• Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 Summer Communications 2020

  • July 31, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    The start of school is almost here! Our staff has been working diligently to prepare for a successful start to the school year. This parent update contains important information on a variety of items and will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

     

    School Starts Monday August 3

    Soon your student will virtually be meeting new friends and getting to know their teachers! We have provided a wonderful resource to help parents prepare their child(ren) for a successful start to the year. You can view this resource by visiting https://www.dvusd.org/Page/72121. We also want to remind you about the importance of reestablishing school routines such as getting a good night’s sleep and eating a healthy breakfast. 

     

    Food & Nutrition

    DVUSD Food & Nutrition has ensured that all parents have a school near them that can provide meal service beginning next week. In addition, DVUSD Food & Nutrition has ensured that each of our five regions has at least one school that can provide meal service in the morning or afternoon hours to accommodate parent work schedules. Families can choose any of our locations to pick up a meal. Please visit dvusd.org/food to see a complete list of schools that are open for meal service and their accompanying hours of operation. 

    Our high schools will have meal service daily. All other schools will provide meal service on Tuesdays and Thursdays. At all schools providing food service, families will be able to pick up more than one meal at a time. For example, on Tuesdays at our available K-6/K-8/7-8 schools, parents, on a single visit, can pick up meals for 2 days (i.e. 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches). On Thursdays, parents, on a single visit, can pick up meals for 3 days (i.e. 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches). 

    *Note that since our first day of school is on a Monday (and not a Tuesday), we will provide meal service on Monday, August 3 according to the hours that are listed at dvusd.org/food. On Monday, August 3, a family can pick up one lunch and one breakfast for the following day. After August 3, we follow the regular schedule.

     

    Information Related to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51

    We are also providing you with the following information in accordance with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 issued on July 23, 2020. Please read the following information below regarding the 2020-21 School Year.

    Distance Learning PlanOur Distance Learning Plan can be found on the District’s website, available at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning

    Mitigation PlanOur mitigation plan to address measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the District’s website at https://www.dvusd.org/Page/71945.

    Free On-site Services: Beginning on August 17, 2020, we will begin offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the school day.

    • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services are not teacher-led classroom instruction. However, free on-site learning opportunities and support services will include in-person support services such as student supervision and strategic support for students in need during standard school hours.

    • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services may be suspended or terminated if the District or the Arizona Department of Health Services advises closing the premises for public health reasons or in the best interests of the staff and students.  

    To learn more about our free-onsite learning opportunities and support services, please visit the District’s website at dvusd.org/Page/74712. The details of these services may be modified based on additional guidance from ADE. Updates will be posted on the District website.

    School Calendar:  Distance learning will begin on August 3, 2020. The DVUSD school calendar for the 2020-21 School Year can be viewed at www.dvusd.org/Calendar.  

    Pending guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we are currently anticipating beginning in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction on October 14, 2020. This date is only an estimate and may be revised by the District at any time.   

    Attendance RequirementsYour child will need to participate in the District’s distance learning in order to be counted as present and attending.  The District’s distance learning plan requires the following minimum level of contact:

    • For students enrolled in the DVUSD Middle and High School On Campus Virtual Learning option, attendance is required each period throughout the school day. This means attendance is expected during the synchronous or live Zoom class, following the student’s class schedule. 
    • For students enrolled in the DVUSD Kindergarten through 6th grade On Campus Virtual Learning option, daily attendance is required. This means attendance is expected during the posted required synchronous or live Zoom class meetings, following the student’s class schedule.
    • For Deer Valley Online Academy students, refer to attendance expectations by visiting the DVUSD Return to Learning website at https://www.dvusd.org/Page/72196

    Daily attendance in online classes is extremely important for student success. By regularly attending classes, our students will be able to keep up with daily lessons, be provided direct instruction and engage with the teacher and other students. Your commitment to regular online attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority, as well as the importance of taking their educational responsibilities seriously.

    Please note that state law (A.R.S. § 15-802) requires as follows:

    • Every child between six and sixteen years of age must attend a school and be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science. 

    • The child’s parent or guardian must enroll the child in a school and ensure that the child attends the school for the full time that school is in session. Our District is currently anticipating conducting 180-days of instruction during the 2020-21 school year.

