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2021 Native American Graduation

On Wednesday, May 19th, Durango High School celebrated the success of 17 Title VI students in an annual Native American Graduation ceremony. The event, held this year in the DHS stadium, wove together Native traditions and ceremony with words of wisdom and inspiration from guest speakers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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