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Opening Doors - DEI Work in 9-R - 4.30.21

The district is building conversations within leadership and throughout the district about cultural proficiency in an effort to find common, grounding frameworks across the district regarding diversity, equity and inclusion within the district and school communities. The common book read of Opening Doors is about getting centered on the topic so that we can find common ground.
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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Durango 9-R

Durango School District 9-R and the 9-R Board of Education have prioritized a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. The community of Durango is very supportive of our schools and our education system, and there are many thought leaders and partners to assist us in taking the bold steps necessary to achieve positive educational outcomes for all children.
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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.

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!

9-R Public Budget Hearing

The 9-R Public Budget Hearing for the 2021/22 academic year budget will be on May 13, 2021 starting at 5:30 pm via Zoom. Come to learn more about how funds are allocated to schools to determine staffing, resources and services based on school enrollment, as well as other priorities in spending. Translation services available during the hearing.

Community Meet & Greet - Incoming Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser

Incoming Superintendent, Dr. Karen Cheser, is hosting a community meet and greet on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:30 pm via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to hear from Dr. Cheser on her vision and initial plans when she begins in July, as well as ask her any questions you may have.

School Lunch Hero Day is May 7

Between preparing healthy meals for our students, adhering to strict nutrition standards, navigating student food allergies, and offering service with a smile, school nutrition professionals are true heroes.

Educator Appreciation Week May 3-7

Here at Durango School District 9-R, we are especially grateful to all our educators, teachers, support staff, and all 9-R staff right now for being so adaptable, creative and dedicated during the last year. Educator Appreciation Week is May 3-7, and we want to use this opportunity to thank all our staff for serving students and their families in an especially difficult year.

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/.

Cohorts to Quarantine - 4.28.21

On April 27 and April 28, 2021, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that an 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.

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.

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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The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning. Through leading instructional models, globally minded learning programs and engaging teaching and learning methods, the district aims to instill in each student the ability to compete and contribute in the global community. Furthermore, the district encourages supportive and safe school environments, guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities for each and every student. 

9-R Board of Education Land Acknowledgement

We respectfully acknowledge that Durango School District 9-R is located on lands and territories taken from the Núuchiu (Ute) people. This land is also the ancestral home of or served as a site of trade, gathering, or healing for Apache, Pueblo, Diné, and other nations. We recognize and honor these peoples and nations as traditional stewards of this land and water and respect their enduring relationship with it.

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