Weekly Superintendent Update April 23

Weekly Superintendent Update, April 23
Posted on 04/23/2021

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.

Masks in school

As mentioned in a previous update, masks are still required in schools according to a statewide mandate, and we anticipate maintaining the requirement though the rest of the school year. Schools are not alone in remaining under a statewide mask order in all 64 counties. Other places subject to the statewide mask order are: child care centers, indoor children’s camps, public-facing state government facilities, emergency medical and other healthcare settings (including hospitals, ambulance service centers, urgent care centers, non-ambulatory surgical structures, clinics, doctors’ offices, and non-urgent care medical structures), personal services (i.e. hair salons, nail salons, esthetician services, body art professionals, etc.) and limited health care settings as defined by Public Health Order (PHO) 20-36, congregate care facilities, prisons, and jails.

We have not yet made a decision about masks and other safety measures for next year, as it is too early to know what the caseload and number of COVID cases will be like in August, but we will share that information as soon as we can. We are as anxious as all of you are to leave our masks at home, but will continue to do all we can to keep our schools open and students and staff safe.

Free school meals for students extended

Speaking of next year, we have just been told by the US Department of Agriculture that the free breakfast and lunches that were available to all of our students this year will be extended through all of the next school year! We are excited to be able to offer those meals to all of our students, regardless of whether you are on free and reduced lunch or not. Please watch for more information coming out in the next few days.


Season D for sports has been approved! Baseball, girl’s golf, boy’s and girl’s lacrosse, girl’s soccer, boy’s swimming, girl’s tennis, track and field will begin practices next week and will continue until the summer. Click here for the schedule. 

Summer Learning 

As a reminder, we are happy to be able to offer a Summer Extension learning program at all schools this summer for the month of June. Elementary and middle school students can catch up on math and literacy, and high school students will work on credit recovery. We hope this will help students who were affected academically by COVID-19. Transportation will be provided (more info coming soon), and free, prepackaged breakfasts and lunches will also be provided. Please contact your principal for more information and to register. Space is limited, and registration closes on May 7. 

Calendar Planning

As we wrap up the school year, the Calendar Committee is requesting your feedback on this year’s school year calendar. Although the 2021-2022 calendar is already set, your feedback will be used by the committee in the fall when they begin putting together future calendars. The survey will be open until Friday, May 7. Click here to take it: (en espanol) 

Graduation Livestreaming

KKCO and KJCT will again offer live-streaming video of the graduation ceremonies at Stocker Stadium this year. Anyone who wants to watch the ceremonies from home can find the live stream in the following places:

Just a reminder the Mesa County Health Department is allowing us to have up to 4,000 people at our ceremonies! I can’t wait to watch our students graduate! I am a true graduation nerd and still get tears in my eyes when the music from Pomp and Circumstance begins, as it is such a special day for our students and their families!

Still hiring!

Finally, the district still has many openings and is in great need of people interested in working as custodians, grounds workers, and nutrition services. Click here for a list of current openings. Our student transportation department is also hiring bus drivers for summer and the next school year. Click here for their openings.

Warm regards,



Dr. Diana Sirko

Superintendent of Schools

Mesa County Valley School District 51

(970) 254-5193


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