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Tips on staying Safe on Ice and Snow

This winter we have received quite a bit of snow and with the snow comes icy conditions. Slips and falls on ice account for a large amount of winter injuries.

The Ice and Snow Management Association offers pointers on safety on the snow and ice. They suggest the following:
• Always wear proper footwear that has heavy tread on the bottom.
• See and be seen. Wear sunglasses to see properly and bright or reflective clothing to be seen.
• Walk consciously on icy surfaces. Walk, don’t run!
• Anticipate ice. Surfaces may look wet but may actually be black ice.
• Enter buildings slowly as surfaces may be wet due to melting snow and ice.
• Look up! Watch for snow and ice that may slide off roofs.
Have fun in the snow and enjoy winter activities in our beautiful community and
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Letter to Needham Families

Dear Needham Families:
In cooperation with the Colorado Department of Public Safety and Durango School District 9-R, Needham Elementary School is working to communicate with parents about our standard response protocol (SRP) for student safety.

There are five types of SRP actions that we will practice this school year: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuation, Shelter, and Hold in Place. Next Tuesday, January 29th at 1:30 p.m., we will be holding our first of two Lockdown Drills for this school year.
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You're Invited!

The Durango 9-R Board of Education invites you to join them for coffee on Wednesday, February 6th at 10am. This is an opportunity to meet with school board members and discuss topics of interest. The event takes place at the Durango Joe's on College Drive and will be hosted by school board President Nancy Stubbs and Vice President Stephanie Moran.
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Common Grounds Brews Up Some New Ideas

Common Grounds Cafe was established in 2014 as a partnership between Durango School District 9-R and the Durango Library. The Cafe’s mission is to create a viable job-skills training site for students with special needs. The work experiences provides students with skills to find independency in the community and to obtain work.
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Schools Canceled Due to Severe Weather

The following is an emergency message from Durango School District 9-R to all parents, students, and staff in the district. Due to severe weather conditions and based on recommendations from County Emergency Management personnel, all schools are canceled today, Wednesday, January 16, 2019.
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Happy Snowy Monday Families!

While there are no school delays or cancellations due to snow, we do know that the Durango area is a geographically diverse area and some roads may be more impacted than others. Please allow extra time for travel today and if you decide to delay or keep your students home, please contact your school directly to excuse your child.
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