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Park Elementary Back to School Community Letter from the Principals - Aug. 27th, 2020

Hello Park Community, We want to officially welcome all of you to the 2020 -2021 school year! For those of you who are new to our school, we want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely wonderful community. Our teachers and staff are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven community of people who take learning seriously while also making personal connections that help kids succeed. Park Elementary is thrilled to begin another great year, and our team is excited to see each of our students and families next week.
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Park administration will be holding a Zoom session for Park parents on August 6th @ 5:00pm to discuss the Return to Learn Plan

Dear Park Elementary Community, We are excited to have more details to share with our community about the Return to Learn plan at Park Elementary School. Park administration will be holding a Zoom session to explain in detail the course offerings on Thursday, August 6th at 5:00pm. Links to access the Zoom sessions are included in this post, and we will record the session and post it to our website on August 7th. The district has asked families via a survey to select their choice regarding the Model of Learning for your children in the upcoming school year.
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Information on the Return to Learn Plan for Park Families

Dear Park Community, We are in the middle of a pandemic. It is an international public health crisis. Just like a wildfire,  we cannot expect things to be normal right now, as much as we all would like it to be. The planning that educators around the world have been doing during this pandemic is perhaps the most complex work ever seen in education. The requirements to group students and teachers and to keep cohorts separated during the school day is challenging and important work.
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News & Announcements

Native American Parent Advisory Committee Meeting

The Durango 9-R Native American Parent Advisory Committee will host our first meeting of the 2020-2021 academic year. We hope you’ll join us for an opportunity to get acquainted and begin our school year positively. We will also vote on a schedule for future NAPAC meetings for the remaining academic year.

What do I do if my student is home sick?

Welcome back Park Elementary students! Park Elementary's school nurse is Robin Harms. We are working really hard to keep our staff and students healthy this year.

Meal Calendar Now Online

The 9-R Meal Calendar is now online! You can go to the website or download the app to see what is on the menu at your child's school, for both breakfast and lunch, as well as access nutritional information.

Kids Eat Free!

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture announced the extension of the free meals for kids aged 0-18 through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibility allows Durango 9-R to operate the summer food service program, which makes free meals available to all children through the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure – no matter what the situation is on-the-ground – children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attendance Guides and Instructions for Remote and Blended Learners

Hello 9-R Families, On August 18th, 2020 the school board passed a resolution to help our district define our attendance policies and procedures for the 2020-2021 school year. We know that the experience you had last year with the daily google form was cumbersome and inefficient so we are starting a new way for remote learners and blended learners to let us know they are “present” while away.

Meal Services Information

This year, with students both in schools and out, meal services will look a little different. Durango School District 9-R Student Nutrition program is working hard to create a healthier school nutrition environment for your children. We promote healthy eating by offering organic grass finished beef, organic apple products, whole grain foods, a variety of vegetables each week, salad bar, beans, no fried foods, fresh fruit selections everyday and of course, local sustainable foods whenever possible.

9-R Cleaning Procedures and Expectations

Many families and staff members have been wondering what the cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be in the school this year. While the custodial staff has always had high-quality standards following the guidelines from CDE, those look a little different this year.

Student Daily Online Health Screening

As we prepare to welcome students back to school on Monday, we have an important new step we are asking our families to do each day before sending their child to school; a daily online student health screening.


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The mission of Park Elementary School is to lead and engage students to reach their potential in a global society by providing a positive, nurturing and challenging environment where children children succeed cognitively, socially, and emotionally through shared responsibility of school, family and community. 

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