• Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 Communications during 19-20 School Year

     


  • Information posted May 21, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    It is hard to believe that this school year has come to an end. Today’s parent update contains a special message to our senior class, an update on high school athletics and reminders on several topics. This final daily update for the 2019-2020 school year is being emailed to all parents and will be posted at www.dvusd.org/covid19

    Class of 2020
    We appreciate this year’s senior class! You have demonstrated much “grit” over the past two months as you have navigated oceans of uncertainty. We are proud of you! You represent our schools with pride, outstanding character, academic and athletic excellence, and resilience like no other. We know you are bound for excellence. To the Class of 2020 -- You are #Extraordinary!

    To the parents of our senior class, thank you for encouraging your child to finish strong. Our students never cease to amaze us; they took an incomparable situation and made the best of it. They continued to learn, shine, and even smile. Thank you parents for working with us to make lasting memories and send our students confidently into the next part of their journeys.

    High School Athletics Update
    High school athletic directors, coaches and district personnel have begun planning for a return of summer sports activities. At this time, for most sports, our plan calls for conditioning and weight training only, beginning June 1 and lasting at least two weeks. Student-athletes and coaches will be observing proper social distancing guidelines; no equipment will be shared, and we will have enhanced cleaning and sanitation procedures. If the June 1 date should need to be delayed, we will communicate this. High school athletic directors will be sharing more information by the end of the day, May 27.

    Technology Devices
    If you are one of the families who borrowed Chromebooks or iPads during Home Learning AND your child is remaining in Deer Valley Unified School District this fall, please keep the device until a scheduled July drop-off is communicated. If your child will not be returning to a DVUSD school in the fall, then you will need to return any borrowed devices by tomorrow, Friday May 22. Please contact your school to make arrangements. DVUSD devices are only operational with an active DVUSD student account. 

    Support for Parents
    Our final webinar this school year in the Parenting in the Pandemic series is tonight at 7 p.m. Tonight’s webinar is titled “A Public Health Approach to Your Child’s Screens: Why Monitoring Matters and How to Build Trust Doing It.”  **Please note that this webinar contains mature content and is only intended for parents. The link to join is available at: www.dvusd.org/COVID19

    Summer Communication
    Parent updates will continue during the summer. We intend to post a parent update at www.DVUSD.org/COVID19 by the end of each Monday, beginning June 1, 2020. Remember you can also email covid19concerns@dvusd.org with any concerns or questions. 

    We want to thank all of our students and families for your support and participation during Home Learning. The past two months have been a time for everyone to step-up and do things in different ways. We appreciate your efforts, and we wish all of our students and families a safe summer break! 

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent      

    Dr. Gayle Galligan  
    Deputy Superintendent                                                                                  
    Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment    

    Jim Migliorino
    Deputy Superintendent
    Fiscal & Business Services

    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD                      
    Deputy Superintendent    
    Administrative Leadership & Services


  • Information posted May 20, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Wednesday to you all. Today’s update celebrates our 8th graders who are promoting and contains important information about summer communication, as well as reminders on a variety of topics. This update is being emailed to all parents and will be posted at www.dvusd.org/covid19

    Celebrating our 8th Graders!
    We want to recognize the 8th graders across our District who are promoting today! We are proud of you and your accomplishments. We hope that 8th graders and their families enjoy the promotion videos.

    Summer Communication
    Since late March, we made a commitment to communicate with our DVUSD community on a daily basis until the end of the school year. As we approach the summer, we want you to know that we still plan on communicating, however, it will be on a weekly basis. Specifically, we intend to post a parent update at www.DVUSD.org/COVID19 by the end of each Monday beginning June 1, 2020. This communication is important as we know that families are wondering about things such as whether or not we will return to “normal” school in August and/or what social distancing procedures will be implemented. We want to reassure you that we are monitoring the situation on a daily basis, and that we are frequently in communication with local and state health departments and other government agencies. We will follow the guidelines that the 

    Governor and health agencies deem appropriate.

    At this time, it is too early to make a decision as to what will happen in August. We are hopeful that a return to “brick and mortar” (or school as usual prior to COVID-19) will occur, as we miss seeing the smiles of our 34,000 students. While we know that many of our families want their child(ren) to attend school “in person,” we are also cognizant that other families may be fearful to do so due to health concerns. Later this summer, when the situation becomes clearer, we will communicate with parents, students, and staff regarding how school will resume in August.

    Important Friendly Reminders:

    Reminder on Borrowed Devices (e.g. Chromebooks, etc.)
    If you are one of the families who borrowed Chromebooks or iPads during Home Learning AND your child is remaining in Deer Valley Unified School District this fall, please keep the device until a scheduled July drop-off. If your child will not be returning to a DVUSD school in the fall, then you will need to return any borrowed devices during the planned school pickup days. DVUSD devices are only operational with an active DVUSD student account. 

    Home Learning Survey
    You should have received an invitation to take a Home Learning survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you have not done so already. You can access the survey here - https://url.dvusd.org/9685658f.

    There is also a survey for students. Your students can access the survey here - https://url.dvusd.org/731fa3fb.

    Meal Distribution Schedule Update
    DVUSD will continue to provide meals to ALL children 18 and under at various locations in our District through June. Please stay in your car and meals will be placed in the vehicle trunk, cargo space, or empty passenger seat. Child(ren) do not need to be present when picking up the meals. Verbal verification of child name and date of birth, or site pre-approval is required to assure meals are going to children. Beginning Thursday, May 21, the District will provide meals only on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thursday meal distributions will contain 3 days of meals (Thursday, Friday and Monday), while Tuesdays will contain meals for 2 days (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The District may change and/or add locations or hours depending on demand. Please check www.dvusd.org/food every day to see if hours or locations change.

    Our last communication for this week will be tomorrow, Thursday, May 21. Look tomorrow for updates about high school athletics as well as a special message to our seniors and their families.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

     


  • Information posted May 19, 2020
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    May 19, 2020

    DVUSD Families,

    Greetings. Today’s update contains information on a variety of topics including: Parenting in the Pandemic social emotional webinars, Stay-cation Summer Camps, reminders about end of the year grading procedures and Online Enrollment. This update is being emailed to parents and posted on the www.dvusd.org/covid19 website.

    Parenting in the Pandemic Reminder - Tonight 7 p.m.
    DVUSD is hosting its fifth session in the Parenting in the Pandemic series tonight at 7 p.m. Join us as Maria Dismondy, national speaker, educator and author of 10 children’s books, and Michael Klinkner, a local Licensed Clinical Social Worker, share their practical tips and strategies to help parents combat the boredom, challenges, and emotional ups and downs of the coming months and beyond. You can access the link by visiting www.dvusd.org/covid19.

    Community Education Stay-cation Summer Camp will open on June 15, pending Arizona moving to the Phase 2 of Opening America, in which childcare and camps are included. We have redesigned and planned a “Stay-cation'' Summer Camp! Same great staff, innovative and engaging activities, presenters, and fun, fun, fun while remaining on the school campus and maintaining all CDC health and safety recommendations. Along with a lot of handwashing, the camps will include renewed friendships, peer interactions, active play, creativity, and laughter. You can find more information about DVUSD’s Stay-cation Summer Camp at this web page.

    End of Year Grading Reminder
    For K-8 students: 

    • The 4th quarter grade will not be a lower % than their final 3rd quarter grade.
    • Review standards will not be lower than scores previously earned, however any new standards introduced during Home Learning will receive a score of 2
    • Citizenship grades will not be marked on the Quarter 4 report card
    • There will not be any 4th quarter awards for Principal List/Honor Roll or perfect attendance for 4th qtr/year.

    For 9-12 students:

    • The second semester grade will not be a lower percentage than the grade the student had on April 17.

    Online Enrollment
    DVUSD continues to accept enrollment for the 2020-21 school year through email for incoming Kindergartners and students at any other grade level. Due to the governor’s mandated school closure, we are processing enrollment in a digital format. Parents should visit www.dvusd.org/enroll for detailed information on our website about the process. Forms are posted in both English and Spanish.

    It is also important to remind our community that we have two schools opening next school year. First, we will open our first traditional school at the site where Bellair Elementary is currently located. This school has been named The Traditional Academy at Bellair. Interested families should visit www.dvusd.org/traditional for more information. Second, Union Park School is a brand new school that will feature a Spanish immersion program. Families should visit www.dvusd.org/unionpark to learn more.

    Thank you again parents for all that you have done over the past two months. Remember to search #thankaDVparent in Twitter to see the many “thank yous” that our schools are posting. 

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted May 18, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    It is hard to believe that this is the last week of school -- and what an end to the school year it has been! Today’s parent update contains important information on #thankaDVparent, meal distribution schedule changes, and this week’s social emotional webinars along with some friendly reminders regarding our Home Learning Survey and borrowed devices. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/covid19.

    Thank You!
    During the school closures, our parents have been unbelievably supportive and patient. DVUSD wishes to thank all of our parents, guardians, and community members for their partnership during the past two months. We recognize that your support is a key reason why our students and staff have been successful. If you are on Twitter, search under #thankaDVparent to see the many, many thanks to our parents. In addition, Superintendent Dr. Curtis Finch has a message for you. You can watch it at this link. Thank you for your partnership this year!

    Food & Nutrition- Meal Distribution Update
    DVUSD will continue to provide meals to ALL children 18 and under at various locations in our District through June. Please stay in your car and meals will be placed in the vehicle trunk, cargo space, or empty passenger seat. Child(ren) do not need to be present when picking up the meals. Verbal verification of child name and date of birth, or site pre-approval is required to assure meals are going to children. Beginning Thursday, May 21, the District will provide meals on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Thursday meal distributions will contain 3 days of meals (Thursday, Friday and Monday), while Tuesdays will contain meals for 2 days (Tuesdays and Wednesdays). The District may change and/or add locations or hours depending on demand. Please check www.dvusd.org/food every day to see if hours or locations change.

