• Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 Summer Communications 2020

  • 07.06.20
    DVUSD Families,


    Happy Monday! We hope that everyone had a safe July 4th weekend! Today’s brief weekly parent update contains a reminder about Governor Ducey’s announcement regarding in-person school and information about additional back to school immunization clinics! This parent update is being sent to parents via email and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool. 


    School Start Date Reminder
    In case you didn't see it already, we want to remind parents that last week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, announced that “all schools shall delay the start of in-person classes for the school year… until August 17, 2020, but schools may begin the school year on their regularly planned start date prior to August 17, 2020 through distance learning.” (Ducey, 6/29/20). Parents should expect to receive more information later this week regarding how we will begin school and how to select the learning model that is best for their child.

    Free School Immunizations Round II in July!!!
    DVUSD is hosting additional sessions for FREE Back to School Immunizations later this month for Preschool through 12th grade students.The Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on July 16
    and July 30 from 8:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary ( 18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023).

    MCDPH will:

    • Practice social distancing and monitor the amount of people in the building at one time
    • Ask only the person/s needing a vaccine and/or only one parent or guardian to accompany children. Everyone else is asked to remain outside of the building while practicing social distancing.
    • Ask families to maintain social distancing while waiting
    • Clean the area and items between families
    • Ask families to avoid coming to the immunization clinic when you or your child is sick with COVID-19 symptoms , which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

    Families will be asked to:

    • Bring their own pen
    • Wear a mask if possible
    • Bring the immunization record and any immunization notices sent by the school
    • Bring the insurance card if available


    This amazing opportunity is open to all DVUSD families. Please see the attached fliers for information.

    Immunization Flyer in English

    Immunization Flyer in Spanish


    Thank You,
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted July 06, 2020
    Emailed to parents of DVUSD students
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    DVUSD Families,
    Today’s Weekly Parent Update includes an announcement from Governor Ducey about our school start date, graduation celebrations, a reminder about our parent survey, as well as information about a current science curriculum adoption. This parent update is being sent to parents via email and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    School Start Date
    This afternoon, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that “all schools shall delay the start of in-person classes for the school year… until August 17, 2020, but schools may begin the school year on their regularly planned start date prior to August 17, 2020 through distance learning.” (Ducey, 6/29/20) DVUSD will provide additional updates to parents about the Return to School as our planning continues.

    Graduation Celebrations
    As you may know and as we previously shared with the families of our graduates, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the governing authority over State Farm Stadium, made the difficult decision to cancel the graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. We had very much hoped to host our graduation in-person, and are so disappointed that we cannot have a formal ceremony for our graduates. With today’s executive order from Arizona Governor Ducey, we will also not be able to hold alternate celebrations. We are truly proud of the Class of 2020. We are honored to have had the opportunity to educate each and every DVUSD graduate. We wish all of our graduates the best as they continue into their future beyond DVUSD.

    Parent Survey
    As DVUSD continues to develop our plan for reopening schools, we want to hear from parents and better understand your thoughts and concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, returning to school, and DVUSD’s initial plans. Please take our PARENT SURVEY at this LINK: https://url.dvusd.org/88d0e9ed

    More information can be found at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToSchool. Please note: This survey is not an indication of your final decision. We just want to know your thoughts at this time. The survey will close at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 2. We thank those parents who have already taken the survey.

    Science Curriculum Materials Adoption for Grades 3-6
    The purpose of a curriculum materials adoption is to identify materials that have been thoroughly reviewed which will provide quality instructional materials in DVUSD classrooms. In October of 2018, the State of Arizona adopted new science standards which are significantly different in both content and instructional practice. In order to assist teachers in implementing the new standards, the Science Curriculum Materials Adoption committee has reviewed several resources. The products listed on the DVUSD website (Science page) are the finalists for consideration. To review the materials and provide feedback, please visit the DVUSD website at https://www.dvusd.org/Page/71586. The materials will be available for review until August 28.

    Have a safe and restful holiday weekend,
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted June 25, 2020
    Emailed to parents of DVUSD seniors/graduates
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    Dear DVUSD Class of 2020 Graduates and Parents,

    DVUSD truly hoped that we would be able to hold your graduation ceremony at State Farm Stadium with social distancing and safety precautions in place; however, today, the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority, the governing authority over State Farm Stadium, announced that they will not allow us to proceed with the ceremonies due to the current health situation in Arizona. In addition, Governor Ducey said today he is discouraging large gatherings because of recent increases in cases of COVID-19, and therefore, we would be unable to hold alternate ceremonies.

    I am personally saddened for the students in the Class of 2020 that they are not able to participate in this rite of passage. The DVUSD vision is “Graduating lifelong learners who will successfully compete, lead, and positively impact the world.” One thing we know for sure -- DVUSD’s 2020 graduates are ready to positively impact the world.

