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COVID-19 Updates

There have been several positive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County. Please visit the Mesa County Public Health website at for more information.

July 6, 2020
Graduations have been scheduled at Suplizio Field for July 10, 11, and 13. 
Click here for more information

Click here for local guidance on graduation ceremonies

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with KKCO news to provide a livestream of the ceremonies. For those who are unable to attend in person, you can still watch the ceremonies using the following methods: 


Facebook Live: or

TV: Airing live on the local CW network on Channel 8.2 over the air, Channel 511 HD or 13 SD on Spectrum Cable, and Channel 13 on Dish Network

Radio: Live on 97.3 FM

6 de julio de 2020
Las graduaciones se han programado en Suplizio Field para el 10, 11 y 13 de julio.
Haga clic aquí para más información

Haga clic aquí para obtener orientación local sobre ceremonias de graduación

Estamos orgullosos de anunciar que nos estamos asociando con las noticias de KKCO para proporcionar una transmisión en vivo de las ceremonias. Para aquellos que no pueden asistir en persona, aún pueden ver las ceremonias utilizando los siguientes métodos:


Facebook Live: o

TV: se transmite en vivo en la red CW local en el canal 8.2 por aire, el canal 511 HD o 13 SD en el cable Spectrum y el canal 13 en la red Dish

Radio: en vivo en 97.3 FM

June 22, 2020
Anuncio de graduación para familias de habla hispana

We are pleased to announce that Mesa County Public Health has approved each high school’s plans for their graduation ceremonies, which will take place July 10-13 at Suplizio Field! We are grateful for this opportunity and are excited to announce that each graduate will be able to invite four guests to their school’s ceremony. I know this is something that many families were worried about. We also know that some of you would like to invite more guests, but we do need to comply with regulations regarding crowd sizes. Given the size of some of our graduating classes, having four guests per student will assist us in staying within limits. For those who cannot attend in person, we will provide more information about a video livestream and radio broadcast soon.

Graduation ceremonies will take place at Suplizio Field, which has a larger capacity (6,000 seats) than Stocker Stadium, and a large video screen that will help all families see their students cross the stage. The dates for graduations are listed below, as well as specific safety protocols.
Central High School - 8 a.m. Friday, July 10
Palisade High School - 8 p.m. Friday, July 10
Grand Junction High School - 8 a.m. Saturday, July 11
Fruita Monument High School - 8 p.m. Saturday, July 11
Grand River Academy - 8 a.m. Monday, July 13
R-5 High School - 8 p.m. Monday, July 13

If you have a graduating senior, his or her principal will be in touch with you shortly about procedures specific to their school’s ceremony. Please remember the dates and protocols are subject to change based on Mesa County Public Health recommendations at the time of the ceremony.

All guests must have a ticket in order to attend graduation. Those tickets will be given to each graduate by the school office at least one week before the graduation ceremony. Each school will provide more information about how to obtain tickets.

A graduate’s guests can sit together in areas that will be marked 6 feet apart from other groups of guests to ensure social distancing. For split families, please contact your school’s principal for accommodations.

Face masks
Graduates will receive masks with their school logo printed on them and are expected to wear a mask walking into, during, and while leaving the ceremony. Guests and staff are also encouraged to wear their own masks.

Health measures
Medically vulnerable individuals and people with symptoms of COVID-19, including a cough or fever, should stay home, and we prefer that guests only come from within Mesa County in order to prevent the spread of disease to and from other areas, wherever possible.

Congratulations, graduates, and we look forward to celebrating with you in July at our traditional ceremony! You will be the first class to ever use Suplizio field!

Grad 6-22

June 18, 2020
The return to athletics and activities for District 51 will continue with Stage 1 for the week of June 22. We are currently working with the MCPH on approval for our Stage 2. Once we have an approved plan in place, we will share that with you and start it in a timely manner. Thank you for your patience during these trying times.

June 3, 2020

District 51 Summer Activity Guidelines

Here is an update to our return to activity for athletics this summer.

First, we were approved by Mesa County Public Health to adjust line #1 in our Stage 1 guidelines (click here for guidelines) to allow face coverings (required indoors for both coaches and athletes) to be removed while lifting, but they need to be worn at all other times in the weight room. There remains a limit of 10 individuals in the weight room during Stage 1.

