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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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District at a Glance

  • Students: approx 4,227
  • 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

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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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