Parent Communication & Policies

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Thursday Folders

Lots of important information goes home every week!

Every Thursday, students bring home their Thursday Folder. These folders will contain valuable information from their classroom teachers and the office. Please make sure you review your child’s folder with him/her to help you stay up to date!

Parent/Guardian Handbook

Our Parent/Student Handbook serves as an important source of information for each of you. We have included helpful information to ensure a successful school year. Please read through the handbook and keep in mind that more detailed policies and procedures are available at your request. We sincerely hope you all have an enjoyable and successful year. If you have any questions or we can further support you, please contact us at 720-424-8300


Cowell Spanish Parent Handbook-22-23

Cowell English Parent Handbook 22-23


Procedure for adverse Weather

DPS announces closures or remote days via the following communications tools:

  • Automated calls and emails – Families who provide phone numbers or email addresses to schools will receive a phone call and/or an email.
  • News media – DPS immediately notifies news media for inclusion on their weather closing or remote lists.
  • Website home page – An alert banner will be displayed across the top of the home page of this website.
  • Social media – Announcements will be posted to Facebook and Twitter.
  • District closure/remote hotline – A message will be left on the school district’s closure hotline at 720-423-3200, as well on the DPS Transportation Services hotline at 720-423-4600.

We are committed to informing families about school delays or closures as early as possible with the goal to make the call by 5 a.m.

Updated school closure list during inclement weather:


An absence may be excused by a call from the parent or guardian. In some cases, documentation from the parent may be required so that the school can excuse an absence. Examples can include a note from a healthcare provider.

The school may notify parents or guardians of absences by one or more of the following methods:

  • Telephone call
  • Letter
  • Parent conference
  • Home visit or Truancy Notice after the student is habitually truant.

In order to support the family of a student who is habitually truant, the school will attempt to understand reasons for the student’s absences. To do so, the school will provide support that could include meeting with the student, counseling, tutoring, meeting with both parent and student, referral to support programs and/or implementing an attendance plan or medical plan. We encourage families to stay in close communication with school staff to address reasons that the student might be missing school. A truancy court proceeding may be initiated if the student continues to miss school.

Your child’s academic and social progress is our priority. New learning takes place each day that is necessary for your child to be successful.  When your child is absent or tardy, it is difficult for them to catch up on missed assignments, which can lead to poor school performance.  

If your student is absent please call the attendance line at (720)424-8304. All absences, whether excused or not, count against the student’s overall attendance rate.



Volunteering is a great way for parents and community members to experience first-hand the great things that are going on in our school! Teachers and staff love the extra help, and students benefit from the additional attention and interaction.

Anyone interested in volunteering is encouraged to visit the front office. Potential volunteers will fill out paperwork and submit to a criminal background check.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Parent Watch

  • Volunteers will be outside of the school before and after school, monitoring traffic, helping children safely cross streets, and ensuring that school rules are followed.

Nurse’s office

  • Volunteer will make ice packs.

Front Office

  • Volunteer will help make photocopies and prepare information for Thursday Folders.