This past week we have seen quite a bit of movement in our schools around quarantines, requiring a total of 18 cohorts to go into quarantine (at the time of this report), including a bus cohort, a DHS Track cohort, a Middle School Basketball cohort, and additional cohorts from: Durango High School, Escalante Middle School, Miller Middle School, Needham Elementary School, Park Elementary, Riverview Elementary and Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary. As such, Durango High School and Shared School at Miller Middle School (from the previous week) have been designated as outbreaks per the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), which means there were two or more individuals in a cohort who tested positive for COVID-19.
The district continues to monitor the data in our schools and well as in the community to ensure that we can operate in-person learning in accordance with all the prescribed safety guidelines and precautions. We are hopeful that we will see drops in our local transmission rates so that educational services can continue and with in-person learning time being enhanced through the remainder of the school year.
We remind families and students about the critical role you play in your personal responsibility in and out of school to ensure we are able to keep our students and staff safe, and keep our school doors open. With this large number of quarantines this past week, we encourage families to remain vigilant and not let your guard down, as we are all counting on one another to take the right safety precautions, including:
- Not coming to school if you have a positive test or are experiencing any symptoms
- Not gathering with others outside your household
- Wearing protective gear, including masks, when in the public and in the presence of others while maintaining social distancing
- Maintaining good hygiene and hand washing
It takes all of us to make this work, and we understand and appreciate the COVID-19 fatigue we are all feeling. We must remain diligent and follow these safety guidelines so that we can continue to regain normalcy in our schools and our community. Thank you for all your efforts to support our schools’ COVID-19 mitigation efforts and continuing to support your students during this challenging school year.