Second, parents/guardians are required to sign off on the Athletic Risk Statement (click here) before students will be allowed to participate. This document can be turned in to the coach on Monday, June 8, or emailed to the athletic department. Coaches will also have copies of the risk statement available for parents/guardians to fill out at the first team gathering.

Guía de actividades de verano del Distrito Escolar 51 del Valle del Condado de Mesa - ETAPA 1

El Distrito 51 seguirá las directrices del departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Mesa, NFHS y SMAC (Comité Asesor de Medicina Deportiva) para la apertura de los deportes y las actividades en la escuela preparatoria. Aviso: La participación es estrictamente voluntaria y sólo para estudiantes de las escuelas preparatorias.


Se requiere que los padres/tutores firmen la Declaración de Riesgo Atletico (Athletic Risk Statement) adjunta antes de que se les permita a los estudiantes participar. Este documento puede entregarse al entrenador el lunes, 8 de junio o enviarse por correo electrónico al departamento de deportes. Los entrenadores también tendrán copias de la declaración de riesgos disponibles para que los padres/ tutores legales las completen en la primera reunión del equipo.

May 26

School District 51 has created a task force to examine when and how to resume sports and activities for this summer in Mesa County. This task force is composed of local health experts, school athletic directors and district administration to review the return to participation guidelines from the NFHS (National Federation of High Schools), CHSAA (Colorado High School Activities Association) and the Mesa County Health Department. Currently, CHSAA has a no contact moratorium in place until June 1 and District 51 has a moratorium in place for no contact until July 1. The purpose of this task force will be to determine and explore a safe and appropriate return to participation for the students in District 51 this summer. This task force may determine a return to participation date sooner than the original date of July 1.

El Distrito Escolar 51 ha creado un grupo de trabajo para examinar cuándo y cómo reanudar los deportes y actividades para este verano en el Condado de Mesa. Este grupo de trabajo está compuesto por expertos locales en salud, directores deportivos escolares y la administración del distrito para revisar las pautas de retorno a la participación de la NFHS (Federación Nacional de Escuelas Secundarias), CHSAA (Asociación de Actividades de Escuelas Secundarias de Colorado) y el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Mesa. Actualmente, CHSAA tiene una moratoria de no contacto hasta el 1 de junio y el Distrito 51 tiene una moratoria para no contacto hasta el 1 de julio. El propósito de este grupo de trabajo será determinar y explorar un retorno a la participación seguro y apropiado para los estudiantes. en el Distrito 51 este verano. Este grupo de trabajo puede determinar una fecha de regreso a la participación antes de la fecha original del 1 de julio.

May 21
Click here for an update about summer Lunch Lizard service.

Haga clic aquí para obtener una actualización sobre Lunch Lizard.

May 14
Click here for an update from Superintendent Diana Sirko on potential graduation options and plans.

Haga clic aquí para obtener una actualización de la Superintendente Diana Sirko sobre posibles opciones y planes de graduación.

May 13

We are working closely with Mesa County Public Health to monitor the situation and adopt best practices to keep our community safe during important end-of-year celebrations. At this time, our plans around graduations are still in the preliminary stages and we are working on finalizing details. More information will be shared with families as plans are confirmed. Click here for local guidance on graduation ceremonies, or download the infographic below. 

Graduation 5-13

May 1

Para obtener información sobre el último día de clases, haga clic aquí.

The last day of remote learning lessons will be Thursday, May 14. This will give students time to finish all lessons and projects and get them turned in to teachers before grades are due.

It will also give families and staff needed time following May 14 to clear out desks, lockers and materials, depending on grade level, pick up any medications that may still be at school, and return Chromebooks (unless your school has instructed you to do otherwise). If they have not already, your child's school will be in touch soon to discuss checkout procedures, including guidelines that will help keep everyone safe and healthy.

A few other reminders:
* Practice social distancing by avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people in one area and maintaining a distance of 6 feet from others.
* Have a face covering to wear at times when you are more likely to come within 6 feet of others.
* Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
* Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol.
* Clean AND disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces such as workstations, keyboards, telephones, cell phones, handrails, and door knobs.
* Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water prior to disinfection.
* Stay home if you are sick!

