10-16 Superintendent Update

10-16 Weekly Superintendent Update
Posted on 10/16/2020

Dear D51 Staff & Families,

As this unusual year continues to unfold, we will keep sending these weekly updates to keep you informed as much as possible with new details from the week. I appreciate your continued patience during this crucial time of change and adaptation.


Each week, we will continue to provide an update on how many positive cases of COVID-19 were identified throughout the week. Since our last update, nine cases have been identified in staff and students. Remember, each positive case results in a number of people who have to quarantine based on contact tracing and the proximity of the student or staff member to others. 

We have already completed nine weeks of in-person learning, and plan to continue as long as we’re able to manage the spread of COVID-19, along with other illnesses this time of year like the flu. This week, Mesa County tightened up some restrictions to maintain our “Protect Our Neighbors” status in response to the increasing number of cases in our community. We need to continue working together to keep our community safe. Staff, students, and families - if you are feeling sick, or waiting for a test result, please stay home. We are running into situations where individuals who aren’t feeling well, or who are waiting for a test, are still going out and getting others sick. As you make plans for the holidays, please stay safe and healthy so our schools can also stay safe and healthy. 


Even though Mesa County has tightened restrictions on gatherings, we’re fortunate to continue allowing spectators at football games as planned. Seating is still limited, and tickets will be prioritized to families of participants first, but any remaining tickets will be available for purchase online. Please watch the school websites for that information. 


I want to commend and celebrate Dan Burke, and our entire Technology Team for the hard work they have put in to making sure schools have the support they need for learning. This week, almost 3,800 Chromebooks were delivered to schools as part of the district’s initiative to have a one-to-one ratio of students and devices. This was one of the main goals of the 2017 bond, and we’re excited to see the culmination of those efforts!  A great effort from our staff, our community, the D51 Foundation, and our tech team! 


Thank you, and have a safe weekend!





Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193

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