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9-R Matrix for Return to In-Person Learning

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we move into our winter break scheduled from December 20 to January 4. Students will resume with remote learning on January 5, 2021. We have developed a matrix that outlines what our actions will be in response to our community COVID-19 transmission rate, that aligns with the level of risk and transmission in the re-opening phase as issued by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH).

Community Update on the Return to Learn Task Force

Earlier this fall the Return to Learn task force was formed, comprising teachers and administrators from all school sites, with the purpose of reviewing the current Return to Learn 9-R Plan and making proposed changes to the plan based on the current public health situation in the area. Currently the task force is evaluating and creating the data points that will help drive the district timeline decisions for returning to in-person instruction, and the variations that will be considered in learning models and needs depending on local health data and availability of school supports and resources.

9-R Community Update - 11.20.20

As shared last weekend, the district will focus its communication on Friday to update you on important matters at the district level during this pivot to remote learning for our students. In this video, we hope to share updates with you on:
- The rationale for the shift to remote learning;
- The current status of our community with regard to the COVID crisis;
- Our pathway forward as we look forward to reopening our schools in a safe and careful manner; and,
- Reminders about services currently available to our students as we provide remote services to our K-12 students.

Remote Learning Expectations

Thank you for partnering with us during the next few weeks as we engage your child in remote learning while we prepare to hopefully open our schools after the winter holidays.  On Friday, we will provide you with more information as to our community's progress in getting control of the spread of the COVID-19 virus and our metrics we will look for as we prepare to reopen our schools in the future.

9-R Pivots to Remote Learning for All Families - 11.10.20

Dear Families,




We commend all the efforts that our families and staff have made to allow 9-R to open up our school year with three different learning models, including in-person. That was not an option for many districts across the state and the country, and we are grateful for the opportunity to support students and enjoy success in the first quarter of the school year with little to no issue.

Update for the Community - 11.8.20

Good afternoon 9-R Families and Staff. As you probably know, our community is seeing a significant increase in new cases of COVID-19. This is not unlike the rest of our state or nation at this point. Needham Elementary School is closed to a majority of its students due to potential exposure of staff members to a positive case. Students were not at risk of exposure as they were not at school due to the cancelation of school a week ago Friday.

9-R 2020/21 Capital Budget Guide

Included in this article is a comprehensive, easy to read PDF that breaks down the details of how schools and the district are funded, how the money is allocated to schools, and impacts of legislation and mandates. This year's guide has a focus on capital needs to try to bring to light the deficit due to the negative factor and the current needs across the district.

9-R Return to Learn Draft Plan

We are now able to share our Return to Learn DRAFT Plan with our community to allow time for feedback, questions and eventually to allow families to make their selections.

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.

Update from Superintendent Dan Snowberger

Good Afternoon 9-R Community,

The following is an update on our planning for the 2020-21 School Year. Based on all of the information we have at this time, we do intend to operate on a traditional, in-person schedule with the first day of school being Tuesday, August 25. As with everything with this pandemic, things could change as time passes this summer but we are hopeful to stay this course.
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