Finally, there are many school activities that usually take place in the last few weeks and it is sad that our staff and students cannot have those experiences. Please know that we are sad to miss those celebrations with you, too. Still, we look forward to celebrating graduations in July. Please see your email from earlier this week with dates and times, or check the Graduation Date page.

April 28
Información de Graduación en Español

Following the guidelines for the Mesa County Safer at Home initiative, which does not allow large gatherings until at least July 1, and taking into account the number of students who could not participate in an August graduation ceremony, we have determined the following graduation schedule for our high schools.  
Click here for more information.

April 27

The following email contains updates for students who participate in school sports or activities:

1) In working with the Mesa County Health Department, it has been decided that there will be NO in-person contact between students and coaches, sponsors, or music directors in District 51 until at least July 1, 2020. An update will be made during the month of June on the possibility of in-person contact resuming on or after July 1 based on recommendations from local and state health departments.  

2) We are in the process of sending out full refund checks for spring sport participation fees. If you have not received your refund check, please understand it is currently being processed.

El siguiente correo electrónico contiene información actualizada para los estudiantes que participan en deportes o actividades escolares:

1) Trabajando con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Mesa, se ha decidido que NO habrá contacto en persona entre estudiantes y entrenadores, patrocinadores, o directores de música en el Distrito 51 hasta por lo menos el 1ero de julio de 2020. Se actualizará la información durante el mes de junio, con la posibilidad de reanudar el contacto en persona a partir del 1ero de julio o después, según las recomendaciones de los departamentos de salud locales y estatales.

2) Estamos en el proceso de enviar cheques, reembolsando las tarifas completas por la participación en los deportes de la primavera. Si no ha recibido su cheque de reembolso, por favor, comprenda que actualmente se está procesando.

April 21
Información de Cierre de Edificios en Español

On Monday evening, Gov. Jared Polis announced that all K-12 school buildings in Colorado will remain closed as the state transitions to a second phase of social distancing called Safer at Home. This directive means all District 51 schools will continue to be closed to in-person learning through the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, which includes athletics and activities. You can see the governor’s full press release here.

While school buildings will be closed, remote learning will continue through the end of the school year. More information will be sent to you as soon as it becomes available about plans for graduation ceremonies, end-of-year checkout procedures, and other topics. We remain committed to celebrating our seniors and will announce dates and plans as soon as possible.

This is a unique and challenging time for us all, and I want to thank you for being patient, adaptive partners in remote learning. Please know that your child’s teachers, principals and all of us miss them very much, and that we all feel with you the loss of so many end-of-year traditions, especially for students moving on to a new school or new phase of life next year.

Thank you again for being there with us every step of the way during what has turned into a school year none of us will forget. Please continue to reach out to teachers and principals if you have questions during remote learning, and never hesitate to reach out to counselors or use any of the resources at if your child is struggling during this time.

We look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2020-21 and can’t wait to see you again!

April 16

The Colorado Department of Education has announced it is working with the College Board to secure a date this fall for free SAT testing for the Class of 2021. SAT, PSAT, and CMAS testing that had been scheduled for April 2020 has been suspended.

For more information, visit 

April 10
Click here for an important update and more information about AP Review Lessons and AP Exams.

April 3, 2020
Click here for an update regarding Special Education
Haga clic aquí para obtener una actualización sobre educación especial

April 2, 2020

With the statewide closure of school buildings now extended through the end of the month, we know some of you may be anxious to pick up medications, especially life-saving ones like inhalers and EpiPens. If your child has medication at his or her school, there are two opportunities for pick up this coming week:

Tuesday, April 7, anytime between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Wednesday, April 8, anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Please bring an ID with you to the school, and a staff member will bring your child’s medication to you. In order to protect the health of families and staff, you should remain in your car at all times during the checkout process. However, if your child’s school office does not have a clear view of the parking area and you are waiting, you are welcome to come to the office window or door and knock.

Please contact your school if you have any questions, and stay healthy.