    Social Emotional Webinars This Week
    Our Parenting in the Pandemic webinar series wraps up this week with our final two sessions. On Tuesday, we will present “Raising Resilient Kids” and on Thursday we will conclude with “Coping with COVID--Managing Screen Time for Middle School Kids.” Both webinars begin at 7 p.m. and can be joined through the link found at www.dvusd.org/covid19. On that web page,you can download the “Free “Parenting in the Pandemic” flyer to learn more detailed information about each of these upcoming webinars. To date, we have had several hundred parents join us, so check one out!

    Home Learning Survey
    You should have received an invitation to take a Home Learning survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey if you have not done so already. You can access the survey here - https://url.dvusd.org/9685658f.

    There is also a survey for students. Your students can access the survey here - https://url.dvusd.org/731fa3fb.

    Reminder on Borrowed Devices (e.g. Chromebooks, etc.)
    If you are one of the families who borrowed Chromebooks or iPads during Home Learning AND your child is remaining in Deer Valley Unified School District this fall, please keep the device until a scheduled July drop-off. If your child will not be returning to a DVUSD school in the fall, then you will need to return any borrowed devices during the planned school pickup days. DVUSD devices are only operational with an active DVUSD student account. 

    We wish everyone a great last week of school!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted May 15, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Friday to you! Today’s update contains information regarding how you can provide feedback to us via a survey regarding your experiences with the District during the school closures ordered by the Governor and caused by COVID-19.


    Survey

    We are grateful for your patience and support with "Home Learning," and we thank you for partnering with us during the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year. We understand you had to quickly adjust to an online learning environment for your child and balance school tasks with your own responsibilities. We would like to know how we can improve in case we need to move forward with "Home Learning" again sometime in the future. Please take a couple of minutes to give us your feedback on our survey at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/9685658f. This survey will close at the end of the day on Friday, May 22.


    Again, we thank you in advance for taking time to provide us with important feedback. Your opinion is important to us. It helps guide future planning and assists us in understanding how well we are meeting the needs of our community.


    Sincerely,


    Curtis Finch, PhD

    Superintendent

     

     


  • Information posted May 14, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Today’s brief parent update reminds parents that tonight at 7:00 p.m. DVUSD is pleased to host our fourth social emotional webinar for the parents of our middle and high school students. The webinar is titled “Screens, Tweens, and Quarenteens: How Covid-19 has Changed the Screentime Discussion for the Better.” This session will also discuss the importance of a positive digital footprint for middle and high school aged students. A digital footprint is the trail of data your children create while using the internet. A digital footprint can have both positive and negative consequences for students. If you have a high school or middle school aged child, you don’t want to miss out on this webinar! You can click on this Zoom link on Thursday or you can find the link by visiting www.dvusd.org/covid19.

    Thank You,
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • Information posted May 12, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Tuesday. Today’s brief update provides information about pickup procedures and  the fourth Parenting in the Pandemic social emotional webinar, which is designed specifically for families of middle and high school students. This update is also posted at www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    Pickup Procedures
    All DVUSD schools will be planning and scheduling student item pickup. Administrators from each campus will communicate pickup details directly with their families in the next few days. (Some may have already communicated with families). Efforts will be made so that families with multiple children can pick up on a single date. In addition, schools will be communicating procedures for returning items such as library books, band instruments and athletic uniforms during this time. Social distancing practices and other safety procedures from local, state and national health agencies will be observed during both processes. Parents should review this link for important social distancing guidelines.

    Please note: If you are one of the families who borrowed Chromebooks or iPads during Home Learning AND your child is remaining in Deer Valley Unified School District this fall, please keep the device until a scheduled July drop-off. If your child will not be returning to a DVUSD school in the fall, then you will need to return any borrowed devices during the planned school pickup days. DVUSD devices are only operational with an active DVUSD student account. 

    Parenting in the Pandemic Webinar - Thursday, May 14, 7:00 pm
    This Thursday, May 14, at 7:00 p.m. DVUSD is pleased to host our fourth social emotional webinar for our parent community. The webinar is titled “Coping with Covid: Positive Parenting Practices for Managing Screen Time and Remote Learning Challenges for High School Students.” This session will also discuss the importance of a positive digital footprint for high school aged students. A digital footprint is the trail of data your children create while using the internet. A digital footprint can have both positive and negative consequences for students. If you have a high school or middle school aged child, you don’t want to miss out on this webinar! You can click on this Zoom link on Thursday or you can find the link by visiting www.dvusd.org/covid19.

    We hope that Home Learning is going well for you and your child(ren). We thank you for your partnership during these unprecedented times. Remember that you can email COVID19concerns@dvusd.org if you have questions or concerns as this account is checked daily.


    Sincerely,

    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD
    Deputy Superintendent
    Administrative Leadership & Services

     


  • Information posted May 7, 2020

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    DVUSD Families,


    Happy Thursday to our families. Today’s brief update reminds you of our third parent webinar in the Parenting in the Pandemic series. The webinar will have helpful insight for all families and especially for those with 8th graders and high school seniors.


    Parenting in the Pandemic Series - The Care and Keeping of Your Family During COVID-19 and Beyond

    DVUSD presents the third webinar in our series - Parenting in the Pandemic tonight at 7 p.m. This year has presented unique challenges to end the school year for students transitioning to the next chapter in their lives. Our experts will provide insight especially targeted to parents of 8th grade students transitioning to high school and seniors transitioning to college or career. You can access the webinar with the following Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87959020785. We hope to see you “virtually” tonight!


    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • Information posted May 5, 2020
    Letter emailed to all DVUSD families  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Greetings. Today’s update provides additional information about the graduation ceremonies, a brief message about pickup procedures for all students, and a reminder about upcoming parent webinars.

    Graduation Ceremony Update
    Last Friday, we released a joint announcement with Peoria and Dysart regarding our intent to hold an-in person graduation ceremony in early July. You can view that announcement by clicking here. State Farm Stadium provided July 2 and July 3 to us for our 5 high schools. We recognize that some families would have hoped for a date not so close to the July 4 holiday, however, State Farm Stadium dictates the dates to us.

    We also want to make sure that parents have realistic expectations. Parents should plan for State Farm Stadium to limit the size of the audience. At this time, State Farm Stadium is telling us that there will be a two ticket limit per graduate. Should this change, we will notify parents of seniors. Please know that the ceremony will be livestreamed, so multiple family members and friends will be able to watch the event live. We know ticket limits are disappointing, however, we must balance holding this in-person ceremony with keeping our seniors and families safe. By following health guidance in place at the time of the graduation ceremony, we hope to preserve this important rite of passage for the students in the class of 2020.

    Senior Check-Out
    Seniors and their parents should expect communication from their respective high schools no later than the end of day Monday, May 18 with information about senior check-out dates, times, and procedures.

    Pickup for PreK - 11th Grade Student Belongings
    Teams of campus leaders are currently planning to establish dates, times, and procedures for the pickup of student belongings. More details will come from the District and each school by the end of the day, Tuesday, May 19.

    Social-Emotional Webinars
    Tonight at 7 p.m. DVUSD will host the second of its sessions in the series “Parenting in the Pandemic.”  More information about tonight’s presentation along with the Zoom link can be found by visiting www.dvusd.org/covid19. Information about the entire series can be found at this webpage.


    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent


    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD
    Deputy Superintendent 
    Administrative Leadership & Services

     


  • Information posted May 4, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,


    Happy Monday to our DVUSD community. We hope that everyone had a safe and relaxing weekend. Today’s daily update provides information on helpful parent webinars that DVUSD is providing this week.


    Supports for Parents - Parenting in the Pandemic Webinars
    As we continue to support our community through the COVID-19 crisis, we are proud to offer two additional webinars this week for parents: the first is Raising Successful People on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. The second is on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m., and is titled Under Pressure: The Care and Keeping of Your Family During COVID-19 and Beyond. 
    View the flyer here.

    All parents are welcome to watch these webinars that feature national and local experts in the area of social-emotional wellness. The sessions will consist of 20 minute interviews with subject matter experts and authors providing practical tips, strategies, and ideas. A Question & Answer portion will follow the presentation.


    The link to join is
     https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86385743465. We encourage you to participate and to share the information with other parents.

     

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted May 1, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Today’s communication provides an update about the High School Graduation Ceremonies and Food Distribution Time Changes starting Monday, May 4. 

    High School Graduation Ceremonies 
    We are appreciative of the input we received from our parents via the survey that went out on Tuesday of this week. We received almost 2,000 responses from our parents, and the overwhelming majority indicated that they were in favor of a summer in-person ceremony. Today, we are releasing a joint announcement with two other districts, along with some information specific to DVUSD’s graduation ceremonies.


     

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    Joint Announcement on High School Graduations

    For the past several weeks, District leaders have been working with State Farm Stadium to provide memorable Graduation Ceremonies for our Class of 2020 Seniors. Originally, graduation ceremonies were scheduled for May, but in light of the physical school closures through the end of this school year as ordered by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, social distancing guidelines and event size restrictions, it is not prudent to hold ceremonies as originally scheduled. Our districts still want to hold these important ceremonies, and we are making plans to do so, if it is feasible. 

    If gathering restrictions are lifted or adjusted to allow the event to take place, the following dates are reserved at State Farm Stadium to hold our Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies:

    June 26 – 27: Peoria Unified School District
    June 30: Dysart Unified School District
    July 2 – 3: Deer Valley Unified School District

    The specific format for the ceremonies is still to be determined, and will be dependent upon guidance from state government, health officials, and State Farm Stadium. Ceremony times and dates for individual schools will be determined by each district and communicated to seniors and their families when confirmed.

    The Deer Valley, Dysart and Peoria schools serve 95,999 preK-12th grade students in the northwest valley.



    DVUSD Specific Information

    The schedule for our 5 high schools is as follows:

    July 2:  Boulder Creek - 12 Noon
                Mountain Ridge - 3:30 p.m.

    July 3:  Barry Goldwater - 9:00 a.m.
                  Sandra Day O’Connor - 12:30 p.m.
                  Deer Valley - 4:00 p.m.

    We will continue to share information with you as we learn more from State Farm. We anticipate disseminating more information by early next week. Additionally, each high school will be communicating school specific information regarding the senior check-out process. This information should be provided to our seniors and their families by May 10. Campus leadership at each high school will be reaching out to the senior officers to discuss next steps.

