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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

Information on this page is subject to change based on COVID-19 and direction from the Governor, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Arizona Department of Education.

Dysart continues to work with state and local health officials to develop best practices for safety, cleaning, 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. Remember to mask up, wash your hands frequently, and help keep our community safe.  

Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Center for Disease Control Direction for Schools

Dysart is following the guidance from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (Listed under FAQs for Re-Opening and Re-Closing Schools) which states:
“Similar to determining when to reopen schools for in person learning, the decision of when to quarantine a group of students, or a class, or a school should be made in close coordination with Public Health. This may take into account a number of factors, including but not limited to:
1. The level of community transmission
2. Whether cases have been identified among students and staff
3. If cases are identified, how many classrooms are affected
4. Percent absenteeism at the school
5. Population being affected: age, location, classrooms affected, etc.
6. The model of instructional delivery and mitigation plans in place.
7. The importance of in person education to the social, emotional, and academic growth and well-being of the student population.”

In a December Maricopa County Department of Public Health update, they noted: “In discussions with ADHS, MCDPH and ADHS have agreed to support those jurisdictions who are able to maintain a  safe learning environment with regular school-by-school monitoring, regardless of levels of community COVID-19  transmission... Further, with the recent publications emphasizing the benefits of in-person learning, particularly for elementary schools, and the emerging data indicating that in-person school attendance is not a risk factor for youth testing positive for COVID 19, MCDPH recommends preferentially keeping elementary and middle schools open for in-person learning.”

The CDC Director, Robert Redfield, recently noted that “...for kids K-12, one of the safest places they can be, from our perspective, is to remain in school…” 

 
 

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Updates

March 25, 2021
 

Today we want to address some questions that have arisen after the announcement of Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2021-06. The Order takes away the authority for municipalities to mandate face coverings. It does not, however, rescind the order mandating schools to require face coverings. It also gives businesses and public entities the right to make rules for face coverings in their own buildings.  This permits the District’s face-covering regulations to remain in place for school buildings, busses and activities.
 
COVID-19 protocols, including the face covering requirement, will continue in the Dysart Unified School District, per Executive Order 2020-51 and the Arizona Department of Health Services Emergency Measure 2020-04, which are still in effect. With the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority, we want to finish the school year strong, and we will continue to monitor the situation and take guidance from state and county health officials.

We appreciate your continued partnership in following our health and safety processes and procedures. Thank you.   

 

March 23, 2021


It was so great to see our students back from Spring Break yesterday! Today we would like to provide you with an update regarding our COVID-19 quarantine procedures.  As a reminder, any student who has tested positive for COVID-19 must be in isolation for 10 days beginning with the onset of symptoms, or from the day the positive test was taken. The student may return after 10 days or until they are 24-hours fever free without any medication.  Any student who was in direct contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 will be assigned to quarantine for 10 days after the last date of contact with this individual.  

Beginning this week, we have adopted the new CDC-approved option that states parents may choose to shorten the length of the COVID-19 quarantine period for those with a direct contact, with proof of a negative PCR or ANTIGEN test result. Students may return to school on day 8 ONLY if a negative PCR or ANTIGEN test is taken on day 6 or 7 of the assigned quarantine. Parents are asked to provide the negative test results to the health office for review. Once approved, the student may return to school on day 8 instead of day 11. Please note this option applies only to those that have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive.  Anyone who has tested positive must remain in isolation for the full 10 days, or until they are symptom free for 24 hrs.

We thank you for your continued support, and are encouraged that our active case numbers have drastically improved over the last several months with everyone's help and cooperation. 

 

February 5, 2021
 

Today we want to thank our students, parents and staff for being diligent in following our health and safety protocols.  We are happy to share that Dysart has seen a decrease in our COVID-19 numbers over the last few weeks, and we believe this is the result of each of you doing your part. 

Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our campuses safe and healthy, and we encourage you to keep up the good work!   Have a wonderful weekend.

 

January 29, 2021
 

In response to feedback regarding our K-8 online Remote Learning (iSchool) program, we will be making some changes in an effort to improve that experience, provide more student support, and increase live online teaching. Schools will be reaching out to parents with specific details soon. 