Con el cierre estatal de los planteles escolares ahora extendido hasta fin de mes, sabemos que algunos de ustedes pueden estar ansiosos por recoger los medicamentos  por recoger los medicamentos, especialmente los que salvan las vidas, como inhaladores y EpiPens. Si su hijo/a tiene medicamentos en su escuela, hay dos oportunidades para que lo recojan la próxima semana:
Martes, 7 de abril, pase en cualquier momento entre 9:00 a.m. y 1:00 p.m. Miércoles, 8 de abril, pase en cualquier momento entre 11:00 a.m. y 3:00 p.m.

Por favor, presente un documento de identificación en la escuela y un miembro del personal le entregará el medicamento de su hijo/a. Con la finalidad de proteger la salud de las familias y el personal, usted debe permanecer dentro de su automóvil durante todo el proceso de recoger la medicina. Sin embargo, si la oficina de la escuela de su hijo/a no tiene una vista clara del área de estacionamiento y usted está esperando, puede acercarse y tocar la ventana o la puerta de la oficina.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, por favor, comuníquese con su escuela. Manténgase saludable.


April 1, 2020

If you have not checked out a Chromebook from your child's school and you still need one for remote learning, there's an opportunity for you to check one out this Friday, April 3, at Orchard Mesa Middle School, located along Unaweep Avenue at 2736 C Road. You can come to the checkout any time between 2 and 4 p.m.

Friday’s checkout is open to all D51 families who have not already checked out a Chromebook previously. Adults will be required to bring ID with them and sign a Chromebook Checkout Policy. You can either print and fill out the Chromebook Checkout Policy ahead of time (the policy can be found at, or there will be copies available for you to fill out at the checkout. A physical copy will be required - do not scan the document or email it.

A D51 Chromebook is not required for remote learning if you already have a computer or laptop at home that you would like to use. Please be sure your device has access to Google Chrome.

The checkout will work like a drive-thru restaurant, with parents and students driving up to the school and remaining in their cars during the entire process. Please make other arrangements if you or your child are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in order to protect the health of staff who are working at the checkout and others.

Si no ha recogido un Chromebook de la escuela de su hijo/a y todavía necesita una para el aprendizaje a distancia, hay una oportunidad para que lo haga. El viernes, 3 de abril, en la Escuela Secundaria Orchard Mesa se entregarán Chromebooks, puede pasar en cualquier momento entre las 2:00 PM y 4:00 PM. Dirección de la Escuela: 2736 C Road en Orchard Mesa. (Sobre Unaweep Avenue).

La entrega de las Chromebooks del viernes, 3 de abril en la Escuela Secundaria Orchard Mesa es para todas las familias del D51. Esta entrega es para las familias que aún no han retirado ninguna Chromebook. Se requerirá que los adultos presenten un documento de identificación al momento de recoger la Chromebook. Usted puede imprimir y completar el formulario del reglamento para recibir prestada una Chromebook con anticipación -Special Chromebooks Checkout Policies- (se puede encontrar en, o habrá copias disponibles para que complete al momento de recogerla. Se necesita una copia en papel – no la escanee ni envíe por correo electrónico.

No se necesita una Chromebook del D51 para el aprendizaje a distancia, si ya tiene una computadora de escritorio o computadora portátil en casa que le gustaría usar. Por favor, asegúrese de que su dispositivo tenga acceso a Google Chrome.  

El proceso de entrega funcionará como un restaurante de autoservicio, los padres y estudiantes pasarán en su carro y permanecerán dentro durante todo el proceso de entrega. Por favor, haga otros arreglos si usted o su hijo/a está experimentando síntomas de COVID-19 para proteger la salud del personal que está trabajando en la escuela y a los demás.

April 1, 2020
Información de Extensión de Cierre en Español

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis announced that the closure of all K-12 schools in the state will be extended through April 30. In accordance with this statewide policy, District 51 schools will remain closed through the end of the month. The CHSAA moratorium on spring high school sports has also been extended through April 30, and the middle school track season has been canceled. Click here for more information. 

Leaders at D51 are considering how this new directive affects the rest of our school year. Please continue to check this page for more information as it becomes available.