    • Certain exceptions apply to these attendance requirements, such as medical necessity. If you believe your child qualifies for such an exception, please contact your local school’s attendance clerk.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this letter, or if you need additional assistance, please send an email to the District Office at: returntoschool@dvusd.org. The information contained in this letter may change as the situation changes, and in accordance with any applicable law, regulation, order or Governing Board policy.

    We look forward to reconnecting with your student(s) as we continue to focus on building a strong community of learners. The first week of school brings excitement as we partner together to successfully start the 2020-21 school year.


    Thank you,

    Curtis Finch, PhD
    Superintendent


  • July 29, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Today we have new information about the First Day of School, Remote Learning Meal Service, High School Seniors and Fall ACT Test, and Social Emotional Learning Resources. 

    Question: What can I expect for the first day/week of school?
    Answer: This week, each K-6 and K-8 campus is hosting a Welcome Back - Meet the Teacher Night. All of our events are being held virtually, so please check your school’s web page for their specific Welcome Back information and links. 

    All schools will send information about what to expect on the first day, directions on how to log in, along with a schedule by the end of this week. This will be your first opportunity to connect with your teacher(s). This year you’ll most likely feel even more connected to your child’s teacher through your interactions on Canvas, watching recorded lessons, and attending small group instruction as much as you can.  

    More answers to Frequently Asked Questions are on our website.

    Remote Learning Meal Service
    Two types of meal service will begin on Monday, August 3. Meals will be available for purchase,  as well as for free and reduced-priced meals for qualified, enrolled students only. For more details, distribution schedule, and more, visit www.dvusd.org/Food. Free and reduced-price meal applications are online at www.EZMealApp.com or at www.dvusd.org/mealassistance.

    High School Seniors and Fall ACT Test
    Due to the delay of students returning to the campuses, the Fall ACT Test, which had been planned for DVUSD seniors, has been canceled.  DVUSD still plans to administer the ACT assessment to Juniors on March 30, 2021. Seniors who wish to take the ACT in March may opt-in.

    Social Emotional Learning
    As you may know, DVUSD schools work hard to provide your student with a strong academic foundation and deliver an excellent academic program to all students. Because academic achievement alone does not make successful children and adults, it is important to also develop the Emotional Intelligence (Emotional Quotient or E.Q.) of students. E.Q. is often referred to as Social and Emotional Learning. Read more in a letter from Superintendent Dr. Curtis Finch.

    We encourage our parents to review our Week Before School Readiness information which can be used to prepare your student for returning to school.

    The Social and Emotional Landing page can be found here: https://www.dvusd.org/Page/72119

    We have put together some wonderful Family and Community Resources and encourage parents to use these resources to support their child.

    We look forward to seeing your students next Monday virtually! School begins August 3.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • July 27, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,


    Thank you for reading this Monday parent update. As we get closer to the first day of school on August 3, we will likely have additional updates for parents this week. This update is being emailed to all parents and posted at
    www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.


    Webinar on Learning Options

    This is a friendly reminder that tonight, Monday, July 27 at 5:00 p.m., DVUSD will host a webinar for parents that explains our learning options beginning August 3. The webinar will provide helpful information for those families enrolled in both of our learning options and will also help those who are undecided. The webinar will be livestreamed so all members of our community will be able to view it. 

    The Link for the Webinar is here and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning.


    If you are unable to view the Webinar as it’s happening live, you can go to that link later to watch the recording.


    Please join us!


    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • July 24, 2020
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    Dear Families of DVUSD K-8 students,

    We are sending out new, updated information for you and your family. As we get closer to the start of school on Monday, August 3, we continue to have important information that we need to share with you. We will have a regular parent update on Monday, July 27 and expect to receive additional updates throughout next week.

    Webinar on Learning Options
    On Monday at 5:00 p.m., DVUSD will provide a webinar to parents that explains in detail the differences between our learning options beginning August 3. The webinar will provide clarification for those families already enrolled in the Deer Valley Online Academy (DVOA) option, considering enrolling their child(ren) in DVOA, or are undecided. The webinar will be livestreamed so all members of our community will be able to view it. It will also be recorded to be viewed at a later time. The Link for the Webinar will be posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning on Monday by 3:00 p.m.

    Next week our Student Support Services Department will provide a webinar to parents of students on IEPs and 504 Plans. It will provide guidance and updates regarding the requirements of service delivery and related services. As well, it will address recommendations from the State and Federal levels.  

