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Douglas County schools begin offering free lunch, breakfast

On the first day the Douglas County School District offered free meals to children during coronavirus-spurred school closures, Jen Peifer, manager of operations for the district's Nutrition Services … more

Douglas County School board revokes elementary's charter

The Douglas County School Board revoked the charter for HOPE Online Learning Academy's elementary school in March at the direction of the state board of education. HOPE's elementary school will close … more

Douglas County schools closed through April 17

Amid heightened efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Jared Polis on March 18 announced an executive order prohibiting all in-person learning in Colorado's public and private schools through … more

Colorado school testing canceled this year amid COVID-19 concern; AP testing moves online

On March 17, the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) released a statement saying end-of-the-year assessments including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS, “will be paused for … more

Colleges, universities taking precautions

As with many institutions across the nation, Denver-area colleges and universities are taking precautions aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. Here is a look at what schools are doing: … more

How the Douglas County School District, municipalities are responding to COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases grows in Colorado, officials in Douglas County are taking measures aimed at reducing the spread of the virus. As of March 12, three people in Douglas County had tested … more

Teacher accepted into NASA program

A Douglas County teacher is one of 28 teachers nationally and the only in Colorado selected to fly in a special NASA plane fitted with a one-of-a-kind telescope for astronomy research and science … more

DCSD makes plans in case of local outbreak

If the novel coronavirus spurs a serious local outbreak, the Douglas County School District might conduct education electronically or remotely. Missed days of school may need to be made up later. … more

Lutheran High School gets school safety grant

Douglas County awarded the private Lutheran High School with $134,351 from its school safety grant program on Feb. 25. Douglas County commissioners launched the grant initiative in May after a … more

Douglas County teachers urge better pay

Several educators made impassioned pleas asking school board directors to improve teacher pay in the Douglas County School District two weeks after the board held a lengthy discussion about … more

Schools keep fall break schedule despite test dates

The Douglas County School board has decided it will not change the district's fall break for the 2020-21 school year after staff recommended the school board reschedule it to one week later. The … more

Douglas County School District CFO leaves for Cherry Creek

The Douglas County School District's chief financial officer left the school district this month for a job with the Cherry Creek School District. Scott Smith's last day with DCSD was Feb. 21. He was … more

Douglas County School District grapples with teacher pay

Luke Hadden comes from a family of teachers. He believes educators have the power to better children’s lives. That’s why leaving his job as a social studies teacher at Rock Canyon High School, … more

Parent University tries to untangle confusion

One minute a teenager could be happily texting with friends. The next they're raging at their parents. And before mom and dad can blink, the teen is back to cracking jokes in the group chat. Was what … more

North Star Academy receives school safety grant

Another school received a lift in funding for school security and mental health programming on Feb. 11 as Douglas County commissioners continued approving contracts to execute grants they are … more

Douglas County School District aims to keep students from again missing test

Roughly 3,500 high school juniors in the Douglas County School District missed out on their chance to take a college readiness exam that can significantly affect students' odds at scholarships. A … more

Douglas County School District weighs capacity solutions

The Douglas County School District is growing, and as it plans to address issues with capacity among its schools, it asked for the community's input. The district recently completed a survey open to … more

Douglas County awards more school safety grants

Douglas County approved agreements with three more local schools on Jan. 28 as it continued awarding grant money aimed at making students in the county safer. School leaders grew emotional thanking … more

Douglas County awards school district $6.8 million for security

More than $6.8 million is on its way to the Douglas County School District to bolster student safety, while STEM School Highlands Ranch — the site of a fatal shooting last year — is set to … more

Students graduate from Eagle Academy with high hopes

As Collin Rogers-Peckham moved from one school to the next in the Douglas County School District, he continually fell behind in his education. Several bouts of strep throat, he thinks spurred on by … more
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