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Universal Prevention Team Aims to Strengthen Student Well-Being

A team of five health and prevention professionals is now in place to support the psychological aspect of Safety within select schools in DCSD, through the use of prevention strategies. Funding for the team comes from a grant from the Colorado Department of Education.

Spearheaded by Staci McCormack, DCSD's Prevention and School Culture coordinator, the team includes Janet Hatt, Nicole Mass, Ann Metz, Heather Riemer and Deborah Suzuki.

These five professionals, also referred to as Team U.P. (Universal Prevention), specifically aim to address bullying, school violence, substance abuse and suicide through efforts in civility, messaging, and relational safety. They have partnered with the designated schools to further the current prevention efforts in the buildings, facilitate retreats and seminars, educate students, staff and parents and build and strengthen community partnerships.

Watch for updates about the work underway by Team U.P. They are passionate about their work and supporting the well-being of each child in our community. For more information, contact Staci McCormack, 303-387-0087.

April 27, 2015 | By gcburnett | Category: Prevention and School Culture, Health Wellness and Prevention

District News

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Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”