As always, we appreciate your partnership, and are happy to make improvements in response to your feedback.

 

January 15, 2021
 

 

As we continue to work hard in keeping our school campuses safe, healthy and open, today we want to provide some clarification on our Active Cases website and school-wide notifications data.

Dysart’s Active Cases website (Dysart.org/Cases) is updated by the end of the day each Tuesday and Friday. 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. Online iSchool students are included in our total student/staff counts in an abundance of caution, since they could have been on campus for a variety of reasons such as on-campus assistance, assessments, or extracurricular activities. Additionally, staff members, including Growing Minds Preschool staff, that may work on multiple campuses are included in the “District Facilities” number so that they are not duplicated. The cases reflect what is active for the next school day 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.

We hope this information helps to clarify details about our COVID data. Please remember that we can only process and report the information that we are aware of and can confirm, so we value your partnership in promptly reporting positive student COVID cases so that our information is as accurate as possible. 

Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful and refreshing long weekend. We’ll see you back on Tuesday, January 19!

 

January 8, 2021
 

Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

It was great to see students back in class this week! Today we want to provide some reminders on Dysart’s COVID protocols, and re-share details about the guidance we are following regarding in-person learning from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Arizona Department of Health Services and the Center for Disease Control. 

Reporting Requirements for Parents:

  • Positive student COVID cases should be reported to us using our online reporting form or by contacting the school nurse directly. Students must stay home in isolation, pending further instructions from the school.
  • If anyone else in the household has tested positive, parents should leave a message on the school attendance line and keep all students home in quarantine, pending further instructions from the school.


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

  • Anytime they exhibit the following unexplained symptoms: fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or chills; and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; muscle aches; sore throat; headache; fatigue; congestion or runny nose; cough; vomiting; diarrhea; or new loss of taste or smell. 
  • When they have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID.
  • While awaiting COVID test results.


Quarantine Requirements

  • When students are required to quarantine, it means the student should not go to school or work, hang out with friends, go to social events, or come into close contact with another person, even if they have no symptoms, until the 10-day period of quarantine has passed. 


Guidance on School Operations and In-Person Learning from CDC, ADHS, and MCDPH

  • Dysart Unified School District follows the guidance from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH school guidance - Listed under FAQs for Re-Opening and Re-Closing Schools). Their guidance states that a number of factors should be taken into account, including:
“1. The level of community transmission
2. Whether cases have been identified among students and staff
3. If cases are identified, how many classrooms are affected
4. Percent absenteeism at the school
5. Population being affected: age, location, classrooms affected, etc.
6. The model of instructional delivery and mitigation plans in place.
7. The importance of in person education to the social, emotional, and academic growth and well-being of the student population.”
  • In a December Maricopa County Department of Public Health update, they noted: “In discussions with Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), MCDPH and ADHS have agreed to support those jurisdictions who are able to maintain a safe learning environment with regular school-by-school monitoring, regardless of levels of community COVID-19  transmission... Further, with the recent publications emphasizing the benefits of in-person learning, particularly for elementary schools, and the emerging data indicating that in-person school attendance is not a risk factor for youth testing positive for COVID 19, MCDPH recommends preferentially keeping elementary and middle schools open for in-person learning.”
  • The CDC Director, Robert Redfield, recently noted that “...for kids K-12, one of the safest places they can be, from our perspective, is to remain in school…”
  • Dysart continues to offer both online and in person classes to ensure there are options for all families.


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

 

January 2, 2021


We hope everyone has had a wonderful Winter Break. Classes resume in person and online on Monday, January 4. 
 
Please remember to use our online reporting form to report positive cases with your students. Also, please leave a message on the school attendance line regarding household exposure so that we can follow-up on the reports as soon as possible. Please continue to keep students home when they are sick, after they have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, and while awaiting COVID test results. 
 
Thank you for your partnership in continuing to keep our campuses safe and healthy. We look forward to seeing students again on Monday!

