Fire damage ‘too extensive’ for Dillon Valley El students to return before summer break 

Students and teachers at Dillon Valley Elementary will not be going back to their classrooms this school year. 

Damage from an electrical fire in the art room last Friday night is unsafe and widespread, according to Summit School District. The fire destroyed the art room and fire sprinklers flooded one-third of the school. 

“The contamination and damage from the fire sprinkler water are too extensive to ensure a safe environment for our students and staff,” district superintendent Tony Byrd writes in a letter to parents. “Currently, we are assessing the contaminants, cleaning and clearing affected rooms, and working to remove and replace carpet, ceiling tiles, and cabinets.” 

Students will still get a field day and other end-of-the-year activities, all hosted at Rainbow Park in Silverthorne this coming week. 

Keystone Resort has been donating its ski and ride school for special education students. 

“Please know that your DVE teachers have been working incredibly hard to provide learning opportunities and support for all students during this time,” Byrd writes. “They are dedicated to ensuring that students continue to receive support and care options despite the challenges we are facing.”