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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 8:57am

Durango School District 9‐R and local and regional emergency first responders, including law enforcement, emergency management services, Durango Fire Protection District, area hospitals, and victim advocates, will be conducting a live, full-scale exercise mimicking the scenario of an active shooter in a school.  This exercise will test all emergency agencies’ systems of preparedness, response, and recovery in response to a school crisis. 

This exercise will be staged at Sunnyside Elementary School on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

In addition to area emergency responders testing procedures and practices around search and secure, triage, evacuation etc., Durango School District 9-R will be practicing their procedures around Parent Reunification.  The reunification site for the exercise will be located at the District Office Building.

The school district and local authorities advise the public to avoid these areas that day, to avoid traffic delays.

Date: Tuesday, July 29, 2014


  • Incident Site – Sunnyside Elementary School                                                                                                                                             75 County Road 218, Durango, Colo. 81301
  • Reunification Site – Durango School District 9-R                                                                                                                                     201 E. 12th St., Durango, Colo. 81301

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Special Services

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Special Education
  • Title 1 Reading
  • Gifted and Talented
  • K-5 Center Based Program
  • Counseling
  • Health Office
  • Parent Partner in Education (PIE)
  • Literacy Coach

At a Glance

  • School Mascot: Wildcat
  • Colors: Royal Blue, Silver, and White
  • Students: 320
  • Teachers: 37
  • Support Staff: 16

Our Mission

Needham Elementary School is a community committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment that fosters mutual respect and academic excellence. We challenge students to make creative, meaningful, and reflective contributions, and to succeed with integrity. Our students are inspired to be life-long learners and to become at home in the world.

Needham Elementary es una comunidad comprometida a proveer un ambiente seguro y enriquecedor que fomenta el respeto mutuo y la excelencia académica. Desafiamos a los estudiantes a hacer aportaciones creativas y significativas, y reflexivo, y para tener éxito con integridad. Nuestros estudiantes se sienten inspirados a ser aprendices de por vida y convertirse en uno con el mundo.

Contact Information

  • Principal: David Tanaka
  • School Phone: (970) 247-4791
  • School Fax: (970) 247-3388