Weekly Superintendent Update

Weekly Superintendent Update
Posted on 01/08/2021
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Grand Junction, CO - Welcome back to school! I hope you all had a restful break. We are so excited to begin the second semester of learning. We started the week with a busy board meeting that discussed several topics. See a summary of the meeting here.


You may have heard that the quarantine period has been reduced to 10 days for individuals exposed to COVID-19. This means that individuals who don’t have symptoms can end their quarantine after 10 days, or get tested six days after the possible exposure. If the test comes back negative, the quarantine can end after the eighth day. Read more from Mesa County Public Health here. This is exciting news as it means that staff members who have to quarantine can return sooner. We are currently working on a system to be able to monitor these details for students, and will have more information about that soon. Until then, we will continue with our system of a 10-day quarantine period for students. 

We’re also excited to see the vaccine being rolled out in our community. As a reminder, this vaccine is completely voluntary, but we highly recommend that you consider taking advantage of it when it becomes available. It’s come to our attention that a link is being shared for individuals to sign up to get the vaccine. Please double check this chart to see when your demographic will be eligible to receive the vaccine, and wait to sign up until you have been contacted directly by Mesa County Public Health. 

COVIDCheck Colorado will continue to offer free community testing in the parking lots at Grand Mesa Middle School and Fruita Monument High School. Currently, we hope to keep these sites open through March. D51 staff and students can register for a test with this link, and community members can register with this link. Testing is free.

D51 Online Program

I am excited that we are able - through much coordination and cooperation - to offer in-person learning, while also continuing to offer at-home learning through D51 Online for those who do not wish to return to buildings just yet. At Tuesday’s board meeting, I mentioned that 1,000 students are currently enrolled in D51 Online. I want to correct an error in my count - D51 Online actually has 2,200 students, which is a decrease of about 1,000 students from the start of last semester.


Yesterday, the Colorado High School Activities Association released a general overview of modifications to sports for the upcoming seasons. See the details here

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