Want to help your child with school? Get involved!
DOUGLAS COUNTY – We know that students perform best when their families play an active role in their education. That is why the Douglas County School District encourages parents and guardians to get informed and involved, whether it is volunteering in their child’s classroom or participating at the District level. There are numerous opportunities available for parents and community members to become more informed about daily school and District operations, as well as opportunities to provide meaningful input.
Below is a list of credible groups connected to the Douglas County School District.
School Accountability Committees
At the school level, the group responsible for making recommendations to the principal regarding school priorities is the School Accountability Committee (SAC). Each school-level SAC holds regular meetings to discuss school spending, performance, leadership and more. These groups work to increase parent engagement and provide feedback to the District Accountability Committee (DAC). Contact your child’s school to learn when the next SAC meeting is scheduled.
The District’s accountability committees were featured on the March 18 edition of "Let’s Talk Education" with DCSD Superintendent Liz Fagen. Follow this link to hear the broadcast.
You can also get involved with other groups found at the school-level in DCSD. Many schools offer a variety of options including parent-teacher groups, like PTA or PTO and specialty groups like Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students). Parents can visit their child’s school website to learn more about the opportunities offered there.
DCSD Parent Liaison Kathy Brown is creating a network to serve DCSD families and is also a resource for parents who need information or assistance. Brown also focuses on increasing the effectiveness of parent involvement in accountability committees at the school and District level, and coordinates DCSD Parent University. Learn more
If you have a specific question or concern, start with your child’s teacher or principal, as they know your child and the school surroundings best.
School volunteer programs extend and enrich educational programs by connecting students with the talents of parents, business people and retirees. Learn more
District Accountability Committee
The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is responsible for collecting feedback from school-level committees and advising the Board of Education on spending priorities. This advisory committee is comprised of parents, teachers, DCSD staff and community members. The DAC is also involved in reviewing charter school applications, discussing district leadership and personnel as it relates to district performance, and assisting with parental engagement tied to school personnel. Follow this link to learn about upcoming DAC meetings and how you can get involved.
Fiscal Oversight Committee
Ensuring fiscal responsibility is the primary function of the Fiscal Oversight Committee (FOC). The scope of the FOC’s responsibilities includes information gathering, fact-finding and making recommendations regarding budget, accounting, banking, and more. Learn more about the FOC.
Long Range Planning Committee
The citizen-based group known as the Long Range Planning (LRPC) closely monitors new housing developments and student enrollment trends in order to provide the DCSD Board of Education with feedback regarding district facility and capacity needs. The LRPC is made up of two volunteer representatives from each high school feeder area, two at-large members, and a representative of the development and home building community. The LRPC is also responsible for reviewing and making recommendations regarding the annually updated DCSD Master Capital Plan. Information regarding LRPC meetings and membership.
Parent Participation & Feedback Welcome
Participation and conversation increases the opportunities for student success. As Douglas County School District enters the second phase of our Strategic Plan, we remain focused on our commitments to our students, our parents and our community.