    K-8 Deer Valley Online Academy
    We want to share with you exciting next steps for parents who have enrolled or are enrolling in the Deer Valley Online Academy (DVOA) for learning this fall in grades Kindergarten-8th grade. We are listening to our K-8 parents who have reached out to us and continue working closely with parents on our Stakeholder Committee. We have heard repeatedly that parents want to maintain a connection with their home campus. We have two updates to share with you:

    • Students in the Deer Valley Online Academy will have a teacher from their home campus. The time expectations for parent involvement, flexibility of accessing the learning, etc. continues with the expectations of the Online Academy. Students have the opportunity to work asynchronously, at their own pace with weekly expectations.
    • Communication to parents will come from the home campus. Families enrolled in DVOA will receive communications from the home campus beginning early next week for device pick up and Back to School parent information.

    We look forward to working with our families who have chosen both the Return to Learning On Campus (Virtually until October 14) or the Return to Learning Online (Deer Valley Online Academy). We also look forward to keeping all of our Deer Valley students and families connected to their home campus. We will host a parent webinar on Monday, July 27, at 5:00 pm to provide additional information and answer questions.

    We appreciate our Deer Valley families as we plan for an amazing 2020-2021 school year. Please have a safe weekend.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • July 23, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    Today’s posting contains important information regarding changing between learning models, accessing a device that can be used for online instruction beginning August 3, and more. This update is posted to www.dvusd.org/returntoschool and emailed to all parents.

    Changing Models 
    On July 15, DVUSD sent out an email and posted Updated Learning Models on our website. Some parents have expressed concern about whether or not their student(s) can switch learning options at the end of Quarter 1 when students are scheduled to have the opportunity to return to our school buildings. We want to make it clear -- Yes -- Parents will have that option. Parents can see answers to questions like these on our FAQ web page. Check the FAQ site periodically as new information will be added frequently.

    Deer Valley Online Academy Registration Deadline
    If you are interested in enrolling your student in the Deer Valley Online Academy, please know the deadline to enroll is Tuesday, July 28. For a detailed description of Deer Valley Online Academy (full-time online), visit www.dvusd.org/OnlineAcademy. Registration for Deer Valley Online Academy is now open at www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup

    Technology Devices
    DVUSD students in grades K-12 who need a computer device for the upcoming school 
    year can check out a device from their home school. Students enrolled in the On Campus Virtually model, as well as students enrolled in the Deer Valley Online Academy are eligible for a device. No matter which learning model you selected, the device will be checked out at your child’s home school. If your child has open enrolled to a district school, you will pick up the device at the school he/she has been approved to attend under open enrollment.

    Students who checked out a device this past spring or summer, may retain the device for this upcoming school year. They will not check out another device unless the student is going into Kindergarten, going into 9th grade, or will be attending Barry Goldwater High school. In these situations, students will need to exchange their device for a different type of device.

    Dates and times for device distribution will be communicated by each school and posted on their website during the week of July 27. For more information about district technology devices such as device agreements, assistance with wifi access, connecting to wifi, logging into the device, and device help, go to: dvusd.org/returntolearning.

    Social Emotional Resources
    DVUSD continues to provide support for our families to help students with social and emotional learning. New resources are now posted on our Social Emotional Learning web page. There is also information available for Week Before School Readiness, Family and Community Resources, and more.

    We continue to appreciate the support and flexibility of our parents as we work through this unprecedented time.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • July 20, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Thank you for reading this Monday Parent Update with important information about our Developmental PreSchool and Sample Schedules for our On Campus/Virtual Learning and Deer Valley Online Academy. This update is posted to www.dvusd.org/returntoschool and emailed to all parents.


    For Developmental PreSchool Families

    We have an important update regarding Developmental Preschool options for the first quarter of the ‘20-’21 school year. DVUSD will be offering two learning options. There will be an On-Campus Hybrid Model and a Virtual Model. Please read the information regarding the two options and take the survey to indicate your preference of which model you prefer for your child. The survey closes July 28. 


    K-12 DRAFT
    SAMPLE Schedules

    Parents can view draft Sample K-12 schedules for the On Campus Learning model and for the Deer Valley Online Academy model on the DVUSD Return to Learning website. These are simply examples, as your child's actual daily schedule for each content will  be based on the school’s master schedule. You will receive communication from your school and teacher(s) with a specific daily schedule during the week of July 27, when teachers return to work for the school year. These sample schedules will be discussed with the DVUSD Stakeholder Return to School Committee on Thursday.


