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The following is a non-emergency message for all parents, staff and students of Florida Mesa Elementary.

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San Juan Basin Health (SJBH) reminds residents that during winter months, pertussis becomes more common as it is a highly contagious disease. While adult cases of pertussis are not typically severe, the intensity of the cough can lead to rib fractures and other complications. For babies and children, this preventable disease can be deadly.

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The Durango School District 9-R Board has rescheduled their regular meeting from Tuesday, November 10th to Tuesday November 17th.

The board meeting will begin at 5:30 pm with Miller Middle School and Escalante Middle School being highlighted. 

Recently several school-aged children in La Plata County have been diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough.  Pertussis is a contagious illness that is spread when an infected person sneezes or coughs and another individual breathes in the bacteria.  Symptoms of pertussis usually develop 7 to 10 days after exposure but can develop from 4 to 21 days after exposure. 

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The track and athletic field at Durango High School are worn beyond repair, and the decision to replace it has opened an opportunity to create something of far greater benefit to the community: a multi-purpose sports facility. The renovation planned for the Durango High School stadium will:

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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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