Weekly Superintendent Update, Feb 26

Weekly Superintendent Update, February 26
Posted on 02/26/2021

Dear District 51 Staff and Families:

As a reminder, you can find current information about COVID-19 cases and quarantines in our schools on our D51 Data Dashboard. The information is updated on each student contact day. 

School Boundary Changes

As a reminder, the D51 School Board adopted boundary changes that will impact parts of the Redlands and northwest Grand Junction, effective this fall. If you live in an impacted area, you should have received an email with details on Thursday, Feb. 25. Main points of the messaging are:

  • You must email the school registrar on or before April 30, 2021, if you wish to keep your child at his or her current school level (K-5, 6-8, 9-12). Otherwise, your child’s enrollment will automatically shift to the new boundaries in your area.

  • Grandfathering allows a student to stay in his or her current school level. That means most students can continue at their current school or level if they so choose, but School of Choice will be needed for any Appleton student wishing to go to Fruita Middle School (if he or she lives in the area bordered by I-70B, G Road, and 25 Road), and any Fruita 8-9 8th-grader in the same area who wants to remain at Fruita 8/9 next year. School of Choice is also necessary for any Redlands Middle School eighth-grader in the Scenic or Broadway attendance areas (including the Panorama subdivision) who wishes to attend Fruita 8/9 next year. The exception would be for students who qualify for Sibling Admission.

  • Sibling Admission (the process for sending a younger child to the school their older sibling currently attends) only applies to siblings who are currently enrolled in D51 (kindergarten level or higher) and if you remain in your current home.

For more information, visit the boundary change page by clicking here.

COVID Dial, Level Yellow

We’re thrilled that Mesa County has moved to Level Yellow: Concern in its response to COVID-19. We are proud of how our students, staff, and community have adapted to the guidelines of wearing masks, physical distancing, washing hands, and limiting school visitors. The Board of Education previously discussed having their meetings in person when the county moved to Level Yellow. As such, the Work Session on March 2 will be in person at the Harry Butler Board Room, 455 N. 22nd Street. This meeting is open to the public. As this is a Board Work Session, there will not be an agenda item for audience comments; audience comments are always reserved for Board Business Meetings, with the next business meeting taking place on March 16. Attendees must wear a mask and maintain proper physical distancing. Chairs will be placed in the room according to capacity levels and distancing guidelines. Please help us make this a productive meeting for everyone. As always, the meeting will also be livestreamed on the District 51 Facebook page at www.facebook.com/schooldistrict51 starting at 6 p.m.

Finally, we have started our planning for the next school year.  We will be sharing details with all of you as we determine some of the specific elements to receive feedback and input before all decisions are finalized.





Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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