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Back to School 2020-2021

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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.


      In response to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 on July 23 and to prioritize the safety of our students, staff, and community, Dysart has extended the remote learning period through the end of the first quarter. In person learning is scheduled to resume on Monday, October 19. Dysart wants to open schools as soon as possible, and we also understand there are many concerns, fears, emotions on this topic. However, the Governor has required that districts consider health benchmark data in their decisions regarding when students return to in person classes. As required by the Governor, Dysart will be carefully monitoring health benchmark data and trends that will be provided by county health officials to determine when it is safe to return to campus. If benchmark data indicates it is safe to return earlier than October 19, Dysart will adjust its in-person return date. As a reminder, Dysart’s school year still begins remotely on Tuesday, August 4 for all of our students.

We appreciate your support, flexibility and understanding during this time. Please know that the health and safety of our students, staff, and community are our top priority, and it is our goal to make that a focus, while continuing to provide a high quality education to each of our students. 

It is important to note that although the start of the school year will begin with remote learning for all students, it will look very different from the emergency remote learning that took place at the end of last school year. Remote learning during this initial transition period will take place during regular school day hours and laptops will be available for check-out, if needed. Teachers will use a consistent learning platform in each school model this year, so that at any point during the school year, students and teachers will be able to seamlessly transition back to remote learning, should school closures become necessary again. 

Dysart is proud to provide a high-quality education to our community and is excited to welcome our students back to school remotely on Tuesday, August 4. 

   
 
 
School Options for the 2020-2021 School Year
 

Full-Time Classroom (K-12) >>


Classes will take place on the campus for this in-person option, and will incorporate health, safety and social distancing protocols, where feasible.

Note: This option will begin with remote learning on August 4 and transition to full-time in-person classes, when allowable.

Additional Information

 

Full Time iSchool (K-12) >>


Students will take online classes through Dysart iSchool, a fully-accredited learning platform. Chromebook laptops may be checked-out, as needed.

Additional Information

 
 
Please contact your school to selection your option or notify them of a change.
 
  
 

Learning Labs
 

Beginning on Monday, August 17th, Dysart Unified School District will be providing FREE on-site Learning Lab opportunities for our K-8 Dysart students.  Learning Labs, which will operate during normal school hours, will provide a quiet, supervised environment to complete the school day throughout the remote learning period.  The daily schedule will consist of students self-directing their personal remote learning school schedule, lunch and breaks.  Safety procedures will be followed that include social distancing, routine hand washing/sanitizing, temperature checks, mandated masks for all, and cleaning/disinfecting schedules for all common areas and student work stations.

Registration to attend the learning labs opens on Wednesday, August 5th, at dysart.org/CommunityEducation.  Waiting lists will be developed when capacity is reached. Students will need to bring headphones, a chromebook or laptop, and they have a choice of bringing a lunch or purchasing lunch at each school cafeteria (Meal prices are based on your student’s current free/reduced/paid eligibility.)  Transportation will not be provided; all pick-up and drop-off will be completed curbside at each site.  Further instructions will be provided after the registration process is complete.  Learning Labs will be staffed with Dysart Community Education and Support Staff who will provide supervision as students engage with their teachers remotely.

In addition, Community Education Den Club will resume with amended before and after care hours, beginning at 6:30AM and concluding at 5:30PM at all Den Club sites. For a fee, Den Club provides before and after care for Dysart students beyond the normal school day.  Space is also limited and students must enroll in the Learning Lab in order to be eligible to attend Den Club.

Space is limited for both Den Club and the Learning Labs.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]
 
 

Attendance Requirements
 

Your child will need to participate in the District’s Remote Learning or iSchool classes in order to be counted as present and attending.  Dysart’s remote learning plan requires the following minimum level of contact: 
  • K-8 students will be reported as present if daily interaction is noted by:
    • Physically attending an online lesson
    • Emailing the teacher regarding assignments
    • Completion of an assignment and notification of such to the teacher
    • Students check-in via the student portal.  (Parent check-in for younger students)
  • High school student attendance will be taken by the teacher each period.  Students must be present online during the class period in order to be counted as present.
  • Students enrolled in the full-time Dysart iSchool program will maintain a daily log that describes the amount of time spent working on online academic tasks. 
  • Daily contact will be attempted for all absent students.

