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COVID-19 - Coronavirus - News and Updates

Page updated: Wednesday May 19, 2021 3:00 pm

Durango School District 9-R has been coordinating with San Juan Basin Public Health as we monitor the global pandemic of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

 

At this time of year, there are many causes of respiratory illnesses, including the common cold and influenza. Symptoms of coronavirus infection include fever, cough and/or shortness of breath, and fatigue.

Parents and staff can help by continuing to implement the same critical practices – themselves and with their children – as would be followed during flu season.

 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (at least 20 seconds)
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects
  • Stay away from sick people
  • Stay home/keep kids home if they are sick
  • Report flu-like symptoms to your school

 

We will continue to work with our local authorities and will communicate any updates to our families. More information is available on the San Juan Basin Public Health’s website: https://sjbpublichealth.org/coronavirus/.

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COVID-19 RECENT NEWS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 5.21.21
This week, the district responded to 13 positive cases of COVID-19, causing five (5) cohorts to quarantine at Durango High School, along with two (2) cohorts at Miller Middle School, and cohorts at Sunnyside Elementary, Needham Elementary, and also affecting two (2) bus routes, at the time of this report. With just a few weeks left, we remind families to be vigil to help their students complete the remainder of the school year successfully.
 
 
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COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 5.21.21
On May 21, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with these individuals.
 
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COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 5.19.21

On May 19, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with these individuals. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with these individuals.

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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 5.19.21

Between May 11 and May 19, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals in three cohorts at Durango High School, individuals on two bus routes, two club organizations, a cohort at Miller Middle School, and a cohort at Needham Elementary School went into quarantine due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. The schools and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with those individuals.

 

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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 5.14.21

This week, the district responded to two positive cases of COVID-19, causing three (3) cohorts to quarantine at Durango High School and Sunnyside Elementary. We remain optimistic that these numbers will continue to decline as more and more residents are vaccinated.

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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 5.11.21

Between May 7 and May 10, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals at Durango High School and Sunnyside Elementary School have tested positive for COVID-19, causing one cohort and certain identified students to quarantine. The schools and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with those individuals.

 


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COVID-19 TESTING PILOT AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Recently, Durango 9-R was approached by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to implement a COVID testing pilot at our school campus that will allow us to avoid sending cohorts into quarantine. In order to avoid cohort quarantines, we need 70% of our student body to sign up for testing.

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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 5.7.21

In the past week, a cohort at Miller Middle School, as well as specific students in a cohort from Durango High School, went into quarantine due to exposure to a positive COVID-19 case. We continue to be impressed with our students and our families, who have worked so hard to support all our mitigation efforts to keep school open, while also maintaining flexibility and adaptability throughout the school year to also find academic success and thank you!

 

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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 4.26.21
On April 26, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals in cohorts at Durango High School and Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, causing a seven (7) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.

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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 4.30.21

The last day of April already! And sights of summer are in full swing. It is so nice to be able to get outside and enjoy all the wonderful outdoor activities our area has to offer. We hope everyone gets some sunshine this weekend while continuing to practice the important mitigation efforts to keep our schools operating for the remainder of the school year. We are almost there!

 

Between April 24 and April 30, the district responded to nine (9) positive cases of COVID-19, causing twelve (12) cohorts to quarantine from the following schools: Durango High School, Miller Middle School, Needham Elementary School and athletic groups. Additional information about active cases, transmission rates and vaccine availability can be found on the San Juan Basin Public Health website at https://sjbpublichealth.org/

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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 4.28.28

On April 27 and April 28, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals at Durango High School, Miller Middle School and Needham COVID-19, causing a cohort(s) to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with these individuals.

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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 4.23.21
Happy windy Friday, 9-R families. Time is flying by, and as we approach the one month mark for the remainder of the school year, we continue to celebrate all the learning successes and all the obstacles that we have been able to overcome this year. Many families are wondering if there will be any adjustments to the school year, including additional in-person days, end-of-the-year events, PPE requirements and more.

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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 4.22.28
 
On April 22, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals in cohorts at Durango High School, Escalante Middle School, Park Elementary and Riverview Elementary tested positive for COVID-19, causing five (5) cohorts to quarantine. The schools and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 

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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 4.20.21

 

On April 20, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals in cohorts at Durango High School and Riverview Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19, causing two (2) cohorts to quarantine. The schools and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individuals.

