Superintendent Update 12-4

Superintendent Update, 12/4
Posted on 12/04/2020

Dear D51 Staff and Families,


Between our last update on November 20 and Friday, November 27, 67 cases were identified in staff and students, as we continued with contact tracing efforts over Thanksgiving Break. 

Between November 28 and today, December 4, 88 cases have been identified in staff and students.

These positive cases were identified in the following buildings: 

Elementary: Appleton, Broadway, Chatfield, Chipeta, Clifton, Dual Immersion Academy, Dos Rios, Fruitvale, Lincoln Orchard Mesa, Loma, Mesa View, Monument Ridge, Nisley, Orchard Ave, Pear Park, Pomona, Scenic, Shelledy, Taylor, Thunder Mountain, Tope, Wingate.

Middle: Bookcliff, East, Fruita Middle, Grand Mesa, Mt. Garfield, Orchard Mesa, Redlands

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

Other: Basil T. Knight Center, Career Center, D51 Online, DYC, Emerson, Grand River Academy, Grounds department, Hawthorne, Juniper Ridge Community School, Mesa Valley Community School, Security department, Summit School.

Additional Data - We are currently developing a data dashboard to reflect the amount of positive cases and quarantines affecting D51 students and staff members. We will continue to notify close contacts and school communities when a positive case affects a specific building, and we hope that a dashboard will provide more in depth information to keep our community informed. Please look for more information on that soon. 

Additional Testing - We are pleased to announce a new partnership with COVIDCheck Colorado to offer additional, free testing opportunities for D51 staff, students, families, and the Mesa County community. You may be familiar with this organization through the Colorado Mesa University testing option. Currently, we are working to set up testing stations at Grand Mesa Middle School and Fruita Monument High School, and will begin operations there next week. Please click here for more information and current times of operation. Testing will continue at Colorado Mesa University and the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

Testing is not mandatory, but we highly encourage our community to get tested as we continue the holiday season and work to address positive cases and necessary quarantines in order to keep schools open. 

Masks for elementary - As announced in November, elementary students are now following the protocols that were already in place for older students when it comes to face coverings. That means they are required to wear masks in indoor spaces at school unless they are socially distanced during gym class or eating or drinking. This decision was made using fact-based information from public health agencies. Parents or guardians of a child with a documented medical issue that prevents them from tolerating a mask can contact the school nurse to discuss options.

Boundary Meetings

Please email [email protected] to receive Zoom link information for any of the following meetings, all of which will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the designated days:

Thank you, and have a restful and safe weekend.





Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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