Over the last two and a half months of school, Durango 9-R provided home-based learning to our students. All of our staff remained employed and assumed duties to monitor student well being, ensure the delivery of continued learning while students are at home, and provide meals to any students up to age 18 in our community (9-R and non-9-R). The district also implemented a child care program for first responders and health care workers to ensure they can provide support to our community as a whole and were able to later expand services to other essential workers in our community with regard to childcare.
The funds provided to us from the Community Foundation Serving SW Colorado assisted us in acquiring the personal protection equipment and the tools necessary for expand opening of services. This would include the acquisition of infrared thermometers to monitor the temperature of staff and students engaged in a less intrusive manner. These expenses were not in our original budget, yet are essential as we expand our role in support of our community during this crisis.
We are so grateful for the support and our community foundation!