March 31, 2020

On March 29, President Trump announced that he was extending the federal social distancing guidelines through April 30. District 51 is currently reviewing how this announcement will affect the rest of the school year, and awaiting direction from Governor Polis. Any updates will be posted here and at the COVID-19 page, emailed to families and staff, and posted to D51 social media.

El 29 de marzo, el presidente Trump anunció que estaba extendiendo las pautas federales de distanciamiento social hasta el 30 de abril. El Distrito 51 está revisando actualmente cómo afectará este anuncio el resto del año escolar y esperando la dirección del gobernador Polis. Cualquier actualización se publicará aquí y en la página COVID-19, se enviará por correo electrónico a las familias y al personal, y se publicará en las redes sociales D51.

March 21, 2020
Click here for a letter from Interim Special Education Director for information about special education services. 
Haga clic aquí para obtener una carta del Director Interino de Educación Especial para obtener información sobre los servicios de educación especial.

March 19, 2020
3:00 p.m. 

Like many of you, we learned that Governor Polis signed an executive order closing school buildings through Friday, April 17, due to the coronavirus (COVID -19). At this time, and per this order, all students - including D51 students, would return to school on Monday, April 20. You can read the press release and executive order here.

This is a challenging time for schools and families across the nation. The impact of the COVID-19 virus has been significant. In response to this closure, teachers will spend the coming week preparing lesson plans, and remote learning is scheduled to start on March 30th. Click here for more information.

Como muchos de ustedes, supimos que el gobernador Polis firmó una orden ejecutiva para cerrar los edificios escolares hasta el viernes 17 de abril, debido al coronavirus (COVID -19). En este momento, y según esta orden, todos los estudiantes, incluidos los estudiantes de D51, regresarían a la escuela el lunes 20 de abril. Puede leer el comunicado de prensa y la orden ejecutiva aquí.

Este es un momento desafiante para las escuelas y las familias de todo el país. El impacto del virus COVID-19 ha sido significativo. En respuesta a este cierre, los maestros pasarán la próxima semana preparando planes de lecciones, y el aprendizaje remoto está programado para comenzar el 30 de marzo. Haga clic aquí para más información.

10:00 a.m.
Online learning for students will begin on March 30, 2020. We understand that not every student has access to a device for school work. Families will be able to check out devices for students on Tuesday, March 24 starting at 9 a.m.

To help us facilitate this process, we are asking for an estimate of devices needed per school. Please use this form to find your student's school and designate how many devices you will need. If you have students at different schools, please answer for each school individually. This way, we can anticipate the need for devices. *We cannot guarantee that every student will receive a device. Distribution will be based on availability.*

If you already have a computer or laptop at home that your student can use for remote learning, you are more than welcome to use that device, and do not need to check out a Chromebook. Please ensure you have access to the Google Chrome browser.

Click here for the Chromebook Checkout Policy:
política de préstamo de Chromebook:

Internet access: Technology Services are also creating a wireless network that will surround every District school for families that wish to drive up next to these locations. Families can use the "D51free" network at schools for wifi access. Families can also contact Spectrum at 1-844-488-8395 to set up 60 days of free internet access. Please note the Spectrum offer is only available to new customers.

El aprendizaje en línea para estudiantes comenzará el 30 de marzo de 2020. Entendemos que no todos los estudiantes tienen acceso a un dispositivo para el trabajo escolar. Las familias podrán retirar dispositivos para estudiantes el martes 24 de marzo a partir de las 9 a.m.
Para ayudarnos a facilitar este proceso, solicitamos una estimación de los dispositivos necesarios por escuela. Utilice este formulario para encontrar la escuela de su hijo y designar cuántos dispositivos necesitará. Si tiene estudiantes en diferentes escuelas, responda individualmente para cada escuela. De esta manera, podemos anticipar la necesidad de dispositivos. * No podemos garantizar que cada estudiante recibirá un dispositivo. La distribución se basará en la disponibilidad. *
Si ya tiene una computadora o computadora portátil en casa que su estudiante puede usar para el aprendizaje remoto, puede usar ese dispositivo y no es necesario que consulte un Chromebook. Asegúrese de tener acceso al navegador Google Chrome.
Acceso a Internet: los Servicios de Tecnología también están creando una red inalámbrica que rodeará a todas las escuelas del Distrito para las familias que deseen conducir junto a estos lugares. Las familias pueden usar la red "D51free" en las escuelas para acceder a wifi. Las familias también pueden comunicarse con Spectrum al 1-844-488-8395 para configurar 60 días de acceso gratuito a Internet. Tenga en cuenta que la oferta de Spectrum solo está disponible para nuevos clientes.
El formulario de Chromebook se encuentra aquí.

