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Safety & Security: What you need to know in the first week

With school starting, we want to provide our students, staff and parents about some important reminders about safety and security.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility
All of us play a role in the security of our schools and buildings. Everyone needs to actively participate in safety efforts, including learning procedures and taking part in drills, to keep our students, staff and community safe.
Know the SRP
The Standard Response Protocol provides us with the common language used during emergencies at all of our schools and facilities. If you don’t know the difference between Lock Out and Lock Down, watch our video.
Wear your ID or visitor badge
That wonderful Douglas County School District ID badge or visitor badge should not be stuck at the bottom of your purse or wallet. When everyone has their identification displayed, it is easier to determine if a stranger is an intruder.

See something, say something
If someone is acting strangely or something seems out of place, talk to your principal, security or law enforcement. 

Be vigilant
The best defense is a good offense. Keeping your eyes open can prevent tragedy.

August 15, 2014 | By rmbarber | Category: 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.

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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.