Parent FAQ

When can I drop off/pick up my student from school?

2016-17 school hours are 7:50 AM to 2:55 PM. Please do not drop off your students before 7:25 AM; there is no adult supervision before 7:25. After school, there is no adult supervision after 3:25 PM. If a student stays in the building past 3:25, the student must be with an adult.

Where can I drop off my students for school?

Please only pick up and drop off your students on Delaware and Fox Streets past the parking lot driveways. We also request that students only exit the vehicle curbside and on the school side of the street, meaning that if you are driving north you drop off your student on Fox St. between 5th and 6th; if you are driving south, you drop off your student on Delaware St. between 5th and 6th.

Please do not drop your students off in the DCIS parking lots on either the south or east sides of the school, nor on 6th Ave. This is a safety hazard, and our DCIS community strives to keep our students, staff, and parents safe!

Please feel free to contact the main office at if you need any clarification or if you have any other questions or concerns, and we thank you in advance for following our new safety protocol.

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What is the best way to get an emergency message to my student—or to contact the DCIS office for any other reason?

It’s best call the main number, 720-423-9000. If your call is not immediately answered, you can leave a message. The phone recording says you will receive a call back within 24 hours, but if it’s an emergency, just keep calling until someone picks up. The first available person will answer the phone.

How should I contact teachers?

Many teachers prefer to answer questions via email. The email addresses of many teachers are listed here. The format for the email addresses of many DPS teachers is firstname_lastname@dpsk12.org (though occasional variations exist).

To reach teachers by phone, call the DCIS main number (720-423-9000). If you call a teacher between 7:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., your call will go straight to the teacher’s voicemail. Voicemail messages are converted to email, so teachers will receive your voice messages via email as well.

How can I volunteer to help DCIS?

Join the DCIS PTSA! The PTSA supports DCIS with volunteers and funding for cool and educational programming. You can do everything from helping to organize our annual silent auction to volunteering in the classroom or at events. See the PTSA web page here. The PTSA meets the second Wed. of each month at 6:30 p.m. at DCIS in the Model United Nations (MUN) room.

You can also ask teachers directly if they need volunteer help.

How can my student learn about travel opportunities?

The DCIS Travel Center is the best place to start. It’s open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. starting after Labor Day. You’ll find a multitude of resources and information on: cultural and language programs, exchange programs, opportunities to host visiting students, government-sponsored and adventure travel programs, and much more, as well as travel books on countries ranging from Australia to Vietnam. Applications for passports are also available.

Students (and parents) are encouraged to stop in or make an appointment with Geri Badler, Director of the Travel Center and Community Partnerships (geri_badler@dpsk12.org).

Be sure to check the Travel Center bulletin board across from the Travel Center and the Travel Center page on the DCIS website for new and important program information and deadlines. Stay in touch with the Travel Center by “liking” the DCIS Travel Center Facebook page.

What about all the DCIS clubs?

Teacher- and student-led clubs provide a way for DCIS students to pursue educational and entertaining activities outside of regular class hours. The level of commitment and structure varies from club-to-club, so your student may have to try out various club options before settling on a club or starting one. Any student can start a club, if he or she can find an appropriate sponsor. Click here to see a sample of the types of clubs at DCIS.

What are the DCIS options for middle-school sports?

Your middle-school student has the opportunity to participate in after-school sports and to compete against other DPS middle-school students in the DPS PREP League. The webpage for the DPS Middle School Athletics are listed at http://athletics.dpsk12.org/ms_sports/ . Numerous sports are offered at DCIS, including soccer, cross-country, basketball, volleyball, flag football, Futures Football (contact football), and baseball. Click here for information.

Can DCIS high-school students play DPS sports?

DCIS high school students have at least two choices for sports. They can play at the high school closest to DCIS, which is West, or the high school closest to their home. If students have two different households, they can play at the high school closest to either parent. If a kid wants to play a sport not offered at one of those schools, like field hockey, they can play it elsewhere. Contact the athletic director at any high school for questions about sports at their school.

When are the CSC meetings be held?

The DCIS Collaborative School Committee (CSC), which is the DCIS governing body, meets on the third Thursday of each month in the DCIS Travel Center from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Its members include teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. If you’re interested in serving on the CSC, email the DCIS Secretary natalie_vanzyl@dpsk12.org or call 720-423-9103. More information is available on the DCIS CSC page.

What is the DCIS Foundation?

The DCIS Foundation raises money to help DCIS students covers travel-related expenses. There’s an annual application process for Foundation grants. Check out the DCIS Foundation website here. (The DCIS PTSA raises money for other school needs, such as classroom equipment, fees, and transportation, sports, educational projects.)

How can I make sure to get emergency calls on my cell phone, not via email or text?

Log on to the Parent Portal and choose the method in which you wish to receive communications from DCIS and DPS. Click here to log on. For help with your parent-portal account or with getting one, contact: dps_portalteamdpsk12.org, or call the DPS Parent Portal Helpline at 720-423-3164.

Does DCIS have a school-based health center?

A nurse at DCIS can refer students to a school-based clinic at Denver West High School. For information on the DCIS nurse, click here. DCIS has a nurse four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.

Is the DCIS gym open to parents?

DCIS has a fitness center, with workout equipment, that’s available for faculty, staff, parents, students, and community. For students, there’s no fee. It’s open Mon-Thurs 2:30 – 4:30. Call 720-423-9036 for information.

Why do parents get emails indicating that students have assignments that are missing or failed, when the assignments were submitted, and the teachers just haven’t graded them yet?

If an assignment is recorded as missing, this is because the teacher specifically and pro-actively marked the assignment as missing with a ‘M’ in the gradebook. So it’s not a matter of an assignment not being graded yet by the teacher. Failing grades are defined as below 59.5 percent, and though the system sometimes misidentifies a student as failing when he or she is not, most of the time this does not happen. Parents can log onto the Parent Portal and find a section on missing and failing assignments.

Why don’t DCIS attendance messages indicate the specific class my child missed, instead of making it sound as if he missed the entire day?

The DCIS phone message system automatically sends a phone call to parents after school, letting you know if your son or daughter missed one or more periods. The system is set to kick in later in the day so that parents do not get a call at 7:30 in the morning, possibly waking up a sick child. On the Parent Portal, you can see the specific period or periods that your child missed. For help with your parent-portal account or with getting one, contact: dps_portalteamdpsk12.org of call 720-423-3164.

What’s the process for admission to DCIS?

Here’s basic information on the enrollment process.

Where can I get more information?

Check out the DCIS website. If you can’t find it there, call the office at 720-423-9000.