11-20 Superintendent Update

11/20 Superintendent Update
Posted on 11/20/2020

Dear D51 Staff and Families,


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, 92 cases have been identified in staff and students. These positive cases were identified in the following buildings: 

Elementary: Broadway, Chipeta, Dos Rios, Lincoln Orchard Mesa, Mesa View, Nisley, Orchard Ave, Pear Park, Pomona, Rocky Mountain, Scenic, Taylor, Thunder Mountain, Wingate.

Middle: Bookcliff, Grand Mesa, Orchard Mesa, Redlands, West.

High: Central, Fruita 8/9, Fruita Monument, Grand Junction, Palisade, R5

Other: Basil T. Knight, D51 Online, Emerson, Finance, Juniper Ridge Community School, Technology, Valley School

At this time, after Thanksgiving Break, high schools will continue with remote learning for three weeks, then have Winter Break as scheduled. Elementary and middle schools will return from Thanksgiving Break on Dec. 1 with in-person learning. We will continue to assess each school situation on a case-by-case basis, and consider several factors that might impact our decision to keep the school open or not. Click here for more information about specific schools. 

Boundary Meetings

The first two parent and community meetings to discuss potential boundary changes took place earlier this week. There are four more public meetings scheduled on Zoom next month. Please email communicate@d51schools.org to receive Zoom link information for any of the following meetings:

  • Dec. 3 - Discussion of Pomona boundaries for Pomona families

  • Dec. 7 - Discussion of Appleton boundaries for Appleton families

  • Dec. 8 - Discussion of GJHS/FMHS boundary line for GJHS families

  • Dec. 9 - Second opportunity for GJHS/FMHS discussion

Click here for more information about potential changes to Appleton, Pomona, and Tope elementary schools due to projected growth in the Appleton area and to find a link to a survey on the topic. Click here for more information about potential changes to the boundary between Fruita Monument and Grand Junction high schools due to anticipated growth in the Fruita/Redlands area, and find a link to a survey about potential changes.

CDE Higher Education Town Hall

If you have a high school student, please consider attending a community conversation about postsecondary options from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, on Zoom. The meeting will be hosted by the Colorado Department of Higher Education in partnership with District 51, Colorado Mesa University, and Colorado Northwest Community College.

As we start the Thanksgiving Break, I want to thank you all for your support that has allowed us to continue with schooling to this point. It truly takes a community-wide effort to support our students, staff, and families. We are looking forward to welcoming students back after the break, whether in-person or remotely, and will continue to support students in their learning. 

Thank you and have a restful and safe Thanksgiving!





Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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