QUALIFYING FOR FREE/REDUCED LUNCH

AHS families  can complete the Meal Application form at any time if they think they might qualify for free or reduced lunch

At AHS, we support families who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch in a variety of ways:

Food Assistance

  • Students who qualify may order one lunch per day through the AHS website at no cost or reduced cost ($4). If your student orders a second lunch, their lunch account will be charged $7.
  • We provide free breakfast and sack lunches.

Fee Waivers

  • Your family will not be responsible for paying the annual Technology Fee  or course fees associated with any academic class.
  • The fee for Summer School online courses is reduced for students who receive free or reduced lunch.

College Application Assistance

  • Our college counselor will help  students who qualify receive fee waivers for both the ACT and SAT exams, college application fees and college deposit fees
  • The college counselor will recommend specific scholarship and summer programs to students who qualify.
  • Students should never pay for anything related to college before checking with the college counselor.

Transportation

  • Qualifying students can receive a transit sticker from our Registrar and affix it to their school ID. This allows them to ride Durango Public Transit for free for a calendar year.

We are committed to connecting families with resources beyond what we can provide at school as well. Families can always reach out to our school counselor, Erin Skyles at erin.skyles@animashighschool.com, if they are seeking information about access to food, housing, etc.

Animas High School’s health Consultant, Etoile Hening, is a registered Nurse who oversees our health department.  Please take a moment to read the attached posted letter to understand the role of a “health consultant”.

Contact Information:

Etoile Hening, RN, BSN
etoile.hening@animashighschool.com
970-769-9030 (Direct Confidential Cell)

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State-required immunizations

Statement of non-medical exemption  (Requires a Physician’s signature. A new non-medical exemption form must be re-submitted every school year, even if the exemption is just for one vaccine)

Statement of medical exemption (Requires a Physician’s signature)

Please access Vaccine Information for Parents and Guardians if you would like to review the most up to date info from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment regarding recommended vaccines. Here is a link to common vaccine concerns and myths.

Beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, the process of filing a nonmedical exemption will change. There will be two ways to file a nonmedical exemption.  Be sure to check with your student’s school or child care to find out if it needs a copy of the certificate of nonmedical exemption.

  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption WITH a signature from an immunizing provider, OR
  • File the certificate of nonmedical exemption received upon the completion of our online education module.
  • Parents of students in grades K-12 claiming a nonmedical exemption must file one annually. Nonmedical exemptions expire June 30 each year. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.

Downloadable certificate of  nonmedical exemption:

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Online Immunization Education Module

  • The online education module is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. It will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • At the completion of the module, you will be able to complete a form to obtain a certificate of nonmedical exemption. You can complete this form for more than one child without having to retake the course.
  • IMPORTANT: Nonmedical exemptions expire each year on June 30. If you submit a nonmedical exemption on or before June 30, it will not be valid for the upcoming school year unless you signed the exemption during early registration.

AHS is Exempting from administration of medical marijuana to a qualified student by school personnel due to the current conflicts with Federal law on this matter. AHS Policy for Administering Medical Marijuana to Students

Thanks to our ongoing collaboration with the 9R School District, AHS students are able to ride all routes of the 9R buses to Durango High School in the morning, where they can then transfer to the hub bus that delivers them to AHS.  The hub bus leaves DHS and arrives at AHS so that our students are on time for their first period classes.  Students may also board the hub bus at DHS without taking a route bus beforehand.  In the afternoons, the hub bus will leave AHS after school to DHS; students may then board another 9R bus to return home.

Please be aware that on the days when 9R is not in session, neither the 9R route buses or the hub bus will be available.

If you are interested in using either of these bus options, please read both the Student Behavior Regulations and the Student Conduct on Buses then fill out the 9R bus form. Download the form(s) then fill it out and attach it to an email and send it to:

transportation@durangoschools.org

Transportation Forms & Policies

Bus Rider Forms and Policies
Bus Registration Instructions
Forms and Policies

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At AHS, we know that student wellbeing is foundational to learning. One of the ways we usually work to support physical and mental health is through our XBlock program, which provides weekly opportunities to exercise alongside teachers through partnerships with community-based organizations such as Chapman Hill, Durango Rock Lounge, Durango Rec Center, The Good Fight, Alpine Aerial Acrobatics, Durango Gymnastics and more.

While we are unfortunately not able to offer XBlock classes this semester due to COVID safety guidelines, we recognize that student wellbeing is particularly important this semester, as students are facing new and ongoing challenges, such as social isolation and adjusting to online learning. Healthy habits, including exercise, mindfulness and community engagement can help students find balance and resiliency.

It is with this in mind that we are rolling out an alternative path to obtaining XBlock credit for fall semester 2020. Students who can demonstrate that they have completed a minimum of 30 hours of wellness-supporting activities over the course of this semester will be granted XBlock credit.

Students are required to complete three years of XBlock classes to graduate from AHS. Generally, we do not grant credit for independent exercise or participation in a sports team, as we feel that XBock classes are an integral part of the relationship-building that makes our school culture strong. However, we need to think creatively and make compromises this fall, due to our limited in-person time and the need to maintain social distancing.

Our hope is that this is a target that Ospreys will easily meet, and we believe that the process of reporting out about what students are doing to support their wellbeing will foster intentional engagement in activities that support physical and mental health.

TO RECEIVE XBLOCK CREDIT FOR FALL 2020
Students will receive a semester of XBlock credit if they can demonstrate they have completed 30 hours of wellness-supporting activities between September 1 and December 18, when the fall semester ends.

Activities that support physical and mental wellness can include:

  • Participation in an organized team sport
  • Ongoing training or classes with an organized school/gym/program (yoga, dance, DEVO, Rec Center, martial arts, etc.)
  • Individual exercise/mindfulness practice (running, biking, hiking, meditation, etc.)
  • Engagement in a club/group/program that supports health and wellbeing (The Hive, AHS Interact Club, faith-based youth group, Rainbow Youth Center, etc.)
    Community service

Students may combine activities to reach the 30 hour target.

In order to verify participation in any of the above activities and receive credit, students must:

  1. Complete the Fall 2020 XBlock Student Form
  2. Have an adult (parent, coach, mentor) complete the Fall 2020 XBlock Parent/Coach/Mentor Form
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