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COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 4.18.21
 
On April 18, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Florida Mesa Elementary tested positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 4.15.21
 
Between April 9, 2021 and April 15, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individuals in cohorts at Escalante Middle School, Durango High School, Needham Elementary and Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, causing six (6) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 4.9.21
 
Spring has sprung here in Durango and we are quickly heading toward the end of the school year with only eight weeks left. This certainly has been an interesting yet productive educational experience this year, and we applaud all the amazing ingenuity, adaptability and perseverance that our students, staff and families have embraced this year.

Between March 27 and April 9, at the time of this report the school district responded to 8 incidents of either positive or severe symptom cases of COVID-19, causing 14 cohorts across the district to require quarantine. On that same note, these quarantines have not affected staff due to the current PPE guidelines and the continued mitigation efforts in our schools. Additionally the system of quarantines continues to protect students and staff alike, allowing 3900 students to continue to have limited-to-no interruption to their in-person learning, while still creating access for quarantined students to continue their education while out of school.
 
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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 4.6.21
 
On April 7, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individuals in cohorts at Needham Elementary and Miller Middle School either tested positive for, or are exhibiting severe symptoms of, COVID-19, causing a g two (2) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 4.5.21
 
On April 5, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Riverview Elementary is positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORTS AT DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL, ESCALANTE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND A BUS ROUTE TO QUARANTINE - 3.31.21
 
On March 31, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals at Durango High School and Escalante Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, causing five (5) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORT AT RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO QUARANTINE - 3.29.21
 
On March 29, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Riverview Elementary has tested positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORT AT RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TO QUARANTINE - 3.28.21
 
On March 28, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Riverview Elementary tested positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORTS AT ESCALANTE AND MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOLS TO QUARANTINE - 3.27.21
 
On March 27, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals at Escalante Middle School and Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, causing four (4) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY 3.26.21
 
As transmission rates in our community continues to decline, the district will be able to move all high school students back to a full-time schedule, matching other grade levels across the district. This means starting April 6, 2021, high school in-person students will return to Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday model with a full day of school instead of the half-day.
 
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COHORT AT PARK ELEMENTARY TO QUARANTINE - 3.24.21
 
On March 24, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Park Elementary tested positive for COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORT AT FLORIDA MESA ELEMENTARY TO QUARANTINE - 3.14.21
 
On March 14, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Florida Mesa Elementary was positive with COVID-19, causing a cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORTS AT MILLER AND DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL TO QUARANTINE - 3.11.21
 
 
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COHORTS AT MILLER, PARK AND DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL TO QUARANTINE - 3.10.21
 
On March 10, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals in cohorts at Durango High School, Miller Middle School and Park Elementary, were in close contact with individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, causing five (5) cohorts to quarantine. Additionally, an outbreak has been reported in the Athletic Program at Miller Middle School, which is not an indication that transmission occurred at the school, but is a designation assigned if two or more individuals in a cohort test positive.
 
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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 3.9.21
 
Between March 6-9, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) of individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, causing 5 cohorts across Durango High School, Park Elementary and Riverview Elementary to quarantine. The schools and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with those individuals.
 
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9-R COVID-19 WEEKLY SUMMARY - 3.5.21
 
The COVID-19 dial in the community continues to sit in Yellow, which means there is moderate risk for transmission in our community. While we have had quarantines occurring since students came back in January, transmission rates are primarily occurring outside of school as staff and students continue to practice the right behaviors to limit the spread of the virus in our schools.

This past week we have seen quite a bit of movement in our schools around quarantines, requiring a total of 18 cohorts to go into quarantine (at the time of this report).
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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 3.3.21
 
On March 3, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals across Durango High School, Miller Middle School, and Needham Elementary, as well as individuals in Track at DHS and individuals in Basketball at Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School, were in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, causing nine (9) cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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TWO COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 3.2.21
 
On February 28 and March 2, 2021 respectively, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a cohort went into quarantine from Park Elementary due to a positive case of COVID-19. Additionally, a cohort had to quarantine at Fort Lewis Mesa Elementary due to an individual exhibiting severe symptoms of COVID-19. A. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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SUPERINTENDENT COMMUNITY MESSAGE - 2/26/21
 
Please click Read More to watch the videos, or read the script, with the latest updates and information from Superintendent Dan Snowberger.
 
