Durango School District 9-R will remain with the learning models and in-person learning days it has in place through the remainder of the 2020/21 school year. Students who currently attend in-person school will continue to access in person learning on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Wednesday will remain a remote learning day.
On April 16, 2021, the State of Colorado announced its retirement of the color-coded dial, which was effective immediately. The State of Colorado has shifted responsibility to local public health agencies and directed them to enact protocols that fit the health conditions of their communities.
La Plata County and Archuleta County representatives attend a bi-weekly Executive Policy Committee to receive high level strategic policy guidance for the area; Durango 9-R School District has representatives on this committee. This week, the committee discussed that while La Plata County has been identified as being in level blue, the transmission rate of the COVID-19 virus has not reached a low transmission rate.
We were notified that the community remains in a solid, moderate transmission level and that the ability to move to a low transmission rate continues to hinge on our collective efforts to maintain behaviors that reduce transmission. Due to this, the school district plans to continue its current course for in-person learning opportunities through the remainder of this school year.
The school district looks forward to, and is planning to offer full-time in-person learning for the 2021/22 school year. As new guidance comes out from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, we will adjust our in-person learning plans and share those with our community at large.
Between April 17 and April 23, at the time of this announcement, the district responded to nine (9) different COVID responses, resulting in 13 cohorts going into quarantine.
COVID-19 News and Updates are available on the district website in the For Families tab. Check that out for regular updates on quarantine movement and status, as well as updates to the Return to In-Person Learning Plan, which was updated this month. A family COVID-19 resource page is also available in the For Families tab, which includes more detailed information about how to isolate or quarantine, testing access and availability and clearance forms for students who wish to return early from quarantine upon receiving a negative molecular PCR test.