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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

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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.