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Students to gain limited access to YouTube

CASTLE ROCK – The Douglas County School District is always working to balance providing opportunity for students to use powerful educational technology resources, while moderating their online experience to ensure that they only have access to appropriate materials. Recent changes by Google will now allow DCSD to provide a filtered and managed YouTube experience for students.

Through YouTube’s Restricted Mode, students will have access to a wealth of educational content on our District network, while filtering out content that may be deemed objectionable. 

In addition to Google’s system, which will automatically block questionable content, District staff and students can flag content they deem as inappropriate. Also, when teachers or students encounter a blocked video that provides relevant educational content to the classroom, the teacher may request the video to be approved for student viewing. 

Safety, including online safety, is the number one priority of the Douglas County School District. This is why DCSD places an emphasis on digital citizenship with our students. We expect them to appropriately use this resource just as they do with any other technology resource we provide.

DCSD will continue to monitor the use of YouTube within our District to ensure it aligns with empowering District students and staff while also protecting our students.

November 11, 2015 | By rmbarber | Category:

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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.

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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.