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Prep for the year ahead with our Back-to-School FAQ

The start of the 2022-23 school year is right around the corner. For your family’s smooth transition, we’ve prepared a 2022-23 Back-to-School FAQ. It includes information on: Fall Check-In dates in August; elementary schools’ “Meet the Teacher” events; registration for after-school care (now called The Club); menus and payment for school meals; sport physicals for fall athletics; and vaccination requirements.
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Spring Message from Dr. Karen Cheser

Dear Families, It’s hard to believe we only have a few weeks left in the school year and it seems like only yesterday that we began visioning for our district. There is much excitement about all of the current opportunities for students as well as the possibilities for the future. A couple of projects that you may be interested in include the new Miller Middle School construction as well as Impact, the new Career and Innovation Center at DHS.
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COVID-19 Update

As COVID-19 continues to become a common part of our daily lives we would like to offer a few reminders that will allow our students and staff to remain healthy throughout the school year. Durango Schools follows the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s guidance for schools,

Plan for a Safe Return to School by Taking a Holistic Approach to School Safety

Back-to-school season is a time of excitement, anticipation, and at times, concern for the kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) community. In addition to the academic and administrative complexities a new school year can present, schools and districts may also contend with ongoing and evolving security challenges and threats.
Having the proper school safety plans, procedures, and systems in place is a critical priority for schools as they open their doors to students this fall.

Check our Back-to-School Guide for Links to Supply Lists, Bell Schedules, and More

Families, we know back-to-school can be a hectic time. To help you, we gathered some important details into a one-page guide. It can be especially helpful for parents with children at different schools. The at-a-glance guide includes clickable links for specific schools' important details, including: Fall Check-In Dates, First Day of School, Bell Schedule, and the School Supply List.

Notice of Meeting to Review School District Budget

Notice is hereby given that a proposed budget has been submitted to, and adopted by, the Board of Education of Durango School District 9-R for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022, and has been filed in the district finance department where it is available for public inspection.


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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. 

9-R Board of Education Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Durango School District 9-R is located on lands and territories taken from the Núuchiu (Ute) people. This land is also the ancestral home of or served as a site of trade, gathering, or healing for Apache, Pueblo, Diné, and other nations. We recognize and honor these peoples and nations as traditional stewards of this land and water and respect their enduring relationship with it.

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