March 18, 2020

7:25 p.m.
Governor Polis has issued an executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state from March 23 to April 17. All plans for March 23 and 24 with continue, and online learning will still begin on March 30. Click here for more information. 

El Gobernador Polis emitió una orden ejecutiva que suspende el aprendizaje en persona en escuelas públicas y privadas en todo el estado del 23 de marzo al 17 de abril. Todos los planes para el 23 y 24 de marzo continúan, y el aprendizaje en línea aún comenzará el 30 de marzo. Haga clic aquí para más información.

2:20 p.m.

WCCC Tech Scholars and CMU Early Scholars will need laptops instead of Chromebooks for their higher education classes. Students in WCCC/CMU classes can check out these laptops from their high schools.

WCCC Tech Scholars y CMU Early Scholars necesitarán computadoras portátiles en lugar de Chromebooks para sus clases de educación superior. Los estudiantes en las clases de WCCC / CMU pueden ver estas computadoras portátiles en sus escuelas secundarias.

11:40 a.m.
Buildings will be open to parents and students (who are NOT showing symptoms of COVID-19) beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Families can come to schools on this day to check out Chromebooks, and students can access the building to gather any belongings that they will need to participate in remote learning. Families needing to pick up medications need to call the school starting on March 23 to set up a time to meet with the school nurse. During this time, we encourage that these visits to buildings are done as quickly as possible, and that people practice social distancing while there. Please continue to check your email or this website for more information.

Chromebook Checkout Policy:
Emergency Meal Schedule & Locations:

Students should participate in the remote learning opportunities in order to meet requirements for credits. At this time, we are unsure of how this situation will affect graduations. We will update families as soon as we learn more about graduations.

The D51 Nutrition Services Department has released information about Emergency Meals during the building closures.

Click here for more information, and the schedules and locations.

Los edificios estarán abiertos para padres y estudiantes (que NO muestran síntomas de COVID-19) a partir de las 9 de la mañana del martes 24 de marzo. Las familias pueden venir a las escuelas este día para retirar Chromebooks, y los estudiantes pueden acceder al edificio para reunirse cualquier pertenencia que necesitarán para participar en el aprendizaje remoto. Las familias que necesiten recoger medicamentos deben llamar a la escuela a partir del 23 de marzo para programar un horario para reunirse con la enfermera de la escuela. Durante este tiempo, alentamos que estas visitas a los edificios se realicen lo más rápido posible, y que las personas practiquen el distanciamiento social mientras estén allí. Continúe revisando su correo electrónico o este sitio web para obtener más información.

Política de pago de Chromebook: Horario de comidas de emergencia y ubicaciones:

Los estudiantes deben participar en las oportunidades de aprendizaje remoto para cumplir con los requisitos de créditos. En este momento, no estamos seguros de cómo afectará esta situación a las graduaciones. Actualizaremos a las familias tan pronto como sepamos más sobre las graduaciones.

 El Departamento de Servicios de Nutrición D51 ha publicado información sobre comidas de emergencia durante el cierre de los edificios.

March 17, 2020

Remote Learning to begin March 30 Logística de cierre

While school buildings will be closed through at least April 17, learning will continue starting March 30. Remote learning is learning that can be done at home and can include both online and offline activities on devices, textbook assignments, projects, and more. Our D51 Curriculum Team is working on ways to deliver remote learning, and teachers will develop lesson plans March 23-27 upon their return from Spring Break.

Internet Access

Some internet providers are offering free access for the next 60 days. Please check with Spectrum/Charter at 1-844-488-8395. Alternatives include using a hot spot, public wifi, or cell phone provider internet service.

