1-15 Weekly Superintendent Update

January 15 Weekly Superintendent Update
Posted on 01/15/2021

Dear D51 Staff and Families, 


We are excited to continue our semester with a majority of our students doing in-person learning, and want to thank the efforts of our staff, students, families, and community members who are making this possible. Many schools around the country are struggling to remain open, and we feel incredibly fortunate that we have been able to do so for most of the year. As a reminder, you can find current information about COVID-19 cases and quarantines in our schools on our D51 Data Dashboard. 


COVID-19 Vaccine

With the vaccine being rolled out across the country, we know there are many questions about the process locally, especially for schools. Mesa County Public Health is working on a distribution plan based on supply and availability. We’ll have more information for staff in the coming days. 


Quarantine Changes

We are ready to roll out changes to our quarantine procedures. Last semester, a quarantine meant that an individual had to stay home and minimize contact for 14 days while monitoring for symptoms. As health experts learn more about COVID-19 and how it affects people, they have been able to update their guidance. You have two options when it comes to quarantining: 

  1. If you or your child have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19, you must quarantine and monitor symptoms. You can either quarantine for 10 full days after the exposure and, if you’re not showing symptoms, can return to work or school and remain extra vigilant for the remaining four days. 

  2. The alternative is to get tested six days after the exposure and, if the test result is negative, you can submit the negative test result to your school and return as early as Day 8. Click here for a video from Tanya Marvin, our Nursing Services Coordinator, for more information. You can also find the information on our website



We have now had eight Zoom meetings about potential boundary changes (the most recent occurring last night) and appreciate all of you who have participated in these meetings. The D51 School Board will again discuss boundaries at their meeting next on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The meeting will be streamed live on our Facebook page. The board has not set a firm date to make final boundary decisions, but they hope to make a decision this winter. Students would not have to change schools if they are already attending that school.


To view the presentations, including maps, for each of the potential changes, click the titles below:


I hope you enjoy your long weekend. As a reminder, all District 51 schools and offices will be closed on Monday, January 18, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. If you are interested in participating in any local celebrations, please check out this website for more information. 


On Tuesday, January 19, middle and high school staff will be engaging in an in-service day, and elementary staff will spend the day planning. All schools will re-open on Wednesday, January 20. See you then! 







Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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