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

  • Home Learning


    For the Week of April 20 - 24, 2020

    New Learning Begins

     

    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 help 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.  

    Grading

    The content taught in the 4th quarter is 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 the 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 17th. 

    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 Expectation

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

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

    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. 


    Behavior Expectations for Students Learning Online
     

    During this time of online home learning, we want to remind our students and parents the importance of  Digital Citizenship and building a positive and productive online learning environment. Please be reminded that when in an online setting,Deer Valley expectations for student conduct still applies including the behavioral expectations outlined in the 2019-2020 Students Rights & Responsibilities Handbook. Inappropriate behavior and/or inappropriate use of technology should be reported to the school principal or assistant principal to address accordingly. .

    We encourage parents and guardians to read the terms and privacy policies before creating an account for any online resources used.

    Note to mobile users: To view subpages with schedules and more, click on the hamburger menu (three lines) next to the word "Pages".