    Sincerely,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent      


  • Information posted June 22, 2020
    Emailed to parents of DVUSD students
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    DVUSD Families,

    Today’s Weekly Parent Update includes information about DVUSD’s Return to School Operational Plan, Food Distribution changes coming in July, an Immunization Clinic Reminder, and an upcoming Blood Drive to assist with the critically low blood supply in our state. This parent update is being sent to parents via email and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool

    Return to School Operational Plan
    Here are updates from some of the committees and teams working diligently on the operational plan: 

    • Stakeholder Committee Update
      • Almost 250 parents submitted a Google form application to serve on this committee!
      • Stakeholders selected to serve on the committee will be notified by the end of day today, Monday, June 22.
      • The first meeting will occur this week with parents providing feedback on the survey and the draft operational plan.
    • Return to Learning
      • DVUSD is developing three options for families, which will include an on campus option, a fully online option, and a format that allows for students to be online for a few weeks and then transition back to on campus.
      • Accomodations, support services, and social-emotional learning will be included in all three models.
      • Students in grades K-12 will have access to a technology device in all three options.
    • Return to School Safely 
      • DVUSD has a team of employees who continue to review guidance from the state and other agencies to implement a plan for best safety practices. 
      • A survey has been drafted which is scheduled to be emailed to families this Thursday afternoon at approximately 4:00 p.m. that will allow DVUSD to better plan for the fall. 
        • The survey will ask parents to indicate school and grade level but not yet respond with the actual name of your child(ren). A separate process later in July will be used for parents to make a commitment to a particular learning option.

    Meal Distribution
    Our Summer Food Service Program meal distribution will continue through July 16 with distribution days on Tuesday and Thursday. PLEASE NOTE that some sites and times will change starting July 1. Visit www.dvusd.org/Food for the July flyer with details.

    Blood Drive at BGHS
    DVUSD has partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive to help with the critically low blood supply in our state. We are asking anyone who is willing and eligible

    to sign up to donate! You must make an appointment to donate. The Red Cross will follow all CDC guidelines: a health prescreening, temperature taken at the door, all donors are spread out, and masks are given to all.

    Immunization Clinic Reminder
    DVUSD is hosting one more FREE Back to School Immunizations for Preschool through 12th grade students.The Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on June 24 from 8:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). See the flyers with more details about these free immunizations.

    Throughout the summer, watch for weekly updates posted by the end of the day on Mondays at: www.dvusd.org/ReturnToSchool 

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted June 15, 2020
    Emailed to parents of DVUSD students
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Monday to you all! We hope that you are remaining safe and healthy. Today’s weekly parent update contains important updates on Return to School progress and a friendly reminder about free immunizations. This weekly update is being emailed to parents and staff and posted at www.dvusd.org/covid19.

    Return to School Update
    As indicated in our previous parent updates, a Return to School Work Team was established in early June to draft the operational plan for 2020-21. This team has been working diligently over the past two weeks. The Return to School Work Team is comprised of three smaller sub-work teams. These teams are Return to Learning, Return to School Safely, and Return to Work Safely. Below is a brief description of each subwork team and a summary of progress.

    Return to Learning

    • This team is working on safe paths for students and staff to return to learning that include in-person and virtual options.
    • The Return to Learning Team has teachers, campus administrators and department leaders as part of the team.
    • In addition, the team is working on a social and emotional framework to support students, staff, and parents when school resumes on August 3.

    Return to School Safely

    • The Return to School Safely team is working on identifying how daily support operations will be modified to increase safety at our campus sites.
    • Various district directors, principals and other central office support personnel make up the membership of this group.
    • This team has been reviewing the various sets of guidelines from local, state and national agencies to make preliminary decisions about what is feasible to implement.

    Return to Work Safely

    • The Return to Work Safely team is focusing on identifying areas of workforce needs in a COVID work environment.
    • The Return to Work Safely team includes classified, certified, and administrative employees. The group also includes representatives from each recognized employee group association.  

    Return to School - Stakeholder Committee 

    • DVUSD will include input from our parents and community partners.
    • To accomplish this, we are forming a committee that will provide feedback on the operational plan to the Return to School Work Team.
    • We will accept applications via a Google Form between June 15-18.
    • The committee will likely meet one time in June and twice in July.
    • There are specific roles we are looking to fill on this committee, including parents from each region and various school levels.
    • For more information about the committee and the application form, visit dvusd.org/committees
    • Those selected to serve on the committee will be contacted no later than June 22.
    • All parents will have the opportunity to provide input via a survey in June. Details will be sent by email.

