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9-R 2020/21 Capital Budget Guide

Included in this article is a comprehensive, easy to read PDF that breaks down the details of how schools and the district are funded, how the money is allocated to schools, and impacts of legislation and mandates. This year's guide has a focus on capital needs to try to bring to light the deficit due to the negative factor and the current needs across the district.
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Durango School District 9-R Update

Dear 9-R Families, I hope all are enjoying a great summer so far. While it's far from over, I wanted to update parents and staff about our district’s plans for both this summer and for reopening of school in August. As we’ve shared in all previous communication, this is an ever-changing situation and we are in continual conversations with state and local authorities around requirements and safety measures based upon conditions involving the virus.
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Miller Middle School Cohort Quarantine - 10.27.20

On October 27, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.

Virtual Coffee Chat with the 9-R Board of Education

Greetings 9-R Families, this is Andrea Parmenter and Kristin Smith from your 9-R Board of Education. We would like to invite you to meet us and to discuss everything about education. This is the first of our planned monthly coffee chats between board members and the community.

Addressing Controversial Topics in School

Today’s society is shifting in many ways, adjusting to life with COVID-19, social justice movements, and a heated election are playing a major role. Emotions are high and many are divided on a number of topics. It is our right to hold our positions as individuals and private citizens and it is important that we all have passion and compassion for these issues and for others.

Itslearning Parent Logins

Dear families, Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we’ve migrated to the world of online learning. Today you should receive an email from itslearning that will contain your username and password.

9-R Debt Notice

At the election to be held on November 3, 2020, Durango School District 9-R, La Plata County, Colorado (the “District”) is submitting one ballot issue concerning the creation of debt or financial obligation.

9-R Update for the Community - 10.20.20

Dear 9-R Community, We have officially made it through the first quarter of the school year, and have thankfully had minimal COVID-19 impacts on students and staff. We thank all the staff, students and parents who have made this possible through their diligence and support of the issued guidelines. The cohort model is allowing continuation of school when a small population is impacted. And also we are appreciative that we have only had one positive case in the district, which was at the very beginning of the school year.

Schools Closed/Student Enrichment Days

The district has identified an additional two days where schools will be closed to allow teacher's additional work days to continue to plan and adjust to instruction under the guidelines of COVID-19. The two days are October 30 and November 2; these are in addition to the already identified teacher work day/school closure of November 30. Enrichment opportunities will be available to families of students in grades k-6 at no cost to the families allowing them to be supervised during regular school hours. Children with significant needs will also have an opportunity to be served at the middle and high school grades. Parents of such students will be contacted in the coming week.

Durango High School Cohort to Quarantine

Dear 9-R Families, On October 19, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at DHS is currently being evaluated for COVID-19 who was in close contact with another individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.

Updated COVID-19 Information

Since the community has moved to Safer at Home Level 1, some adjustments have been made to our process map. We also have updated documents for families on next steps, scheduling testing with Cedar Diagnostics and letters from Physicians.

Community Message - October 12, 2020

Hello 9-R Families, I know the start of school has been a whirlwind. I appreciate those of you who have sent feedback to me and our school leaders. This pandemic clearly continues to present challenges to our educational system, but we do greatly appreciate your patience and grace.


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The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning. Through leading instructional models, globally minded learning programs and engaging teaching and learning methods, the district aims to instill in each student the ability to compete and contribute in the global community. Furthermore, the district encourages supportive and safe school environments, guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities for each and every student. 

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