12-18 Superintendent Update

Weekly Superintendent Update, December 18
Posted on 12/18/2020
Dear D51 Staff and Families,

We made it! We made it through eighteen weeks of learning, with many of our students able to participate in in-person learning for most of the semester. This has been a team effort, with our teachers, students, principals, custodians, nurses, support staff, admin staff, families, and community working together to keep schools open. This semester has been unlike any that anyone has experienced, and we’ve certainly learned a lot along the way. The immense efforts and resiliency of our staff, students, and families allowed us to be one of the few districts to begin the school year with in-person learning, implement a large-scale online learning option, and keep schools a safe place to learn and work.

As a reminder, we now have a District 51 Data Dashboard with a lot of good information to help our school communities stay informed. The dashboard is updated daily and contains information for both staff and students, and how positive cases and the resulting quarantines are affecting schools. This wouldn’t have been possible without an incredible amount of effort from several groups of people who contribute to collecting, organizing, monitoring, and updating the data. I hope you continue to check this resource for information as the year continues.

The data dashboard shows why we feel we are able to return to in-person learning K-12 after the Holiday break. In addition to the low percentage of cases both for students and staff, we feel the frequent testing, along with what we think will be a reduction in the quarantine time from 14 days to 7-10 by CDPHE, should help things go more smoothly with less difficulty covering classes.

The COVIDCheck Colorado testing sites at Grand Mesa Middle School and Fruita Monument High School are running smoothly, with most people receiving their test results in 36 to 48 hours. These sites will be open over the break, Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Parents and community members can register for a drive up test with this link, and D51 staff and students can register using this link. We will let you know as soon as we find out what days and hours test sites will operate in January.

I hope you all have a wonderful, safe, and relaxing Holiday break. We look forward to welcoming back our elementary, middle, and high school students to in-person learning in January.

Sincerely,

Diana

Dr. Diana Sirko
Superintendent of Schools
Mesa County Valley School District 51
(970) 254-5193

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