 

December 18, 2020


Dear Dysart Students, Parents and Families,

As I reflect on this semester, I could not be more proud of the efforts put forth by our Dysart family. Dysart remains committed to providing safe and healthy learning environments with both in person and online options for our community, allowing each family to choose the learning format that is best for them. We’ve been successful in meeting this goal due to several factors: 
 

  • Dysart employees have made extraordinary efforts this year by working extra hours, covering additional classes, and implementing rigorous safety protocols. Staff have had to completely reimagine how to deliver curriculum online, provide counseling and intervention services, serve meals, coach sports and plan performances on stage.
  • Dysart parents have supported teachers during remote learning by creating learning spaces in the house, tutoring their children, and encouraging their children to keep working. Parents have followed health and safety protocols, and kept students home when they are sick. When we’ve had to quarantine students, parents have been understanding and rearranged your schedules to accommodate.
  • Dysart students are extraordinary - from wearing face coverings, to adjusting to new routines while learning online, students have shown tremendous effort and resilience this year.

As we look beyond Winter Break, I want to assure you that Dysart is dedicated to providing the very best options to our families. The health and safety of our students and staff remain our top priority. Dysart will balance safety with our educational purpose in providing an extraordinary education to students. 

 
I also want to share my hope. Dysart has seen many successes this semester, despite the challenges and even somber moments. Dysart students, staff and schools have accomplished extraordinary tasks and persevered in finding safe ways for students to participate in arts, athletics, and other extracurricular activities. There is no arguing that 2020 has been a difficult year. Yet, we have many reasons to be grateful. 
 
I wish you peace, rest, joy, and that your families will be healthy. During the break, we will also take a break from posting updates to our Active Cases Website. Updates will resume on Tuesday, January 5. Please continue to use our online reporting form to report positive cases with your students. Also, please leave a message on the school attendance line regarding household exposure so that we can follow-up on the reports prior to returning. Please continue to keep students home when they are sick, after they have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive, and while awaiting COVID test results. Remember that our school and district offices will be closed for the next two weeks, but we look forward to seeing students again when classes resume in person and online on Monday, January 4, 2021.

With a grateful heart,
Dr. Quinn Kellis, Superintendent

 

December 11, 2020

Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

The Dysart Active Cases website (Dysart.org/Cases) is now being updated each Tuesday and Friday afternoon in order to ensure transparency with cases due to the new CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) quarantine guidelines that reduces the quarantine and isolation period. The new guidelines were released on December 2, 2020, and as a result, Dysart has revised our protocols for quarantine and isolation when there is a positive case or direct contact to 10 days, after which students may return to school as long as they are symptom free without any medication. Please note the Active Cases website is specific to cases within our Dysart sites, not the community as a whole that are reflected on the Maricopa County site. The numbers include all students and staff, both in person and in iSchool.

We would also like to correct some misinformation that is being shared in our community regarding our staff procedures relating to COVID exposure. Dysart requires staff who are sick to stay at home, and any staff member with a positive COVID test must immediately isolate. Inaccurate rumors were being spread because of a change due to Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) leave ending on December 31, and a declaration from Governor Ducey's Executive Order 2020-12, that all education employees are considered essential workers. Dysart is in alignment with CDC recommendations, and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) guidelines, and all staff are required to follow specific protocols when on campus that include face coverings, health screenings, temperature checks, social distancing and cleaning/disinfecting. 

Please reach out to your school principal should you ever have any concerns or questions regarding our practices. We appreciate your partnership and look forward to our last week of classes before Winter Break!

 

December 4, 2020
 

Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

With just a couple more weeks until Winter Break we have a few updates and reminders for you regarding our COVID-19 protocols.

CDC Updates Quarantine Options
On December 2, 2020 the CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) approved revised options for quarantine.  In order to align with these new CDC quarantine options, Dysart has revised our protocols for quarantine and isolation when there is a positive case or direct contact to 10 days, after which students may return to school as long as they are symptom free without any medication. 

Quarantine Expectations
As a reminder, “Quarantine” means the student should not go to school or work, hang out with friends, go to social events, or come into close contact with another person, even if they have no symptoms, until the 10-day period of quarantine has passed. 

