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The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff.  Due to severe weather conditions, all schools are canceled today, Monday, February 23, 2015. Please watch for additional updates regarding school closures or delays through our emergency notification system, listen to local radio and TV stations, visit our website at or call our information line at (970) 375-3811. We will continue to keep families updated on the school closure or impact on tomorrow’s school schedule through our emergency notification system.

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In anticipation of inclement weather tonight, we wanted to take a moment to remind families of our emergency communications procedures should there be a school closure or delay due to weather. Crews will be out analyzing road conditions early tomorrow morning to allow us to decide the school impact by 5:30 am.  If the weather impacts school openings tomorrow, we will notify families by 6:00am through our emergency notification system, on our website at and through our information line at

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Durango School DIstrict 9-R is proud to be home to some extraordinary student musicians. We have talented musicians that are playing venues around the state, the Alamo Bowl, and even Carnegie Hall.

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Pictured here are the DHS students who qualified for Colorado All State Orchestra!  They are Nolan Reed, Nick Wilbur and Reiley Waldo.  The concerts took place at CSU Fort Collins over Feb 12-14.  They have been rehearsing for 3 days over 10 hours of practicing.  Nolan plays Violin 1 and Nick plays Viola in the Symphony Orchestra and Reiley plays the percussions in the Philharmonic Orchestra.

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 All schools and the Administration Building will be closed on Monday, February 16th in observance of Presidents' Day. Schools and regular office hours will resume on Tuesday, February 17th. 

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,500
  • Teachers: 294
    • 12 Years Avg Experience
    • 61% with Master's Degree
  • Support Staff: 193
  • Schools:
    • 7 Elementary Schools
    • 2 Middle Schools
    • 2 High Schools
    • Area Served: 1,039 sq miles

Our Mission

The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.

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