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Ready for the Snow?

With fall right around the corner, we know that snow isn’t far away. We encourage parents to take this opportunity to choose one or more emergency communication avenue(s) to ensure they’ll be notified in the event of a delay or closure.

When a snowstorm is approaching
In Douglas County, we have a "snow team" that is dedicated to monitoring incoming storms, accessing whether a closure or delay is warranted and then communicating that information to our stakeholders and the public.

Beginning early in the morning we have several staff members, including experienced bus drivers, relay the conditions they see across the county and at our schools. If conditions are extremely treacherous or the forecast indicates that they may become too dangerous the team makes a recommendation for a closure or delay to the Superintendent, who makes the final decision.

In addition to safety, we also have a responsibility to balance the impact that our decisions have on families and our work -- educating students.

Douglas County School District may close or delay the entire District as a group or by regional area, depending on the conditions.

A closure or delay will be announced via the following avenues:

  • DCSD Website (Alerts available on front page and school closure status page)
  • School Messenger (In most cases, only email and text message)
  • DCSD Mobile App (Alert available via push notification & apps front page)
  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Emergency Communication Avenues

More information about the closure/delay protocols, as well as updates on school status are available at:

Questions about School Messenger? We have prepared an FAQ section to answer parent questions about our new messaging system (used to send email, text and voice messages). Check it out at

September 10, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: Communications, Information Technology, Safety and Security

District News

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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.

How are we doing?

We want to hear from you! How often do you prefer to receive email newsletters from DCSD? How can we improve the news and information you receive? This brief survey should only take a minute or two of your time. Thank you for giving us your input!

Tell us what you think, here!


glowing purple lights hover over trays of seedlings in a dark room

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.