    Food Distribution Time Change goes into effect on Monday May 4, 2020. 
    Distribution hours vary by location due to program demand and meal transportation logistics. These changes are being implemented due to the increase in outdoor temperatures and to reflect program demands of each location. You can view these Food & Nutrition updates by visiting www.dvusd.org/food.

    We want to end today’s communication by thanking our parents and staff members who joined our first “Parenting in the Pandemic” webinar last night. Next Tuesday and Thursday, we will offer webinars on new topics at 7 p.m. You can view specific webinar topics at www.dvusd.org/COVID19. We hope all parents will join us for at least one of our webinars.

    Have a safe weekend,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent      

    Dr. Gayle Galligan  
    Deputy Superintendent                                                                                 
    Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment    

    Jim Migliorino
    Deputy Superintendent
    Fiscal & Business Services

    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD
    Deputy Superintendent     
    Administrative Leadership & Services        


  • Information posted April 30, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Thursday to you all. Today’s message contains information about: high school graduation ceremonies8th grade promotion, and social-emotional and mental health support.

    High School Graduation
    We thank the families of our seniors for taking the graduation survey which closes today at 5 p.m. An announcement about High School Graduation Ceremonies will be made on Friday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m. at www.dvusd.org/COVID19 and will be emailed to parents and guardians of our senior students.


    8th Grade Promotion 
    The decision to close our schools for the remainder of the year to protect the health and safety of our students and their families means that our traditional in-person 8th grade promotion ceremony will not be possible. We must set reasonable expectations of what can safely occur. Although our 8th grade promotion ceremony may not be the same as in year’s past, we are committed to making it meaningful, appropriate, and memorable. To commemorate the event, schools will be recording a special video to honor our 8th graders and celebrate their transition to high school. Each student will receive a link to the video presentation which can be shared with friends and family. In addition, 8th grade students will receive their program and personalized promotion certificate at a future date. 

    Coping with COVID-19, DVUSD Support
    Southwest Behavioral & Health Services (SB&H) has been a mental health partner with DVUSD for the past three years. The partnership with SB&H began with 4 clinicians in 6 campuses and has grown to 13 clinicians in over 20 Deer Valley schools. Due to the recent turn of events with the pandemic, SB&H has moved all of their services to a telehealth platform to allow them to continue providing counseling to our existing students and families, as well as opening up referrals across the entire district to both students and adults. This is a resource available to DVUSD parents for their children and themselves. You will find attached referral forms for youth and adults. DVUSD Referral Form for an Adult  DVUSD Referral Form for Youth


    Social-Emotional Support Event Reminder
    Due to increased access to social media by students while schools are closed, DVUSD has reached out to local and national mental health experts to coordinate a series of online webinars about online safety for our parent community. The webinars will be hosted by Katie McPherson, the social media expert who presents at our Community Conversations. The first webinar is titled “Coping With COVID: Positive Parenting For Managing Screen Time and Remote Learning Challenges For Elementary Students (PK-5)”. It will occur tonight, Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86385743465You can view upcoming webinars by clicking here.

     

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Gayle Galligan                              
    Deputy Superintendent
    Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment                      

    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD
    Deputy Superintendent           
    Administrative Leadership & Services


  • Information posted April 28, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Greetings! Today’s posting provides information on social-emotional support the District is providing to our parent community as well as a brief update for our graduating seniors.

    Supports for Parents - Positive Parenting Practices
    As we continue to support our community through the COVID-19 crisis, we are proud to continue our commitment to youth mental health, social-emotional wellness, and student safety.

    We have partnered with Dr. Max McGee and Ms. Katey McPherson to offer an ongoing series of sessions for parents titled “Supports for Parenting in the Pandemic.” They are national and local experts in the area of social-emotional wellness. These sessions will consist of 20 minute interviews with subject matter experts and authors full of practical tips, strategies, and ideas to support you through our current reality. A Question & Answer portion will follow the presentation.

    We will host our first of the series, “Coping With COVID: Positive Parenting For Managing Screen Time and Remote Learning Challenges For Elementary Students (PK-5)” this Thursday, April 30 at 7 p.m. This initial session will feature Frank Griffitts (Retired Special Agent AZ Attorney General’s Office) and Chris McKenna (Protect Young Eyes). Several of our sessions will target the parents of specific age groups. This first session is designed for parents of students in preschool through fifth grade, but anyone is welcome to attend.

    These series will be presented in Zoom. The link to join is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86385743465.

    We encourage you to participate and to share the information with other parents who may be interested.

    Graduation Ceremony
    Per our earlier updates, we will be soliciting input from the parents of our senior students this week. Families of DVUSD seniors will be receiving a one-question survey regarding their child’s graduation ceremony. Parents should expect to receive an email link to this survey at 5 p.m. today. Due to the time sensitivity of this matter, the survey will only be open until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 30.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

     


  • Information posted April 27, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,


    Today’s update concerns the DVUSD Food Distribution. Since this topic is of high interest, we will email this communication to parents in addition to posting it at 
    www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    New meal distribution times will go into effect on Monday May 4, 2020. Distribution hours vary by location due to program demand and meal transportation logistics. These changes are being implemented due to the increase in outdoor temperatures and to reflect program demands of each location. See attached PDF with times and locations. You can also be see these Food & Nutrition updates by visiting www.dvusd.org/food.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted April 22, 2020  

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    The following letter was emailed to all DVUSD High School families.

    DVUSD Families,

    In today’s update, we offered some additional information about high school grading. Since this topic is of high interest, we will email this communication to the parents of our high school students in addition to posting it at www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    High School Semester Grading Information 
    In yesterday’s update, we gave shout outs of appreciation to our K-8 students. In today’s posting, we recognize our secondary students who took the opportunity to improve their grades from April 6 through April 17!

    Moving forward, grades for our high school students will reflect current evidence of learning for home learning tasks. This means grades may fluctuate based on student performance each week. However, the final grades for the second semester will not be lower than the student’s grades on April 17. 

    The exception to this is for students who are enrolled in Pathways or Deer Valley Online 6-Week Fast Track courses. In addition, for Dual Enrollment courses, our partner colleges support continued instruction on learning objectives and competencies, focusing on grade improvement. In rare cases, the college grade may be lower than the high school grade. 

    As a reminder, high school students can continue to improve their second semester grades through the end of the spring semester. Most importantly, we want to impress on our families that while the grade at the end of the semester cannot be lower than the grade on April 17, it is important for students to continue learning and growing skills necessary for next year's coursework, college, and career. The benefits for your high school student staying engaged and participating with their teachers include:

    • Preparation for future learning
    • Earning dual enrollment credit, AP, and industry certifications
    • Readiness for successful launch into college & career
    • Preparation for SAT, ACT, & PSAT assessments
    • Improvement of grades for earning high school credits & increasing GPA on transcript
    • Continued participation in learning disciplines / habits
    • Preparation & awareness of scholarship opportunities
    • Maintaining connections with teachers & peers
    • Participating in meaningful and engaging learning activities
    • Developing experience with online learning & digital tools

    We appreciate your cooperation and support. Remember that you can email general questions or concerns to COVID19concerns@dvusd.org. This email account is checked daily.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • Information posted April 21, 2020  

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    The following letter was emailed to all DVUSD families.

    DVUSD Families,

    We hope that Day 2 of new learning is going well for you and your child(ren). In today’s update, we offer additional information that explains the “why” behind some of our 4th quarter grading procedures. Since this topic is of high interest, we will email this communication to our parents in addition to posting it at www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    New Home Learning Grades K-6: Why is it important for elementary students?
    These last 5 weeks of instruction are intended to be meaningful and engaging, with a focus on the most essential skills for the final quarter. New content is being taught through the remainder of the year, equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for the next grade level or content.

    Be sure you stay connected by: a) following the weekly emails b) checking the Weekly Home Learning templates on staff websites, Google Classroom or Canvas and c) asking your child about their learning progress. Don’t stress, but remember this time is ESSENTIAL for continued learning, connections between classmates and teachers, and final preparation for next year

    New Home Learning Grades 7-12: By participating in Home Learning, students will support their continued learning which can result in:

    Middle School Students

    • Preparation for future learning
    • Readiness for successful launch into high school 
    • Improvement of grades for 8th grade promotion
    • Continued participation in learning disciplines / habits
    • Maintaining connections with teachers & peers
    • Participating in meaningful and engaging learning activities
    • Developing experience with online learning & digital tools

    High School Students 

    • Preparation for future learning
    • Earning dual enrollment credit, AP, and industry certifications
    • Readiness for successful launch into college & career
    • Preparation for SAT, ACT, & PSAT assessments
    • Improvement of grades for earning high school credits & increasing GPA on transcript
    • Continued participation in learning disciplines / habits
    • Preparation & awareness of scholarship opportunities
    • Maintaining connections with teachers & peers
    • Participating in meaningful and engaging learning activities
    • Developing experience with online learning & digital tools


    K-8 3rd Quarter Grades and Report Card
    We are very proud of our students for a successful 3rd quarter amidst so much change. In addition, we are sending a shout out of appreciation to our students who took the opportunity to improve their 3rd quarter grades!

    Parents can view their students Quarter 3 grades from the quicklookup in PowerSchool. If you have never logged into PowerSchool, first you need to download the Deer Valley Unified SD App on your Apple or android device. Then view the video tutorial which can be accessed by clicking here. You can also request help for logging into PowerSchool from your school’s registrar. Upon request, parents can receive an emailed copy of the report card from the school registrar.

    3rd Quarter Principal and Honor Roll certificates will be emailed to parents. Your child's teacher might also hold a virtual class celebration for their Principal and Honor Roll students.

    K-8 4th Quarter Grading Information 
    Grades will reflect current evidence of learning for home learning tasks. This means grades may fluctuate based on student performance each week. However, the final grades for the 4th quarter will not be lower than the 3rd quarter grades.

    We thank you for taking time to read these daily updates. We appreciate your cooperation and support during the last 5 weeks of Home Learning. Remember that you can email general questions or concerns to COVID19concerns@dvusd.org. This email account is checked daily.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted April 20, 2020  

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    The following letter was emailed to all DVUSD families.

