Oct 2 Superintendent Update

October 2 Superintendent Update
Posted on 10/02/2020

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. 


Last week, we shared with you that we had identified a total of 18 positive cases of COVID-19 among our 25,000 staff and students. Each week, we’ll provide an update on how many cases were identified during the week. Since our last update, 3 cases have been identified in staff and students. We are adding another level of school notification to now include a letter that will go to all families at a school where a positive case is discovered. Remember, not all positive cases result in a quarantine, and when a quarantine is needed, it usually only pertains to a small segment of staff and students. In order to make sure you are receiving messages, please log in to ParentVue to confirm your contact information is correct. 

I want to thank our students, staff, families, and community for your continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our relatively low amount of cases show that these precautions are working. However, this is not the time to ease up. We must remain focused on these efforts. If you develop symptoms associated with COVID-19, please see your doctor or go to the Mesa County Fairgrounds to get a free test. If you have been directed to quarantine, please stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others. We understand that these protocols were not part of your pre-pandemic everyday life and can be inconvenient, however, they are now essential for the continuation of in-person learning.

Safe School Reopening Update

As you may know, Mesa County is in Phase 3, Protect our Neighbors. We recently met with our Community Task Force to review how this phase affects schools. We will continue with our school procedures like wearing masks, filling out the symptom tracker, distancing, cohorts, cleanings, etc. This new phase does allow schools more flexibility when planning events and including families in those events. Please watch for more information from your schools as events are scheduled. 

Staff Celebrations

We found out earlier this week that Fruita Monument High School Teacher Mrs. Lisa Crabtree is one of seven finalists for Colorado Teacher of the Year! With over 55,000 teachers in Colorado, this is certainly an incredible honor and nothing to take lightly. Congratulations to Mrs. Crabtree! This honor is just one way to recognize an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and talented teacher. Thanks for all you do for our students and for representing educators across our district and state! We greatly appreciate you.  

Also, today is National Custodian Day, and I want to extend my deep appreciation to our many custodians in District 51. Our custodians have always worked hard to keep schools clean and healthy, and the importance of their work has been highlighted over the last year in our community. Thank you for all you do! 

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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