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9-R WEEKLY COVID RESPONSE SUMMARY - 2.26.21
 
This week our community continues to remain in yellow on the COVID-19 dial for our region. These fluctuations are the reason the district will not move on its Return to In-Person Learning Matrix until 14 days of steady community transmission rates, as well as personnel availability remains stable.

For this week of February 22, 2021, seven (7) cohorts, six (6) at Durango High School and one (1) at Park Elementary, were put into quarantine.
 
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DHS COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 2.23.21
 
On February 23, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that two individuals at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19, causing two cohorts to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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DHS COHORT SENIOR C TO QUARANTINE - 2.22.21
 
On February 22, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual in a cohort at Durango High School is exhibiting severe symptoms COVID-19, causing the cohort to quarantine. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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9-R SHARED SCHOOL COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 2.2121
 
On February 21, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals in cohorts at Shared School at Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19, affecting three cohorts. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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9-R COVID RESPONSE SUMMARY - 2.19.21
 
There has been a continuation of reduction of COVID-19 transmission risks in our community, and we continue to inch toward Blue. In Yellow, where we currently are, all school offerings remain as they do today. Should we make it to Blue, we will begin to make progress to increasing in-person learning at all grade levels.

During the week of February 15th, as of the time of this summary, the district put four (4) cohorts into quarantine, all from Durango High School.
 
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DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 2.16.21
 
On February 16, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19 affecting four cohorts, including members from the Basketball team. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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JUNIPER SCHOOL COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 2.15.21
 
On February 14, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Juniper Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19.  The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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9-R WEEKLY COVID RESPONSE SUMMARY - 2.12.21
 
As a community it was exciting to see our movement on the local COVID-19 Dial from Orange to Blue. While we are and remain optimistic about our local transmission rates and current risks in our community, we want to ensure stability in our community in those current ratings, as well as stability in staffing, cases and absences in our schools. The community, as of today, took a step back from Blue to Yellow, which supports the current in-person learning offerings right now.

During the week of February 8th, as of the time of this summary, the district put four (4) cohorts into quarantine from schools including Animas Valley Elementary, Durango High School, Escalante Middle School and Miller Middle School.
 
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DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 2.11.21
 
On February 11, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 2.11.21
 
On February 11, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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ANIMAS VALLEY ELEMENTARY COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 2.11.21
 
On February 11, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a cohort had to quarantine at Animas Valley Elementary due to an individual exhibiting severe symptoms of COVID-19.  The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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ESCALANTE MIDDLE SCHOOL COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 2.9.21
 
On February 9, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Escalante Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE - 2.5.21
 
On February 5, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals at Miller Middle School, Needham Elementary, and Park Elementary, for a total of five affected cohorts, tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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COHORTS TO QUARANTINE 2.4.21
 
On February 4, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that individuals tested positive for COVID-19 at Durango High School, Needham Elementary, Miller Middle School and Park Elementary, for a total of seven affected cohorts.  The schools and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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NEEDHAM COHORT TO QUARANTINE 2.3.21
 
On February 3, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Needham Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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INDIVIDUALS IN DHS COHORTS TO QUARANTINE 2.2.21
 
On February 2, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.

While the individual’s privacy is by law, those students who were in direct contact with the individual have been contacted. The incident is isolated to a single cohort at the school at this time, and that cohort will move to our remote learning platform for a 10-day quarantine period.
 
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UPDATED 9-R RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING MATRIX 1.29.21
 
Currently, district leaders and administration, as well as members of the Return to Learn task force, with input from local health authorities, continue to meet to make the necessary adjustments to the original document from July, as well as provide a matrix to the community that clearly outlines the steps for the district to return to in-person learning based on local data around the COVID-19 virus.
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EMS AND FME COHORTS TO QUARANTINE 1.28.21
 
On January 28, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Florida Mesa Elementary tested positive for COVID-19.  The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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DHS ELEVATION COHORT TO QUARANTINE 1.28.21
 
On January 27, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL SNOW DAYS 1.15.21
 
Should we have a weather situation that prevents the safe opening of schools for in person learning, we will pivot to remote instruction for the day rather than call a snow day. This will be our practice with inclement weather for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
 
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9-R MATRIX FOR RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING 12.16.20
 
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).
 
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DHS ELEVATION COHORT TO QUARANTINE 12.13.20
 
9-R was notified that an individual who has been in contact with students and staff at Durango High School is a probable case for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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ESCALANTE MIDDLE SCHOOL COHORT TO QUARANTINE 12.5.20
 
9-R was notified that an individual who has been in contact with students and staff at Escalante has tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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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.
 
