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Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have ordered statewide school closures through the end of the school year. Remote learning is taking place in Dysart and will continue for the remainder of the school year.

Dysart families have come to expect an extraordinary learning experience, and as the district shifts to remote learning, we are committed to continue doing just that. Lessons will be meaningful and relevant, and teachers will be responsive to the diverse needs of our entire community of learners. 

Remote learning across the district will begin on Monday, March 30. Please watch for details in the Parent Portal, emails from your child(s) teacher(s), and notices from your school Principal.
 

 

  • Schoology, Google Classrooms and hard-copy packets are all remote learning options that may be used, depending on the grade level, subject and teacher preference. Parents can always request paper copies of lessons.
  • Dysart has a limited number of Google Chromebooks that can be checked out by parents to assist with remote learning at home. Schools will share details with families regarding Chromebook pickup schedules and requirements for their campus.
  • Not everyone has internet access at home. Please note that public WiFi is available at every Dysart school and facility parking lot. Also, a number of Internet service providers have special offers right now that may be helpful. A list of resources for Internet access is posted on our website at Dysart.org/Coronavirus under the “Resources” link.
  • Students with special needs, or who currently have outside placement, will be contacted by a teacher to share information for your specific situation.
  • We know remote learning puts an additional burden on our families, and that many of you are also juggling many other responsibilities as well. We have asked teachers to be understanding during this transition. We ask you, too, to be understanding as teachers work hard to provide your child with an extraordinary learning experience. ​



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How will remote learning work for grades K-3?

  • Teachers will provide weekly lesson plans, written in student-friendly language, so students and parents at these grades can access the information. Lesson plans are provided for Reading, Math, Science, and Special Areas. Writing and Social Studies are embedded within the Reading lesson plans.  
  • Lesson plans with worksheets will be sent every week either electronically or in hard copy access; teachers will communicate the mode of access with students and families:
    • via email,
    • via a platform such as Schoology, or
    • via hard copy.
  • Schools will communicate the procedure for distribution of the hard copy worksheets, if available.
  • Teachers will provide feedback after receiving student work, which will either be turned in at a designated area on campus or sent via email.


How will remote learning work grades 4-8?

  • Teachers will provide lesson plans weekly, written so students and parents at these grades can access the information.
  • Lesson plans will be provided for all subjects.  Lesson plans with instruction for work will be sent by teachers every week, either to student emails or in a platform such as Schoology. This is up to the grade levels and the schools.
  • Teachers will provide feedback after receiving student work, and correspond with students about how to turn their work in.
  • Teachers have the ability to meet virtually with students via video conferencing (Google Meet).
     
Online curriculum Access: How will remote learning work for High School?
  • Your student should log onto Schoology daily to check for assignments.
  • If your child needs help, they should reach out to their teacher via email.  The teacher also has the ability to set up Google Meet which will allow the student and teacher to see each other.
  • At this time students will not be penalized for late work.


How do I log in to Schoology?
Details about how to login to Schoology can be found on the website here

How much time each day should we expect school work to take?
Teams/grade levels will be working together to plan lessons that do not  overwhelm students and parents, but also allows students to work on content that they need. 

What is expected of students at the Pre K-3 level?

  • Students/parents are expected to check student emails daily. 
  • Students/parents are to work through the weekly work provided. 
  • Students should make an effort to turn in work weekly for feedback and get the next lesson.
  • Students are expected to email their teacher if they are struggling or need different access to resources. Teachers will respond to emails as promptly as possible, within regular school hours.


What is expected of students at the 4-8 grade level?

  • Lessons that need to be completed will be posted to Schoology and/or emailed to students. Students are expected to check their Schoology class and/or email daily.
  • Students are expected to email their teacher if they are struggling.  Teachers will respond to emails as promptly as possible, within regular school hours.


What is expected of students at the 9-12 grade level?

  • Lessons that need to be completed will be posted to Schoology. Students are expected to check their Schoology class daily.
  • Students are expected to email their teacher if they are struggling.  Teachers will respond to emails as promptly as possible, within regular school hours.


Are lessons required and will they be graded K-8?
Yes, lessons are required and will be graded.

Are lessons required and will they be graded 9-12?
Yes, lessons are required and will be graded.  It is the expectation that grades are entered by Wednesday of each week.

What about late work?
Teachers will communicate expectations with students and will be flexible with late work at this time.

How do we get help if we have questions with lessons?
Teachers will be available to respond to questions and provide feedback to students during regular business hours.

What about K-8 Specials, High School Visual or Performing Arts classes?

  • High School (Art, Band, Choir, Theatre, Dance, CTE, etc): Regular classes will proceed online.
  • K-4: Students will receive lessons based on what special they would be in for that week.  Lessons are created for the week, not the day, so students can do pieces throughout the week to break up their core content work.  
  • 5-8: Students will receive lessons based on the two elective courses they would be in for the fourth quarter.   



TECHNOLOGY QUESTIONS

What if we don’t have a computer at home?
Dysart has a limited number of Google Chromebooks that can be checked out by parents to assist with remote learning at home. Schools will share details regarding Chromebook pickup schedules and requirements for their campus. Any specific technology needs or challenges should be shared with the school principal.

What if we don’t have internet access at home?
Many internet service providers are offering free or discounted services at this time. A list of resources is available here. Parents can also request paper copies of lessons from teachers.

Who do we call for technical issues with our computer or Schoology?
Please contact our IT Support Hotline for help with computers or Schoology: 623-876-7071, [email protected]


ADDITIONAL SUPPORTS/ SPECIAL POPULATIONS

What about ESS students?
ESS students will be provided equal opportunities to access instruction and will continue to work toward making progress toward their IEP goals to the maximum extent possible. Students/parents will be contacted by a teacher for details about their specific situation.

What about outside placement students?
Level D schools will provide students with similar learning opportunities to those as students in Dysart. The Level D schools will be providing those supports and options directly to families. Students/parents will be contacted by a teacher for details about their specific situation.

How should ELs be supported during this time?
Modifications will be provided for ELs so they can access the materials, whether in print or online.
If a student has an Individual Language Learner Plan (ILLP), that will continue to be used to guide instruction.

Where can I find help with accessing community resources?
Please contact the social worker at your school who can provide information about community resources.


TESTING

College entrance testing

  • AP tests will still be given, but students will take these at home.
  • ADE is exploring alternate testing dates with ACT for schools/districts that were scheduled to test during the designated windows.
  • Cambridge will be canceling all “sit down” tests.  Instead they will use the internal assessments already built into the course and any external components that they have in order to determine student scores.  


How will finals be conducted?
If we are still out of school, they will be administered at home and students will be able to use notes.

What about state testing?
That is determined by the State, and they are working to waive the State Testing requirements.