All student absences must be reported by the legal guardian of the student to the attendance office. Students, even those over 18, are not allowed to call in and excuse an absence.

Full Day Absence

Please call the attendance office at 303-387-4002 by 10:00 am if your child will be excused for the entire day. Leave a message that includes: student’s name, date, name of person calling, relationship to student and contact number. If you are leaving a message on the “other” line please include a detailed reason for the absence to be approved by administration.

As we work to control the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you help us to keep our staff and students safe by sharing as much as you can about your student's absence and illness, and if any member of your family has been exposed or is currently isolating due to COVID-19. If you have any questions or concerns about your student's illness, please contact your student's primary care provider, and collaborate with your school nurse consultant.

Early Dismissal or Late Arrival

Parents: The preferred method to excuse a student that will be leaving early or arriving to school late is via a handwritten note.

The note must be written in ink and include:

  • Student’s name/date/time of absence
  • If she or he will be returning to school (for early dismissal)
  • Parent signature and contact information

A call may be left on the attendance line, but this line is only checked periodically during the day. In the case of an emergency or prompt dismissal, please call the main line 303-387-4000.

Students: Students must check in and check out at the attendance office when leaving early or arriving late (other than off hours and open campus. Freshmen do not have off campus privileges)

If a student is leaving campus during an off hour and will not be returning they must check out at the attendance office prior to leaving.

Early Dismissal: Illness

If a student becomes ill during the school day, they must report to the health room located in the athletic office for an early dismissal.

For guidelines for determining student attendance see the district guidelines (District A-Z Nursing Services)

Extended Absence

If a student will be away from school for more than 3 consecutive days, other than medical reasons, an advanced notification absence form is necessary.


Timely attendance in class is essential for academic success. Consequently, 4 unexcused tardies will be equal to one unexcused absence.
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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.