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Safety: It's everyone's responsibility

Douglas County School District (DCSD) takes the safety of our students and staff extremely seriously. We recognize that no single strategy provides a good guarantee of absolute safety. Because of this, DCSD has, for several years, utilized multiple layers of strategies with the goal of providing the highest level of security possible to ensure safety in our schools. Partnering with local law enforcement, such as on the Text-a-Tip program that helped prevent the threat earlier this week at Mountain Vista High School, is just one strategy. 
Our partnership with students and parents is another crucial layer to keep our schools safe.  We would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a reminder of the avenues of communication available in the event that you see or experience something unusual or feel there is a threat to an individual or group of individuals.
  • In the event of an emergency, call or text 911. When texting, type 911 in the "to" field. The message should be brief and contain the location of the emergency and type of help needed. Push the "Send" button. Text in simple words, do not use abbreviations.
  • Text-a-Tip: If students see someone selling drugs, bullying or threatening to hurt themselves or others, they can tell deputies about it immediately and anonymously at Text-a-Tip. Once the tipster has texted the sheriff's office, they receive a confidential code which lets them add more information later. The number to text is available on site at DCSD schools.
  • Safe2Tell is a State of Colorado program that also allows students to submit tips related to threats anonymously. Individuals may call or submit a tip online.
Below: The Douglas County Sheriff's Office discusses how parents and students can help keep our schools safe.



December 16, 2015 | By CSilberman | Category: District, Operations, Safety and Security

District News

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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.

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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.