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Policies & Procedures

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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.

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

  1. Bullying is not tolerated in our schools, buses or during any school activities such as sporting events.
  2. 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.
  3. Students who engage in bullying will face disciplinary action and, depending on the severity and pattern, may be suspended or expelled, or referred to law enforcement. Curriculum and training are available to help students, teachers and parents prevent bullying.
  4. All schools have procedures for investigation and intervention of students engaged in bullying behavior, as well as procedures to prevent bullying.
  5. All schools have programs to help students who bully. Program methods include using re-education of acceptable behavior, discussions, counseling and appropriate consequences.
  6. All schools support students who have been the victims of bullying. School psychologists and social workers are available to assist students and families.

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Parents or guardians can contact the school principal, school social worker, school psychologist or a teacher if they have a concern about bullying.

Teach your child to tell a trusted adult at school and at home if he or she, or another student, has been bullied or cyberbullied. Anonymous tips on bullying can be sent to Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233, by visiting or by using the Safe2Tell app on their 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 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. If you need assistance handling concerns at your child’s school, please contact the Office of Family and Community Engagement at 720-423-3054.

For more on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education Policy on Public Conduct on School Property, visit

Student Conduct and Safety

Student safety is a top priority for DPS. Responsible conduct in every school is required for maintaining 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.

Children or Youth With Educational Disabilities

All schools and classrooms should be safe and welcoming environments where students feel a sense of belonging and value for their diverse abilities. DPS provides individualized instruction, and accommodations and modifications for each student’s unique needs. Families are a critical part of the educational planning process. Parents and guardians will be invited to provide input about their child’s strengths and needs along the way.

Drug and Alcohol Use by Students

Students must not use alcohol, narcotics or other illegal substances when on school grounds, in DPS-approved vehicles, at designated school bus stops or at school-sponsored events. Marijuana is considered to be an illegal substance at school.

Protecting Children and Reporting Abuse

All school personnel are mandatory reporters and are required by law to report child abuse or neglect if they reasonably suspect abuse or neglect is occurring. All DPS staff are required to complete Mandatory Reporter training every year. To report child abuse or neglect, contact the Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 844-264-5437.

Student Dress

Student dress and personal appearance are essential aspects of creating a safe school environment. 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

We are 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.

Immunization and Vaccination

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 as a condition of school attendance, with exceptions for health, religious or personal purposes.

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

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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 dispense 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 self-carry emergency medications such as an asthma inhaler or epinephrine (epi-pen) with the corresponding medical order and parental consent.

Please contact your school nurse’s office for further information concerning medication for your child or to complete any necessary forms.

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. For example, 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 staff and should not be considered private. Students who violate the internet use policy can lose their internet access and may face disciplinary action.

Social media, such as sites like Facebook, Google+ and Twitter, have important educational uses and can be powerful communication tools. If students and teachers are aware of the challenges and behave politely and professionally in these environments, these sites can and should be used in schools. Students who violate this policy can lose their access to social media sites and may face disciplinary action. Students should feel comfortable reporting to school staff or teachers if they feel they are being harassed or bullied by a peer through social media.


We encourage parents, guardians and community members to visit classrooms at any time to observe the activities at our schools. In order to ensure that no unauthorized persons enter buildings with wrongful intent, all visitors should report to the school office when visiting to obtain school approval. This will not apply when parents or guardians have been invited to a school assembly program. There may be times when visitors are asked to come back at another time, if the visit would disrupt the educational environment. For more on the Denver Public Schools Board of Education Policy on visitors to schools, visit