Weekly Superintendent Update, April 16

Weekly Superintendent Update, April 16
Posted on 04/16/2021

Dear District 51 Families and Staff:


With so much going on, it can be easy to forget to fill out your Symptom Tracker. Please keep checking in each morning here. In addition, visit our D51 Data Dashboard for the latest information about COVID-19 numbers in District 51.


Graduation and prom update

After speaking with Mesa County Public Health, we’ve decided to allow more people to attend graduation ceremonies than originally anticipated. We can now have full capacity at Stocker Stadium, which is just over 4,000 seats. If your child is a member of the Class of 2021, please watch for information from their school about whether they will use a ticketing system.

We’re also excited to share that our high schools are able to host outdoor proms this year with no capacity limit, and that students may attend proms at other schools. We know these are important events for our students, and are excited that they can enjoy them this year.

Board Meetings

As a reminder, we are transitioning our board meeting live streams to the Vimeo platform. Live meetings can be found on the D51 Vimeo channel (vimeo.com/mcvsd51), and all recorded meetings can be found on one dedicated part of the channel here. This change will not only offer a streamlined way to find videos, it’s also more equitable for those who don’t use Facebook. No account is required to watch Vimeo, and there’s a free app if you would like to download it. The next board meeting will be the Business Meeting at 6 p.m. on April 20 in the Harry Butler Board Room at R-5 High. Meetings are also open to the public, but all attendees must wear a mask and follow health and safety procedures.

Reminder about masks

Reiterating what was said in an email you received a couple days ago, the county’s Free to Choose proclamation goes into effect today, but it does not impact schools or district-sponsored indoor sporting events. Schools in every county are still subject to the governor’s mask mandate through at least the beginning of May, and our schools plan to continue the use of staff and student face coverings through the end of the school year. Parents and guardians are now able to visit schools, but must wear a face covering while inside the building. Please also remember that all spectators and participants in indoor sports must continue to wear a mask. 





Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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