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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.

Reminders About Bus Services

With all in-person students returning to school on Monday, some families may need to double check their stops and times. If you have not already registered for bus services, please contact the Transportation Department ASAP to ensure availability.

Digital Gallery Walk from EMS art students and Ms. Bowman

The amazing artists of Escalante would like to invite you to a digital gallery walk to view their breathtaking pieces. While we might not be able to travel to exotic locales, arts allows us an escape to refreshing scenery. Click the link below to view these spectacular shows.

2021/22 Academic Calendar Adopted

At the January 11, 2021 Board of Education meeting, the board approved the Academic calendar for the 2021/22 school year.

Updated 9-R Return to In-Person Learning Matrix

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.

Update from the Superintendent

9-R Families, we are looking forward to welcoming all students in all grades back to some form of in-person learning starting Monday, February 1. Your partnership has been appreciated as we worked to phase students back into in-person learning. While we have had a few interruptions thanks to snow and winter finally arriving, overall things are going great and we are all so grateful to have staff and students back in the buildings.

9-R Operations on One Hour Delay Due to Inclement Weather - 1/26/21

The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all families and staff. Due to inclement weather and current road conditions, all in-person operations will be on a one-hour delay, including elementary school, preschool and childcare.

Remote Day Due to Inclement Weather - 1/25/21

The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R for all families. Due to inclement weather, all in-person learning and activities will be cancelled today, Monday, January 25, 2021. Regional road conditions are hazardous per La Plata County assessments, making travel conditions challenging throughout the day. Remote learning will resume for in-person learners, while childcare and kids’ camp are all cancelled.

January 27, 2021 Enrichment Day

The week of January 25 is when k-5 students will begin their regular 4-day in-person learning week. Wednesdays remain remote learning, and the upcoming January 27th is a non-school day, including remote learning due to staff professional development activities.

To assist families with this upcoming enrichment day, a couple of community partners are offering free or financial assistance to allow students to have supervised activities on the 27th.
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