Safe and Welcoming School District

In DPS, we are proud to be a Safe and Welcoming School District and we are dedicated to helping Every Child Succeed. DPS embraces our diverse students, families and communities. Equity is at the core of our mission and one of our core beliefs is that diversity is a community treasure. We commit to building a culture that embraces the unique identity and potential of every child.

One of our Denver Plan 2020 goals is to Support the Whole Child, and we engage deeply to ensure all students are healthy, supported, engaged, challenged, safe, and socially and emotionally intelligent. Our district has put policies and practices into place to make sure that everyone in the DPS community has the opportunity to learn and work in an environment where they are treated with dignity and respect, free from bullying or harassment. DPS does not discriminate on the basis of color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.

Learn more below about some of the ways we strive to make all of our students and families feel safe and welcome in DPS.

We are committed to providing equitable and inclusive environments where all our students feel safe and socially and emotionally supported. We know that these days, some students and families are experiencing increased unease and uncertainty.

In an effort to relieve these concerns, we have prepared a list of supports that Denver Public Schools provides to students, families and educators during periods of trauma and stress. We encourage you to review the list and take advantage of the resources offered.

Additionally, our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) helpline is available. Email face@dpsk12.org or call 720-423-3054.

Supports in English

Supports in Spanish

Additional Languages

Caregiver Authorization in English

Caregiver Authorization in Spanish

Additional Languages

Denver Public Schools will always welcome, support and protect our diverse student body. Supporting the whole child includes making sure all of our students feel safe and respected at school, regardless of their gender identity. DPS will continue our policies and practices of support and equity for all students regardless of their gender identity, as well as immigration status, race, color, national origin, disability, religion, creed or sexual orientation.

District policy and Colorado state law support the rights of transgender students to be free from bullying, discrimination and harassment. DPS accommodates students based on the gender with which they identify. See District Policy AC – Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity – to learn more.

How DPS Supports Transgender Students

Reach out to the FACE Team for Support

Members of the Denver Public Schools Board of Education have unanimously declared their commitment to protecting the legal rights of all students, regardless of immigration status, national origin, religion or race, with the Safe and Welcoming School District resolution. In the resolution, the board states the following:

… the district shall do everything in its lawful power to protect our students’ confidential information and ensure that our students’ learning environments are not disrupted by immigration enforcement actions …

Resolution in English

Resolution in Spanish

Additional Languages

Our students speak more than 140 different languages and we proudly serve immigrant and refugee students in our six Newcomer Centers throughout our district. To respond to frequently-asked questions about immigrant rights, we have created an FAQ in our 10 most common languages.

The district legal team created these responses to questions such as, ‘What impact does undocumented immigration status have on my child’s education?’ and ‘If I am a parent or guardian and I am worried about being detained while my child is at school, what should I do?’

FAQ in English

FAQ in Spanish

FAQ in Additional Languages

Know Your Rights (English)

Know Your Rights (Spanish)

Family Emergency Checklist (English)

Family Emergency Checklist (Spanish)

Denver Public Schools is committed to ensuring all students feel safe and welcome in our schools. With recent national events, we know some families may have particular questions about their children who are of the Muslim faith.

In support of these families, we have prepared the following documents in nine languages, including Amharic, Arabic (now the third most popular language in DPS), Dari, Pashto and Swahili, to respond to frequently asked questions we have received. This FAQ includes responses to common questions such as, ‘Will my child be informed when a food item contains pork?,’ ‘Is my child allowed to pray at school?’ and ‘What can I do if my child is being harassed for being Muslim?’

Please review the FAQs and let us know about additional questions or concerns by talking to your individual school leader or reaching out to our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team at 720-423-3054 or emailing face@dpsk12.org.

FAQ in English

FAQ in Arabic

FAQ in Additional Languages

According to the National Association of School Psychologists, high-profile acts of violence can confuse and frighten students who may feel they, their friends or their loved ones are in danger. They will look to adults for guidance about how to react, and adults can help by talking with them about their fears.

For help with these conversations, please visit this online resource: “Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.” This printable handout is available in 10 languages.

We also encourage you to contact your school counselor if you need support or see any signs of distress or concerning behavior. In addition, we encourage you to reach out to the Family and Community Engagement (FACE) helpline at 720-423-3054.

To learn more about how our Safety Team and our schools prepare for emergencies, please visit safety.dpsk12.org and click on Emergency Management Resources. There, you will find our emergency information guide for parents in 10 languages.

Remind your children that if they “see something, say something.” Research shows warning signs occur in more than 80% of violent incidents. Colorado’s Safe2Tell hotline at 877-542-7233 allows students, parents, educators and community members to report concerns anonymously. Keeping our kids, teachers and schools safe is the responsibility of everyone in our community.

Finally, we have the opportunity to raise our voices to make the changes that are so necessary in our country. Let us continue to be strong in decrying hate and demonstrate our Shared Core Value of Equity, embracing the safety, security and richness of diversity.

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