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What is Dysart Doing?

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman​ have ordered statewide school closures through April 10, 2020.

The Dysart Unified School District will remain closed through April 10, 2020. 

Athletics:
All Dysart high school and middle-level athletic events and practices are suspended through April 10. 
Classes:  Classes for all K-12 students as well as Preschool students are canceled through April 10. This includes services for outside placement students.

Child Care Options:
At the request of the Governor for additional child care options, we are once again offering our Spring Camp and Growing Minds Preschool. Priority for these programs will first be given to essential medical, public safety and military personnel, second to current Den Club participants, and then to the general public. Limited space is available, and will be based on staffing capacity. Please note that we are taking additional precautions to ensure the health and safety of the children and staff in these programs. Health screenings for students and staff will take place twice a day, additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be followed, and class sizes will be reduced to ensure space for social distancing. Parents can enroll or get more information online at dysart.org/communityeducation.​

Classes: 
Remote learning begins March 30. Details can be found at www.dysart.org/RemoteLearning​

Cleaning/Sanitizing:
All campuses will undergo a deep cleaning of the entire campus, including furniture, fixtures, drinking fountains, and play equipment. Busses will be completely sanitized, along with all related equipment such as safety vests, car-seats, etc. Dysart has cleaning/sanitizing supplies and sanitizing wands at each site. 

Community Education:
At the request of the Governor for additional child care options, we are once again offering our Spring Camp and Growing Minds Preschool. Priority for these programs will first be given to essential medical, public safety and military personnel, second to current Den Club participants, and then to the general public. Limited space is available, and will be based on staffing capacity. Please note that we are taking additional precautions to ensure the health and safety of the children and staff in these programs. Health screenings for students and staff will take place twice a day, additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be followed, and class sizes will be reduced to ensure space for social distancing. Parents can enroll or get more information online at dysart.org/communityeducation.​​
 
Driver’s Education and other enrichment programs are currently suspended. ​

Continued Instruction:
Dysart has been preparing to continue instruction in various capacities while schools are closed, including through our electronic curriculum site, Schoology. We are working to finalize plans based upon recommendations from the state legislature and Governor’s office.  The alternative instruction delivery (AID) method would begin for students on March 30.  More information, including support for those without computers or internet access, will be provided next week regarding Dysart’s plan to continue instruction for students.​

Events:
All district and school events are postponed through April 10. Additionally, the Valley Vista High School Prom, originally scheduled for April 4 is postponed. The other high school (Dysart, Shadow Ridge, Willow Canyon) proms and working on contingency plans, but are currently still scheduled.

Field Trips:
All district-sponsored student and staff in and out-of-state travel, including field trips, is suspended until further notice.

Food Services:
Beginning Monday, March 23, we will be providing meals to community members 18 and under Monday - Friday, through April 10. Grab-and-go breakfast and lunch will be provided from 11am - 1pm at the following sites: El Mirage Elementary School; Kingswood Elementary School; Dysart High School; Willow Canyon High School; and Shadow Ridge High School. Children must be present to receive meals, per ADE regulations. We encourage you to take advantage of this service and share the details with others in the community.​ Menus are viewable at https://dysart.nutrislice.com/  Please note that substitutions may occur, as needed. Please bear with us as we are working with our vendors to secure products.​

Health Reminders:
Students and staff are being reminded to practice healthy habits. 
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues and wash your hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stop shaking hands. Greet each other in a different way.
  • Stay home when sick.
  • Practice “social distancing” by limiting social interactions

Medication Pickups:
Due to the possible extension of school closures, we want to ensure that all students have immediate access to the medications that are currently located in the school health offices. The district will return ALL medications and ALL medical related supplies back to parents the week on March 23rd. Both prescription medications and over-the-counter medications will be returned. 

Each school has two designated times that medications and health related supplies can be picked up starting on Tuesday 3/24/20 based on this schedule. If you are in an emergency situation and require your child’s medication prior to the designated pick-up time, you can contact our district Lead Nurse, Jacqueline Hoeffler, at [email protected] to make other arrangements.

Medications and supplies will be returned at the school's front office.  A nurse will be available during the designated times. You must have, and be prepared to show, a photo ID. Medications will not be returned without proper identification. If you are unable to personally pick up the medications, please call ahead of time and let the school know who you are sending for pick up. That assigned person must be prepared to show a photo ID as well. If you are uncomfortable coming inside the building, you can call the school office when you arrive, and your medications can be brought outside to you.

Need Other Accommodations? If you are unable to pick up your child’s medications/supplies, during the designated times, please contact your school. They will be available to make other arrangements. All medications and supplies that are not picked up within these times will be locked up in the health office and you will need to reach out to your school directly through the main office to arrange a different pick up time.​

Phone Hotline:
A Dysart Coronavirus Hotline is available for those that have questions that are not answered on this website. The hotline will be staffed daily from 8am - 4pm. Dysart Coronavirus Hotline: 623-876-7070

Student Medication Pickups:
Dysart nurses and administration will be available at each campus location next week for those parents that wish to pick up essential student medications.  A schedule of dates and times for each school will be provided on our website when it is available. Please note that when the schedule is released, only one family member at a time (with appropriate identification) will be allowed to access student medications in the nurse’s office to assure appropriate social distancing.​

Visitors:
Dysart school and district offices and support facilities are closed to the public.