Chromebook checkout

A checkout process is in the works. Information will be released about the Chromebook checkout process before remote learning begins.

CMAS testing on pause for 2020, PSAT/SAT testing TBD

The administration of end-of-the-year assessments, including the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS), will be paused for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, according to the Colorado Department of Education. CDE is working with The College Board to generate possible solutions for the administration of the PSAT and SAT tests.

Food service during the closure

The Lunch Lizard mobile food truck program and various schools (via drive-thru) will supply a daily breakfast/lunch combined meal pack on weekdays during the closure. Students will be able to pick a hot or cold choice item with fruit, vegetable and milk at all stops and sites. Students will receive two meals at once (lunch and breakfast for the next day). Stops and sites are located in areas with at least 50% of students eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. An emergency meal schedule with locations and times will be available starting March 18 at

Extended Hours

Extended Hours operates independently from District 51. Four of its sites (Broadway, Orchard Ave., Pomona, and Tope) will continue to be open as long as there are no positive cases of COVID-19 among students or staff. Please contact Extended Hours at 970-241-3603 with any questions.

Mental health/counseling help

Students can access any of the crisis services listed at Additionally, the district will be rolling out new procedures to counselors when they return on March 23. These new procedures will allow students and counselors to chat online and will route calls made from a student to a counselor’s office line to a counselor’s cell phone.

Outdoor Wilderness Lab (OWL)

All OWL sessions through at least April 17 are canceled, and refunds will be awarded. More OWL sessions (from April 13 on) may be canceled if the closure period is extended.

School Board Vacancy

All administrative offices are currently closed. To apply for the Director District C seat on the D51 School Board, email your cover letter, resume, and a copy of your driver’s license to Bridget Story at Your drivers license is needed for verification purposes.


We know there are a lot of questions about how this situation will affect students who need credits and are planning for graduation. Remote learning will be available starting March 30, and all students are expected to complete the lessons provided by teachers. This will help ensure that students meet the minimum requirements for graduation. 

March 16, 2020
3:15 p.m.
Cierre hasta el 10 de abril información en Español.
After much deliberation, consultation with health experts, and discussion of how best to address the many needs of our 22,000 students and 2,800 staff members during a large-scale shutdown, D51 leadership has made the difficult decision to close all of our schools and buildings through April 17 (originally April 10). Click here for more information.

Updated Charter/Spectrum number for internet access: 1-844-488-8395

STAFF: Check your district email for staff-specific information.

10:30 a.m.

We know you have a lot of questions, especially about our plans for school after Spring Break. Several people have asked us to close. Several people have asked us to remain open. D51 leaders are working diligently to make the right decision based on health experts' advice for all 22,000 students and 2,800 staff members. We hope to have an answer for you sometime this week. Please continue to check our COVID-19 Updates page for updates as they become available.

Sabemos que tiene muchas preguntas, especialmente sobre nuestros planes para la escuela después de las vacaciones de primavera. Varias personas nos han pedido que cerremos. Varias personas nos han pedido que permanezcamos abiertos. Los líderes de D51 están trabajando diligentemente para tomar la decisión correcta basada en el asesoramiento de expertos en salud para los 22,000 estudiantes y 2,800 miembros del personal. Esperamos tener una respuesta para usted en algún momento de esta semana. Continúe revisando nuestra página de actualizaciones de COVID-19 para ver las actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles.

March 14, 2020
8:00 p.m.
We know you have questions about possible school closures and/or online learning after spring break. We are working hard to determine our options, and will have an update for our D51 community early next week. Thanks for your patience! 

Sabemos que tiene preguntas sobre posibles cierres de escuelas y / o aprendizaje en línea después de las vacaciones de primavera. Estamos trabajando arduamente para determinar nuestras opciones, y tendremos una actualización para nuestra comunidad D51 a principios de la próxima semana. ¡Gracias por su paciencia!

9:30 a.m.
Mesa County Public Health has reported that there is one presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in Mesa County. Presumptive positive means that there was a positive test result through the state lab. The test will now be sent to the CDC for confirmation.