    Continue to watch for Monday Parent Updates each week with new information. We will provide additional updates as needed. We also plan to post a Return to Learning FAQ web page tomorrow evening. These FAQs will be updated on a period basis and will be found by visiting the
    DVUSD Return to Learning website. 


    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • July 17, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you are remaining safe and healthy. Today’s parent update contains information on a variety of Return to School items. Please review this update carefully. This will be posted to www.dvusd.org/returntoschool and emailed to all PreK-12 parents.

    Campus Front Office Update
    All of our school offices will be open to the public starting July 22 during their regular office hours. (High school offices remain open according to normally scheduled hours.) Due to COVID-19 concerns, the front offices will be implementing strict social distancing guidelines such as: 

    • Placing limits on the number of person(s) inside the actual front office at any one time. Schools will encourage parents to make appointments.
    • Offices will have clearly designated areas inside the office to stand and/or be seated.
    • Facial coverings will be required for all members of the public 6 years and older. This is consistent with Maricopa County’s Order. We ask that the public make an effort to put a facial covering on any child ages 2-5, but it is not required.
    • Members of the public will be asked to sanitize hands upon entering a front office.
    • No member of the public should go to a school campus if he/she is sick.
    • Communication will be coming from your school(s) with the campus specific information.

    Update on Face Coverings
    As you may recall from previous communications and consistent with public health orders, students and employees will be required to wear face coverings (i.e. face mask, cloth covering, etc.). The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) have published updated guidance on face coverings. Face shields are no longer being recommended as an appropriate face covering. According to the CDC:


    It is not known if face shields provide any benefit as source control to protect others from the spray of respiratory particles. CDC does not recommend use of face shields for normal everyday activities or as a substitute for cloth face coverings
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    Due to this new guidance, we are adapting our Return to School Operational Plan to reflect a face covering as a mask or cloth covering in order to keep students and staff safe. We apologize to parents who may have already purchased face shields. We do not recommend that parents purchase face shields for school use at this time, unless they are planning to have their student wear a mask along with the shield. 

    Reminder - July 15 Communication
    This is a reminder that the DVUSD Governing Board voted to delay the start of in-person school until the beginning of the second quarter (October 14). As a result, District administration made changes to the learning options available to parents. Parents should visit the updated Return to Learning page on the Website and carefully review the information contained in the letter regarding next steps.

    Sample Schedules for On Campus Virtual Learning and Deer Valley Online Academy Learning Options
    Parents will be able to see DRAFT K-12 schedules for the On Campus Virtual Learning model and the Deer Valley Online Academy model on Monday evening. We had hoped to release these schedules today, however we have not had sufficient time to review them with needed staff members before they are viewed by the public. We are confident that they will be ready for the parent community no later than Monday evening. We appreciate your patience.

    High School Marching Band
    Due to the ongoing global pandemic of COVID-19, the Deer Valley Unified School District, along with our directors and site administration, have made the difficult decision based on Arizona Band Directors Association (ABODA) and Arizona Marching Band Association (AZMBA), to abstain from the 2020 competitive marching band season for all district high schools. ABODA and AZMBA, are the organizations that provide marching band competitions for the state of Arizona. We will continue to provide our students with the best possible music education and band experience for the 2020-2021 school year, without risking the health and well-being of our learning community.  

    We will be working with our DVUSD Band Staff to adapt and develop other educational opportunities that could include virtual instruction for our marching band students. Our goal is to continue to foster the team-building atmosphere that we cherish within our band community while maintaining healthy and safe conditions for all. In addition, this will allow our students to be prepared with the skills to resume in-person activities when it is deemed safe and appropriate. 

    Please reach out to your directors for any questions in regards to what your band season will look like and the particulars involved with site decisions.

    Food & Nutrition
    The last day for the free Grab and Go Meal program was Thursday, July 16. DVUSD will resume meal service for enrolled students once instruction resumes on August 3. Breakfast and lunch will be available for curbside pickup at your student’s normal school meal rate. Free & reduced rate benefits will be in effect. To apply online for meal benefits or to print an application, visit www.dvusd.org/nutrition. Continue to monitor www.dvusd.org/Food for updates.

    Stay tuned next week for more helpful parent information on items such as the sample schedules, device distribution and a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document.

