8-14 Weekly Superintendent Update

Weekly Superintendent Update, August 14
Posted on 08/14/2020

Dear D51 Staff and Families:

The following letter is another in a series of weekly updates this summer to keep you informed as details and guidance evolve as we approach the 2020-21 school year. 

It has been a busy few weeks as we prepare to welcome students back to in-person learning on Monday, August 17, and online learning on Monday, August 24. I know there is a lot of apprehension and anxiety about our preparedness for being in school next week. Over the last few days, supplies have been delivered to all of our schools, many job vacancies have been filled with new and existing staff, and our incredible staff at all levels have ensured plans are in place to start the school year. We remain committed to the health and safety of all of our students and staff and, after an update to the board earlier today, we feel that we are ready to begin in-person learning on Monday.

I want to thank you for your patience as we adapt to almost daily updates and guidance we are receiving. Your individual schools have been sending out specific school details and plans to help answer your questions and address your concerns. Please continue to check www.d51schools.org, our social media pages, school social media pages, and your email for more information as it becomes available.

One of my favorite days in the school year is the first day of school, with the energy and enthusiasm staff and students have to start off the year. As I visited buildings this week, I was greeted by many staff and principals who are ready and excited to have students back for another year of learning, and I am looking forward to visiting schools on Monday to see students return.

As a reminder, we are asking parents to help us keep track of student health by submitting a symptom report each day before school. Parents can find the form to complete in ParentVue, and use either a desktop computer or a mobile device to fill it out. Middle and High School students will be able to submit their own form, and can find it in StudentVue and Classlink. Here is a link to a quick instructional video, and you can find a quick guide here. All staff should also submit a report each day before coming to work, using the form here. Staff and parents/guardians will receive a text message each morning for the first week of school to remind them to fill out the form. To make sure you receive the texts, please text the word YES to 67587. 

Please remember that face coverings are required for students in grades 6-12, and all staff. Students in Pre-K through grade 5 can take their face covering off when in their classroom or cohort. All students must wear one when riding the bus, entering and exiting school, and when their teacher feels it is necessary. This is an important step to keep in-person learning as a possibility for this year. We are limiting visitors into schools at this time, so please make sure to coordinate with your school for anything you might need.

For Staff: I understand that many of you have concerns about some of the newly implemented protocols. If you see something that you feel is not being done correctly, or are concerned about something and would like to see it addressed, please use the Staff Concern Line (also found on the Staff Website) to submit a report anonymously.

We are continuing to work to meet the staffing needs at each building. Staff who cannot return to work due to health concerns are being assigned roles with the D51 Online Program, and some of our central office staff are returning to classrooms to support schools with in-person learning. It’s all hands on deck to ensure our schools are supported, and I am so proud of our staff who have stepped up to the task. 

This is new territory for us all, but I have the utmost faith and confidence in our staff, students, and families to make this a successful year. It will be a learning process for us all, but I know we can all work together to support our students. As always, please contact my office if you have any questions or concerns.



Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193
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