    Immunization Clinic Reminder
    DVUSD is hosting FREE Back to School Immunizations later this month for Preschool through 12th grade students.The Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on June 17 and June 24 from 8:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). See the fliers with more details about these free immunizations.

    Watch for weekly updates by the end of the day each Monday throughout the summer at www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Information posted June 8, 2020
    Emailed to parents of DVUSD students
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    DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you and your family are having a safe and enjoyable summer break. This week’s parent communication contains updates on Free School Immunizations, Before & After School Care, Athletics, and the Return to School Operational Plan. This weekly update is being emailed and texted to all parents because it contains timely information that is of high interest. It will also be posted with the other weekly updates at www.dvusd.org/covid19

    Free School Immunizations
    DVUSD is hosting FREE Back to School Immunizations later this month for Preschool through 12th grade students.The Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on June 17 and June 24 from 8:00 a.m. through 3:30 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023).

    MCDPH will: 

    • Practice social distancing and monitor the amount of people in the building at one time
    • Ask only the person/s needing a vaccine and/or only one parent or guardian to accompany children. Everyone else is asked to remain outside of the building while practicing social distancing.
    • Ask families to maintain social distancing while waiting
    • Clean the area and items between families
    • Ask families to avoid coming to the immunization clinic when you or your child is sick with COVID-19 symptoms, which may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.

    Families will be asked to:

    • Bring their own pen
    • Wear a mask if possible
    • Bring the immunization record and any immunization notices sent by the school
    • Bring the insurance card if available 

    This amazing opportunity is open to all DVUSD families. Please see the attached fliers for information about these free immunizations.

    Community Education
    Due to the uncertainty of the 2020-2021 school year model and how it may affect Before & After School Care, Community Education will proceed with the acceptance of pending applications for this program, as follows:

    • Registrations for Consistent and Pick-Your-Days plans will be approved in the order they were received, as well as staff PLC Fridays. Drop-In contracts will be reviewed and accepted based on sufficient staff.
    • At this time, contracts will be accepted based on a student-to-staff ratio of 9:1 according to CDC recommendations; for example, a site with 3 staff members can approve a maximum of 27 registrants.
      • Additional contracts will be accepted as staff is added.
      • As COVID-19 restrictions are eased, we will return to our licensing ratio of 20:1.
      • Community Education continues to hire staff throughout the school year.
    • The registration fee ($20, $30, or $60 depending on when you applied) will not be charged until the first month’s tuition is charged. At this time, the registration fee and August tuition are tentatively scheduled to invoice on Friday, July 24, assuming a normal school start date of August 3.
      • Once invoiced, dates are locked in for the month and changes are subject to an additional fee and availability. Please submit changes prior to July 24 for August attendance.
      • These fees are due on August 1.
    • The above information is subject to change pending developments with the new school year.

    Athletics
    Many of our student-athletes have returned to our high school campuses for Stage One of our Return to Play plan. Stage 2 might begin as early as next week. Parents will be notified if this transition to Stage 2 will occur. If you are a parent of one or more of our athletes, please reinforce the importance of washing hands and not sending your child to campus if he/she feels ill.

    Return to School
    Work teams have begun taking steps to build the Return to School Operational Plan for 2020-21. Various employees from across the District are discussing the recommendations that have been put forth by various agencies and drawing upon their own expertise as well. As stated in last week’s parent update, we will provide information on June 15 about how you can participate in the process, such as through a parent survey.

    Watch for future updates from the Deer Valley Unified School District posted each Monday by the end of the day throughout the summer at www.dvusd.org/COVID19.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


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    Information posted June 1, 2020
    Emailed to parents of DVUSD students

     

    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Monday. We hope that you and your family members have been able to enjoy the first week of summer break. This week’s parent communication contains updates on DVUSD and the Governor’s May 28 Press Conference, as well as friendly reminders about high school athletics and meal distribution.

    DVUSD and the Governor’s May 28 Press Conference
    On May 28, Governor Ducey announced at his COVID-19 press conference that Arizona public schools will be able to open next school year. This is great news as we truly do miss seeing our 34,000+ students. Beginning this week, a DVUSD Task Force commissioned by Superintendent Dr. Finch, will meet to establish the 2020-21 Return to School Safely Operational Plan. Dr. Finch has charged the Task Force with presenting the finalized plan to the Governing Board on July 14. The Task Force will engage in three phases of work.

    • Phase I will last for two weeks and will consist of building a plan of action to meet the Superintendent’s deadline.
    • Phase II will begin in mid-to-late June and will expand group membership to other District employees, parents and a student advisory board. Parents will be notified in the June 15 parent communication with details about how they can participate in the process such as through a parent survey. Multiple educational delivery models will be studied and evaluated for potential use.
    • Phase III will begin in early July. During this phase, a decision about which educational delivery model(s) will be used. Group membership will expand to an even larger set of staff. This group will be responsible for executing the preparations identified in the finalized plan.

