• Return to School Communications - 20-21 School Year

  • January 25, 2021

     

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We were happy to welcome back our high school students to in-person learning today. Currently, all PreK-12 students who choose to attend school on campus are able to do so. We want to provide you with some reminders and updates. This communication will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning

    Calendar Change
    DVUSD needs to adjust the early release day scheduled for Friday, February 5. This was previously scheduled as a 90-minute early release day, however, it will now be a half-day early release due to vaccination distribution for DVUSD staff. The half-day dismissal schedule can be viewed on our website on the Start and Dismiss Times webpage

    Parent Webinar Thursday
    Have a child who uses the internet? Then our next parent seminar is for you! Social media and parenting expert Katey McPherson will lead a lively discussion on the traps and pitfalls of social media for students in our pandemic age. Expect to come away with practical tips on how to set limits for screen time, how to limit access to unwanted material, and how to determine age appropriate social media use. Come ready with your questions because you will get answers! Pandemic Parenting and Social Media Webinar: Thursday January 28 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Check our website www.dvusd.org/returntolearning and DVUSD social media on Thursday for the link. 

    In-Person Learning
    We continue to share the numerous reasons why staying open for in-person school is important for students. Our data shows that students and staff -- in most cases -- are not spreading COVID-19 at school. In addition, data has shown us that many of our students are more academically successful in the in-person setting of our safe campus learning environment. During in-person learning, we are able to provide counseling support, opportunities for social connections, and consistent academic and safety routines that are important to many students and families.

    Deer Valley Unified School District regularly communicates with public health experts, such as Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), and reviews information related to those factors when making decisions to continue in person learning. It is important to note that the community levels of transmission metrics (i.e. case count, percent positivity, COVID-19 like illness) are only one of the factors that MCDPH recommends districts utilize when making decisions about in-person learning. Other factors identified by MCDPH are:

    • whether cases have been identified among students and staff
    • if cases are identified, how many classrooms are affected
    • percent absenteeism in the school
    • student population being affected (i.e., age of students, classrooms affected, etc.)
    • the model of instruction delivery and mitigation plans in place
    • the importance of in-person education to the social, emotional, and academic growth and well-being of the student population

     

    DVUSD has a strong mitigation plan and robust contact tracing and communications systems, which have been supported by MCDPH.

    In addition, MCDPH Director of Public Health, Marcy Flanagan, and MCDPH Director of Disease Control, Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, recently released a joint statement in support of holding in-person school.  

    DVUSD has closed classrooms when it was necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19, and we are prepared to continue that practice moving forward.

    COVID-19 Testing and Data Dashboard
    If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please read about the COVID-19 Reporting Procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report as soon as possible at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm. Please be sure to upload proof of a positive test in the tool, as it could shorten your child’s future quarantine requirements during contact tracing. We are not accepting COVID-19 home test results at this time.

    DVUSD continues to record and compile current COVID-19 cases which can be viewed on our COVID-19 Dashboard.

    Finally, thank you to the parents who have responded to our requests about joining the DVUSD team. We still have positions available for teaching and non-teaching (classified) substitutes. Substitutes are needed in classrooms, health offices, custodial teams, front offices and more. If you feel you can help, please contact your school’s principal or front office to inquire about opportunities. 

    We hope your student continues to have a successful second semester. We value your partnership.


    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • January 18, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We look forward to welcoming back our K-6/K-8/MS students tomorrow, Tuesday, January 19. Our high school students will resume on Monday, January 25. Here are some important reminders:

    • Keep your child at home if he/she is sick.
    • If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report as soon as possible at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19RportingForm.
    • Free COVID-19 Testing continues this week on Tuesday and Wednesday at Barry Goldwater High School. Visit dvusd.org/CovidTesting for details and to pre-register.
    • High school students can continue to receive free meals throughout the week - visit dvusd.org/food for details regarding locations and distribution times.

    Thank You,
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • January 11, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    As we begin our second week of Short Term Virtual for All learning, we want to provide you with some reminders and updates. This communication will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning

    Free COVID-19 Testing continues this week through Wednesday at Barry Goldwater High School. Visit www.dvusd.org/CovidTesting for details and to pre-register. We will provide testing opportunities next week as well. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report as soon as possible at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19RportingForm.

    We want to remind you that our District Administrators will provide a Return to School Update at tomorrow night’s Governing Board meeting. The meeting will be held virtually beginning at 7 p.m. You can view the Governing Board Meeting live or at a later time at www.dvusd.org/livestream

     

    DVUSD Pathways invites our high school students to enroll in the DVUSD after school program starting January 19, 2021. Students in need of recapturing credit from Fall 2020 are able to participate in this tuition-free, after school option hosted on the Barry Goldwater and Boulder Creek campuses. This is a great opportunity to recover credit in some courses for those students who had a failing grade in the fall semester. Enrollment information can be found at dvusd.org/pathways. For questions, contact Paula Collins at 623-680-1473. Please review enrollment content, sign, and return enrollment form and student contract to Pathways@dvusd.org or the homeschool counselor. Seating is limited and you must act as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this opportunity.

