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.


  • 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
970-769-9030 (Direct Confidential Cell)

Forms and Documents

The following form is to be used for Students/Staff that have been restricted from attending/teaching on campus classes due to COVID-19 like symptoms, but his/her physician has confirmed or is in the process of confirming that their current symptoms are due to an alternative diagnosis.


State-required immunizations

Statement of non-medical exemption  (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)

Online Exemption form
(goes directly into the Colorado Immunization Information System, CIIS) Please notify etoile.hening@animashighschool.com IF you submit forms electronically so we are aware we need to access them via CIIS.

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.

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 Forms & Policies

Bus Rider Forms and Policies
Bus Registration Instructions
Forms and Policies
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