstandings between various social circles, but ThunderRidge has taken steps to try and erase the lines that separate those cliques. That’s where “Seminar” comes in.

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March 17, 2016 | By CSilberman

160,000 students nationwide skip school every day for fear of being bullied. These schools are taking steps to ensure a safe learning environment for everybody. 

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February 26, 2016 | By CSilberman

This school year, Chaparral implemented Sources of Strength in the school. The wellness program uses the combined power of peer relationships and caring adult relationships to improve social norms and enhance social support.

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February 10, 2016 | By rmbarber
December 16, 2015 | By CSilberman
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September 21, 2015 | By CSilberman

The event will be presented by Lynn Riemer, President of ACT on Drugs, Inc., a nonprofit organization with a mission to educate parents, teens, and professionals about addictive and psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, which are available in their community.

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August 6, 2015 | By rmbarber

/sites/default/files/News/HOIP_School_Safety_brochure_NEW.pdfMore than 67,000 students are returning to school over the next week, making it the perfect time to discuss back-to-school safety with our kids, families and community. Whether students walk, bike, skate, ride or drive to school, it takes everyone to ensure they get there safely.

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September 23, 2014 | By rmbarber

There are a number of situations that may occur at a school that would prompt the Douglas County School District to evacuate a school building or release students early, including weather, a power or water outage, as well as a crisis at or near the school.

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September 17, 2014 | By rmbarber

Safety is the number one priority in the Douglas County School District. While traditionally our efforts have centered on physical and psychological safety, District Chief Technology Officer Gautam Sethi says technology and online safety have become a crucial part of the picture.

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September 16, 2014 | By rmbarber

In some emergency situations, the safest course of action is to stay put. That is why Shelter is one of the actions in our Standard Response Protocol (SRP).

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September 10, 2014 | By rmbarber

Police officers and deputies involved in DCSD’s Youth Education and Safety in School (YESS) program are encouraging parents to be vigilant regarding which sweet treats their kids are eating this Halloween season.

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September 10, 2014 | By rmbarber
September 10, 2014 | By rmbarber

In our Standard Response Protocol two of the actions are Lockout and Lockdown. While the names may be very similar, what happens during a Lockout and Lockdown is very different.

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September 9, 2014 | By rmbarber

Douglas County School District parents and staff recently had an opportunity to learn more about the prevention of suicide and other youth tragedies from a national expert in school crisis.

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September 3, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

Providing a safe learning environment that our children can thrive in simply cannot be the job of a single staff member at a school or even the Douglas County School District’s Safety & Security department. Every individual that interacts with our schools must play a role.

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September 3, 2014 | By rmbarber

In an emergency, every second counts. That is why it is critical for the school district and each of our families to have a game plan.

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August 25, 2014 | By rmbarber

Do your children know to come inside when they are playing in a thunderstorm? Do you know how to protect yourself from lightning? Does your child’s coach call off practice/games in a thunderstorm? 

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August 15, 2014 | By rmbarber

With school starting, we want to provide our st

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August 14, 2014 | By rmbarber

After 25 years in law enforcement, Douglas County School District’s new director of Safety and Security says he is excited about the challenge of protecting our 67,000 students.

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April 29, 2014 | By rmbarber

On Thursday, May 1 at 11 a.m., the Douglas County School District will be conducting a test of our emergency messaging systems in coordination with other school districts across the state.

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April 22, 2014 | By rmbarber

Parents in Castle Rock will have opportunity to take part in Douglas County School District’s Safeguarding Children: Building Resiliency student safety forum on Wednesday night. The last of three scheduled regional forums will be held at Castle View High School, beginning at 6 p.m.

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April 9, 2014 | By rmbarber

The first of three regional "Safeguarding Children: Building Resiliency" student safety forums is scheduled for Wednesday April 9. 

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March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

Next month the Douglas County School District will be teaming up with local law enforcement and other community partners to provide a series of regional forums on the safety of our students.

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March 18, 2014 | By rmbarber

The goal of the recent ‘Most Important Night in School Security’ at Cimarron Middle School was to encourage parents to become more informed and involved when it comes to the security at their child’s school.

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Standard Response Protocol
March 12, 2014 | By SCPaulsen

During an emergency, having a simple game plan in which everyone knows his or her role, is key.

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March 4, 2014 | By rmbarber

The continually improving, layered security measures put into place by the Douglas County School District are among the most comprehensive and innovative in the nation. In addition to efforts to improve physical security, including the implementation of the first-of-its-kind School Marshal Program, the District is also focusing on student psychological safety, such as mental health, suicide and bullying prevention.

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November 12, 2013 | By rmbarber

Following the devastating floods that impacted so many Colorado communities, we wanted to take an opportunity to remind our families about the importance of preparing and planning for emergencies. 

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October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

Monday marked the first day of school for three Douglas County School District (DCSD) elementary schools – Clear Sky, Meadow View and Soaring Hawk. It also marked the first day that DCSD’s new school marshal plan was put into action.

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October 14, 2013 | By Anonymous

CASTLE ROCK – While prom and graduation are meant to be times of celebration, unfortunately they can also be times of tragedy. Parents can make a difference by having a conversation with their kids about the consequences related to their decisions.

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December 17, 2012 | By Anonymous

On Monday Superintendent Dr. Liz Fagen met with local law enforcement leaders to discuss school safety in light of last week's tragedy in Connecticut.

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District News

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of just 30 schools in the world and one of two schools in the Denver Metro region named a 2017 World-Leading Learners School, and has been invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

DCSD Faculty Art Show goes through Nov. 1

It is easy to see the creativity of Douglas County School District students. It is often on display in the art that graces the walls and display cases of our schools. This month, however, is a chance to see the skill and the passion of the art teachers behind it all.

 

Last spring she was one of only eight teachers to be honored with the Freddie G award. The award came with a trip to New York for master classes taught by industry professionals. She also led a trip to Sacramento for the Junior Theater Festival with seven of her students. To top it off she was given a $5000 grant for the school’s theater program. She plans on using the money to build a technical theater learning lab with the help of her students.