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our plan for the 2020-21 school year

Our Commitment This Year

The Board of Education, the superintendent, and all of us at RE-1 are committed to providing safe, healthy, and engaging education for every student during this unique 2020-21 school year. We affirm our focus on equity in student success, and pledge a high-quality experience for our entire student body. By equipping students and teachers with extra support, and continuing to identify and close gaps, we achieve our mission of every student reaching their potential.

Please review our strategic plan and annual progress report for information on our district growth.

Our number one priority is the health and safety of teachers, students, and the wider community. We arrived at our current education strategy via guidance from a local advisory committee consisting of the Montezuma County Health Department and the local Southwest Health System. We also incorporated feedback from teachers, families, students, and the community, in order to create a plan that empowers and protects everyone. Click below to see our full Reopening Plan.

Choice

We’re proud of the countless overtime hours spent this summer in order to create a plan that empowers and protects everyone. Montezuma County will open all PreK-12 schools on August 24. All families may choose to have their students attend school in person, five days a week, Monday - Friday.

Families also have the choice of a fully remote online learning program, that will meet all state learning guidelines. Students may switch to online or in-person learning at semester’s end. Please contact your school for details, and visit our elementary, middle, and high school information pages. Below is a link to our town hall for parents and families considering the online learning option.

Communication

We know that clear communication is the bedrock of trust and student success - and it’s also key to smooth functioning and transitioning this year. We will use every channel available to convey general and urgent communication to our community as soon as it becomes available.

These channels include the district and school websites, school newsletters, Facebook, emails, autodialer voicemails and texts, livestreamed town halls and board meetings, radio, newspapers, public television, and publications like our staff handbook, student handbook, and Citizen's Guide to Reopening. Like us on Facebook if possible, as that is the quickest way to receive updates. Click on the button below to view our live-streamed town hall meeting for parents and families regarding reopening safely.

Important and urgent updates will go out via multiple methods: website posts, social media, email, letters home, text, and voicemail. Please refer to our Updates page regularly, as it will be the easiest way to keep families informed throughout the upcoming year.

Support

This year has been particularly challenging for all of us, and we know that the increased burden can be especially hard for families that were already using all their available energy and resources. Students, too, are feeling the weight of increased demands and stress while losing many of their favorite activities.

Many programs in our schools and community seek to address these gaps and challenges. Please click the buttons below to visit our page dedicated to listing community resources and student support. And don’t forget - your school counselor is ready to talk as well.

Feedback

Student success is best achieved through a strong partnership with community and parents. We actively encourage you to contact us with all questions, comments, concerns. Please reach out specifically to our Parent Liaison, Angi Sauk, at 970.565.7281 ext.1127.

Montezuma-Cortez
School District Re-1

400 North Elm Street
PO Box R 
Cortez, CO 81321-0708
(970) 565-7522