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2021/22 Attendance Guidelines and Policy

This year, we anticipate fewer quarantines, due to the population-based approach and masking. Students who are absent will follow the attendance policy, making up work when they return unless the teacher plans otherwise. (This applies even if the student is in isolation or a quarantined determined by San Juan Basin Public Health) . We will not conduct live teaching or Zooming into classrooms during absences as was done during quarantines in the 20-21 school year.

Durango School District 9-R Announces New Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Durango School District 9-R announces Dr. Laurie Rossback as the new executive director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for 9-R. Rossback will serve the district alongside current Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Executive Director Dylan Connell. The duo and their team will work together to ensure alignment of the continuum of success for students during progression from elementary to secondary school.

Preschool Openings at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary

Our Fort Lewis Mesa preschool program has openings for children who are 3 and 4-year-olds. You may be eligible for tuition assistance through the Colorado Preschool Program. For more information please reach out to the Early Childhood Coordinator Jennifer, at jbaufield@durangoschools.org, 970-247-5411 X 1468.

August 24, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Cancelled

Due to health concerns for students and staff, the scheduled Board of Education Meeting for August 24, 2021 has been cancelled. Please watch for updates for the rescheduled meeting on our website.

9-R COVID-19 Protocols - 2021/22

Dear Durango School District 9-R community,

We hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. We look forward to the new school year, which begins August 24. Here are updates regarding our COVID-related health protocols for the 2021-22 school year.

Durango School District 9-R Announces New Principal for Durango Big Picture High School

Durango School District 9-R announces Samantha Tower as the new principal serving Durango Big Picture High School students, families and staff. 


Samantha Tower has had the pleasure of serving children, youth, and families as an educational leader for nearly 12 years as a school counselor, behavior specialist, school administrator and district administrator.

9-R Board of Education Regular Meeting, August 24, 2021

The Board of Education is having a regular meeting on August 24, 2021 starting at 5:30pm in the Board Room located at 201 E. 12th street. The board meeting will also be available via live stream on the District’s streaming channel at https://www.durangoschools.org/stream/.

9-R Board of Education Coffee Chat - Sept 15, 2021

Mark your calendars for September 15, 2021 at 5:30pm to join 9-R Board Member Theresa Rodriguez to share your ideas and suggestions to support the ongoing work of the district.
Location details to follow. Translation services are available.
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