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Summer Learning Program Available

Durango School District 9-R recognizes the opportunity gaps that COVID has created for our learners. This summer, we are creating a summer learning program for students in Kindergarten-5th grade who have experienced a loss of access to instruction that has resulted in below grade-level math and reading achievement.

Mask Requirements for Students

Governor Polis recently issued new guidance on the use of masks. Schools and child care centers are required to continue the use of masks as a mitigation effort against COVID-19 until June 1, 2021. Recognizing, the last day of school is June 3, 2021 (with no school in session on June 2, 2021 as it is a remote learning day), there will be no changes to our mask requirements for this school year.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Update - May 28,2021

District leaders have recently received recommendations from three work groups: The Culture and Equity Design Team, the Significant Disproportionality Work Group, and the Native American Parental Advisory Committee. Their recommendations will guide the district in strategic planning to continue addressing concerns of inequity within our system.

9-R Shared School Now Enrolling

Durango 9-R's Shared School program is currently taking students for the 2021-2022 school year. The Shared School program is designed for homeschool families and offers classes such as art, music, drama, PE, yoga, Spanish and homeroom enrichment.

The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado Donations to 9-R Reach $2M

The Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado (SWCF) has a long-standing commitment from donors for educational opportunities in the region. In the past 10 years, total donations from one anonymous family for Durango School District 9-R (9-R) through the SWCF have now reached $2M, with the most recent donation of $200,000 to support the future Career Technical Education (CTE) Building that is being funded by the recent 4A Bond dollars.

Durango 9-R Bond Community Sustainability Questionnaire - Capital Projects

The Board of Education and Bond Oversight Committee are seeking community feedback regarding sustainability related to capital projects and our new bond. Listening sessions will be held on June 1st and 2nd to get further clarification on thoughts, concepts, ideas, and definitions surrounding sustainability and how the bond program could best address those.

Colorado Insurance Coverage for Mental Health and Preventative Health Benefits

Health insurance provides for coverage of essential health benefits and provides protections for consumers accessing mental/behavioral health services — requiring health insurance companies to cover these services like they cover other medical conditions, like diabetes or heart disease — this is called “parity.”

9-R Public Budget Hearing - 5.13.21

9-R held its Public Budget Hearing on May 13, 2021 via Zoom. Please click Read More to access a recording of the Zoom meeting as well as the link for the survey/feedback form. The slideshow is also available in both English and Spanish.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Update - 5.14.21

Our district continues to engage in various conversations and work related to improving opportunities for each learner in our schools. The Culture and Equity Design team hosted its final meeting in May. The team provided feedback and recommendations for district leadership which will provide leaders with insight into the most critical actions steps in our schools.

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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