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9-R Seeks Applicants for Long-Range Planning Committee

The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education is creating a community-based committee to solicit knowledge, expertise and feedback from the community regarding the long-range planning for facility use in the district. This ad-hoc committee will be responsible for reviewing existing district facilities and setting a vision for growth and development. As the community and the district continue to grow, it is important for the district to hear from community stakeholders so that the direction supports both district and community needs.
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Animals in the Classroom at 9-R - From Pets to Curriculum

Recently the 9-R community has been discussing the enforcement of the existing district policy, JLIF, or Service Animals in Schools. This policy has been in the district since 2015, and speaks to both the use of service and therapy animals in the classroom. This long-standing policy excludes animals as pets in the classroom, but our district has agreed to allow animals in the classroom as appropriate for aligned standards or curriculum delivery. While this has been an established policy, it has not been consistently enforced in the past at all schools.
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School Board Appreciation

In honor of School Board Appreciation month, we want to take a moment to thank our volunteers on the school board for their tireless efforts to support education and youth in our community!
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Dear 9-R Families,

We want to follow up on yesterday’s accident involving our bus. We appreciate the support of paramedics in assessing our students and thankful that no physical injuries were experienced by students on the bus.
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School Safety

Dear 9-R Families,

Here at Durango School District 9-R, student and staff safety is our priority. School safety means a lot of things, but the most important result is that we prevent school violence and that students feel safe and secure when learning at school. In the wake of the recent school violence that took place in Aztec, NM, we wanted to take a moment to remind families about our school safety measures and invite you to be a part of our safe school’s mission.
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Reach Out to Families in Need

As we come into the holiday season, it is important to reflect on all that we as a community have to be thankful. I’ve never lived in a place that has so much to offer its citizens, as well as one that possesses such a warm and welcoming feel as Durango and the surrounding area. During this time of the year, we often find ourselves in a festive mood, excited about the opportunities we have to enjoy family and friends. Many will be able to take time off from work and enjoy some rest and relaxation. What we often forget are the challenges many of our families face, not only during the holiday time, but throughout the year.
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Perseverance is a Crucial Character Trait for Students

Over the last couple of months, I’ve addressed the issue of communication and our need to discuss issues that can help improve our schools and the experience for our children. Another critical skill or trait I’d like to address is one that seems to be on the decline in our society, that of perseverance.
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Student IDs for 2017/18

Dear Families,
You student’s new school ID was recently issued for the 2017-18 school year. Student IDs serve a multitude of purposes within the district, including bus access and school library use. Student IDs issued this year are valid through the entire school year, as well as through the beginning of the 2018/19 school year until new photos and IDs are issued.
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