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The Southwest Native American Education Alliance (SWNAEA) are a proactive, and dedicated group of educators, administrators, and policy makers, who have taken on the responsibility to expand the horizons of all our students. The Essential Element Family Engagement Conference is such an opportunity for us to do that for Colorado’s American Indian children.

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With increased cases of enterovirus in our state, we wanted to remind students and families about important steps you can take to minimize the spread of enterovirus and other cold and flu viruses:
  • Stay Home if You're Sick- Getting plenty of rest is important to help your body recover from a virus. Staying home to recover will also prevent the spread of germs.
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All 9-R students have access to fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce and meat through our Farm-to-School program. On Colorado Proud School Lunch Day we take it to a whole new level serving only Colorado produced foods.

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As a previous user of our old school lunch/breakfast payment vendor, MyLunchMoney, you may have inadvertently received some emails from the vendor, similar to the image here.  Please note that Durango School District 9-R is in the process of switching to a new system and is no longer using MyLunchMoney, as of July 1, 2014.  We apologize for any confusion this may have created.

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 At this time, the Boys & Girls Club of La Plata County is working with the 9-R transportation department to provide after-school transportation services for students from school to the Boys & Girls Club. 

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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,600
  • 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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