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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: https://www.dcsdk12.org/school-closure-status

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 https://www.dcsdk12.org/information-technology/schoolmessenger-faqs

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

District News

High school students across Douglas County, and many students in respective feeder schools, are once again learning that a little kindness can go a long way. Again this year, our high schools hosted Wish Weeks to make dreams come true for Make-A-Wish Foundation beneficiaries.

The Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education has named Thomas S. Tucker, Ph.D. as the sole finalist to lead our 68,000-student district as superintendent on a unanimous vote.
 

 

The American School Counseling Association (ASCA) has certified Sagewood Middle School as a Recognized ASCA National Model Program (RAMP). A prestigious honor, Sagewood is now the only middle school in the state of Colorado to have gained this certification. Schools must receive a near-perfect score on ASCA’s scoring rubric, which outlines guidelines for building and maintaining student achievement, behavior, counseling curriculum, school culture, and several other factors, in order to become certified.