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REMOTE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS 11.17.20
 
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.
 
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UPDATED PROCESS MAPS AND PHYSICIAN DOCUMENTS FOR STAY AT HOME LEVEL RED 11.19.20
 
With the recent change in our community from Safer at Home levels, to Stay at Home level Red, we have updated some of our documents, including the 9-R Process Map for Symptoms, Primary Care Provider documents and Scheduling for COVID tests with Cedar.
 
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REMOTE MEAL SERVICES 11.12.20
 
Order your FREE meals for pick up from school sites or bus routes.
Durango School District 9R Food Services is requesting families fill out a form and pre-order meals for delivery starting 11/16. Order deadlines will be the Friday before the delivery week.
 
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COMMUNITY UPDATE ON COHORT CLOSURES 11.10.20
 
The following is an update for the 9-R community and does not apply to families who have been notified of a required quarantine:
Dear Families,
On November 10, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that there were four additional affected cohorts including the following: Riverview Elementary, Needham Elementary, Durango High School and DHS Athletics. The schools and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate determinations regarding contact tracing and determinations on close contacts with this case.
 
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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.
 
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AFFECTED COHORTS DUE TO COVID - UPDATE FOR THE COMMUNITY 11.5.20
 
On November 4, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Park Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, on November 5, 2020, 9-R was notified that a staff member at Needham Elementary also tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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DHS COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 11.4.20
 
On November 4, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at DHS was in contact with a symptomatic individual who was presumed positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate determinations regarding cohort dismissals related to this case, and in an abundance of caution the cohorts will quarantine while the investigation is being conducted.
 
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JUNIPER SCHOOL COHORT TO QUARANTINE - 11.2.20
 
On October 30, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19, and again on November 1, 2020, 9-R was notified that a staff member at Escalante Middle School was also tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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ESCALANTE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL COHORTS QUARANTINED 11.1.20
 
On October 30, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Durango High School tested positive for COVID-19, and again on November 1, 2020, 9-R was notified that a staff member at Escalante Middle School was also tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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PLANNING FOR THE UNEXPECTED - ISOLATION ROOM AND QUARANTINE 10.30.20
 
Dear Families,

We know this school year has been a bit different than those we are accustomed to, but thanks to all your hard work and support we have been able to continue in-person learning and limit the number of students, staff and families impacted by COVID-19. It is important that we all remain diligent in our steps to practice the three W’s: wear your mask, wash your hand and watch your distance, while in and outside of school.
 
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MILLER MIDDLE SCHOOL COHORT QUARANTINED 10.27.20
 
On October 27, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Miller Middle School tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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9-R UPDATE FOR THE COMMUNITY 10.20.20
 
Dear 9-R Community,

We have officially made it through the first quarter of the school year, and have thankfully had minimal COVID-19 impacts on students and staff. We thank all the staff, students and parents who have made this possible through their diligence and support of the issued guidelines. The cohort model is allowing continuation of school when a small population is impacted. And also we are appreciative that we have only had one positive case in the district, which was at the very beginning of the school year.
 
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SCHOOLS CLOSED/STUDENT ENRICHMENT DAYS 10.16.20
 
The district has identified an additional two days where schools will be closed to allow teacher's additional work days to continue to plan and adjust to instruction under the guidelines of COVID-19. The two days are October 30 and November 2; these are in addition to the already identified teacher work day/school closure of November 30. Enrichment opportunities will be available to families of students in grades k-6 at no cost to the families allowing them to be supervised during regular school hours. Children with significant needs will also have an opportunity to be served at the middle and high school grades. Parents of such students will be contacted in the coming week.
 
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DURANGO HIGH SCHOOL COHORT TO QUARANTINE 10.19.20
 
Dear 9-R Families,
On October 19, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at DHS is currently being evaluated for COVID-19 who was in close contact with another individual who tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with the SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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UPDATED COVID-19 INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES 10.14.20
 
Since the community has moved to Safer at Home Level 1, some adjustments have been made to our process map. We also have updated documents for families on next steps, scheduling testing with Cedar Diagnostics and letters from Physicians.
 
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COMMUNITY MESSAGE - 10.12.20
 
Hello 9-R Families,

I know the start of school has been a whirlwind. I appreciate those of you who have sent feedback to me and our school leaders. This pandemic clearly continues to present challenges to our educational system, but we do greatly appreciate your patience and grace.
 
