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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

District News

The Douglas County School District Board of Education welcomes Dr. Thomas S. Tucker into the role of Superintendent of Douglas County School District. Dr. Tucker officially leads the 68,000 student district as of July 1, 2018.


Nearly 1,500 Colorado students applied for the prestigious Boettcher Foundation Scholarship this year, with 42 being named recipients. Of those, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) is proudly home to four recipients.


When it comes to mental health services, communities traditionally focus on supporting kids as needs arise. This work is crucial for the safety of our students. Equally important, though, is prevention-based programming that can help, early on, prevent the social-emotional challenges our kids may be experiencing from escalating.