Volunteer in DCSD

Volunteers Enhance the Learning Environment in DCSD

VolunteerOur volunteer programs extend and enrich educational programs by making available talents and resources of business persons, civic organization members, retirees, parents and friends, to enhance school and District goals, promote positive school/community relationships, and provide a positive, safe growing environment for our students.

Community Volunteer Program

Research tells us that when schools work together with families to support learning, children tend to succeed not just in school, but also throughout life. Citizens in Douglas County donate many hours to improve the educational experience for students. The Douglas County School District facilitates several programs to integrate schools with community members.

**Please note: If you wish to volunteer in DCSD schools you must have a valid Colorado Driver's license. (DCSD follows Colorado DMV requirements: you may use your out-of-state driver's license for the first 30 days after moving. After this time, however, you must have a valid CO driver's license.) If you're active duty military that has been stationed in Colorado, you may use your military ID.

Download Community Volunteer Application

High Prairie Storytellers (formerly Douglas County Spellbinders ®) share the rich oral tradition of tales that teach and enchant. High Prairie Storytellers tell stories to kids of all ages. Working with teachers, volunteer storytellers enhance literacy, stimulate imagination and broaden multicultural understanding.

A High Prairie Storyteller:

  • Learns many types of stories (fables, folktales, and fairytales).
  • Has access to extensive collections of stories and online resources.
  • Voluntarily tells stories on a regular self-chosen schedule to students of Douglas County schools.
  • Shares information and develops relationships with teachers, students, and other storytellers.
  • Has opportunities to tell at community events, libraries, museums, camps and festivals.
  • Receives plentiful training and support.

All storytellers have gone through extensive training and are certified through the National Spellbinders® Organization, which is certified with the National Storytelling Network. Each storyteller has had a Colorado Bureau of Investigation (C.B.I.) background check.

For more information about High Prairie Storytellers and upcoming training classes, contact:

 

Contact Us

All DCSD schools manage their own individual volunteer programs. For more information about volunteering, please contact the school’s volunteer coordinator directly.

Resources

Parent Volunteer Agreement

Acuerdo de los padres voluntarios - Spanish Parent Volunteer Form

Community Volunteer Agreement

Solicitud de voluntariado comunitario - Spanish Community Volunteer Form


Superintendent and BOE Policies Regarding Volunteering in Schools 

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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District's Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Aaron Henderson, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado, [email protected], 720-433-1083.

Outside Agencies

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.

NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS

Special Education records which have been collected by Douglas County School District related to the identification, evaluation, educational placement, or the provision of special education in the district, must be maintained under state and federal laws for the period of five (5) years after special education services have ended for the student. Special education services end when the student is no longer eligible for services, graduates, or completes his/her educational program at age 21, or moves from the district. This notification is to inform parents/guardians and former students of Douglas County School District's intent to destroy the special education records of students who exited special education services as of June 30, 2016. These records will be destroyed in accordance with state law unless the parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student notifies the school district otherwise. After five years, the records are no longer useful to the district, but may be useful to the parent/guardian or former student in applying for social security benefits, rehabilitation services, college entrance, etc. The parent/guardian or eligible (adult) student may request a copy of the records by requesting the records by email to [email protected]