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ATTENDANCE REMINDERS FOR BLENDED AND REMOTE FAMILIES 10.12.20
 
If you are a remote or blended learner, it is critical that you complete your attendance DAILY. For blended learners please note this applies to your at-home days only; your teacher will mark your attendance when you are in-person.
 
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COVID-19 TESTS WITH CEDAR DIAGNOSTICS 10.9.20
 
Durango Schools has a partnership agreement with Cedar Diagnostics for students and staff to receive expedited COVID testing. Cedar Diagnostics has updated their scheduling system specifically to support Durango School District 9-R.
 
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THE HOLIDAYS AND COVID-19 10.5.20
 
We know many families are thinking about the upcoming holidays and how COVID-19 will impact our favorite fall traditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have put together some general guidelines to keep in mind when making plans, as well as ranking various activities from low risk, to moderate risk to high risk.
 
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AVE COHORT RETURNS TO SCHOOL 10.1.20
 
On Wednesday we informed our school community that there was a possible case of COVID-19 at Animas Valley Elementary. As a precautionary measure, a cohort went into quarantine while final determinations were made around this case.

We are pleased to report that the individual with symptoms received a negative COVID-19 test result and the quarantined cohort will be able to return to in-person learning on Monday.
 
 
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UPDATE FOR FAMILIES - AFFECTED COHORT AT ANIMAS VALLEY ELEMENTARY 09.30.20
 
On September 30, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an individual at Animas Valley Elementary is being evaluated for COVID-19. Because of the severity of symptoms the individual is experiencing, the cohort must go into quarantine until the results are returned and a release is provided from the affected individual’s Primary Care Provider.
 
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UPDATE FOR FAMILIES - NEGATIVE RESULT AT ANIMAS VALLEY 9.16.20
 
On Monday we informed our school community that there was a possible case of COVID-19 at Animas Valley Elementary. As a precautionary measure, a cohort went into quarantine while final determinations were made around this case. We are pleased to report that the individual with symptoms received a negative COVID-19 test result and the quarantined cohort will be able to return to in-person learning tomorrow.
 
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IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR 9-R FAMILIES 9.14.20
 
Dear Families,
9-R was notified that an individual who has been in contact with an individual cohort at Animas Valley is being evaluated for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual while the investigation is being conducted.
 
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UPDATE FOR 9-R FAMILIES - NEGATIVE RESULT AT DHS 9.10.20
 
Dear families,

On Tuesday we informed our school community that there was a possible case of COVID-19 at DHS. As a precautionary measure, three cohorts went into quarantine while final determinations were made around this case. We are pleased to report that the individual with symptoms received a negative COVID-19 test  result and the quarantined  cohorts will be able to return to in-person learning tomorrow.
 
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KIDS EAT FREE 09.09.20
 
The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced the extension of the free meals for kids aged 0-18 through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibility allows Durango 9-R to operate the summer food service program, which makes free meals available to all children through the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR FAMILIES FROM 9-R - 9.8.20
 
9-R was notified that an individual who has been in contact with students and staff at DHS is being evaluated for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual while the investigation is being conducted.
 
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STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID - 9.6.20
 
On September 5, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Florida Mesa Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
 
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STUDENT DAILY ONLINE HEALTH SCREENING 8.27.20
 

One of the biggest questions parents have is – when will schools have to close or how likely is it that my child may need to stay home in the future.  The answer really is that if we honor our precautions and safety measures, we hope there will be little impact moving forward. 

 

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RETURN TO LEARN 9-R FINAL PLAN 8.5.20
 
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9-R RETURN TO LEARN DRAFT PLAN 7.24.20
 
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.
 
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DISTRICT WEEKLY UPDATE 05.28.2020
 
This week's message contains information about the models of learning we are exploring, a summer child care program, preschool information and schools and buildings business operations this summer.
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DISTRICT WEEKLY UPDATE 05.20.20
 
This week's update includes information about planning for the 2020/21 school year, budget updates, campus access information, and an important message from La Plata County Sheriff Sean Smith.
 
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DISTRICT WEEKLY UPDATE - 5.15.20
 
This week's update includes information about picking up students' personal belongings, the ABC Awards, remote meal program reminders, and information on updates to the 2020/2021 Academic Calendar.
 
