10-9 Superintendent Update

10-9 Superintendent Update
Posted on 10/09/2020
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.

We have officially completed the first quarter of the school year!! We thank you all for this excellent joint effort! This is certainly a celebration for students who have worked hard in their learning, staff for their tireless efforts to serve our community, and families for partnering with us. We are excited to have made it through eight weeks of in-person learning, and seven weeks of online learning.

COVID-19
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, four cases have been identified in staff and students.

A recent update from Governor Polis caused some confusion about mask requirements in Mesa County, and I hope to provide some clarification. On September 14, Mesa County was given the Protect Our Neighbors certification allowing local control over the reopening strategy. While relaxing mask requirements is an option in certain circumstances under the certification, Mesa County Public Health has chosen to keep the mask order in effect. We have seen our positive cases hit record numbers in the past few weeks, including a single-day record of 35 new positive cases just last Thursday. Because of this, we must be extra vigilant if we are to keep our Protect Our Neighbors status. School guidance has not changed - masks are still required for staff, students, and all other visitors to schools.

2021-2022 Calendar

The calendar committee has begun the process of creating the 2021-2022 school year calendar. After an extensive review of the school calendar in 2018, the committee has kept the main format of the calendar, making small adjustments where needed. Please take a moment to provide your feedback of the current school calendar by taking this survey. A separate staff survey will be emailed to staff directly. Your input will help inform the work of the committee as they create the next calendar, and work to provide a framework for future years.

National Principal Month

We want to celebrate that October is National Principal Month! I want to take this opportunity to thank our incredible principals and assistant principals for their leadership and dedication to our schools. Their tireless efforts to serve students have truly created a powerful learning environment in each of our buildings.

As a reminder, there is no school on Monday, October 12, or Tuesday, October 13 as they are staff work days and professional learning days. We have several exciting events for our staff and students this weekend, including our Central HS softball team competing in the State Semifinals on Saturday, the beginning of the HS Football season with four games (one home, three away), and an event that helps celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with an Art show on the CMU campus with some of our student’s art. Hope you can join us for any or all of them!

Have a safe weekend!

Sincerely,

Diana

Dr. Diana Sirko
Superintendent of Schools
Mesa County Valley School District 51
(970) 254-5193
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