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Welcome Back to School

​Happy New Year 9-R Families,
With the presence of a snow storm today, I wanted to remind you of our procedures for analyzing conditions and making decisions regarding school delay or closure.  We live in a pretty diverse area and communities experience a variety of conditions.
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Update from 9-R - Unsubstantiated Threat

The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all staff and parents at Needham, Park and Riverview Elementary Schools. Today, after regular school hours, these three schools received an unverified threat from an outside party. The Durango Police Department responded to the schools and swept all the campuses.
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Message from the Board of Education

The Durango School District 9-R Board of Education appreciates the recent public statement of apology made by Superintendent Dan Snowberger. We value Mr. Snowberger’s achievements, and we applaud his many accomplishments during his tenure with the district. At the same time our thoughts and best wishes are with his family as they recuperate from last week’s accident.
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Help Us Plan for the Future by Answering Our Survey!

Durango School District 9-R is examining its current and future budgets for facilities upgrades, projects and maintenance; safety and security measures; and new facilities. Please take 10 minutes to complete the following survey on the district's long-range facility plans. Your feedback will help inform district staff, the district's Long Range Planning Committee, and the 9-R Board of Education on this topic. All responses are anonymous.
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School Safety

Given tragic occurrences across our country, school safety continues to be at the forefront of community concerns. While some incidents are committed by students, others have been committed by outsiders who gain access to school buildings. Durango 9-R’s most recent school safety inclusion, that of a visitor management system, is designed to reduce exposure while ensuring that visitors are safe and accounted for.
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New Visitor Management System Rolls Out

After working with a self-organized community group, hosting several community meetings and receiving expert review and recommendation, the school district is implementing a new visitor check-in system at all schools. Visitors will be requested to provide a government issued ID; this will be used to create an account for you in our system.
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Own, Act, Impact to Prepare for the Future

Welcome back to another great school year in Durango! Whether your child is attending one of our 9-R schools, one of our charter schools, or one of our private education institutions, I have no doubt that a great year is ahead for him or her.
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Reminder About Student IDs

Dear 9-R Families,

Initial student photos have been completed at all schools, allowing schools to fully implement the use of student IDs for other purposes such as:

School Bus Transportation Services
School Library Use
City Transit Use
Safety and Security

Starting Monday, October 22, IDs are required for all district bus services, including regular bus route services and field trips. Your student should ensure that they have their ID, or that the lost ID is reported to the school office ASAP for replacement.
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