    DVUSD Families,

    We wish you a happy Monday. We hope that you have all had a great start to new Home Learning opportunities. Due to the interest in grading and reporting, we are reminding you that a detailed parent update on this topic was sent last Friday, April 17, via email. We are including a link to last Friday’s update here for your convenience. There is one clarification we are adding here that pertains to virtual class meetings and speech pathologists. It was mentioned that Speech Pathologists will offer a 60 minute open virtual meeting each day. In actuality, they are providing teletherapy synchronously to students on IEPs.

    Have a great week!
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted April 17, 2020  

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    The following letter was emailed to all DVUSD families.

    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Friday to our DVUSD community. We hope that you and your child have had many positive experiences with our Home Learning opportunities over the past two weeks. We have been pleased to read the numerous positive emails from parents telling us how excited their kids are to connect with their teachers and friends. Today’s daily posting focuses on updated information on grading and reporting. Since this topic is of high interest, we will email this communication to our parents in addition to posting it at www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    Update on Grading and Reporting
    We know these are unprecedented times, and moving an entire district to online learning takes thought, time, resources, and training. What we have learned, not only from schools in Arizona, but from schools across the nation, is that it is important to consider students’ and families’ social and emotional well-being during this difficult time.

    Remote home learning over the next five weeks is not typical online learning instruction. We are dedicated to helping ALL of our students connect with their teachers for new learning during this worldwide health pandemic. What we know about online learning under normal circumstances is that less is more. Because technology devices in many of our families are shared with multiple family members for schooling, work, and life management, we must be mindful of the time requirements expected for schooling activities. 

    Teaching and New Learning for the Last 5 Weeks of the School Year
    The daily workload time for students each day remains the same. The quality of the lesson or assignment is more important than quantity.

    Daily work expectations for students:

    • PreSchool: 1 hour
    • K-2: 2 hours
    • 3-4: 2 hours
    • 5-6: 3 hours
    • 7-12: 2 hours/per course/per week

    PreK-12 Synchronous* Learning Opportunities

    • Teachers may provide synchronous teacher-directed instruction for students during virtual class meeting hours under the following parameters:
      • All teacher-directed instruction will be recorded and posted in Canvas or Google Classroom on that same day for students to access.
      • Teachers will avoid recording student pictures/video/full names during the teacher-directed instruction portion.

    *Synchronous learning is real-time online learning. Teachers and students interact in a specific virtual place, through a specific online medium, at a specific time.  

    Virtual Class Meetings
    All teachers will offer Virtual Class Meetings for students. Additionally, teachers may be contacted directly for appointments by parents or specific students to obtain individual help. Students will not be penalized if they are unable to participate. The Zoom / Google Meet access details will only be provided through secure means (email or within the learning platform). 

    • Grades PreK-6: For students who have the same teacher for their core content areas (e.g. math, ELA, social studies, and science), these teachers will post a weekly schedule to offer Zoom or Google Meet sessions for students (60 minutes daily). For students who have separate teachers for each content area (also known as departmentalized), their teachers may provide 30 minute virtual class meetings per the number of courses offered each day instead. Weekly schedules will be sent home in emails and published on teacher or school websites.
    • Grades 7-12: Teachers will have a posted and set time for a 30 minute virtual class meeting for students to support learning twice per week per class period Mondays - Thursday. Weekly schedules will be posted in the Canvas course and on the school website. 
    • K-12 Support Staff includes Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Speech, Nurses, Social Workers, Interventionist, Reading Specialists. Support Staff will offer a 60 minute open virtual meeting each day to provide lessons, support strategies, and answer general questions. Students and parents will also be provided an opportunity to set up appointments for more specific requests and needs. 

    Grading
    The content taught in the 4th quarter will be the essential standards students need to know to finish the school year. Our teachers will place intense focus on the most essential of the standards that have not yet been presented. One of our goals is to decrease, as much as possible, potential loss of learning, and that is why it  is crucial for students to continue learning and growing in skills necessary for next school year.

    The following grading practices will guide teacher-directed instruction and grading during Home Learning to provide consistency for students, teachers, and parents throughout the district.

    4th Quarter Grading: K-8
    For K-8 students, the 4th quarter begins on April 20 when teacher-directed instruction of new content begins. All students will begin the 4th quarter with their 3rd quarter grade. Students with “F”s will not have a score lower than a 50% to start the quarter. The 4th quarter final grade cannot be lower than the student’s 3rd quarter final grade.

    High School Grading
    High school students can continue to improve their second semester grades through the end of the semester. Given that new content will be taught beginning April 20, the student’s final grade at the end of the semester cannot be lower than the student’s grade as of April 17. 

    We want to impress on our families that while grades cannot drop at this time, it is important  for students to continue learning and growing skills necessary for next year's coursework, college, and career. 

    Overall Grading Procedures

    • Student work completed and submitted will be provided feedback and receive a grade 
    • One (1) meaningful grade per subject per week will be entered into a teacher’s gradebook based on the due dates assigned by the teacher
    • Any student failing can be provided assignments to bring the grade up to passing
    • Alternative assignments can be provided if needed
    • Teachers will ensure clear documentation on extended support, outreach, and opportunities provided for students who are not completing assignments, not engaged in online learning opportunities, or who cease to actively complete 4th quarter instructional activities.

    Home Learning Expectations
    Although our Home Learning expectations are new, we want our students and families to know that we have based our decisions on the DVUSD Home Learning Philosophy: 

    Deer Valley Unified School District's philosophy for a successful home learning implementation focuses on student connectionequity, and a smooth and simple transition so that every student can achieve learning success and maintain social and emotional well-being.

    Thank you for your cooperation during this transition to Home Learning. We are in constant communication with peer districts around the state and nation and our procedures are similar to most of our peer districts. We appreciate your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we strive to make decisions that are in the best interests of ALL of our students. If you have any questions or concerns, please send an email to covid19concerns@dvusd.org. This account is checked daily. We encourage you to review the various resources that are posted on www.dvusd.org/covid19 as well.

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent       

    Dr. Gayle Galligan                                                                                 
    Deputy Superintendent

    Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment      

    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD
    Deputy Superintendent 
    Administrative Leadership & Services


  • Information posted April 15, 2020  

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    The following letter was emailed to families of our 8th and 12th grade students.

    DVUSD Families,

    Today’s posting focuses on high school related items, as well as 8th grade promotion ceremonies.  

    Graduation Ceremony
    On April 2, we provided our initial communication regarding graduation ceremonies for our high school seniors. We let parents know that we would monitor the situation and inform parents of any new developments. As of today, here are the updates as it relates to the ceremony:

    • We are still uncertain if mass gathering restrictions will continue into May. The Governor's current Stay at Home order is set to expire April 30.
    • If restrictions are lifted, and if local and state health agencies deem that it is safe to hold mass gatherings, then it is possible that the original graduation dates will be kept. 
    • We have been in conversation with representatives from State Farm Stadium as to whether other dates in the summer would be available if the original dates are not feasible due to restrictions on mass gatherings. We are aware that a possible change in dates is not a perfect solution due to potential scheduling conflicts for graduates, their families, and DVUSD staff. This option is also complicated by the fact that we must coordinate any schedule changes with several other districts who also utilize the State Farm Stadium as their venue for graduation ceremonies.
    • If no restrictions are lifted or if the likelihood of them being lifted is minimal, then we will consider other options.

    At this point in time, we still do not have enough information to make a decision. Once the Governor, as well as local and state health agencies, provide details about which restrictions will continue after April 30, we will update you. While we know this is frustrating, the safety of our students, families and staff is our first priority. We ask for your patience as we know that the graduation ceremonies are cherished events for seniors, their families, and the many staff members at our schools and District. 

    Our next steps are the following:

    • We will solicit input from the parents of our seniors regarding the possibility of a summer option. This will be in the form of a survey and will be sent before the end of the month via email.
    • We will then meet (via virtual format) with the senior class officers from all five high schools and consider their input.
    • We will communicate with seniors and their families by May 1 with updated information. 

    Senior Last Day
    If the graduation ceremonies are changed to a later date, then the last day for all seniors at our five high schools will be May 15.  

    8th Grade Promotion Ceremony
    Due to the uncertainty about which restrictions on mass gatherings will continue after April 30, we have not yet made a decision about our 8th grade promotion ceremonies. We will communicate again on this topic before the end of the month.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

     


  • Information posted April 13, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you and your child have had a good start to this final week of review instruction. Today’s brief posting provides an update on enrollment for next school year. Please keep in mind, we are updating the website www.dvusd.org/COVID19 every day by 4 p.m. 

    Online Enrollment Underway

    We are currently accepting enrollments for the 2020-21 school year. This is true for incoming Kindergartners and students at any other grade level. Due to the governor’s mandated school closure, we are processing enrollment in a digital format. Parents should click here for detailed information on our website about the process. Forms are posted in both English and Spanish.

    It is also important to remind our community that we have two schools opening next school year. First, we will open our first traditional school at the site where Bellair Elementary is currently located. This school has been named The Traditional Academy at Bellair. Interested families should visit www.dvusd.org/traditional for more information. Second, Union Park School is a brand new school that will feature a Spanish immersion program. Families should visit www.dvusd.org/unionpark to learn more.

    Later this week there will be updates on grading and the graduation ceremony for our high school seniors. Finally, remember that you can send questions related to topics impacted by the school closure to covid19concerns@dvusd.org.

    Thank You,
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted April 9, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    We are happy to hear stories of children having a productive first week of Home Learning. We hope that you are able to enjoy the extended holiday weekend and that everyone stays safe. Today’s brief posting contains updates on Food & Nutrition, General Communication, and a reminder about no Home Learning on Friday.

    Food & Nutrition
    We thank everyone for their cooperation with our safety procedures during the distribution of meals today. Everyone who came today received meals for both today and tomorrow. We were able to serve almost 19,000 meals to the kids in our community! The next meal distribution will be Monday, April 13. See www.dvusd.org/food for exact locations and times.