Please note that state law (A.R.S. § 15-802) requires as follows:
  • Every child between six and sixteen years of age must attend a school and be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.   
  • The child’s parent or guardian must enroll the child in a school and ensure that the child attends the school for the full time that school is in session.  Our District is currently anticipating conducting 180-days of instruction during the 2020-21 school year (see attached school calendar).
  • Certain exceptions apply to these attendance requirements, such as medical necessity.   If you believe your child qualifies for such an exception, please contact your local school’s attendance clerk.
 
 

Health Screenings, Cleaning and Disinfecting

Before coming to school

  • Parents should screen students for the symptoms below each morning, should self-report symptoms, and must keep students at home if one or more symptoms are present. Students will have the opportunity to make up work missed due to symptoms of COVID-19. 
  • 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.
Note: Schools will not give out attendance awards for the duration of the COVID-19 health crisis. 

On the bus
  • Students should not be sent to the bus stop if they are exhibiting the above symptoms.
  • Face coverings shall be required on school buses when social distancing is not possible, with the exception of students with medical conditions.
  • Buses will be disinfected between each run during the day, and will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting each night. 

At School
  • Face coverings shall be required at school when social distancing is not possible, with the exception of students with medical conditions. Face shields are an approved alternative to face masks or pull-overs. Face covers:
    • are not required while eating, recess, or outdoor activities
    • are required in classrooms and other common areas when social distancing is not possible
    • are required for all employees and visitors
    • Any student who has difficulty breathing or who is incapable of physically removing the face covering on his/her own will not wear cloth face coverings, and alternate methods of protection will be discussed by parents and staff. 
    • students are encouraged to bring their own face coverings in compliance with the dress code. Disposable masks will be available, if needed.
  • Temperature checks will be conducted daily for students and staff. Thermometers are provided in each classroom and front office. The process will be:
    • A staff member will visually check each student and take temperatures with a non-contact thermometer. Any student with visible symptoms of runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, or vomiting, or one who has a fever at or above 100.4 degrees, will go to the health office.
    • The health office will use a flowchart to evaluate student health. 
  • Classrooms and offices will be provided with cleaning supplies to disinfect learning and high touch surfaces. 
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be placed throughout each site.
  • Each school will develop social distancing routines for traffic in hallways, which may include signage and floor markings.
  • Teachers will arrange classroom furniture to maximize the distance between students.
  • Students will continue outdoor recess activities. Playground equipment will be disinfected on a regular basis. Schools may limit the number of students accessing playground equipment.
  • Lunch service will continue in the cafeterias. 
    • Meals will not be provided from during the initial remote learning period (currently August 4-17, subject to change). Without the waiver from the federal government and the ability to fit the curbside delivery into the anticipated schedule this cannot be done.
    • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed at each cafeteria.
    • Cafeteria staff will keep as much distance as possible between students. Outdoor seating may be available.
    • Food will be served in closed containers. There will be no open food,  self-serve stations, or beverage fountains (at high schools).
    • Cafeteria staff will take steps to speed up lunch lines and use touchless checkout. 
  • All bathrooms will remain open. Surfaces will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.
  • Students will be reminded to wash hands throughout the school day.
  • Students will not share school supplies.
 
 

Classes, Curriculum, and Special Education Services
 

  • Teachers will use a consistent learning platform in all school models, so that at any point during the school year, students and teachers will be able to seamlessly transition back to remote learning, should school closures become necessary again.
  • Appropriate special education services will be provided per each student’s IEP.  Individual factors may influence which model is most appropriate and so parents should work with their child’s IEP team on the best option.
  • All classes will continue to be offered, although adjustments may be made to the format, capacity, etc.
 
 

Trips, Events and Activities
 

  • Traveling field trips are currently suspended. Students may experience virtual field trip opportunities. 
  • Indoor, large group assemblies are currently suspended.
  • Small group extracurricular activities will continue, in compliance with current executive orders.
  • Athletics will continue in accordance with guidelines published by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
  • Schools will conduct virtual Meet the Teacher/Curriculum Nights
 
 

Visitors to School​
 

  • Nonessential visitors and volunteers will have limited access to school sites.
 
 

Training
 

  • Prior to students returning to campus, all staff will be trained on implementation of these protocols. Training will include proper use of PPE and supplies; cleaning and disinfecting; and other measures. 
 

Communication
 

  • Parents may visit www.Dysart.org/BacktoSchool for up-to-date information. Please ensure contact information and preferences are current, including phone numbers for calls and text messaging and email. 
  • Questions should be directed to schools.