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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

graduates standing in line outside, smiling

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.

Superintendent Search text based logo

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.