    General Communication for DVUSD Families
    We encourage families to visit www.dvusd.org/covid19 for current information related to how the school closures are impacting our district. DVUSD families can communicate concerns to the district surrounding any school closure issue using the email address covid19concerns@dvusd.org.This email account is checked daily.

    In addition, we have posted an updated set of FAQs on our website. This can be found at www.dvusd.org/SchoolClosureFAQ. The responses for the FAQs are largely drawn from the daily parent updates.

    No Home Learning on Friday April 10
    This is a friendly reminder that the District is closed for all business on Friday, April 10. There is no expectation for students to engage in online Home Learning on this day. Students will resume online Home Learning on Monday, April 13.

    This is our last daily posting for the week. We will continue with our postings on Monday, April 13. Enjoy your weekend.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

     


  • Information posted April 8, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Food & Nutrition

    We want to remind families that we will be distributing meals tomorrow, Thursday, April 9. Tomorrow’s distribution will be for two days of meals. There will be no distribution on Friday, April 10. The reason for this change is to increase safety for both families and staff.

    Due to the increased demand for student meals, we have made several adjustments to our procedures, and will implement the following, beginning tomorrow:

    • Increased quantities of meals prepared.
    • Increased the distribution time at the 57th and Grovers and Mirage Elementary locations.
    • Distribution points have been added and revised to address traffic flow at select sites.

    We ask that parents help us with distribution by following these guidelines:

    • Stay in the car - Please let DVUSD staff put meals in your trunk or on the passenger seat. If this is not an option, allow staff to roll the cart to your car window to grab.
    • Prepare for receipt of meals by releasing the latch of trunk/cargo space or rolling down window for placement on an empty passenger seat.
    • Pick up only 1 multi-day set of meals per child, per distribution day.

    We thank you for your cooperation in supporting us with these procedures. Although we want to make this process as convenient as possible, we also want a safe meal distribution process. Lastly, please see www.dvusd.org/food for the most current information on food distribution.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • Information posted April 7, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Today’s posting focuses on Grading & Reporting. DVUSD’s goal is to continue to provide targeted and purposeful instruction. Although grades are important, an emphasis on learning should be the focus through the end of this school year. Please read the following information and also review it with your child(ren).

    3rd Quarter Grading: K-8
    For the next two weeks, April 6-17, students will engage in teacher-directed review of 3rd quarter material. As students are growing accustomed to their new Home Learning experiences (e.g. resources, schedule, and expectations), they will also have the opportunity to improve their 3rd quarter grades through Friday, April 17. For K-8 students, the third quarter will officially end on April 17 and the 4th quarter will start on April 20 when teacher-directed instruction of new content begins. If grade improvement for 3rd quarter grades is something your student wants to pursueplease reach out to his or her teacher(s)

    End-of-Quarter or Year Honors: K-8
    End-of-year celebrations and awards are important to students and families. Third quarter grades will be final on April 17. Schools will then run lists of students earning Honor Roll and Principal’s List for the 3rd quarter and email certificates to students. Schools might also plan virtual celebrations, so please look for school communications in the upcoming weeks. For this year only, we will not recognize the fourth quarter Honor Roll or Principal's List. For our 8th grade students, we will still award the End-of-Year President’s Award for Education Excellence and the President’s Award for Outstanding Education Excellence if we receive them from the President and U.S. Secretary of Education. 

    High School Grading
    High school students can continue to improve their second semester grades through the end of the semester. Given that new content will be taught beginning April 20, high school students should take advantage of this unique two-week window to revisit previous learning and potentially improve grades based on resubmission of assignments or assessments. If grade improvement is something your student wants to pursueplease reach out to his or her teacher(s)

    We will have additional information regarding grading in an upcoming parent update.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted April 6, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you and your child have a productive week of Home Learning with your child's teachers. Today’s posting contains important updates on Food & Nutrition, Zoom, and National Assistant Principal Week. Please keep in mind, we are updating the website www.dvusd.org/COVID19 every day by 4 pm.

    Food & Nutrition
    Today we experienced a huge increase in the number of people coming to pick up food at our various sites. We will make adjustments moving forward to reduce wait time and to ensure that there is sufficient food available at our sites. We are appreciative that so many families are taking advantage of our free breakfasts and lunches. Remember that the next meal distribution day will be Thursday, April 9.

    Zoom
    DVUSD is using Zoom for Education to facilitate video calls between teachers and their students during home learning. To protect the security and privacy of students, Zoom provides encrypted video meetings and the services designed for educational users comply with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Furthermore, Zoom’s Privacy Policy for K-12 Schools & Districts demonstrates adherence to the requirements of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).

    Zoom recently added the requirement of passwords for all Zoom meetings and these settings are locked for all educational users. This measure was implemented to increase the security of meetings. 

    There are additional customizable settings within accounts for education users and DVUSD has provided staff with guidance on the expected Zoom security settings - including the use of a waiting room to screen participants before entry, not allowing participants to join meetings prior to the host, disabling private 1:1 chat between participants, not permitting file transfer within the meeting chat, and muting participants upon entry. With these settings, teachers can facilitate meetings with students to continue providing support to students during Home Learning. Interaction with teachers and peers can benefit students with academic progress and social-emotional well-being; however, participation in Zoom meetings is optional.

    To prepare for, access, join, and participate in Zoom meetings please refer to these instructions for DVUSD students and parents - https://url.dvusd.org/f6c40d04.

    National Assistant Principal (AP) Week
    The week of April 6-10 is National Assistant Principals Week!  This week has been designated specifically to honor assistant principals and acknowledge their key role in the success and achievements of schools and students nationwide. DVUSD will be celebrating our #extraordinary Assistant Principals and our Deans of Students by posting pictures and words of appreciation on Twitter using #APWeek20 as we acknowledge the great work that our APs and Deans contribute year-round.  

    Here are two ways parents and students can help us celebrate from home! You can like the tweets on our DVUSD Twitter account celebrating AP Week. You can also send e-cards or thank you notes to make their week more special.

    Deer Valley Unified School District 


  • Information posted April 3, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Friday to all of our DVUSD families! We have communicated about many important items this week. Today’s update will be brief and will consist of a short message regarding virtual interaction and a reminder about the change to meal distribution starting next week.

    Food & Nutrition
    As communicated earlier in the week, beginning Monday, April 6, our meal distribution sites will provide meals for multiple days at a time. On Mondays, families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch for 3 days all at one time. On Thursdays, families will again be able to come and pick up breakfast and lunch for 2 days. To be clear, with this new planmeals will no longer be distributed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. With this change:

    • The hours for distribution on Monday and Thursday will be expanded.
    • Parents will no longer be required to have their child(ren) in the car when picking up the meals. If a parent wishes to pick up food without their child present, then the parent(s) will need to provide a photo ID and the date of birth for each child receiving a meal.

    We are enacting this change to increase safety for all parties and to make the process more convenient for our families.  See www.dvusd.org/food for a list of sites and times.

    Virtual Interaction
    There are some concerns floating around regarding the safety of the various digital tools (e.g. Zoom) that districts across the country, including ours, are using or intending to use for virtual interaction and instruction between students and staff. We are aware of the concerns and have been communicating diligently with staff about how to apply necessary privacy and security settings. In DVUSD, we value the importance of students connecting and seeing their teachers on a routine basis. Know that we are monitoring on a daily basis any updates regarding these tools. We will provide additional information in Monday’s daily parent update.

    Our teachers are excited to begin teacher-directed Home Learning this upcoming Monday, April 6. Please check student and parent emails for more direction from your child’s teacher. Have a Safe Weekend!  

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information sent April 2, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    Good afternoon. Today’s posting contains important updates pertaining to students at the high school level. Please keep in mind, we are updating the website www.dvusd.org/COVID19 every day by 4 pm. 

    High School Updates

    Prom
    We know that our high school students, especially our seniors, have been waiting patiently to hear updates about important end of year events. We have heard from many parents who have asked us to wait on making decisions on whether we could continue with certain end of year events and celebrations. 

    Unfortunately, due to continued health concerns with COVID-19 and the extension of the school closures, it is time to announce that prom dances for all of our high schools are cancelled. We empathize with our juniors and seniors who were looking forward to this event, and we know that this news will be extremely disappointing.

    Graduation
    We also know that even more important to our senior level students and their families is knowing what will happen with the graduation ceremony. We are not making any decisions yet. This delay is frustrating for some as we have heard from parents who want to know if family members should plan to attend. However, there are two important points that we need our community to know concerning any decisions about graduation. 

    First, we know how important this event is, and therefore, we do not want to cancel if mass gathering restrictions are lightened. Second, we are also waiting for an update from the Governor and State Superintendent Hoffman as both indicated in a joint news conference that they would be providing guidance on this topic. We expect some clarification by mid to late April as to what options might be available. Once we are aware of these options, we will look to gather some input from the community as to desired next steps.

    There are other items related to graduation such as graduation announcements, senior pictures, cap and gown and senior check-out items that have been ordered or are provided by the school. As we learn about our next steps for graduation, we will work to coordinate dates and times for pick up of items when it is safe to do so. Schools plan to provide an update to parents by April 15. If on April 15, we still do not have enough information to make decisions, we will let you know at that time. 

    We do understand that this is a challenging time, but we ask that families be patient while we wait for clarity from our state health department on whether a ceremony can occur prior to requesting order cancellations or refunds for certain items.


    Yearbooks, Lockers, Athletic Uniforms, Etc.
    A date and time will be communicated to families in the future for other items such as:

    • Picking up Yearbooks (It is important to note that some of our yearbook companies are experiencing a delay in production due to their production facilities being closed.)
    • Cleaning out Lockers 
    • Turning in athletic uniforms

    The announcement of the date and time will be contingent upon the guidance from the Governor’s Office and the state health department as to what restrictions will continue after April 30. As soon as we hear from them, we will communicate out to you.

    We recognize that today’s news is truly disappointing to our high school students. To our seniors, we are so proud of everything you have accomplished this school year. All of us at DVUSD are committed to supporting you. Your teachers are looking forward to connecting with you next week.


