As quickly as it arrived, summer break has come to an end. The first day for many neighborhood schools in Douglas County was Aug. 9. The beginning of the school year represents a fresh start, a blank …
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As quickly as it arrived, summer break has come to an end. The first day for many neighborhood schools in Douglas County was Aug. 9.
The beginning of the school year represents a fresh start, a blank slate. It's a time for families to settle back into a routine: early mornings, after-school practices, extracurricular activities, sports, work, play.
The change in pace can also bring unwanted stress. Staying on top of parental responsibilities — filling out paperwork, juggling multiple schedules, driving to and from activities — can be overwhelming for adults.
The U.S. Department of Education recommends some simple tips for parents: visit your child's school ahead of time, introduce yourself to your child's teacher, prioritize homework, prepare a study area at home, take charge of screen time, get everyone to bed on time.
Below are five things for Douglas County parents to know at the start of the school year.
The Douglas County School District has issued new ZPass cards for students who use school bus transportation. Students must have a ZPass card to get on and off a school bus.
All ZPass holders are required to complete the new ZPass application process through the EngagED Parent Portal at engaged.dcsdk12.org. Free of cost, new passes will include a student's first name, last name initial and photo.
New passes will be provided to students during the first week of September. Current ZPass cards can be used until Sept. 4, after which they should be turned in to the student's bus driver.
Returning families who utilize Express Check-In — an online application used to update a student's personal information — can now easily pay student fees through an online portal called MySchoolBucks.
Families who have previously paid for school lunches online should already have an account. Those new to the system can create an account at https://tinyurl.com/yap9zzn4.
Throughout the year as fees are posted to a student's Infinite Campus account, parents will receive email notifications from MySchoolBucks.
Elementary and middle school lunches include an entrée, milk and a choice of a fruit or vegetable, or both. Charter school lunch prices vary and parents should contact the school directly.
Neighborhood school lunch prices are as follows:
Elementary school lunch: $2.85, second entrée: $1.60, breakfast: $1.85, milk: 75 cents.
Middle school lunch: $3.10, breakfast: $2.10, milk: 75 cents, all other items are sold separately.
High school lunch meal deal: $3.25, all other items are sold separately.
Adult lunch without milk: $3.50, breakfast: $2.50, milk: 75 cents.
To access lunch menus, apply for free and reduced lunch or contact DCSD Nutrition Services, visit dcsdnutritionservices.org.
DCSD offers several ways for families to stay up to date about happenings in the district and communities.
Parents who utilize the Parent Portal — at campus.dcsdk12.org/icprod/portal/icprod.jsp — can opt-in to an alert system that provides urgent notifications and updates.
To receive weekly school stories from across the district by email, visit https://tinyurl.com/y6vo28pb.
Can't make a school board meeting? Watch online at livestream.com/accounts/142979.
Or stay social with DCSD on Twitter and Facebook at “@dcsdk12” and Instagram at “the_real_dougcoschools.”
Under Colorado law, children going to school must be vaccinated. DCSD requires vaccines listed by the Colorado Board of Health and those recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), a group of medical and public health experts that makes recommendations on vaccine schedules.
The district encourages parents to provide updated immunization records at school registration and when a child receives additional vaccines.
Families can only opt out of vaccinations if a medical or nonmedical exemption is filed. For a list of required vaccines by grade, visit www.dcsdk12.org/health-services/immunizations.
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