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Student Rights & Responsibilities

While the primary purpose of the Code of Conduct is to inform students and parents of their rights, responsibilities and the consequences of their behavior, we also want to extend our appreciation to students who behave well, make responsible decisions and work hard; these students comprise the majority of our learners. Our Core Values remain constant in an ever-changing world. They provide the foundation for our work and influence how we conduct ourselves and engage with others.

Student Behavior Expectations - Striving for a School District of Honor and Respect.

If high expectations are to be held for academic achievement, it follows reason that clear behavior expectations be adopted as well.

In the summer of 1995, the Douglas County Board of Education made a commitment to develop Behavior Expectations to stand alongside the school district's content standards.

The goal of these standards is to create a culture of honor and respect that is consistent from school to school and can be carried over to the community. The Behavior Expectations create a total learning environment for all students, beginning with the primary grades and continuing through high school.

Work Habits/Time Management

Students, staff, parents and community will develop and use productive work habits.

• Complete work to the best of their ability
• Strive for excellence in all their work
• Honor time commitments
• Arrive at school/class prepared to work
• Work cooperatively with others and independently when appropriate
• Persevere even when tasks are difficult


School Climate

Students, staff, parents and community will behave in a manner which fosters a positive school environment. 

• Participate actively in the learning process 
• Encourage parent and community involvement
• State expectations clearly
• Show sensitivity toward others 
• Use courteous and polite language and behavior
• Exercise self discipline
• Follow school and district rules



Students, staff, parents and community will dress appropriately for the school environment. 

• Dress in a clean, neat and safe manner
• Dress in a manner that is non-demeaning to self or others
• Dress in a manner that promotes practices that are consistent with district policies
• Dress in a manner which is conducive to the activity in which engaged


Physical and Emotional Safety

Students, staff, parents and community will promote, create and maintain an environment free from physical and emotional harm. 

• Control anger and resolve conflicts through non-violent means
• Ensure that schools are free from weapons
• Ensure that schools are free from harmful substances
• Ensure that schools are free from intimidation, discrimination and harassment


Respect for Grounds and Property

Students, staff, parents and community will be thoughtful caretakers of the school and district property and the property of others.

• Use property and materials for their intended purpose
• Take responsibility for maintaining school and district property
• Show respect for the personal property of others


Integrity and Responsibility

Students, staff, parents and community will accept personal responsibility and accountability for their actions or inactions.


• Honor commitments
• Promote excellence by setting challenging and attainable goals
• Serve self and others through community involvement
• Take the initiative to help others
• Determine the right thing to do and do it


Students, staff, parents and community will respect the unique attributes and qualities of every individual.

• Treat others with fairness and compassion
• View diversity as enhancing the school environment and community
• Promote and encourage increased knowledge and understanding of diversity in curriculum and school-related activities



Students, staff, parents and community will communicate effectively to build a more positive school environment.

• Communicate with positive intent
• Communicate in an open, trusting and truthful manner
• Express ideas clearly
• Listen actively and encourage feedback
• Communicate in a timely and on-going manner
• Clarify communication directly with the source.


More Information


Calendars are approved by the Board of Education as required under Colorado Revised Statutes.

For the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, a calendar committee was formed, composed of leaders, teachers, classified staff members and parents. This committee worked to develop three conventional calendar options for each school year. A survey was developed and distributed to staff and parents of neighborhood schools (non-charter schools). The survey received 10,111 responses.  Additionally, feedback was received from the Student Advisory Group. The District Accountability Committee (DAC) approved “Calendar Option 2” on May 1, 2018 based on the feedback and recommendation from the Calendar Committee. This calendar was then approved by the Board on May 8, 2018.

Please note that these calendars do not apply to charter, magnet, or alternative schools, which manage their own calendars.

Please note that for 2018-2019, all DCSD schools will follow the conventional calendar, with the following exceptions: Renaissance Primary Magnet School, D.C. Oakes, Eagle Academy, and charter schools. Please contact these schools individually for their calendars.


2018-2019 School Year Conventional Calendar

View the calendar here | Black and white version


2019-2020 School Year Conventional Calendar

View the calendar here | Black and white version


2020-2021 School Year Conventional Calendar

View the calendar here | Black and white version