    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent       

    Dr. Gayle Galligan  
    Deputy Superintendent                                                                                 
    Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment    

    Jim Migliorino
    Deputy Superintendent
    Fiscal & Business Services

    Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD                     
    Deputy Superintendent     
    Administrative Leadership & Services          

     

     


  • Information sent April 1, 2020  

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    DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you and your child continue to engage in the home learning opportunities. Today’s posting contains important updates on Food & Nutrition and Refunds for Field Trips, etc. We are also including reminders on Device Pickup and Low Tech/No Tech Options for Parents with No Online Access. Please keep in mind, we are updating the website www.dvusd.org/COVID19 every day by 4 pm. 

    New Updates

    Food & Nutrition Update
    The DVUSD Food & Nutrition team has done an #Extraordinary job over the past few weeks in providing tens of thousands of meals to our families. We want to inform you of some important changes to the way in which we deliver our meals that we believe will better meet the needs of our families and staff.

    • Beginning Monday, April 6, our meal distribution sites will provide meals for multiple days at a time. In other words, on Mondays, families will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch for 3 days all at one time. On Thursdays, families will again be able to come and pick up breakfast and lunch for 2 days. To be clear, with this new plan, meals will no longer be distributed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
    • The hours for distribution on Monday and Thursday will be expanded.
    • Parents will no longer be required to have their child(ren) in the car when picking up the meals. If a parent wishes to pick up food without their child present, then the parent(s) will need to provide a photo ID and the date of birth for each child receiving a meal.

    There are several reasons to enact these changes. The first is that the new procedures will better support the health and safety of both staff and families by reducing contact between the two. Second, these changes will make it more convenient for families as they will no longer have to come each day to pick up a meal; instead, they will only need to come twice a week. It will also be more convenient for some parents who will no longer have to have their child present. This may be important to some families when teacher-directed online learning occurs next week. 

    Families should continue to monitor www.dvusd.org/food for up to date information on distribution sites and hours.


    Refunds for Field Trips, Etc.

    While our goal is to refund payments when requested; unfortunately, not all payments made by parents for items such as field trips that have been canceled due to COVID-19 closures can be refunded. When possible, we intend to provide refunds to our families; however, there are situations where a refund is not possible. Here are examples when a payment cannot be refunded:

    • Tax Credit payments are non-refundable under any circumstances. This is not a choice but a limitation of the Individual Public School Extracurricular Activity Tax Credit law. The reason for this is that the person paying has or will be receiving the dollar for dollar credit from the state. In some situations, you may redesignate the tax credit donation for a different purpose, however, it must stay with the school where it was originally designated. In the case of 6th, 8th and 12th graders who are leaving their school, the monies would either roll over to a Greatest Need fund or the parent could redesignate the monies for a different purpose.
    • Situations when we are unable to obtain a refund from a vendor when a non-refundable deposit was made prior to the closure.


    In many situations when a refund is possible, we still ask that parents keep the funds at school. The monies can be spent by the class/club/team the following school year. For example, 1st grade funds at the end of the school year become the beginning balance for the 2nd grade class and could be used toward appropriate expenses for those students the next year. The only time this is not an option is when 6th, 8th, or 12th grade students promote from the campus. In this situation, the parent could leave the funds as a donation to the school or could request a refund.

    Regarding student lunch accounts, families with children returning in 2020-2021 may leave the money on the account to use for the next year. However, if parents need a refund, we ask that you send an email to dv.lunch@dvusd.org. Parents must provide the following when requesting a lunch account refund: student name, student ID #, mailing address, and the payee (to whom the check should be written).

    Athletic participation fees are also refundable in certain situations. These situations are when the fees are paid for from non-tax credit monies. Please note though, that Athletic Participation Fees paid for the 2020 spring sports season can be held at the school as the student’s athletic participation fee for the 2021 spring sports season but cannot be transferred to another student, school, or sport. We ask that parents choose this option if possible.

    At this time, parents cannot come to a building to retrieve a refund as there is no one there to process it. This is due to health and safety concerns. We ask for patience with this process as work environments and schedules are atypical at this time. Thank you for your cooperation.

    Reminders

    Device Pickup: April 2 & 3
    Device distribution will take place on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Procedures for maintaining social distancing guidelines will be implemented. Click here for more information.

    Low Technology/No Technology Review Packet Information: April 6 Pick Up
    Paper packets will ONLY be provided for families who are unable to obtain a device for their student and are unable to obtain Wi-Fi connectivity. To be clear, paper copies will be in limited supply and are not an option for families that have a device with internet accessibility.  Distribution will occur Monday, April 6, at your home school, between 10am-12pm. Please look for a communication from your school on pickup procedures and social distancing practices.


    Thank You,
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • Information sent March 31, 2020 

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    DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you and your child have had an opportunity to engage in some of the home learning opportunities. Today’s posting contains important updates on the following topics - Device Pickup, Wi-Fi Assistance, Low Tech/No Tech Options for Parents with No Online Access, and Home Learning for April 6-9.

    As a reminder, we are updating the website www.dvusd.org/COVID19 every day by 4 pm. Today, we are sending a text and email as well. Parents of DVUSD high school students should expect an update on various topics specific to high school by the end of the week. 

    Device Pickup: April 2 & 3
    Thank you for completing the Technology Device survey. Your input has been key in planning for the distribution of equipment to our families who do not have technology devices.

    For families without internet-enabled devices for their Kindergarten through 8th grade students, devices will be available to borrow for the duration of the school year. In order to ensure we have enough devices for all of the families in need, each family will be limited to one device at this time. 

    High school students will use their school-issued iPads. For high school students needing a device, please contact your high school campus to arrange an appointment to pick up an iPad. Refer to your school's web page for specific instructions about iPad pick up procedures.

    Device distribution will take place on Thursday, April 2 and Friday, April 3. Procedures for maintaining social distancing guidelines will be implemented. Please see below for times and the location of distribution for each school.

    Boulder Creek Pick Up Station (40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy)

    April 2 from 7:00am-10:00am

    April 3 from 3:00pm-6:00pm

    Anthem, Canyon Springs, Copper Creek, Desert Mountain, Desert Sage, Diamond Canyon, Gavilan Peak, Hillcrest, Las Brisas, Legend Springs, New River Elementary, Sierra Verde, Sunset Ridge, Stetson Hills, Terramar, and West Wing. 


    Barry Goldwater High School Pick Up Station (2820 W. Rose Garden Lane)

    April 2 from 9:00am-12:00pm

    April 3 from 3:00pm-6:00pm

    Arrowhead, Bellair, Constitution, Deer Valley Middle, Desert Sky Middle School, Esperanza, Greenbriar, Highland Lakes, Mirage, Mountain Shadows, Norterra Canyon, Park Meadows, Paseo Hills, Sonoran Foothills, Sunrise, Village Meadows, and Vista Peak. 


    The parent or legal guardian must present a photo ID and provide the 6-digit student ID# for one of their children. Devices will be handed to the parent/guardian through their car window. Device distribution will be by drive-up service only. 

    Please Note:

    • Multiple siblings can share a single electronic device.
    • Students can use any internet-enabled device such as a home computer or tablet, PlayStation 4 and Xbox to connect to web browsers.
    • DVUSD's Information Services & Technology Department will not be able to help set up or troubleshoot Wi-Fi. Families need to contact their internet service provider for help with the Wi-Fi connection.
    • For device issues, parents/guardians can submit a help request ticket to https://url.dvusd.org/HomeTechHelp


    Wi-Fi Assistance
    For families needing support with obtaining Wi-Fi access, several local providers have programs to support this need.

    Cox
    Cox Hotspot Network is open to the public. Here is a map of  Hotspots https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/learn/cox-hotspots.html  in your area. Cox is offering two free months to Connect2Compete (C2C) eligible students. C2C does not have a contract nor installation charge.

    Comcast
    Comcast offers free internet to those who qualify during the COVID-19 pandemic. See announcement (https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19).

    CenturyLink
    CenturyLink - Will waive late fees and will not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service for the next 60 days due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. See CenturyLink Pledge (https://news.centurylink.com/fccpledge).


    As other Wi-Fi options and hotspots become available, information will be included in the district COVID-19 Updates.


    Low Technology/No Technology Review Packet Information: April 6 Pick Up
    Paper packets will ONLY be provided for families who are unable to obtain a device for their student and are unable to obtain Wi-Fi connectivity. To be clear, paper copies will be in limited supply and are not an option for families that have a device with internet accessibility.  Distribution will occur Monday, April 6, at your home school, between 10am-12pm. Please look for a communication from your school on pickup procedures and social distancing practices.

    Home Learning: April 6-9 Teacher Directed Instruction
    During the week of April 6-9, PreK-2nd grade teachers will be providing student work via the school website and teacher webpage. Please look for communications from your school. Our 3rd-12th grade students will be receiving home instruction via Canvas or Google Classroom Learning Management Tools. 

     

    Thank for your continued support and cooperation,
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

     


  • Information sent March 30, 2020 - printer-friendly version


    Dear Parents & Guardians,

    As promised in last week’s communication, we are now providing daily updates. While most days these updates will only be posted on www.dvusd.org/COVID19, today, we are sending an email as well.

    This afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey has issued an executive order urging Arizonans to stay home. The order takes effect at 5pm, on March 31, 2020. We will communicate with families as to how this new order may impact school operations over the next few weeks; however, Home Learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. Our staff is ready to support our students and families.

    We have several important items to share with you today. This letter contains updates about: Home Learning for the remainder of the school year; reminders of our parent resources for social and emotional support, High School Athletics and Food & Nutrition.

    Home Learning
    DVUSD is committed to providing home learning to your child. For the week of March 30-April 3, we invite families to enrich their child's learning at home. You can see these enrichment opportunities at www.dvusd.org/homelearningBeginning April 6, teacher-directed online instruction, as well as home packets, will begin. Teacher-directed instruction will continue for the remainder of this school year.

    Social-Emotional Resources
    We recognize that today’s news about the closure of school for the remainder of the school year will weigh heavily on our students, staff, and families. We encourage you to view the social-emotional supports that have been created and shared on our district website, and to take some time to talk with your children about their emotional health. Please see www.dvusd.org/resources for helpful information regarding social-emotional supports for your child.

