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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. Full-time classroom and full-time online options are available so families can make the educational decisions that are best for them. 
 

 



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

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