Active Cases Website
Our Active Cases website at Dysart.org/Cases is updated each Friday with currently active and confirmed cases as of that day. An active case is noted when the following criteria are met:

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


Although the Active Cases website is updated weekly, please know that we are sending immediate communications to direct and indirect contacts as soon as the information is verified. This means that you may receive a notification regarding an active case that is not yet reflected on the website, but would be included in the numbers on the next Friday update. 
Please remember that our Dysart.org/Coronavirus website is a resource for you and always has our latest COVID updates on it, as well as helpful links and frequently asked questions. Parents/guardians may notify us if their student has tested positive on our COVID Reporting Form

We appreciate your continued partnership in keeping our campuses safe and healthy. Your patience and understanding during this challenging time are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

 

November 24, 2020


Hello Dysart parents and guardians,

As we approach Thanksgiving Break, we want you to be aware that we have launched an online COVID-19 Reporting Form that parents/guardians may use to report if their child or a student in their household has COVID. The online form will allow us to more quickly identify cases, track direct and indirect contacts, and notify our families if quarantines are needed.

This form is for Dysart student cases only. However, if someone in your household (other than a student) has tested positive, we ask that you please leave a message on the school attendance line and keep all students home in quarantine, since they have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive.  After you submit the form or leave a message, someone from the school will be in contact with you.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation in keeping our schools open, safe and healthy. We hope you have a wonderful, restful and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

 

November 19, 2020

Good afternoon Dysart parents and guardians,

In a press conference yesterday, Governor Ducey reiterated the importance of wearing masks on school campuses.  Today, the Arizona Department of Health Services issued an emergency mandate requiring that masks be worn on school campuses, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors.  

As you know, Dysart has already been requiring the use of face coverings as part of our COVID health and safety protocols. We have had great cooperation from our students, staff and community members, and appreciate your continued efforts moving forward. Thank you for doing your part to keep our campuses safe and healthy.  
 

 

November 18, 2020

 

Dysart parents and guardians,

Greetings! On behalf of the Dysart Unified School District, thank you for your extraordinary support of your children during the COVID Pandemic. Parents and teachers are tasked to be more fully engaged with students than ever before. I appreciate every effort you give.

I know that there are many questions about the rising COVID numbers in Maricopa County. I assure you that the safety and health of your children, and our employees, remains a top priority in every decision we make. Each school district determines the criteria for opening or closing schools or a district. Dysart Unified School District follows the guidance from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (Listed under FAQs for Re-Opening and Re-Closing Schools) which states:

“Similar to determining when to reopen schools for in person learning, the decision of when to quarantine a group of students, or a class, or a school should be made in close coordination with Public Health. This may take into account a number of factors, including but not limited to:
 
1. The level of community transmission
2. Whether cases have been identified among students and staff
3. If cases are identified, how many classrooms are affected
4. Percent absenteeism at the school
5. Population being affected: age, location, classrooms affected, etc.
6. The model of instructional delivery and mitigation plans in place.
7. The importance of in person education to the social, emotional, and academic growth and well-being of the student population.”

Given the above criteria, Dysart carefully monitors several sources of data to provide the best, safest learning methods for our students. It is important to remember that while the broader community data is in the red according to county dashboard data, individual school data show very low counts of active cases with very limited spread. Most schools have zero or one or two cases with no spread.

Dysart believes the safest place for children, in general, is at school and that in person learning is the best learning format for most students. Dysart continues to take extraordinary steps to keep our schools safe and healthy to continue the in person learning option for families. I thank students, staff and parents for your diligence in following our health and safety protocols. Dysart’s mitigation strategies and compliance by students and staff are keeping our active case numbers down. 

As a reminder, here are some of the things we are doing to keep our campuses safe:

  • Disinfecting high touch areas on campus 3x a day, and again each night and disinfecting buses between each run and again each night. 
  • Daily temperature checks for students and staff
  • Wearing face coverings
  • Providing hand sanitizer stations and reminding students to wash hands frequently.
  • Serving meals in closed containers and providing touchless checkout.
  • Students are sent home when they exhibit symptoms through the symptom referral process in place.
  • Parents are asked to screen their child(ren) for symptoms before sending them to school and keep them home if they are ill.
  • Any time there is a confirmed positive case on campus, contact tracing is done and anyone with direct contact is required to quarantine and monitor for symptoms for 14 days as a precaution.


