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Update on Remote Learning for Special Education Families

We hope that this finds you all well. We understand that you likely are working through a number of challenges at this time. We want to communicate with you about your child’s special education services during changes in school closures and distance learning situations. During this unexpected and unprecedented time, our partnership between home and school becomes increasingly crucial when it comes to our children. That will include staying in close communication in the coming days and weeks.
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9-R Rolls Out Remote Meal Services to Support Families

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. This food option begins on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. These sites include remote bus stops as well as in-town locations and pick up will be on a daily basis. 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.
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Academic Calendar Survey

As you know, our district continues to remain focused on improving student outcomes and providing our amazing educators time to plan for high quality instructional programs. Through extensive conversations around building a 2021-22 academic calendar, some feedback has led our board and me to discuss possible changes to the 2020-21 calendar.
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Meet the New Board Members

The two newest board members, Kristin Smith and Andrea Parmenter, want to hear from you! They are hosting a coffee at College Durango Joe's on Wednesday, March 4, from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm.
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Farm-to-School RFP

The Farm-to-School RFP has been posted and is available on the District website at durangoschools.org in the Finance section under Bidding Information.
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After-School Activities Cancelled 3/12 and 3/13/2020

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.
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District Accountability Advisory Committee Annual Survey

On behalf of the District Accountability and Advisory Committee, we'd like to thank you for past participation in the parent survey in Durango 9-R.  We have modified this year's survey in an effort to streamline it and ensure that we increase our participation from the past couple of years. Your feedback on OUR school district is important as our DAAC, our School Board, and our Superintendent work together to ensure that our schools are as effective as they can be for our students.
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Important Reminder from Health Services

It's that time of year again where many students and family members are coming down with various illnesses. In the schools, we have diagnosed cases of influenza, strep throat, as well as common colds. A rule of thumb is to keep kids home from school with fevers greater than 100 degrees, and students should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medications. Please do not send kids to school that are vomiting or have diarrhea until symptom free for 24 hours. For coughs and colds, students that are coughing consistently, and pose a risk of infecting others, should remain home until coughing subsides.
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