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DISTRICT WEEKLY UPDATE 4.22.2020
 
Good morning, this is Dan Snowberger, Superintendent of Durango School District 9-R with this week’s community message. On Monday, Colorado Governor Polis extended his cancellation of in-person instruction in Colorado for the remainder of the school year.
 

This district message this week includes:

  • Reminder of important services for students and families available from 9-R
  • Information on an opportunity to help families in our community during these challenging times, 
  • Information on how to return work for grading and feedback
  • A request for feedback on a couple of topics in planning for next year and a possible cell phone policy, and 
  • A message from Melissa McKnight, District Accountability and Advisory Council and a parent in Durango 9-R. 
 
 
 
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STUDENT TECH SUPPORT 4.16.20
 
In support of the Durango 9-R’s transition to remote learning during its pandemic response, the district is offering limited direct technology support access to students. Information on these services are identified below.
 
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DISTRICT WEEKLY MESSAGE 4.15.20
 
Today’s message includes:
information about changes in attendance and parent/student communication procedures based upon community feedback, important messages from Police Chief Bob Brammer, Executive Director of San Juan Basin Public Health Liane Jollon, information on Open Enrollment, Middle School Choice, and re-registration for next year, and closure reminders about services and supports that continue to be available for our students and community.
 
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TEMPORARY GRADING OPTIONS 4.13.20
 
Durango School District 9-R is making a temporary modification to the grading policy at the middle and high school levels for the fourth grading period/second semester of this school year due to COVID-19. We are changing the grading system to a scale of P (reflects a grade of C or higher), P- (reflects a grade of D), or NC (no credit). Students and families who wish to receive traditional letter grades may request to do so. The rest of this letter highlights the specific shifts in the system and actions a family will take to receive traditional letter grades.
 
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UPDATE ON ATTENDANCE REPORTING FOR FAMILIES 4.13.20
 
Parents/guardians of elementary students will receive an attendance link in their email on Friday mornings.  Parents/guardians will use this link to report participation in weekly lessons before Monday at noon.
 
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DISTRICT WEEKLY UPDATE 04.08.2020
 

Good morning parents, this is our weekly communication about our district’s distance learning model. We are trying to limit our district-wide communication to once a week to limit the communication you receive about your child’s schooling.

In this communication, we intend to provide more information about:

  • our closure and plans to reopen school as soon as permissible,
  • information on setting up a child’s learning environment in the home and possible schedules to operate around,
  • Information on our meal service for children in our community
  • update on grading practices moving forward, and
  • general information from our public health department on how to help us get through this “Stay at home order.”
 
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WEEKLY COMMUNITY MESSAGE 04.01.2020
 

Hello 9-R families and members of our Durango community. Thank you for your work with your children to keep them engaged in learning during these unusual times.  While we have started distance learning, we recognize that our families are in different places.  First and foremost, please know that our intent is not to overwhelm our families, but to provide enough academic engagement to meet the varying needs of students across our community.  We know this is a stressful time for all of us.  If you are finding the work to be overwhelming, communicate with your child’s teacher or your school leaders.  Our goal is to keep our children engaged in learning, but we also want to ensure that we partner with families during these trying times. 

 

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STAY-AT-HOME ORDER - WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO SCHOOL FAMILIES 03.27.2020
 

As we all know things change quickly and many families are asking about the governor’s stay at home order and public health order (attached). We wanted to provide some clarity. Please know that education is considered essential.

 

Additionally, the order states that traveling for the purpose of “...receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services from educational institutions…” is an approved purpose.

 

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MORE INFORMATION ON REMOTE LEARNING - 3.24.2020
 

It has been great to see the collaboration and creativity of staff as they work remotely to identify ways to support students remotely. We are excited and anxious about our first day back at school tomorrow with our new remote learning environment, and truly look forward to welcoming kids back to school.  Parents should expect more information from their child(ren)’s teachers on the work being assigned.  Several documents are available here.  These will provide you helpful information on what to expect and how best to support your student. 

 

To support you as you help to create the best learning environment possible for your child we have added a new link on the front page of all school sites called Remote Learning.

 

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UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAN SNOWBERGER - 3.23.2020
 

Dear 9-R Families,

 

We have been busy standing up new services and preparing for a new way for students and teachers to support academic growth and success from home. We know this will be a critical partnership with parents as we all work together to support your child at home. We will continue to share more information that will support your home learning environments, including daily schedule idea and ways you can prepare your child for success. We truly appreciate your support and grace as we all work to navigate these new waters.

