Please refer to the Student Handbook (p.11-13)  for a complete description of the DHS attendance policy.  
All DHS students have returned to FULL DAYS 8:20 AM to 3:40 PM on Tuesday through Friday (early release Mondays at 2:40 PM) beginning August 2023. 


PARENT/GUARDIAN:  Please contact DHS to excuse your student's Absence OR report Present; notify within 24 hours of the absence or it will remain unexcused.  The order of communication preference is:
  1. Email
  2. OR, Voicemail 970-259-1630 x 2312.  If mailbox is full, use x 2313.
  • INFORMATION REQUESTED: Your student's name(s), grade and date.
  • Reason for your student's absence: out of town, travel, illness (include symptoms), or other reasons.
  • Request provider/doctor's office note to excuse an illness lasting five days or longer, or for medical/other appointments.  Taking a picture of the note and emailing to DHS Attendance is acceptable and preferred.
  • Please be specific when reporting illnesses.




Permission to Leave DHS Campus - Please email/call DHS Attendance on the morning of the appointment/early checkout, even days before.  Attendance staff will enter a note in IC to show proof of permission from parents/guardians. Teachers can see the note in their IC roster and will allow your student to leave at your designated time.


  • DHS Pre-Arranged Absence Form (for 3 or more absences) must be arranged 5 DAYS BEFORE the absence and approved by all teachers with current % grades.  It is for absences including college visits and non-DHS academic/sporting activities.  See form link at bottom of this page.
  • Because all students are "in the care of" DHS during school hours, parents/guardians must excuse their student's absence/tardy by email/call, even if a student is 18 years or older.
  • Athletics/Activities early release - If the release time is during a class period, students must attend their class to check in with their teacher and NOT skip class altogether.
  • Final exams absences can only be excused through the counseling office and signed off by an Administrator.
  • Parents of CLUB SPORTS STUDENTS must call to excuse their absence.  (DHS sports coaches will submit their rosters, no need to call in for DHS sports students.)