I also want to clarify information about the number of cases in our schools. We are hearing rumors that suggest schools are having outbreaks because of how many students and staff are in quarantine. Please understand that the number of those in quarantine do not reflect active cases.  Placing someone in quarantine is done as a precaution after someone has potentially been in direct contact with someone who tested positive (i.e., Direct Contact, as defined by state and county health services.) Currently less than one percent of those who have been quarantined have later tested positive. Quarantine numbers do not indicate an outbreak. There are many situations in which individuals are quarantined, including:

  • direct contact with someone that tested positive (by using seating charts, eating lunch, classroom interaction, transportation, etc);  
  • student-to-student physical contact (such as clubs, teams, outside school interactions at work, church, etc);   
  • residing in a household with someone who has tested positive; or
  • direct contact due to attendance at social gatherings with friends, family, etc.


Dysart posts a report each week on the number of persons who tested positive for COVID at each school (www.dysart.org/cases). We will continue to diligently follow health and safety protocols and quarantine individuals, when necessary, and we will take guidance from state and county health officials, should our protocols need to change. Our families will continue to have the option to learn in person or online, and we ask you to consult with your school administrator to determine what is best for your child if you have any concerns. K-8 families should contact their school if a change in format is needed, and high school students may change formats prior to the start of a new semester, if needed.

Thank you again for your extraordinary support for your children and their teachers. 

Sincerely,
Quinn R. Kellis, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Dysart Unified School District
 

 

November 6, 2020

COVID Notification and Reporting Process Update
 
What happens when students or staff exhibit COVID-19 symptoms?
All health office staff and administrators have been trained in COVID-19 symptomatic triage to determine if symptoms are typical, such as those associated with allergies and other identified conditions.  If symptoms are new and unexplained, the health office staff will follow the established health services procedures. If the symptoms continue after following the procedures, the parent will be contacted to help identify the onset or continuation of symptoms.  If the student is sent home they can return when they are symptom free for 24-hours without fever or pain reducing medication. If the student is tested for COVID-19 they will remain home until the test results are received. If negative, the child can return to school if symptom free as stated above. If positive, the student will remain in isolation for 14 days after symptom onset and must be symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication.

How should families report if a person in the household has tested positive?
Students, families and staff and students must inform the teacher, nurse, site administrator, or attendance clerk if they have symptoms, test positive, or have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive. Anyone in the household with direct contact with the person who tested positive should quarantine for 14-days from the onset of symptoms. If anyone else in the household tests positive, the 14-day quarantine period begins again.

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 begin the process of collecting information from the parent regarding symptom onset, testing dates, and previous exposure. Staff will begin to collect direct contact information.  Anyone who tests positive is in isolation for 14 days and can return to school if they have been symptom free for 24 hours without fever or pain reducing medication, or if no one in their household is symptomatic or has tested positive during the 14-day isolation period. Every positive case is reported to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Direct contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person.  Anyone who has direct contact will be quarantined for 14 days from the last date of contact with the positive person. Indirect contact is defined as being within 6' of someone who has tested positive for less than 10 minutes, or in direct contact with someone who has a person in their household who has tested positive. Those who have indirect contact will remain at school and asked to monitor for symptoms. 

Please note that HIPAA, FERPA, and ADA regulations limit the details we can provide. Following state and local health agency guidelines, any student or staff member with direct contact is required to quarantine for 14 calendar days, per ADPH and CDC guidelines, and we are required to notify local health officials of anyone testing positive in our schools.

Parents/guardians are notified about a COVID case if:
Your child has had direct contact (within 6 feet for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more) with someone who tested positive and that person is in isolation.
Your child has had indirect contact with a student or staff member that tested positive, within 6 feet for less than 15 minutes, or if they were in direct contact with a student in the class who has a household member who tested positive.
Your child’s teacher has been quarantined. 
There are 2 or more active cases on campus from different households simultaneously that meet specific criteria from the MCDPH (listed below). 
 
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).
How is direct and in-direct contact defined?
Direct contact is defined as being within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person. Indirect contact is defined as being within 6’ of someone who has tested positive for less than 10 minutes.