    Thank you and have a safe and enjoyable weekend,

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • July 15, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We have an important update for all Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) parents, guardians, and students. Last evening, the DVUSD Governing Board voted on and approved a delay for the start of in-person school due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This letter is long, but we hope that it answers all of the questions you may have. 

    The newly approved plan means K-12 school remains online from August 3 through the end of the first quarter (October 9). For parents who select sending their students to campus, students would return to school buildings following Fall Break on Wednesday, October 14. Monitoring of COVID-19 cases will continue, and if significant improvement is made, the return to campus could be adjusted to an earlier date.

    As a result of the newly approved plan, DVUSD and our schools will provide two options for K-12 student learning this fall: On Campus/Virtual (with your campus teacher until school buildings reopen) and Deer Valley Online Academy (full-time online). Here are updated descriptions of each option:

    On Campus/Virtual (with your campus teacher until school buildings reopen)

      • This is the option for parents who intend to have their child(ren) come back to campus when school buildings reopen. 
      • Classes are taught by student’s campus certified teacher(s) starting August 3. 
      • Students are learning new content in their new grade with their new teacher(s).
      • Learning experience and student expectations are different from the home learning that we held in the spring.
      • Teacher-directed instruction via synchronous (real-time) and asynchronous (independent) learning using Canvas, the district online learning platform 
      • This option follows the school’s master schedule to support transition to in-person learning.
      • High school students are eligible for Athletics.
      • In this option, courses available include Renaissance, AP, IB, Language Immersion, and Dual Enrollment classes.
      • Services will be provided for specific student subpopulations such as gifted, English Learners, and Special Education.
      • Walk-Up to Math (acceleration) options and faster pace/compacting curriculum options available for all grade levels.
      • A sample schedule and more information will be posted later this week.

    Deer Valley Online Academy (full-time online)

      • Deer Valley Online Academy is best for those parents who either need a flexible student schedule due to parent work schedules or parents who intend to have their child remain in an online environment for the entire first semester or academic year due to concerns with COVID-19.
      • Students are learning new content in their new grade taught by a DVUSD certified Online Academy teacher with both live instruction and self-paced screen time.
      • This option is Free. School starts August 3. 
      • If a parent of an open-enrolled student chooses this option, their student’s open enrollment status remains intact. 
      • High school students are eligible for Athletics.
      • Services will be provided for specific student subpopulations such as gifted, English Learners, and Special Education.
      • Walk-Up to Math (acceleration) options and faster pace/compacting curriculum options available for all grade levels.
      • Courses NOT available with this option: AP, IB, Language Immersion, and Dual Enrollment classes.
      • For a detailed description of Deer Valley Online Academy (full-time online), visit www.dvusd.org/OnlineAcademy 
      • Registration for Deer Valley Online Academy is now open at www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup 
        • *Reminder: 9th -12th grade students who want to register for part-time online courses need to register at www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup - Registration is now open and school starts August 3.

    The third model that was previously introduced, the On Flex Model, is not a current option in the new School Board approved plan. As you may recall in previous letters, we stated that, “If school closure due to the pandemic is extended significantly past August 17, On Flex students will begin the school year virtually with their On Campus teacher(s) until schools are able to open and return in person and the On Flex model begins.”

    So, what happens now, and what about the survey you may or may not have taken?

    First, we thank all parents who took the survey and those who have taken a significant amount of time considering their options for their child(ren). We recognize that the new plan will change decisions for some families. Please know, we have now closed the survey. Below we have laid out various scenarios, one of which should apply to you and your family.

    1. I didn’t take the survey. That’s ok. We will assume you want to return to On Campus/Virtual until school buildings reopen. There is nothing further you need to do. Your school will communicate with you over the next two weeks.
    2. I took the survey and selected On Campus. You are all done, no need to do anything further. Your school will communicate with you over the next two weeks. If, however, you would now prefer to enroll in the Deer Valley Online Academy, register now at www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup

    3. I took the survey and chose On Flex. This option does not currently exist. If you want the On Campus/Virtual option - you are all done, you do not need to do anything further. Your school will communicate with you over the next two weeks. If, however, you would prefer to enroll in the Deer Valley Online Academy, register now at www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup

    4. I took the survey and chose Deer Valley Online Academy (free full-time online). You must complete the registration process to fully enroll. The direct registration link is https://www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup. For more information about this option, visit www.dvusd.org/OnlineAcademy  Please note: You must register for the Deer Valley Online Academy (free full-time online). If you took the survey, but did not register, you are not registered. We will assume you are returning On Campus/Virtual until school buildings open.