    While we know that Governor Ducey’s announcement brings excitement to many, we are also aware that there are families who may be reluctant to send their children to school due to COVID-19 and may be desiring an alternate form of educational delivery (i.e. virtual or remote learning). We want to reassure families that we are well positioned to meet the needs of our community.

    We also know that it is too early to survey parents now as the landscape surrounding public health in our community continues to evolve at a rapid pace. Given that Governor Ducey said four weeks in the future is light years away in the COVID-19 world, we plan to wait on surveying parents until late June so that parents can get more up-to-date information when providing feedback. In other words, survey results collected now might look substantially different than when collected closer to the start of the school year. The exact date that the survey will begin will be communicated to you no later than June 15.


    High School Athletics
    Some of our high school athletes will be on campus this Wednesday for a staged return to play. The first stage will consist of conditioning and weight training only. We will gradually phase in more activities in the coming weeks. A Return to Play Operational Plan has been established and various safety precautions are being taken. See our parent update from May 28 on www.dvusd.org/covid19 for more details about this Return to Play Operational Plan.

    Also, parents of incoming 9th grade student-athletes, please check your high school athletic website for notification of any athletic summer camps or athletic activities. 


    Reminder on Meal Distribution
    This is a reminder that meal distribution days are now Tuesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays, families will receive meals for Tuesdays and Wednesday. On Thursdays, families will receive 3 days of meals (Thursdays, Fridays and Mondays). Please visit www.dvusd.org/food for current location and hours.

     

    Respectfully,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent

    Dr. Gayle Galligan
    Deputy Superintendent Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

    Jim Migliorino
    Deputy Superintendent of Fiscal Services

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

     


  • Information posted May 28, 2020
    Emailed to parents of all incoming and continuing HS students
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    Dear DVUSD Parents of 20-21 High School Students,

    Greetings. We hope that the first few days of summer have started off well for you and your family. Today’s communication provides updated information regarding high school athletics. A team of DVUSD staff members has been working diligently to prepare for high school athletic activities to resume in a safe manner. 

    At this time, we believe we can resume on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Our plan is called Return to Play for DVUSD and it consists of a staged process where our student athletes and coaches begin with a two week conditioning period and then move to other stages of play based on data and recommendations from government and health agencies. For most sports, in this initial two week period, student athletes and coaches will focus only on conditioning and will be socially distanced. (The exception to this will be for sports where social distancing is already built into how the sport is played (e.g. golf, cross country and tennis.) Additional safety practices and protocols will be followed such as:

    • When indoors, coaches will wear masks when interacting with student athletes
    • Students will be required to bring their own water
    • Group sizes will be limited and no spectators (e.g. parents) will be allowed
    • Equipment will not be shared
    • Extra cleaning will be incorporated into the daily schedule
    • Coaches will receive training on effective cleaning procedures
    • In certain locations (e.g. weight room), equipment will be cleaned by student athletes with safe chemicals under the supervision of coaches
    • Locker rooms will be closed
    • Rosters will be kept for each day’s attendance in the event contact tracing becomes necessary


    In order for student athletes to participate, parents must sign a waiver. This waiver will be provided to parents of student athletes by each individual high school by Monday, June 1, 2020. Parents should expect additional information from coaches in the coming days.

    We look forward to seeing our student athletes back on campus next week. Participation in athletics is a privilege, and we expect that student athletes and parents will cooperate with all safety procedures and practices that will be implemented. For those families that do not wish to send their student athletes to summer activities on campus, each high school will work to provide digital resources (e.g. videos, etc.) for conditioning over the summer.

    If you have additional questions, please reach out to the DVUSD Athletic Director or your school’s athletic director. The contact information is below for these employees:

    Mr. Scott Warner           DVUSD District Athletic Director Scott.Warner@dvusd.org
    Dr. Junior Michael         MRHS Athletic Director              Junior.Michael@dvusd.org
    Mr. Justin McLain          SDOHS Athletic Director                        Justin.Mclain@dvusd.org
    Ms. Stacy Spencer        DVHS Athletic Director              Stacy.Spencer@dvusd.org
    Mr. Adam Larsen           BCHS Athletic Director              Adam.Larsen@dvusd.org
    Mr. Chandler Evans       BGHS Athletic Director              Chandler.Evans@dvusd.org

    As we progress successfully through Stage 1, we will release information on how activities can change in Stage 2. In addition, we will be communicating with parents regarding summer band activities in the near future.

    Respectfully,

    Mr. Scott Warner
    Director of School Operations and Athletics

    Gareth D. Zehrbach, PhD
    Deputy Superintendent of Administrative Leadership & Services