How do schools determine who has been in contact with a person that has tested positive or had direct contact?  
Classroom seating charts are reviewed and students and/or staff are interviewed to determine who may have been within 6 feet of the positive person for more than 10 minutes.

 

November 5, 2020

Good afternoon Dysart parents and guardians,

As we approach the start of the holiday season in just a few short weeks, and with the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in our state and community, we want to remind everyone about the continued importance of wearing face coverings, social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings. Please ensure you are keeping your children home from school if they are symptomatic, and notify us if they have symptoms, test positive, or have had direct contact with someone that has tested positive. Details on our reporting and notification processes are available at dysart.org/BacktoSchool.

We have heard many questions about how our schools are being impacted by COVID, and have been diligently notifying all who have had direct contact. Today, we added an Active COVID-19 Cases page to our website in order to provide further transparency to our community. To view currently active and confirmed cases for each of our schools, please visit Dysart.org/Cases, or you may find the link on our Dysart.org webpage under Quick Links. We hope you will find this a helpful resource. 

Thank you for your continued partnership in this unique school year. Our combined efforts have gone far to contribute to keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.
 

 

September 17, 2020
 

Just a reminder that in-person classes for 5th-8th and 10th-12th grade students begin on Monday, September 21st. This in-person start date includes students in those grades that are in a specialized program such as STC, ASPIRE, or PBS.
 

FREE MEALS FOR CHILDREN - Remember that free breakfast and lunch is currently available Monday - Friday to all children 18 and under. Students attending in person can receive meals in the cafeteria, and iSchool students and others may use our NEW curbside pickup times from 11-11:30am at any Dysart school except Valley Vista High School. Details are posted at Dysart.org/meals.

IMMUNIZATION CLINICS - Don’t forget that the Maricopa County Department of Public Health has an Immunization Clinic on Monday, September 21 from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at El Mirage Elementary School at 13500 N. El Mirage Road. There is a second one on September 28 from 1:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Dysart’s Support Services facility located at 13825 W. Desert Cove Road, Surprise, 85379. Vaccinations are FREE for all children. Questions about the Immunization Clinic should be directed to Maricopa County Public Health at 602-506-6767. 

Please have a wonderful weekend and remember to checkDysart.org/BacktoSchool if you have any questions about health and safety protocols.
 

 

September 11, 2020
 

Just a reminder that in-person classes for Kindergarten-4th and 9th grade students begin on Monday, September 14. Our 5th-8th and 10th-12th grade students will begin in person on Monday, September 21st. These in-person start dates include students in those grades that are in a specialized program such as STC, ASPIRE, or PBS. We’re so excited to welcome our students back to campus!

Don’t forget that free breakfast and lunch is available Monday - Friday to all children 18 and under through December 31st. Students attending in person can receive meals in the cafeteria, and iSchool students and other community children may use our curbside pickup. Details are posted at Dysart.org/meals.

Tomorrow, Dysart is offering free hearing and vision screenings for students new to Dysart this year, or for those with an IEP. Screenings will take place tomorrow, Saturday, September 12 from 8am to 12pm at Dysart High School and Shadow Ridge High School.

Lastly, we want to let you know that the Maricopa County Department of Public Health is offering Immunization Clinics two times this month. The clinic on September 21 will be held from 2:30 - 6:30 p.m. at El Mirage Elementary School at 15800 N El Mirage Road, El Mirage, 85335. There is a second one on September 28 from 1:30 - 6:00 p.m. at Dysart’s Support Services Facility located at 13825 W. Desert Cove Road, Surprise, 85379. Vaccinations are FREE, and all children from preschool through 12th grade are invited. Families with or without insurance and those on AHCCCS are welcome to attend. Questions about the Immunization Clinic should be directed to Maricopa County Public Health at 602-506-6767. 

We hope you have a wonderful weekend and we look forward to seeing students on Monday! Remember to check Dysart.org/BacktoSchool if you have any questions about health and safety protocols.
 