    High School Athletics
    We learned today that the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) has cancelled all athletic activities for the remainder of the school year. We know that this news will be disappointing to many; however the health and safety of our student athletes is the primary concern right now.  

    Food & Nutrition
    DVUSD will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years and younger for the remainder of the school year. See www.dvusd.org/food for a list of distribution sites.

    We thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please take care of your families and yourselves. Our staff is here to support you through these next steps. 

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

     


  • Information sent March 27, 2020 - printer-friendly version

    March 27, 2020

    Dear DVUSD Families,

    Thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate the unprecedented circumstances surrounding the mandated school closure caused by the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19. We hope you and your family members are staying healthy. 

    We want to provide you with an update for the next two weeks. As you know, all Arizona schools will remain closed until at least April 10, 2020. When or if we receive an update from state officials about the closure, we will pass that on to our community as soon as we can. 

    In the meantime, we know our students are anxious to get back to learning. We are working closely with principals and teachers to prepare for the transition to Home Learning. 

    We have several important items to pass along to you today. This letter contains updates about: Home Learning for March 30 - April 3, Home Learning with teacher involvement for April 6 - 9, Essential Item Pickup from schools, additional free food distribution sites, and parent resources for social and emotional support.

    DVUSD PreK-12 Home Learning Information

    March 30- April 3

    On Monday, March 30, you will find enrichment and review learning opportunities on the DVUSD Home Learning website for families to engage in with their children from Monday, March 30 through Friday, April 3. These learning opportunities are NOT required, nor will they be used for grading purposes. The enrichment and review learning opportunities are communicated and posted for families to view on our District website:  www.dvusd.org/homelearning.

    During this week, DVUSD teachers will be involved in training on how to provide instruction in an online environment. They will be developing student learning plans to provide high-quality instruction during the COVID-19 school closure.  

    April 6-9 (April 10 is a scheduled Spring Break day)

    Beginning on April 6, 2020
    , students will connect with their teacher in a virtual home learning experience. Students in grades 3-6 will interact with their teacher in either Google Classroom or Canvas and students in grades 7-12 will use Canvas as their learning platform. What that means is student assignments and activities will be assigned and collected in one of these two learning management systems. Pre-School and kindergarten through 2nd grade student learning will be posted on the teacher or school website with a weekly lesson plan including live links for learning activities. Also beginning on April 6, all teachers will provide Virtual Office Hours. Parents and guardians will receive communication on Friday, April 3 related to student access to their Google Classroom or Canvas learning platform. 

    We will embrace the DVUSD Home Learning instructional delivery until our schools reopen. At this time, school closures are confirmed until April 10, 2020. 

    For families who may need a device for their child or who need a low/no tech solution, such as paper packets of instructional material, Thursday, April 2, and Friday, April 3, have been set as the dates for parent pick up of these items. Additional information will be provided early next week regarding the procedures for parent pick up of a learning device or paper packets.


    Essential Item Pickup
    Per our March 20 update, we have scheduled a time for DVUSD parents to pick up essential items that may be needed for instruction on March 31 from 8:00-4:00 p.m. We will be implementing specific procedures to create the safest environment possible for our students and staff.

    Please note that this pickup is only for essential items that students will need to engage in online learning. This pickup date is also for parents to pick up a band instrument if needed at home. District administration has directed school administrators to only approve requests that fall into this “essential” category.

    In order to pick up an essential item, parents must do the following:

    • Your school will send you an email, text, and/or phone call explaining how to make an appointment for Tuesday, March 31. A parent will receive a 15-minute time slot to retrieve an item. These procedures are necessary to keep within the recommended guidelines by local, state and national health agencies when interacting with others during pickup. No one will be allowed to congregate when on campus.
    • Depending on the item(s) to be retrieved, each campus will determine if materials are delivered to parents or if parents/students will be escorted to retrieve their materials. We anticipate that most items will be able to be delivered to the front office for pickup.
    • Social distancing procedures will be in place at all times.
    • All band instructors will arrange pickup of instruments. The exact pick-up procedure will be determined by each campus’ band director. If only a few students need an instrument at a campus, then the band instructor can assign each student a time. However, in situations where there is a larger number of students, the band instructor will have a Sign Up Genius type of format where each student would sign up for a 5 - 10 minute time slot.
    • Only a parent(s)/guardian or approved person on a child’s emergency card should come to a campus to retrieve an item.
    • Additional information for cleaning out desks, lockers, etc. will be provided at a later date, if necessary.

     These procedures are consistent with the recommendations from our local health agency. We thank you for your cooperation.

    Food Distribution Sites Added
    Our #Extraordinary Food & Nutrition staff have provided more than 21,000 meals during the first five days of food distribution. We are now adding several more sites, including six school bus stop locations within DVUSD. Any child age 18 and under can get a free breakfast and lunch so take advantage of it! Visit www.dvusd.org/food and see attached for all of the food distribution sites.

    Parent Resources
    DVUSD leaders are committed to bringing you timely information that will help you support your student(s) at home and help you navigate these unchartered waters. Please see www.dvusd.org/resources for helpful information regarding social-emotional supports for your child. 

    Thank you again for your patience and support through these challenging times. Beginning Monday, there will be a daily posting by 4 pm on www.dvusd.org/covid19. We look forward to our Home Learning journey beginning next week!  Most importantly, please be sure to keep you and your family safe by following all recommended precautions from local, state, and federal authorities. This certainly is an unusual time, but we will successfully navigate it, together, as a community.

     

    Sincerely,


    Curtis Finch, PhD       
    Superintendent           

     

    Dr. Gayle Galligan                  Gary D. Zehrbach, PhD                      Jim Migliorino
    Deputy Superintendent           Deputy Superintendent                       Deputy Superintendent
    Curriculum, Instruction,          Administrative Leadership                  Fiscal & Business Services
    & Assessment                         & Services     

     


  • Information sent March 24, 2020 - printer-friendly version

    Dear DVUSD Families,

    Greetings. As you are aware, Governor Ducey has ordered all schools closed through at least April 10, 2020 due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19. Last Friday, we provided various updates about items such as meal distribution and medication pick-up, posted at www.dvusd.org/COVID19 under previous communication. In today’s communication, we want to provide additional reminders, as well as information about future online instruction.

    DVUSD is committed to continuing student learning during our current school closure.

    • In order for online learning to take place, we want to ensure students have access to online learning. Please respond to this short survey to help us understand your family’s access to technology: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Q7FYZLS. The survey only takes a minute to complete and we ask that all families complete it as soon as possible -- by Friday, March 27 at the latest. We will use this information to guide our next steps.

    • The District has set a goal to begin delivering online teaching and learning opportunities beginning on Monday, April 6. In order to do this, certified and some classified staff will be engaging in various training and planning activities between now and April 3. Please note that classroom based online instruction will not start prior to April 6.

    Leading up to Online Learning

    • On Monday, March 30, the District Curriculum & Assessment Department will post extended and enrichment learning opportunities for families to engage in with their children from March 30 - April 3. These extended learning opportunities are not required, nor will they be used for grading purposes. The extended learning opportunities will be communicated and posted for families to view on a District website (www.dvusd.org/ExtendedLearning) by the end of the day on March 29. 

    • On Monday, March 30, your school’s principal will be holding a virtual staff meeting for teachers and other staff to provide important updates.

    • Students and families will have an opportunity to pick-up essential personal belongings next week. This will occur Tuesday, March 31 from 8-4 pm. Specific procedures for this pick-up will be sent later this week. This is not to be confused with student medication pick-up which is today (March 24 3-5pm) or tomorrow (March 25 8-10 am).

    Additional Information

    • I have recorded an updated video message for parents that will be available by Wednesday, March 25. You can view it at this link: https://vimeo.com/400366907. Please note that due to the substantial increase in online user activity, users are reporting that the videos sometimes download slowly.

    • All DVUSD athletic activities (including practices) are suspended through at least April 12. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will provide further guidance before April 12.

    • Some parents have asked about items such as whether the school year will be extended and how the closure will impact senior graduation requirements. The Arizona Legislature, Governor Ducey, and the State Board of Education are working to provide guidance to all Arizona public school districts on these matters. We anticipate being provided an update by the state sometime early next week. Know that the entire country is in the same situation and our government agencies are working on these items. Stay tuned… 

    • Our Food & Nutrition staff are doing an #extraordinary job at providing meals to our students. Remember that any child age 18 and under can get a free breakfast and lunch so take advantage of it! Additional food distribution sites will be added next week. Go to www.dvusd.org/food later this week to see additional sites. 

    • Regarding future communication, here is what you can expect from us: Beginning, Monday,  March 30 there will be a daily update on our www.dvusd.org/COVID19 webpage. It is possible that the daily posting will indicate that there is no new update, and when that is the case, we will simply post, “no new update.”

    Finally, your child’s principal will likely be reaching out soon with a personal message, so be on the look-out for that. Again, all updated information will also be posted at www.dvusd.org/COVID19. Our thoughts continue to be with our students and families. Please continue to take steps to stay safe.

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent


  • Letter sent to parents March 20, 2020

    Dear DVUSD Parents & Guardians,

    We hope that you and your family are continuing to stay safe. We want to provide you with some updates and reminders:

    • TODAY, MARCH 20: Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced that All Arizona Schools are now closed until at least April 10, 2020. We expect to receive additional information from the Governor and other state leaders this week about how and when online learning could take place for students. We will communicate that information to you as soon as we receive it. In addition, all updates will be posted at www.dvusd.org/COVID19

    • MONDAY: DVUSD Food & Nutrition will offer free grab-and-go school breakfasts and lunches to children ages 18 and under in our community beginning Monday, March 23. Nine locations will now distribute meals at various times Monday – Friday at DVUSD school and community locations. Please visit www.dvusd.org/food for updated information.  

    • TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY: DVUSD school nurses and administration will be available at each campus location in case parents wish to pick up essential student medications. Parents should go to the front office of their child’s school from 3 to 5 pm on Tuesday, March 24 or from 8 to 10 am on Wednesday, March 25. During these times, we will practice social distancing. One family member at a time will be allowed in the nurse’s office to pick up medications. We will set a date in the near future for parents to pick up other student items at school. 

