Durango School District 9-R has been coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health as we monitor the global pandemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illnesses, including the common cold and influenza. Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and fatigue.
Parents and staff can help by continuing to implement the same critical practices – themselves and with their children – as would be followed during flu season.
We will continue to work with our local authorities and will communicate any updates to our families. More information is available on the San Juan Basin Public Health’s website: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.
It has been great to see the collaboration and creativity of staff as they work remotely to identify ways to support students remotely. We are excited and anxious about our first day back at school tomorrow with our new remote learning environment, and truly look forward to welcoming kids back to school. Parents should expect more information from their child(ren)’s teachers on the work being assigned. Several documents are available here. These will provide you helpful information on what to expect and how best to support your student.
To support you as you help to create the best learning environment possible for your child we have added a new link on the front page of all school sites called Remote Learning.
Dear 9-R Families,
We have been busy standing up new services and preparing for a new way for students and teachers to support academic growth and success from home. We know this will be a critical partnership with parents as we all work together to support your child at home. We will continue to share more information that will support your home learning environments, including daily schedule idea and ways you can prepare your child for success. We truly appreciate your support and grace as we all work to navigate these new waters.
Good evening 9-R Community,
I hope you have been able to enjoy this Spring Break and spend some quality time with your families. Such family time is important during uncertain times. Like us, our children feel stress in times like this. This is a great opportunity for game time, watching movies together, reading a book, or playing outside. Lowering tension in our homes and engaging in fun, family time will help lower anxiety and keep our kids in a positive space.
To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23 to April 17.
The Governor made this order via press release yesterday afternoon.
The school district will provide access to breakfast and lunch in take-home packages at central pickup sites for all families in Durango as a continued support for families during school closures. These sites include remote bus stops as well as in-town locations. Any child from age 0-18 years will be eligible to pick up breakfast and lunch at these established locations at designated times for pick up. The child must be present to pick up a meal.
We recognize that school closing is a major decision and challenges many of our families with a lack of childcare or supervision while parents are engaged in their careers and work. We don’t take this decision lightly, but will always take the best interest of our community to heart as we evaluate the situation.
Currently, our schools are closed until Wednesday, March 25. Our district will evaluate conditions and circumstances each week and determine if extension of the closure is needed. Those decisions can be expected on Wednesday of each week. As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will decide one week at a time to limit the unnecessary impact on our community as a whole.
The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents and staff.
Following the direction of the Colorado High School Activities Association, the district is cancelling all after-school activities today, March 12, 2020, and tomorrow, March 13, 2020. This does not include Kids' Camp however; that will run as normal.
Additionally, today's walk from DHS to Buckley Park, planned by our local DEA and DESPA associations to show community support to fund public education, has been postponed. A new date will be announced once set.
If you have any questions or concerns about these cancellations, please contact your school office. Thank you.
As you know, all of our community agencies are closely monitoring the situation involving the Coronavirus. Our school district continues to work with San Juan Basin Public Health and other local authorities to monitor the situation and have a preparedness plan to support our students and our families in the event that a local case is detected.
While healthy individuals are likely to recover from this virus as with any other, there are certain populations at higher risk; and as such, we want to be especially aware of the risks we pose as potential carriers to those who are more susceptible. One infected with this virus often lacks any symptoms for up to 14 days during which time they may be highly contagious without even knowing.