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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Information on this page is subject to change based on COVID-19 statistics and direction from the national, state and local agencies. 

Dysart continues to work with state and local health officials to develop best practices for health, safety, and reporting processes for COVID-19. 

 
 





Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates
2021-2022 School Year

August 31, 2021

Just a quick note to let you know that we have brought back our Active COVID Cases website (Dysart.org/Cases). The site is being updated by the end of the day each Tuesday and Friday. An active case is noted when the following criteria are met:

  1. An individual that attends school or works on a campus/site has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.
  2. The positive case has been reported to us. 
  3. We have reported it to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. 


Please remember that the total number reflects all active AND confirmed COVID cases that are still in effect for the next school day for all students or staff, so that parents have the most relevant information available. As positive cases complete the 10-day isolation period, they are removed from the count, and cases that are in their last day of isolation on the date of the update are not included, since they would no longer be active the next school day. Although the Active Cases website is updated twice a week, please know that we are sending immediate communications to direct contacts as soon as we are aware of a positive case and the information is verified.

The latest COVID updates are always available at Dysart.org/Coronavirus.  We appreciate your continued partnership in keeping our campuses safe and healthy. Don’t forget that students that are sick or awaiting COVID test results should stay home, and parents/guardians may notify us if their student has tested positive on our online COVID Reporting Form

Your patience and understanding during this challenging time are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 

August 17, 2021
Today we want to provide some reminders on Dysart’s COVID protocols and ask for your help in keeping our campuses safe and healthy. We continue to have personal protective equipment and cleaning supplies readily available, and ask our students, staff and visitors to practice good hygiene and frequent handwashing. Families are encouraged to follow the health guidance from state, local and county agencies, and please remember that anyone that would like to wear a face covering is welcome to do so.

When to Keep Students Home (make sure to notify the school):

  • Parents and Guardians should screen their child for symptoms before sending them to school. Students must not come to school if they exhibit “new and unexplained” symptoms including a fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell.  
  • If your child is exhibiting symptoms that are not typical, aside from ongoing allergies, please keep them home until they are symptom free for 24 hrs without fever or pain reducing medication.
  • While awaiting COVID test results. - This may help reduce possible exposure to others.


How should families report if a person in the household has tested positive?

  • Individuals must inform the health office staff, site administrator, or attendance clerk if their child or a person in the household tests positive. Positive student cases can also be reported online
  • It is suggested that students in the household who are in direct contact with the person who tested positive remain at home for up to 10-days from the  date of test or symptom onset.


What is the protocol for a positive COVID case at a school site?
When a positive case is reported to the school, the health office staff and administration collect information and report the positive case to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).  Anyone who tests positive is in isolation for 10 days from the testing date or symptom onset and can return to school if they have been symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication. Parents will be informed if their child was in direct contact with a person who has tested positive.  Parents have the option to keep their child at home for up to 10 days after the direct contact, and parents are asked to contact the attendance line for any absences. Should the Maricopa County Department of Public Health notify a parent regarding a direct contact and tell them they must quarantine, the district asks that families adhere.

When will school-wide notifications take place regarding COVID cases?
Dysart will send a school-wide notification only when two or more students or staff have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, AND the following criteria from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) are met:

1. Those that have tested positive could have had direct contact, such as in a classroom or on a school sports team; and
2. Do not live in the same household; and
3. Were not identified as direct contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).


Remember that our latest COVID updates are always posted at www.Dysart.org/COVID, and you can also access the notification and reporting details there. Thank you for being diligent in following our protocols to keep our schools open and safe.

 

August 2, 2021

Tomorrow is our first day of school and Dysart Schools are looking forward to seeing your students in class! 

Please join us in keeping our schools safe and healthy by following our COVID protocols, which can always be found at Dysart.org/COVID. Dysart encourages face coverings for students, staff and visitors, but pursuant to section 12, title 15, chapter 3 of the Arizona state budget, they are not required. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies will be readily available and frequent hand washing and good hygiene continue to be encouraged.

As a reminder, students must be kept home if they are sick or are experiencing symptoms of an illness. Any staff or student that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines, and parents of students that have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified, asked to monitor their students symptoms, and have the option to keep their child at home for up to 10 days after the direct contact.

Please remember that all students will receive free breakfast and lunch this school year. We’re looking forward to a great year ahead!

 

July 27, 2021

School begins in just one week, on Tuesday, August 3! We are so excited for classes to begin, and are looking forward to an extraordinary school year. 

We are again able to offer free meal service for the entire school year thanks to National School Lunch and Breakfast program funding. All children 18 and under will receive free breakfast and lunch each day at school. Curbside service is also available for community members 18 and under, Monday - Friday between 11 - 11:30am at Dysart High School, Valley Vista High School and Willow Canyon High School.

As we get ready to launch another school year, please know that the health and safety of our students, staff and community is our highest priority. Over the summer, we installed 2,700 air scrubbers in our buildings to improve air quality.  The devices, which attach directly to the HVAC system and remove air pollution, contaminants, odors and dust, were purchased through Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief (ESSER) COVID funds.

Last week, the Dysart Governing Board approved a COVID mitigation plan for the 21-22 school year that includes:

  • Face coverings and masks are optional for all staff, students and visitors. (Please note: Governor Ducey signed a budget that includes a provision that prohibits “a county, city, town, school district governing board or charter school governing body from requiring students or staff to use face coverings during school hours and on school property.”)
  • COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for students, staff or community members to attend school, school events or to be on the school campus.
  • Any staff or student that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines.
  • Parents of students that have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified and asked to monitor their students for any symptoms that may appear. After a direct exposure, parents have the option to keep their child at home for up to 10 days after the direct contact.
  • Any student exhibiting COVID symptoms will be asked to remain at home until they have been symptom free for 24-hours without medication.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and cleaning supplies will be available to any student or staff member. Students and staff are encouraged to continue with frequent hand washing and to practice good hygiene.


For current and updated information, visit the Dysart website at Dysart.org/COVID. Please remember that students must be kept home if they are sick or are experiencing symptoms of an illness. 

Thank you for being a partner in your child’s education and helping us keep our campuses safe and healthy. It’s going to be a great year!

 

July 21, 2021

The Dysart Governing Board approved the following COVID Mitigation Plan for the 2021-2022 school year: 

Face Coverings / Masks – Face coverings and masks are optional for all staff, students and visitors to all schools and campuses in the Dysart Unified School District. (Please note: Governor Ducey signed a budget that includes a provision that prohibits “a county, city, town, school district governing board or charter school governing body from requiring students or staff to use face coverings during school hours and on school property.”)

Vaccinations -  COVID-19 vaccinations are not required for students, staff or community members to attend school, school events or to be on the school campus.

Isolation/Quarantine - Any staff or student that tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per CDC guidelines.
      - Students – Students with direct contact to a person with a positive COVID-19 test will not be required to quarantine.  Parents of students that have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified and asked to monitor their students for any symptoms that may appear. 
      - Staff – Dysart Unified School District staff members are considered essential workers.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – PPE will be available to any student or staff member.  Students and staff are encouraged to continue with frequent hand washing and to practice good hygiene.

Additional Information –
- Air scrubbers have been installed in all Dysart Unified School District facilities to assist with air quality
- Cleaning will return to normal operations, including the yearly deep summer cleaning
- Additional cleaning supplies will be available to staff 
- Less-restrictive distancing measures will be used in an attempt to return to more normal operations
- Athletic events will return to normal operations
- Cafeteria operations will begin to return to normal with the use of flat food trays, condiment pumps, students selecting milk and other routine cafeteria protocols