    • All DVUSD on-site school meetings that were scheduled for March 23 - 27 will be rescheduled. Parents will likely be contacted March 30 - April 3. 

    • All DVUSD on-site school-sponsored events are canceled through at least April 13, including Monday’s event at The Traditional Academy at Bellair and Tuesday’s ACT testing for our 11th grade students. 

    • All DVUSD athletic activities (including practices) are suspended through at least March 28. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will provide further guidance before March 28. 

    • All student travel has been suspended through the end of the school year unless guidance from local and state health agencies changes. Information about refunds and other details will be sent to parents when it is possible to do so. In-state travel for high school athletic competitions may continue, if the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) chooses to continue the spring athletic seasons.  

    • Due to the social distancing recommendations of public health experts, no live audience will be permitted at the March 24 regular meeting of the DVUSD Governing Board. You may watch the board meeting live (or recorded) by going to DVUSD on Livestream. The meeting begins at 7 pm. 

    Again, all updated information will also be posted at www.dvusd.org/COVID19. Our thoughts continue to be with our students and families. Please continue to take steps to stay safe.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Letter sent to parents March 17, 2020

    Dear DVUSD Parents & Guardians,

    We hope that you and your family are staying safe during this truly unique time in our history. As promised, we are providing you with an update regarding Arizona’s statewide closure of schools. DVUSD will extend our Spring Break for an additional week (Monday, March 23 - Friday, March 27). 

    This is consistent with Governor Ducey’s order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and close all Arizona schools until at least March 27, 2020. If the closure is extended, we will communicate that information to you as soon as possible. We know that the closure of our schools has a major impact on our families. DVUSD Administration have been engaged in emergency planning and would like to share the following updates:

    • DVUSD school nurses and administration will be available at each campus location in case parents wish to pick up essential student medications. Parents should go to the front office of their child’s school from 3 to 5 pm on Tuesday, March 24 or from 8 to 10 am on Wednesday, March 25. During these times, we will practice social distancing. One family member at a time will be allowed in the nurse’s office to pick up medications.  

    •  DVUSD Food & Nutrition will offer free grab-and-go school breakfasts and lunches to children ages 18 and under in our community beginning Monday, March 23. Meals will be distributed from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm  Monday – Friday at DVUSD school and community locations. Please visit www.dvusd.org/food for program details. 

    • All DVUSD on-site school sponsored events that involve mass gatherings will be canceled through at least April 13.

    • All DVUSD athletic activities (including practices) are suspended through at least March 28. The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) will provide further guidance before March 28.

    • The District has suspended all rentals of our buildings and fields through at least April 13, 2020.  

    • All student travel has been suspended through the end of the school year unless guidance from local and state health agencies changes. The exception to this is in-state travel for high school athletic competitions if the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) chooses to continue the spring athletic seasons.

    • Due to the social distancing recommendations of public health experts, no live audience will be permitted at the March 24 regular meeting of the DVUSD Governing Board. The public comment section has been suspended as well. You may watch the board meeting live (or recorded) by going to DVUSD on Livestream. The meeting begins at 7 pm on March 24.

    • The topic of COVID-19 can be a difficult one for parents to discuss with children. We have posted tips for talking to children about COVID-19 on our website

    We know there are still a lot of questions moving forward, such as when and how school will continue and whether school events will be canceled such as prom and graduation. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to make any decisions about these items at this time. As we receive more guidance from local, state, and federal officials we will be able to make better and more informed decisions. We will provide our next update on or before Thursday, March 26. 

    We realize this is a hard time, and we are thinking of you and your family. Our team is making every effort to continue supporting our #extraordinary students and families. We are fortunate to be part of the Deer Valley community where we can take care of each other.

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent


  • Letter sent to parents March 15, 2020

    Dear DVUSD Families and Staff,

    On Sunday March 15, Governor Ducey and State Superintendent Hoffman announced that all Arizona schools will be closed beginning March 16 through at least March 27.  According to the Governor’s Office, “Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman will work with education officials and public health officials to reassess the need for the school closures and provide further guidance through March 27, 2020.”  During this time frame, DVUSD schools will be closed for ALL activities for students, including Spring Break Camp.  To be clear, this means that students will not return from spring break on March 23. We know you will have questions on many items.  More information will be posted on our website Wednesday, March 18.  Staff should expect email communication from the District in terms of how this closure will impact them by Wednesday, March 18 as well.


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    Letter sent to parents March 12, 2020 
     
    DVUSD Parents and Guardians,

    Deer Valley Unified School District believes the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Before our community goes on spring break, we want to provide you with current information about COVID-19 and our district’s actions to prevent the spread of this virus. We also want to be clear that we have not had any confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our school district. In addition, there has not been one case of COVID-19 in any school in Maricopa County. Currently, Maricopa County Department of Public Health does not recommend closing schools.

    As noted in our previous communication sent March 4, district leadership is in constant communication with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to ensure we have the most accurate information. We encourage our school families and staff to visit MCDPH's Coronavirus page for the most current and accurate information.

    In the case of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases, DVUSD follows the directives provided by MCDPH and ADHS. According to MCDPH, our District will be informed if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19. In that case, we would notify parents and follow MCDPH guidelines.

    If we have updated developments that would impact our families and schools, DVUSD will send out communications to families and employees as soon as possible. At a minimum, this information will be emailed to parents and posted on the school and district websites.

    The district is taking additional measures to minimize the risk of spreading respiratory illnesses. Some of these measures include:

    • Installing additional hand sanitizers at our campuses
    • Making necessary adjustments to our cleaning procedures for our buses
    • Making necessary adjustments to our cleaning procedures for our campuses including increased attention to “high touch” areas as well as providing supplementary cleaning where needed over spring break
    • Launching awareness campaigns across the district with pertinent information and tips about staying healthy
    • Providing training to our plant foremen on specialized cleaning procedures
    • School sponsored student travel after spring break is being monitored. At the time of this letter, MCDPH has stated that it is appropriate to continue with student travel within the United States. However, the closing of venues could cause trips to be canceled. We are aware that some venues have closed. We have no international school sponsored trips.
    • We are exploring necessary adjustments to Food and Nutrition procedures. One adjustment made effective today (3/12/20) is the temporary removal of the student salad bar.

    In the rare case that your student and/or family plan to travel internationally during Spring Break to a country that is a Level 2 or 3 risk (see this link for a list of countries that fall into these categories), we request that you email your school’s principal and include the following email address: springbreakconcerns@dvusd.org. We ask that all students, staff, and volunteers who visit high-risk countries follow the CDC after-travel health precautions, which currently include staying home. As a reminder, the Deer Valley Unified School District does not diagnose students. Health care providers use criteria from public health officials for diagnosing and testing for COVID-19.

    During spring break, it is recommended that you wash your hands frequently, avoid close contact with people who are sick, cover your mouth when coughing, and stay home when you are sick. Students and employees with a fever of 100.0 F degrees or above, should stay home until they are fever-free for 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications.

    This will continue to be a fluid situation; one that you should monitor during spring break. Please go to www.dvusd.org/COVID19 to check on any changes during spring break.

    DVUSD wants our students, staff, and community to be informed and prepared. Follow the public health recommendations about staying safe and healthy, including washing your hands, staying hydrated, and getting enough rest.

    We will continue to gather information, share any information that will impact our families, and be prepared to make any adjustments that our public health professionals recommend.

    Have a safe and restful Spring Break. We will see you back on campus on Monday, March 23.

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD Superintendent

     


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    Letter sent to parents March 4, 2020 

    Dear DVUSD Parents and Guardians:

    With the increased information and questions circulating about COVID-19 (previously referred to as the Novel Coronavirus), we want to provide updated information that we received from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). We also want to share with you the actions we are taking to protect the health of our students and employees.

    It is important to know we do not have any reports of confirmed exposures within our school district. There has been no community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County. There is currently one presumptive positive case and one recovered case in Maricopa County.

    In the case of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases, DVUSD follows the directives provided by MCDPH and ADHS. Should there be updated developments that would impact our families or schools, DVUSD will send out communications to families and employees as soon as we are able.

    What DVUSD is doing:

    • DVUSD is one of the few districts in the Valley with a nurse at each of our schools. Our nurses help provide a first-hand report on the health of our students and employees. They will continue to monitor students and staff.
    • Information regarding flu protocol has been provided to all school nurses as COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the flu spreads – through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. We are working to ensure our schools are properly stocked with necessary supplies.
    • At all of our schools, custodial staff have been directed to pay extra attention to cleaning “high touch” areas, such as door knobs.
    • We are monitoring reported absence rates at schools due to colds and flu and will take action if we see a pattern of high absence rates.
    • Our district’s leadership team has been and will continue to make preparations if the disease would become widespread throughout our county and/or District. Topics include: making sure schools continue preventative measures (washing hands, staying home if not feeling well, etc.), preparing for extreme deep cleaning of schools, and planning ongoing communication to families and employees if we would need to close a school or schools.
    • Our district continues to communicate with MCDPH to ensure we have the most accurate information available.

    Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

    • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
    • Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
    • For more information from the CDC about COVID-19 visit www.cdc.gov/covid19. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has also provided tips and information, which is attached. COVID-19_letter_to_parents_MCDPH.pdf

    Thank you in advance for keeping your student(s) home from school when showing symptoms of the cold or flu. We are grateful to our parents for your partnership in keeping our students healthy and safe. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families and schools.

    Sincerely,

     

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent

     
     

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    Information posted to the DVUSD Website on February 28, 2020 
    We want our parents to know that every day, the Deer Valley Unified School District Staff, including our Director of School Operations, is monitoring COVID-19 and the spread of the illness.
     
    We have and will continue to follow all guidelines from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and CDC.
     
    DVUSD staff and nurses monitor our students' health daily.
     
    If the illness spreads to an unmanageable level, DVUSD would follow all state and local direction. We would close schools if that is what is needed to keep our students and staff safe. DVUSD would notify our parents through phone calls, emails, and texts with as much advance warning as possible.