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Durango School District 9-R Announces Fall Sports Updates

Recent announcements from the Governor’s office and Colorado High School Activities Association (CHSAA) have given the school district Athletic Directors some flexibility on decisions around resuming certain fall sports. After much consideration, Durango High School has decided to move forward with Football, Dance and Cheerleading during Season A and will begin preparing for that immediately. Middle School Sports, which works with the San Juan Basin League, has decided to continue with the current plan of hosting Football specifically in the spring, or Season C.
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Durango School District 9-R Update

Dear 9-R Families, I hope all are enjoying a great summer so far. While it's far from over, I wanted to update parents and staff about our district’s plans for both this summer and for reopening of school in August. As we’ve shared in all previous communication, this is an ever-changing situation and we are in continual conversations with state and local authorities around requirements and safety measures based upon conditions involving the virus.
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Update on Middle School Fall Sports

Dear Families, Thank you for your patience as we worked through the many logistics around considerations of running fall sports. Middle School sports are under different guidelines than high school, and the San Juan Basin League helps to guide decisions around safety and scheduling. After much discussion, the San Juan Basin League Principals and Athletic Directors voted to hold off on the 2020-21 football season, and follow the current guidelines issued by the state to wait until Season C, or February, to resume regular fall sports.

Kids Eat Free!

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced the extension of the free meals for kids aged 0-18 through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibility allows Durango 9-R to operate the summer food service program, which makes free meals available to all children through the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Bond 4A

On August 25, 2020, the Durango Board of Education passed a vote to move forward with the bond campaign, which has the potential to bring in over $90M, with no tax increase, for capital projects to the school district. Monies from a bond must be used for capital projects, which may include deferred maintenance, new HVAC systems, upgraded technology and safety measures etc

Native American Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

The Durango 9-R Native American Parent Advisory Committee will host our first meeting of the 2020-2021 academic year. We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to get acquainted and begin our school year positively. We will also vote on a schedule for future NAPAC meetings for the remaining academic year.

Update for Families - Negative Result at Animas Valley

Dear families, On Monday we informed our school community that there was a possible case of COVID-19 at Animas Valley Elementary. As a precautionary measure, a cohort went into quarantine while final determinations were made around this case. We are pleased to report that the individual with symptoms received a negative COVID-19 test result and the quarantined cohort will be able to return to in-person learning tomorrow.

Important Update from 9-R For Families

Dear Families, 9-R was notified that an individual who has been in contact with an individual cohort at Animas Valley is being evaluated for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual while the investigation is being conducted.

Meal Calendar Now Online

The 9-R Meal Calendar is now online! You can go to the website or download the app to see what is on the menu at your child's school, for both breakfast and lunch, as well as access nutritional information.

Student Daily Online Health Screening

As we prepare to welcome students back to school on Monday, we have an important new step we are asking our families to do each day before sending their child to school; a daily online student health screening.

Update for 9-R Families - Negative Result

Dear families, On Tuesday we informed our school community that there was a possible case of COVID-19 at DHS. As a precautionary measure, three cohorts went into quarantine while final determinations were made around this case. We are pleased to report that the individual with symptoms received a negative COVID-19 test  result and the quarantined  cohorts will be able to return to in-person learning tomorrow.

Important Update from 9-R for Families and Staff - 9.8.20

9-R was notified that an individual who has been in contact with students and staff at DHS is being evaluated for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual while the investigation is being conducted.

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Mission

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. 

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