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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

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.