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October 2021 COVID-19 Monthly Summary

Every month the school district strives to compile updates and information for families and the community regarding the impacts of COVID-19 in schools. We are grateful for the continued support of our mitigation efforts, which have allowed schools to remain open. Thank you to all our students, staff and families for their perseverance and diligence.
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November Update from the Superintendent

Thank you, again, for entrusting your amazing children with us. I have been so impressed with their engagement in school, your support, and how everyone is rebounding from the impact of the pandemic. Also, thank you for continuing to support our COVID mitigation strategies. Because of masking we have been able to keep our quarantines and cases low and have been able to keep our schools open, which we know is critically important.  Increasing vaccinations to include the ability for 5-11-year-olds to obtain the vaccination soon should also go a long way in decreasing cases and reducing mitigation strategies. We will provide information on vaccination clinics as soon as we receive more information.
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9-R Board of Education Statement on Lawsuit - December 3, 2021

There is currently a lawsuit against the Durango 9-R Board of Education and our Designated Election Official alleging that Andrea Parmenter vacated her residence in District D earlier than announced and asking for a special election to be held for District D. Due to Ms. Parmenter vacating her seat within 90 days of the election, the Board followed Colorado law to appoint someone to that seat. After consulting with our legal counsel, the Board and Superintendent have decided it is in the best interest of the district to defend our actions in this case. Unfortunately, we expect this could cost the district up to $30,000.

Snow Day Reminders

With winter approaching, we want to remind parents and families of our Snow Day practices and policies. Click the headline for details.

COVID-19 Weekly Testing Update for the Community

The Durango School District 9-R has a goal of optimizing student access to in-person learning while simultaneously promoting health and safety by minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission. The many mitigation strategies suggested and supported by the CDPHE and our local health authorities play an important role in ensuring success with this goal.

2nd Dose Vaccine Clinics for Durango 9-R Students, Staff, and Families

9-R will be hosting vaccine clinics for Covid-19 Vaccine 2nd doses, in conjunction with San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH). Our elementary school based vaccine clinics will serve students, staff, and families of Durango School District 9-R. Vaccines will be available for 5-11 year olds, as well as teens and adults.

9-R Board of Education Regular Meeting, December 14, 2021

The next 9-R Board of Education Regular meeting is Tuesday, December 14, 2021 starting at 5:30pm. It is available for viewing on Zoom, and translation services are available for public participation. Please be sure to review the guidelines and deadlines for public participation if you wish to participate.

ACES - Appreciation and Celebration of Excellence in Schools

Durango 9-R Is fortunate to have employees who have been serving the district for more than 20 years. This week we want to recognize Elena Lozano who is a school bus driver, tester, and trainer. Elena has been with 9-R for 22 years! Elena enjoys watching the students on her routes grow and mature over the years. On her own time Elena enjoys mechanical work.

9-R Board of Education Regular Meeting - November 30, 2021

The next 9-R Board of Education Regular meeting is Tuesday, November 30, 2021 starting at 5pm. It is available for viewing on Zoom, and translation services are available for public participation. Please be sure to review the guidelines and deadlines for public participation if you wish to participate.

Durango 9-R Job Fair

The Durango School District 9-R will conduct a Job Fair on Wednesday, December 15, from 10:00AM-2:00PM to recruit for for Paraprofessionals, Teachers, Substitutes, Counselors, Social Workers, Bus Drivers, Food/Nutrition Services, Custodians, Substitutes, and Administrative Assistants.

October 4A Bond Updates

On August 18, 2021 a Contractor meet and greet was hosted by Emily Meisner with La Plata County Economic Development Alliance and Mary Shepherd with Southwest Colorado Small Business Development Center, who with 9-R, have created the 9-R Bond to Business.


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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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