Mesa County Public Health ha informado que hay un supuesto caso positivo de COVID-19 en el condado de Mesa. Presuntivo positivo significa que hubo un resultado positivo de la prueba a través del laboratorio estatal. La prueba ahora se enviará a los CDC para su confirmación.

March 13, 2020
"As you know, we want to make decisions based on the health and safety of students and staff. Since students have not been in school since Wednesday, and will not be returning until March 23rd, we have the luxury of examining the situation and making decisions next week. As you know, things are changing very rapidly, and we are monitoring statewide closures including those around us. Our senior leadership team is working during spring break and will provide frequent updates as we learn new information." - Dr. Diana Sirko, D51 Superintendent

"Como saben, queremos tomar decisiones basadas en la salud y seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal. Dado que los estudiantes no han estado en la escuela desde el miércoles y no regresarán hasta el 23 de marzo, tenemos el lujo de examinar la situación y tomar decisiones. decisiones la próxima semana. Como saben, las cosas están cambiando muy rápidamente, y estamos monitoreando los cierres a nivel estatal, incluidos los que nos rodean. Nuestro equipo de liderazgo senior está trabajando durante las vacaciones de primavera y proporcionará actualizaciones frecuentes a medida que obtengamos nueva información ". - Dra. Diana Sirko, Superintendente D51

See COVID-19 Guidance Document here.
Vea el documento de orientación COVID-19 aquí.

March 12, 2020

5:00 p.m.
Click here to read a statement from Dr. Diana Sirko, Superintendent of Schools. 
Haga clic aquí para obtener una declaración de la Dra. Diana Sirko en Español.

2:00 p.m. 
All student and staff activities previously scheduled for today (March 12) will continue as planned.

Todas las actividades de los estudiantes y el personal previamente programadas para hoy (12 de marzo) continuarán según lo planeado.

FOR STAFF: A statement from Dr. Sirko outlines plans for the scheduled district and building inservices on March 13. Please check your district email for information.

12:15 p.m.
The Colorado High School Activities Association has announced that all sports and activities between March 13 and April 6 will be suspended. This applies to both our high school and middle school sports and activities.

La Asociación de Actividades de la Escuela Secundaria de Colorado ha anunciado que todos los deportes y actividades entre el 13 de marzo y el 6 de abril serán suspendidos. Esto se aplica tanto a nuestros deportes y actividades de secundaria como de secundaria.

8:00 a.m.
We understand that many of you have plans to travel during spring break (March 16-20). We strongly recommend that you review and consider the travel recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention when thinking through travel plans. If you do travel, practice safe and healthy travel habits: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water (or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol)

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing

  • Avoid close contact with anyone who is sick

  • Stay home if you are sick

Visit the Colorado Department of Health & Environment for more information on travel. 

Entendemos que muchos de ustedes tienen planes de viajar durante las vacaciones de primavera (16-20 de marzo). Le recomendamos encarecidamente que revise y considere las recomendaciones de viaje del Centro para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades al pensar en los planes de viaje. Si viaja, practique hábitos de viaje seguros y saludables:

* Lávese las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón (o use desinfectante para manos con al menos 60% de alcohol)

* Cúbrase la nariz y la boca al toser o estornudar

* Evite el contacto cercano con cualquier persona enferma.

* Quédate en casa si estás enfermo

Visite el Departamento de Salud y Medio Ambiente de Colorado para obtener más información sobre viajes.

March 10, 2020
Preguntas Frecuentes en Español

We know you have questions, and we want you to know that we are working hard to make sure that we are prepared in every way we can think of. Click here for a Frequently Asked Questions guide. 

March 9, 2020

Información de Viaje en Español

Based on recent information and guidance sent out by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Colorado Department of Health and Environment, and Mesa County Public Health, we are issuing a travel directive for NO school-sponsored trips out of state or out of the country for the remainder of March. Click here for more information.

Click here for the requirements issued by the Colorado Department of Health & Environment regarding potential school closures due to COVID-19. 

District 51 is continually monitoring the situation on a global, national, and local scale. We are working with our partners at public health organizations to stay up to date on the latest news, information, and protocols. Members of the community can also check local, state, and federal websites to stay updated. 


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