 

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UPDATE FOR 9-R FAMILIES - 3.19.2020

 

Good evening 9-R Community,

 

I hope you have been able to enjoy this Spring Break and spend some quality time with your families.  Such family time is important during uncertain times.  Like us, our children feel stress in times like this.  This is a great opportunity for game time, watching movies together, reading a book, or playing outside.  Lowering tension in our homes and engaging in fun, family time will help lower anxiety and keep our kids in a positive space.

 

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9-R EXTENDS SCHOOL CLOSURE THROUGH APRIL 17 - 3.19.2020

 

To help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Colorado, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Colorado Governor Jared Polis ordered that all public and private schools across the state suspend in-person learning from March 23 to April 17.

 

The Governor made this order via press release yesterday afternoon.

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9-R ROLLS OUT REMOTE MEAL SERVICES TO SUPPORT FAMILIES - 3.18.2020
 

The school district will provide access to breakfast and lunch in take-home packages at central pickup sites for all families in Durango as a continued support for families during school closures.  These sites include remote bus stops as well as in-town locations.  Any child from age 0-18 years will be eligible to pick up breakfast and lunch at these established locations at designated times for pick up.  The child must be present to pick up a meal.

 

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EXTENSION OF SCHOOL CANCELLATION THROUGH FRIDAY MARCH 27, 2020 - 3.17.2020
 
Based on feedback from local health officials and community leaders, Durango School District 9-R is extending its current cancellation for students through Friday, March 27.  The district will continue to monitor the situation in our community and make decisions regarding further extension of the cancelation by Wednesday of each week.  This will remain our practice for each week moving forward as needed until a decision to resume school is made.
 
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IMPORTANT UPDATE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAN SNOWBERGER - 3.16.2020

We recognize that school closing is a major decision and challenges many of our families with a lack of childcare or supervision while parents are engaged in their careers and work.  We don’t take this decision lightly, but will always take the best interest of our community to heart as we evaluate the situation.

 

Currently, our schools are closed until Wednesday, March 25. Our district will evaluate conditions and circumstances each week and determine if extension of the closure is needed.  Those decisions can be expected on Wednesday of each week.  As this is a rapidly changing situation, we will decide one week at a time to limit the unnecessary impact on our community as a whole.

 

 
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IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING SPRING BREAK AND CANCELLATIONS - 3.12.2020
 
Durango School District 9-R, in partnership with local and state public health agencies, is closely monitoring the global outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as novel coronavirus.
 
At this point we have cancelled after-school activities for the remainder of this week, and we are adjusting our spring break schedule.
 
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MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT DAN SNOWBERGER 3.11.2020
 

As you know, all of our community agencies are closely monitoring the situation involving the Coronavirus.  Our school district continues to work with San Juan Basin Public Health and other local authorities to monitor the situation and have a preparedness plan to support our students and our families in the event that a local case is detected.

 

While healthy individuals are likely to recover from this virus as with any other, there are certain populations at higher risk; and as such, we want to be especially aware of the risks we pose as potential carriers to those who are more susceptible.  One infected with this virus often lacks any symptoms for up to 14 days during which time they may be highly contagious without even knowing. 

 

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AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES CANCELLED 3/12 and 3/13/2020 - 3.12.2020
 

The following is a non-emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all parents and staff.

 

Following the direction of the Colorado High School Activities Association, the district is cancelling all after-school activities today, March 12, 2020, and tomorrow, March 13, 2020.  This does not include Kids' Camp however; that will run as normal.

 

Additionally, today's walk from DHS to Buckley Park, planned by our local DEA and DESPA associations to show community support to fund public education, has been postponed. A new date will be announced once set.

 

If you have any questions or concerns about these cancellations, please contact your school office.  Thank you.

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FOR FAMILIES 03.10.2020
 
With heightened concerns around communities preparing for and preventing the spread of COVID-19, also known as novel coronavirus, there have been several considerations regarding school trips, spring break travel, and travel in general. 
 
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IMPORTANT HEALTH UPDATE 03.03.2020
 
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a statement this week advising communities to prepare for a domestic outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus. To-date, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Colorado.
 
Building on best practices and official health recommendations, 9-R is updating its Emergency Operations Plan in concert with San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) to ensure current best practices are reflected in our response plan.