    5. I took the survey and chose Deer Valley Online Academy (full-time online), but want to change to On Campus/Virtual. 

    If you only took the survey, but have not completed registration for the Deer Valley Online Academy (full-time online) at www.dvusd.org/gosignmeup, we will assume you want to return to On Campus/Virtual until buildings reopen. There is nothing further you need to do. Your school will communicate with you over the next two weeks.

    If you completed registration through GoSignMeUp for the Deer Valley Online Academy (free full-time online), but now want the On Campus/Virtual option, you must cancel your registration by sending an email to online@dvusd.org with the subject line “cancel.” Include your full name and your student’s full name and student ID number in the email. That is all you need to do to be back with your On Campus/Virtual teacher(s).

    If, after reading all of these scenarios and viewing the information on our website, you still have questions, you can send your questions in an email to ReturnToLearning@dvusd.org

    Our weekly parent update that was emailed and posted on Monday, including information about our Community Education Preschool program and Staycation Camp that is being extended until at least Friday, August 14. If you didn’t save that email, you can read that information here.

    Future distributions of technology devices will take place at our schools. More information will be sent out in the coming weeks and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToSchool with details.

    This has been a difficult and trying time for the Deer Valley community. We appreciate the patience and flexibility of families as we continue to balance the work of educating our students with keeping students and staff safe and healthy. In the upcoming weeks, please watch for communications from your school about virtual Meet the Teacher nights.

    Gayle Galligan Ed.D.
    Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

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


  • July 13, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Monday to you. Today’s parent update contains important information regarding Return to School planning, Community Education programs, and a reminder about free immunization clinics this month. This update is posted to www.dvusd.org/returntoschool and emailed to all parents.

    Return to School Learning Options - Parent Selection Process Update
    We are aware that many parents have sent emails to the Returntolearning@dvusd.org account inquiring about the three learning options. We have responded to many of the emails, but not all. For those that have not obtained a reply, you will receive a reply by the end of the day Wednesday. We thank you for your patience.

    Return to School Stakeholder Committee
    Last Thursday, the Return to School Stakeholder Committee met to discuss a variety of items related to the upcoming school year. Committee members have expertise and interests in areas such as emergency preparedness, pediatric medicine, human resources, and communications. The team is composed of representatives from all five high school regions, DVEA, the various levels (i.e. elementary, middle and high schools), student groups, such as those with special needs, and external community members. The committee provided feedback on the learning options and posed many questions that align with community questions. This committee will continue to meet in July as we work through these concerns. 

    Community Education Staycation Camp
    We are happy to share that Community Education Summer Camp will extend for grades K-8 only from Thursday, 7/23/2020, until at least Friday, 8/14/2020; this does not apply to Preschool Summer Camp, which will close 7/22/2020.

    • 3-day minimum per week will not be required as of 7/23/2020
    • Pre-scheduled days are highly recommended as a change to your schedule at Deer Valley ELEYO at least 3 days in advance
      • The daily rate remains $38 per day
      • The charge will be made upon authorization by staff
    • Unscheduled drop-in days at the site are subject to availability of staff and space
      • The rate of $48 per day will apply to your account immediately via the iPad Attendance App
      • The charge will be made upon processing by staff, usually the next business day
    • Accounts must remain on auto-pay
    • Previously withdrawn students will require a new registration submission (immunizations do not need to be re-submitted)
    • DES subsidized accounts should contact their caseworker for an extension of services if necessary
    • New applications will be considered based on staffing and available space

    Community Education PreSchool
    The DVUSD Community Education Preschool and Prekindergarten programs will open in person on campus Monday, 8/3/2020, as originally scheduled. As an Arizona Department of Health Services Child Care (DHS) licensed program, our preschool is exempt from the delayed school opening. If you are interested in registering your child, please visit our website at www.dvusd.org/communityed/preschool.


    Free Immunization Clinic - Reminder
    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). See the website flyer more information.


    Thank You,

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

    Dr. Gayle Galligan
    Deputy Superintendent Curriculum and Introduction


  • 07.06.20
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    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 June 29, 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