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As we continue to celebrate Safe Schools Month, let's learn more about the standard response protocol, used by school districts, fire departments and police departments throughout the country, to help reinforce a safe school environment for staff and students. It's important to know the protocols used, and to stay home, stay informed and be ready!

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Escalante Middle School invites the public to their 5th Annual “Empty Bowls” Dinner on Thursday, October 9th at 5:30pm. The idea behind the “Empty Bowls” is for participants (Escalante Art Students, and select 6th grade students) to create ceramic bowls and serve a simple meal of soup and bread to raise money for a hunger fighting cause.

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The all new Bravo! Award celebrates employees making a difference. This award recognizes our employees who go above and beyond expectations to serve a child, a family, a school or department, or their peers. Once a month we draw a name from that month's Bravo! Award recipients to receive a $20 gift certificate from Zia Taqueria. This month the nominees were:

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Today is the first day of Safe Schools Month! Earlier this year the legislature passed Senate Joint Resolution 14-031 to create Colorado Safe Schools Month, and Governor Hickenlooper has declared October as Safe Schools Month in Colorado by signing an official proclamation at the beginning of the 2014 school year.

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For the past year and a half, the Technology team at 9-R has been working diligently to upgrade and improve the infrastructure of the network in order to better serve school needs around creating a technology-rich educational environment.

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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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