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Back to School 2020-2021

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As we are preparing for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, there are many unknowns. Dysart has been hard at work creating a flexible, responsible, and comprehensive plan for returning to school that focuses on safety and high quality education. We will be opening our schools remotely on August 4, and once in-person classes are permitted to resume, in-person and online choices will be available to meet the various needs of each of our students and families.

Dysart continues to follow the COVID-19 situation, and is in close communication with state health and education agencies, taking direction from them to ensure a safe, yet productive school experience. We will be ready to adjust our plans, if needed. Since the situation is fluid, our district website will contain the most up-to-date information available.  
 
We are asking that parents review the three class format options available below, and make a selection of their choice for each student for the 2020-2021 school year. Starting on Wednesday, July 8, we will share informational videos and details about how to make your selection in the Parent Portal. We request that parents select their preference for each student by Wednesday, July 15, so that the district can appropriately plan for staffing needs. Families that select to attend an in-person option will begin with remote learning on August 4 and transition to campus when it is allowable. Currently the Governor is stating the in-person return date will be August 17, but that is subject to change depending on the local COVID-19 situation.

 
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

 

Split-Time Hybrid (K-8)  >>


This option combines in-person and remote education and will have fewer students in the classroom.  Students will be taking classes in-person two days a week, and remote learning two days a week. Mondays will be reserved for teachers to provide additional assistance. Chromebook laptops may be checked-out, as needed.

Note: The availability of this option is dependent on sufficient numbers of students selecting this option, in each grade level, at each school. It will begin with remote learning only on August 4 and transition to splitting in-person and remote learning, 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

 
 
 
 
We request that parents select their preference for each student by Wednesday, July 15, so that the district can appropriately plan for staffing needs. 
 
 
Please consider which option works best for your student(s) and family, and make your selection in the Parent Portal between July 8-15.  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. Schools will be in touch with you as the start of school approaches with more details regarding virtual start of school events, Chromebook laptop distribution, and other pertinent information. 

 
 

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.