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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

We are super excited to have everyone back next week in-person for three days of instruction!! We wanted to remind you that Monday, January 18th is a no school day in observance of Martin Luther King Day. Students will then attend in-person on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, with Wednesday remaining a day of at-home learning.
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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to school and to 2021!!! We are excited to have turned the page to a new chapter and am hopeful for a more positive year ahead! While we have all made the best out of the circumstances, we will continue to strive for excellence in all that we do in providing your student with the highest quality education that they deserve. We can’t say enough about the partnership you all formed with our teachers as students once again were learning from home.
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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Ho, ho, ho! We are closing out 2020 with continued gratitude for our amazing families, students, and staff!!! District communication went out on Wednesday outlining when students will be able to return to school in-person.
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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Ho, ho, ho......we hope that all of our Florida Mesa Mustangs are doing well and are staying safe and healthy. As we approach our last week before Christmas break, we again appreciate how hard our students, families, and staff have been working to continue their learning during these challenging times. We are reminded of the quote by Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!” Thank you so much for your continued efforts in supporting your student....we know this is not easy!
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Consumer Notice of Lead Tap Water Results

Dear Students, Parents and Staff of Florida Mesa Elementary School: Durango School district 9-R would like to share the lead results sampled in November of 2020 and ensure you that the drinking water provided meets state and federal standards. Ten sites are required to be tested at the school by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. All the results were well below the action level of 15 ppb.
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News & Announcements

Important Information About Potential Snow Days

Should we have a weather situation that prevents the safe opening of schools for in person learning, we will pivot to remote instruction for the day rather than call a snow day. This will be our practice with inclement weather for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

Update on Kids' Camp

Kids' Camp will be operating their regular hours on all IN PERSON learning days. If you were previously registered for days, your registration is still valid. It will take some time to update and reinstate the registration software, feel free to check the Kids' Camp webpage throughout the weekend. The registration links will be uploaded as soon as they are operational.

Update on Remote Meal Services - 1.8.21

From January 11 through January 29, Monday through Friday, remote meal service bus route locations will continue to run as previously scheduled and site pick up times will be reduced to a 30-minute window. Families do not need to sign-up for meal services during this time, and any child age 0-18 are eligible for the meals, which include a fresh breakfast and lunch option. Please see the bus route schedule on the Food and Nutrition page of the website.

In-Person Learning Update - 1.7.21

Our Return to In-Person Learning Task Force met again this morning to review the new state guidance that was released after our Return Matrix was presented to the community. We recognize the challenges our families are experiencing due to the school closures and are committed to getting our children back to school as soon as possible. That being said, we also want to make sure that we do so in a manner that will not require another closure this Spring, barring of course, any major changes in the status of the pandemic and local transmission rates and risks.

9-R Community Update - January 4, 2021

Happy New Year 9-R families! As you may know, our community transitioned to Level Orange on Friday of last week with regard to the COVID-19 impact in our community. With that change, we will look forward to elementary children returning to in-person learning next week. As per a Durango 9-R Matrix developed in conjunction with teachers and staff prior to the holidays, elementary-aged children who had been previously served five days a week may now return for in-person learning two days a week, Mondays and Tuesdays, while at Level Orange. Watch for more communications and details on this return from your child's school.

9-R Matrix for Return to In-Person Learning

We hope this message finds you safe and healthy as we move into our winter break scheduled from December 20 to January 4. Students will resume with remote learning on January 5, 2021. We have developed a matrix that outlines what our actions will be in response to our community COVID-19 transmission rate, that aligns with the level of risk and transmission in the re-opening phase as issued by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH).

Winter Break Meal Baskets

As the holiday season is upon us, the Nutrition Services team is assembling 1,000 meal packets, containing 5,000 total meals, to be distributed to students on Friday, December 18, 2020. These packets include a breakfast and a lunch for 5 days, as well as recipe cards and instructions for keeping the food fresh. Extra bags are also being prepared for those identified families that regularly access meal supports but are unable to order online or pre-order.

Community Update on the Return to Learn Task Force

Earlier this fall the Return to Learn task force was formed, comprising teachers and administrators from all school sites, with the purpose of reviewing the current Return to Learn 9-R Plan and making proposed changes to the plan based on the current public health situation in the area. Currently the task force is evaluating and creating the data points that will help drive the district timeline decisions for returning to in-person instruction, and the variations that will be considered in learning models and needs depending on local health data and availability of school supports and resources.


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The mission of Florida Mesa Elementary, an innovative learning community, committed to integrity and educational rigor, is to inspire, and develop compassionate, open-minded inquirers, who actively contribute to a better world, by guaranteeing equitable opportunities in a safe, healthy, and diverse environment.  

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