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Instructional Feedback Survey

As a reminder, we are asking families to share your remote learning experiences with us every week. Your feedback helps us to continually refine and improve the instruction your children receive while remote. We want to be swift in our response to your feedback and we will ask you to complete this each Friday so that we can make adjustments early the next school week.
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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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EMS hosting Book eFair!

While families won't be able to browse the shelves filled with exciting titles this year, we have created virtual shelves to peruse. Using the brand new Follett eFair platform, we're able to offer even more books than normal. Through his eFair, students can browse titles, create wish lists, and parents can make purchases from the comfort of your home! And, since we're partnering with Follett, a larger portion of each purchase will go toward funding our school library than with a traditional Scholastic fair!

The eFair begins on Monday, November 9th and will run until December 1. Books purchased will be delivered directly to students at school for an exciting unboxing!

When the fair begins (remember, we have to wait until Monday), it will be accessible through the link below. If anyone has any questions, feel free to contact Steve Tidwell (stidwell@durangoschools.org).
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EMS Student Wins BIG at the CAGT State Conference

CAGT is the Colorado Association of Gifted and Talented. The state conference was held virtually Oct. 19-20. GT students were invited to submit a piece of art interpreting the theme: Through Their Eyes: A Wider Lens of Gifted.

Delia Bong, a 7th Grader at Escalante Middle School won 2nd place out of entries from all over the state.
Title: 2020 in a Nutshell
Delia's Description: "I wanted to represent 2020 and how it has been a complete disaster, but I also wanted to show that there is still hope in the world during the tragedies of today."
Delia is the daughter of Sarah and Matt Bong. Way to go Delia! You are an amazing artist and we look forward to seeing more of your work!
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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.
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Remote Meal Services

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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Apply to be on the 9-R Bond Oversight Committee

We are so incredibly grateful for the ongoing support the community of Durango has for education. Thank you to all of those who supported the bond initiative, whether you helped on the committee or filled in the 'yes' circle. As we move forward with the expenditures of the bond dollars, we are seeking community and staff members to support the work ahead of us.
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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.
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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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Escalante Middle School and Durango High School Cohorts to Quarantine - 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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