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Indigenous Peoples' Day

Monday, October 12, 2020, is recognized by many as Indigenous Peoples' Day. This recognition signifies honor and respect for the Indigenous Peoples of this land we call the United States of America. As we honor the Native American students and families that are part of our Durango 9-R community, we wanted to share with you the words of Michael Watchman, Chairman of the district's Native American Parental Advisory Committee (NAPAC):
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Native American Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

The Durango 9-R Native American Parent Advisory Committee will host our first
meeting of the 2020-2021 academic year. We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to get acquainted and begin our school year positively. We will also vote on a schedule for future NAPAC meetings for the remaining academic year.
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Dear Families,

On September 5, 2020, 9-R was notified by San Juan Basin Public Health (SJBPH) that a student at Florida Mesa Elementary tested positive for COVID-19. The school and the district are working proactively with SJBPH to make the appropriate notifications and next steps for those who may have been in close contact with this individual.
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Kids Eat Free!

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced the extension of the free meals for kids aged 0-18 through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibility allows Durango 9-R to operate the summer food service program, which makes free meals available to all children through the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”-Vincent Van Gogh! And, boy did we have A LOT of small things!

We are celebrating a successful first week at Florida Mesa! It has brought smiles to our faces to see such happiness from our Mustangs. We want to again thank all of you for your patience as we’ve worked through kinks in our drop off and pick up routines. We have already seen a great reduction in the time it is taking in the morning and afternoon, and hope to continue to see these routines become even more efficient. Some things you can do to help us out are:
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Meal Services Information

This year, with students both in schools and out, meal services will look a little different. Durango School District 9-R Student Nutrition program is working hard to create a healthier school nutrition environment for your children. We promote healthy eating by offering organic grass finished beef, organic apple products, whole grain foods, a variety of vegetables each week, salad bar, beans, no fried foods, fresh fruit selections everyday and of course, local sustainable foods whenever possible.
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9-R Cleaning Procedures and Expectations

Many families and staff members have been wondering what the cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be in the school this year. While the custodial staff has always had high-quality standards following the guidelines from CDE, those look a little different this year.
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Dear Parents,

The activity level is ramping up around Florida Mesa in anticipation of seeing you all at Meet the Teacher/Open House or on Monday! As a reminder, if you have not yet received communication from your child’s teacher, please contact the school to update your contact information.
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