 

September 8, 2020

We are happy to share that last week’s district health benchmark data continues to move in the right direction. As we prepare to return to in-person classes on Sept 14th (K-4, 9) and 21st (5-8, 10-12), we know there are many questions regarding what health and safety protocols and processes will be in place. District protocols are below. Each school may also have additional protocols specific to their campus. 

HEALTH
Families should screen their children for symptoms before sending them to school. Students must not come to school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms: fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or chills; and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; muscle aches; sore throat; headache; fatigue; congestion or runny nose; cough; vomiting; diarrhea; or new loss of taste or smell. 
Face coverings are required - When students and staff arrive at school, face covers are required except while eating, or during recess or outdoor activities. Please note that our guidelines allow face masks, neck gaiters or face shields, as long as they fully cover both the mouth and nostrils. An exception may be made for students with medical conditions, those who have difficulty breathing or who are incapable of physically removing the face covering on his/her own. Masks should be made out of tightly woven fabric to minimize transmissions while talking, coughing, or sneezing.
Temperature checks will take place daily at school for all students and staff.

Air is purged from buildings and fresh outside air is brought in and cooled each morning. Air continues to be refreshed by 20% per hour throughout the day.

DISINFECTING
Daily disinfecting of high-touch surfaces - Surfaces in high-traffic areas will be disinfected regularly throughout the day. Classrooms and offices will be provided with cleaning supplies to disinfect learning spaces and high touch surfaces in between uses. 
Playground equipment will be disinfected on a regular basis.

HABITS
Staff have been trained on health and safety protocols and the proper use of Personal Protective Equipment. 
Students will be reminded to wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout each site and all bathrooms will remain open.
Each school has developed routines for traffic in hallways, seating assignments in classrooms and the cafeteria, and distancing on playgrounds.
School supplies will not be shared.
Laptops will be assigned to students, not shared. Devices can be wiped down with damp (not wet) wipes to disinfect.
Water fountains will be used only to refill water bottles.
Signage to remind us of healthy habits, hygiene and social distancing.

MEAL SERVICE
Meals will be served in closed containers - There will be no self-serve stations, or beverage fountains.  Students may also bring their own meals.
Touchless checkout will be implemented and staff will take steps to speed up lunch lines and keep as much distance as possible between students. 
Schools have developed procedures and schedules to help minimize the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.

BUSING
Buses will be disinfected between each run, and will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting each night. 
Students will load from back to front and unload from front to back in order to minimize student contact.
Face coverings are required.
 

  

September 1, 2020

Dysart is proud to announce that the health benchmark data for the district is trending in the right direction. If the trend continues, beginning September 14, students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, and 9th grade students, will resume in-person learning in the classroom. Sundown Mountain students will also return to school on September 14. On September 21, 5th grade through 8th grade and 10th -12th graders will return to in-person classes. Students enrolled in iSchool will continue to learn online. 

Dysart already successfully phased in preschoolers earlier this week and on-site support for Exceptional Student Services students has also already begun. As a result of in-person classes resuming, the last day of all Learning Labs will be Friday, September 18. 

Buses will be starting their regular routes. Details about transportation eligibility, bus stops and times will be posted at Dysart.org/Transportation by the Friday before school begins for each group.
If your child is participating in full-time online iSchool, they will continue their independent lessons online as long as they are enrolled in iSchool. Teachers will assist iSchool students who need support. If you would like to change the learning format option you previously selected for your child, please contact your home school directly. 

The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority. Dysart has implemented a number of safety protocols to provide a safe and clean environment when in-person classes resume. This includes:

  • Asking parents to screen their children for symptoms before school, and keep children home if they exhibit specific symptoms
  • Requiring face coverings for all staff and students except while eating, or during recess or outdoor activities
  • Daily temperature checks for all students and staff
  • Regular cleaning and disinfecting, especially on high touch surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations and cleaning supplies will be readily available.
  • Each school will develop routines for traffic in hallways, seating assignments in classrooms and the cafeteria, and distancing on playgrounds.


To view full details about health screenings, cleaning and disinfecting practices, and safety protocols, please visit Dysart.org/BacktoSchool. Dysart is so happy to welcome students back to school soon. Thank you for partnering with us to keep our community safe.