We are a small rural school located 20 minutes northeast of Colorado Springs and 10 minutes northeast of Falcon, Colorado. We have over 600 students in grades Pre-K through 12. The district has three main school buildings: the Elementary School, which hosts students in Pre-K through 6th grade and Peyton Elementary Online; the Junior-Senior High School, with students in grades 7-12; and the Career Technical Education Facility, which is the home to our Woods Manufacturing and Automotive Programs and houses Peyton Online Academy (Grades 7-12).


Peyton School District is a community partnership between students, staff, families, and patrons; providing an educational opportunity for individuals to attain their potential in a safe and trusted, family-like environment.

The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is an advisory committee for the Board of Education that represents the community of the school district. Therefore, members of the community, student body, faculty, and school administration are invited to participate. The DAC meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4pm the Community Room at the CTEF. There are no meetings in January, June, July, or August. For more information, contact Derek Burnside.

You can use SchoolView through the Colorado Department of Education to look at data and accountability information for Peyton School District, other school districts, and the state.

Educator Effectiveness
Peyton School district evaluates the performance levels of all teaching and administrative staff as well as guidance counselors and school nurse by using the adopted State Model Evaluation System which can be found at the educator effectiveness website.

Standard Response Protocol


Under a Hold situation, everyone is kept in classrooms and it is business as usual within the classrooms.


Under a Secure situation, we secure the perimeter.  Everyone is kept inside and it is business as usual, meaning classes continue as normal.


When a lockdown is called for, classroom doors are locked and students move out of sight of windows and are silent.


In an evacuation situation, such as a fire, items are left behind and students move to the evacuation location.

Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place is used for things like a tornado.  We have designated places in the buildings where students and staff go to shelter in place.

The Peyton School District is committed to academic excellence and strives to facilitate academic growth in all students.  Gifted students are not an exception.  Gifted Students need additional challenges, accelerated curricula and changes in learning environments to meet their diverse needs. Working in cooperation with the Pikes Peak BOCES and under the guidelines from the Colorado Department of Education, the Peyton School District has processes for referring, identifying and meeting the academic and emotional needs of gifted students.


Pikes Peak Board of Cooperative Educational Services Gifted Website


Gifted Education Coordinator – Elementary

Rachel Senrick

Gifted Education Coordinator – Secondary

Elizabeth Henke

Back-to-School Checklist

How Sick Is Too Sick?

When Children and Staff Should Stay Home from School or Child Care

Evaluation of a sick child must consider which diseases are currently circulating among students, staff, and the community. Known exposure to cases or an outbreak of a contagious disease (including but not limited to those listed here), even without a confirmed diagnosis, may necessitate more stringent return to school requirements.
During Colorado’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, children and staff who have symptoms consistent with COVID-19 should receive testing, and follow the COVID-19 isolation guidance until testing is completed or if they test positive. If the individual tests negative for COVID-19, the individual should then follow the recommendations for their disease or symptoms using the below guidance.
There are four main reasons to keep children and adults at home:
   1. The child or staff is at risk of infecting others with COVID-19 or another contagious illness, either because of symptoms or recent close contact.
2. The child or staff member does not feel well enough to take part in usual activities. For example, a child is overly tired, fussy or will not stop crying.
3. A child needs more care than teachers and staff can give while still caring for the other children.
4. The child or staff member has symptoms or an illness is on this list, and staying home is required.

Illness Guidelines: When to Keep Your Child Home

  • Children with severe cold symptoms should not attend school.

Cold symptoms may include:

  • nasal or lung/chest congestion
  • coughing that is constant or persistent
  • recurrent sneezing that is not allergy related
  • Do not send a child to school with an abnormal temperature-any temperature over 100 degrees F.
  • A child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Do not send a child to school that has been vomiting within the last 24 hours.
  • Do not send a child to school that has had diarrhea in the last 24 hours.
  • Flu symptoms: fever over 100 degrees (usually high) or one or more of the following: body aches, sore throat, cough or headache. Do not send your child back to school until he/she has had no symptoms for at least 24 hours.

Guidelines on keeping your child healthy

  • Wash hands before eating, after using the bathroom, after playing outside or after using a tissue.
  • Wash hands using soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds (sing the ABC song once)
  • Cover cough /sneeze into your sleeve. If a tissue is used, throw away tissue and wash hands.
  • Sleep 8+ hours per night
  • Healthy eating habits

You may obtain more detailed school illness guidelines and information at www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/Epidemiology/manual/School_Guidelines.pdf

Thank you for helping us keep Peyton students and staff healthy!

Important Health and Wellness Information and Forms

Physician’s Authorization for Administration of Medication by School Personnel

Immunization Rules for School Entry

Child Care and School Immunization Rates Guide

Certificate of Immunization

Video to get Non-medical Immunization Exemption Certificate

Annual Health Update

Standard Health Plan for Allergy-Anaphylaxis

CO Asthma Care Plan

Seizure Action Plan and Medication Orders

Well Child Flyer English

Well Child Flyer Spanish

  • Superintendent – Derek Burnside
  • Athletic Director – Nathan Trice
  • Business Manager – Melissa Kirchner
  • Payroll – Heather Whaley
  • Accounts Payable – Kathy Davis
  • Secretary – Kelley Hoaglund

Upcoming Events


Learn More

Thank You To Our Sponsors