10-23 Weekly Superintendent Update

10-23 Weekly Superintendent Update
Posted on 10/23/2020

Dear D51 Staff and 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, 29 cases have been identified in staff and students. Last week we identified nine cases throughout the week, and the week prior had four, so this dramatic increase is certainly concerning and is related to the increase we are seeing in our community and region. Because of protocols like wearing masks, staying physically distanced, and extra cleanings, we have managed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and very few cases have been attributed to schools.

Even though COVID-19 isn’t being transmitted in schools, students and staff are catching the virus from family members and friends within the community. As we approach the holidays, please make a plan to stay safe and healthy. Keep gatherings small, go outside when possible, and try some of these other ideas for the holidays. 


You may have heard some rumors that we’re planning to go to full remote learning soon. At the moment, we are continuing with in-person learning for as long as possible, and are working with Mesa County Public Health to keep schools open. We are concerned about the rise in cases, but truly believe in the value of in-person learning, because it provides students with a number of services and supports that they might not be able to easily access otherwise. Our priority is to keep students and staff safe, and we believe that we can do that in schools as long as we work together to slow the spread of COVID-19. 


This week, 14,597 Chromebooks were delivered to D51 schools, officially bringing us to a 1:1 student to device ratio across the district. These purchases have been planned for years and were accelerated due to an increase in nationwide demand for devices brought on by the pandemic. This is an incredible milestone, and wouldn’t be possible without the support of voters who approved the 2017 Bond Measure, the D51 Foundation for prioritizing technology for students, and Dan Burke and our technology team for working extremely hard to facilitate the process. 


As a reminder, the Calendar Committee is beginning to work on next year’s calendar and is requesting your feedback so they can make data driven decisions. Please fill out the survey by Sunday evening so your input can be included. 

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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