August 21 Superintendent Update

August 21 Superintendent Update
Posted on 08/21/2020
Dear D51 Staff & Families, 

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

I’m so excited to say that we had a wonderful first week back to in-person learning at all of our schools! As I visited different campuses this week, I was thrilled to see the energy of students being back in classrooms, and teachers doing what they do best - working with students. I know it has been a learning curve as we implement new practices and guidelines, so I also want to thank you all for working with us as we continue this journey.

D51 Online

The D51 Online program will begin on Monday, August 24. I know many of you have been anxious for information about that. Staff are diligently working to contact each family to get each student set up. There are some questions about scheduling: high school students are currently enrolled in core classes, and a D51 Online counselor will be in touch next week to make the necessary adjustments to ensure that each student remains on track to graduate and to add electives where needed. This is the same process that our in-person schools follow. For more information, please visit the D51 Online website.

Symptom Tracker

As a reminder, we are asking families to fill out a symptom tracker for each student before school each day. This helps us keep our schools healthy, and allows us to work with ill students as quickly as possible. Middle and high school students can fill out their own tracker, and all of the information is securely stored in our own servers, and protected by FERPA and HIPAA. The tracker is available in ParentVue and StudentVue, and only takes a moment to fill out. Thank you for partnering with us in this. By filling it out for your own student, our health assistants at school can focus on other important tasks.

I know there are many questions about what happens when a student tests positive for COVID-19. Tanya Marvin, our Nursing Coordinator, has put together this informational video to explain the process. Our partners at Mesa County Public Health have also put together a very useful video with more information about their response. Click here for a flowchart of the process.

PPE Supplies

I’m also happy to report that each of our schools are continuing to receive regular deliveries of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning products to keep our schools healthy and clean. We are continuing to review different products to facilitate and expedite the cleaning process.

As with anything during these times, we are continuing to monitor all of these processes and make adjustments where necessary. I am so proud of all of our staff who have stepped up and worked hard to start this year off so well. All of those efforts have paid off in the excitement I see in students and the energy I feel in schools. I also want to thank parents and families who have hung in there with us and encouraged your children to wear masks and follow the health and safety rules at school. By working together, we can continue to keep our community safe, our students in schools, and have a great school year.



Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193
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