Superintendent Update 12-11

Weekly Superintendent Update, 12/11
Posted on 12/11/2020
Dear D51 Staff and Families,

COVID-19
We are excited this week to debut a data dashboard with more information about the amount of active positive cases and quarantines that affect D51 staff and students. Our procedures in a school whenever a positive case is identified will likely not change - we will continue to notify close contacts and school communities. But we hope that this additional resource will offer another avenue for our community to remain informed. Click here to see the dashboard. Please take some time to read through the information, including how we track data and what the data means. The dashboard is also available on our homepage at d51schools.org and clicking on the “COVID-19 resources” button. We had been including the information regarding schools impacted on our weekly newsletters, but this will provide you with the detailed information that people have been requesting.

Next semester
As we are getting many questions about what we are planning to do after the holiday break, we want you to know that, at this time, we are planning on being engaged in face to face, in-person learning K-12, with only our District Online program being online. If that situation changes due to the COVID circumstances, we will let you know as soon as possible so staff and parents can prepare.

Testing
This week, our partners at COVIDCheck Colorado successfully opened COVID-19 testing locations at Grand Mesa Middle School and Fruita Monument High School. District 51 staff, students, and community members can schedule an appointment at either location to get a free, voluntary test. Testing will remain available at the Mesa County Fairgrounds and Colorado Mesa University.

The tests are optional but highly encouraged so that positive cases can be identified quickly to limit exposure and hopefully quarantine fewer people as a result. As you know, multiple students and especially staff in quarantine threatens the ability for a school to stay open for in-person learning.

COVIDCheck Colorado hires their own personnel and manages the sites with funding from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. District 51 is excited to serve our community by providing additional locations to make testing accessible and convenient for those who want to participate. We hope to have these sites past Winter Break. Click here for more information.

Boundaries
Thank you to all of you who attended a Zoom boundary meeting this month or last month regarding potential boundary shifts in the Appleton, Pomona, and Tope areas and a potential move west in the boundary between Fruita Monument and Grand Junction high schools. The meeting presentations (including draft maps) and links to boundary surveys can be found here for the elementary proposal and here for the high school proposal. The surveys close Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. There is one more Zoom meeting next Monday at 6:30 p.m. - to discuss potential movement in the Wingate and Broadway elementary school boundaries. Click here to learn more.

Sports
The Colorado High School Activities Association announced on Monday that Season B sports have been delayed. Read their release here. CHSAA hopes to resume practices statewide on Jan. 25, but that date is not firm.

As always, if you have any questions, please contact us and have a restful and safe weekend.


Sincerely,

Diana

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