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Policies & Procedures

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Bullying and Cyberbullying

DPS is committed to providing a safe and secure school environment for all students. We believe students should be able to learn in an environment that is free from threat, harassment and any type of bullying behavior, including cyberbullying. Students who engage in any act of bullying are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension or expulsion, and referral to law enforcement.

Bullying is the use of coercion or intimidation to obtain control over another person or to cause physical, mental or emotional harm to another person. Bullying can occur through written, verbal or electronic means, or by a physical act or gesture. Bullying is classified as harassment and may constitute a violation of civil rights when it is based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity (including transgender), religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Cyberbullying is any type of harassment or bullying that occurs through any mobile or electronic device. This can include texts, videos or pictures sent through email, chat rooms, instant messaging, blogs, text messaging, websites or social media.

To protect students from bullying and cyberbullying, DPS has several policies and procedures in place, listed below.

  1. Bullying is not tolerated in DPS schools, on school grounds, on our buses or other DPS-approved vehicles, or during any school activities such as sporting events or extended learning programs.
  2. Students who engage in bullying behaviors are subject to disciplinary action, which may include suspension, expulsion and/or referral to law enforcement.
  3. All schools have procedures for investigation and intervention with students who are engaging in bullying behavior. Program methods include teaching acceptable behavior, engaging in discussions, participating in counseling sessions, and implementing the appropriate consequences and supports.
  4. Curriculum and training is also available to help teachers and parents or guardians prevent bullying.
  5. School psychologists and social workers are available to assist students and families who are victims of bullying.

If you are concerned about bullying at your school, we recommend contacting your school’s principal, social worker, school psychologist or teacher directly to address the issue. We encourage you to talk to your student about bullying, and to teach your student to always tell a trusted adult if he or she, or another student, has been bullied or cyberbullied.

Learn more about bullying and cyberbullying at:

You can anonymously report any bullying behavior that threatens you, your family or your community through Safe2Tell by calling 877-542-7233, by visiting, or by using the Safe2Tell app on a mobile device.

Parent Conduct

DPS encourages all families to engage in their children’s education. We expect parents and guardians to model professionalism and respect, and refrain from disrupting teaching or school-support operations. Such behavior can create an unsafe, unproductive or threatening environment for our students and staff members. If a parent or guardian violates this policy, he or she may be issued a warning about his or her behavior; may be invited to participate in mediation with school staff; or may be barred from entering school grounds. We want to help prevent conflicts by working together so we can maintain a positive and productive environment for our students and staff members. Read the DPS Board of Education Policy on Public Conduct on School Property.

If you need assistance handling parent conduct concerns at your child’s school, please call 720-423-3054 or visit for more information.

Student Conduct and Safety

Student safety is a top priority for DPS, and responsible conduct in every school is required to maintain a safe educational environment. Student safety policies and procedures apply when students are on school grounds, in DPS-approved vehicles, at designated school bus stops or at school-sponsored events.

If you need assistance handling student conduct concerns at your child’s school, please call 720-423-3054 or visit for more information.

Students With Educational Disabilities

DPS provides individualized instruction, and accommodations and modifications for each student’s unique needs. We invite parents and guardians to provide input about their child’s needs so that we can best serve all students.

Drug and Alcohol Use by Students

Students must not possess or use alcohol, narcotics, marijuana or other illegal substances on school grounds, in DPS-approved vehicles, at designated school bus stops or at school-sponsored events.

Student Dress

Attire must not disrupt the school’s learning environment. It must meet reasonable standards of cleanliness and show respect for others. Please check with your child’s school for specific dress code or uniform policies.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

DPS is dedicated to creating an environment that promotes student success, balanced with student rights and responsibilities. Students have the right to a safe and equitable education that meets individual needs and abilities. Students share in the responsibility of establishing and maintaining a safe school environment and should not engage in disruptive activities that might interfere with the educational rights of others.

Protecting Children and Reporting Abuse

All school staff members are mandatory reporters. They are required to complete mandatory reporter training every year and are required by law to report child abuse or neglect if they reasonably suspect abuse or neglect is occurring.

To report child abuse or neglect, contact the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 844-264-5437.

Immunization and Vaccinations

Immunizations are an important part of our students’ health. Colorado law requires that children attending school are vaccinated to prevent disease. In addition to the vaccines required by the Colorado Board of Health, there are vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Certain vaccines will be required to attend school, with exemptions per HB:14:1288 for health, religious or personal purposes.

DPS school nurses follow the Colorado Board of Health schedule to identify students with immunization needs. Parents or guardians will be notified if their child is missing required immunizations and vaccines.

For more information on immunization schedules and state requirements, please visit Please contact your school nurse’s office for further information concerning medication for your child or to complete any necessary forms.


Nurse practitioners who support our School-Based Health Centers may prescribe medication for a student, but school nurses may not. Medication can be given at school when a parent or guardian requests and completes the Student Medication Request Release Agreement/Physician’s Order for Medication. This form provides the parental consent required for a nurse or delegate to give medication on school property. All medications must be provided in the original pharmacy container, labeled with your child’s name, name of the medication, dosage and frequency, and date for the medication to be discontinued. Students may be permitted to carry their own emergency medications such as an asthma inhaler or epinephrine (epi-pen) with the corresponding medical order and parental consent.

Internet and Social Media

The internet is a vital tool for education, and DPS provides internet connectivity to all schools. Use of the internet requires that both students and staff follow certain rules. Accessing the internet for illegal, obscene or inappropriate purposes is prohibited. DPS filters internet content in an effort to prevent illegal, obscene and inappropriate materials. All accessed internet content can be investigated by DPS and should not be considered private.

Social media, such as sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, have important educational uses and can be powerful communication tools. If students and teachers behave politely and professionally in these environments, these sites can and should be used in schools. If students feel as if they are being harassed or bullied by a peer through social media, they should report this to their school.

Students who violate the internet use policy can lose their internet access and/or access to social media sites and may face disciplinary action.

Student Data Privacy

We take student data privacy very seriously in Denver Public Schools (DPS).  Safeguarding student data is an essential responsibility for all DPS employees.  Our schools and staff follow our Student Data Privacy training and guidance process to ensure that all DPS staff are:

  1. Protecting student data
  2. In compliance with Colorado state and federal laws regarding student data privacy

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Visitors and Volunteers

We encourage our families to visit our classrooms, and we recognize that family volunteers play an important role in the success of DPS. In order to ensure that no unauthorized persons enter buildings with wrongful intent, all visitors must first report to the school office to obtain school approval. We also have a volunteer application and background check process in place for family and community members who wish to volunteer in our schools. Read the DPS Board of Education Policy on Visitors to Schools.

Visit for a list of volunteer opportunities and to download the required volunteer forms.