    The Short Term Virtual for All learning continues this week.

    • K-8, Developmental PreK/Head Start and Vista Peak K-8: Virtual learning through January 15 with students resuming on campus on January 19.

    • 9-12 and Vista Peak 9-12: Virtual learning through January 22 with students resuming on campus on January 25.

    The Short Term Virtual for All days are required school days for students. Attendance will be taken as it normally is done each day. Standard student drop policies will be followed regarding student attendance.

    We appreciate the continued cooperation and support of our parents.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • January 4, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We hope your student has had a smooth transition to Short Term Virtual Learning for All. We have a few updates to provide to you today. This communication has been emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning

    The Short Term Virtual Learning for All will continue through the following dates:

    • K-8, Developmental PreK/Head Start and Vista Peak K-8: Virtual learning January 4-15 with students resuming on campus on January 19.
    • 9-12 and Vista Peak 9-12: Virtual learning January 4-22 with students resuming on campus on January 25

    Remember, that the Short Term Virtual for All days are required school days for students. Attendance will be taken as it normally is done each day. Standard student drop policies will be followed regarding student attendance.

    For help troubleshooting issues with your student’s technology, visit the DVUSD website at https://dvusd.org and click on the Parent Tech Support link on the front page or visit the page directly at https://www.dvusd.org/edtech. For additional technology support, you can submit a Home Tech Help ticket to https://url.dvusd.org/HomeTechHelp.


    DVUSD is supporting the community by making free COVID-19 testing available. The next testing date is Monday, January 11. The location for this testing is at Barry Goldwater High School. Visit www.dvusd.org/CovidTesting to pre-register and learn more.  

    If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report as soon as possible at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm.  

    DVUSD continues to record and compile current COVID-19 cases, even while we are learning virtually. Next Monday, January 11, DVUSD will resume weekly COVID-19 Dashboard updates of current active cases. 

    Curbside Meal Service is now underway for any child under 18 years of age. For the schedule, visit www.dvusd.org/food

    Finally, we know we can only return to in-person learning with the support of our parents and community. Thank you for all you have done and are doing to support DVUSD and our schools. An additional way you can support DVUSD is to consider joining the DVUSD team as a teacher or non-teaching (classified) substitute. Substitutes are needed in classrooms, health offices, custodial teams, front offices and more. If you feel you can help, please contact your school’s principal or front office to assist you.

     

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • January 2, 2021
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We hope that you and your family are having a happy and restful Winter Break. This communication will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning

    This is an important reminder that DVUSD students will be learning virtually when we return Monday from the Winter Break. Please see the December 9 parent update for a thorough description of why this is necessary. 

    • K-8, Developmental PreK/Head Start and Vista Peak K-8: Virtual learning January 4-15 with students resuming on campus on January 19.
    • 9-12 and Vista Peak 9-12: Virtual learning January 4-22 with students resuming on campus on January 25

    The Short Term Virtual for All days are required school days for students. Attendance will be taken as it normally is done each day. Standard student drop policies will be followed regarding student attendance.

    If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please follow the process for reporting. You can read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm. DVUSD is supporting the community by making testing available on January 4 and 11. The location for this testing is at Barry Goldwater High School. Visit www.dvusd.org/CovidTesting for more detailed information.  


    Finally, Curbside Meal Service Begins January 4 for any child under 18 years of age. Bus Stop meal service will begin January 5. For both schedules, visit www.dvusd.org/food


    We look forward to having a successful second semester of the school year.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • December 14, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    This is our last week before the Winter Break begins. This is a lengthy update and contains many important points. This communication will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning

    Conversion to Virtual Short-Term Plan

    This is an important reminder that DVUSD students will be learning virtually when we return from the Winter Break. Please see the December 9 parent update for a thorough description of why this is necessary. You can also click here to view the DVUSD parent webinar which provides the rationale and details for this plan.

    • K-8, Developmental PreK/Head Start and Vista Peak K-8: Virtual learning January 4-15 with students resuming on campus on January 19.
    • 9-12 and Vista Peak 9-12: Virtual learning January 4-22 with students resuming on campus on January 25. 

    The Virtual for All days are required school days for students. Attendance will be taken as it normally is done each day. Standard student drop policies will be followed regarding student attendance.

    DVUSD’s Food & Nutrition Department will provide meals for students during the time they are learning virtually. Visit www.dvusd.org/food at the end of the week for details.

    COVID-19 Mitigation
    We ask that parents continue to encourage appropriate mitigation with your children. This includes making sure they are sent to school with a properly fitting cloth face mask and that you follow the required reporting procedures which are detailed at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting. DVUSD is now utilizing the revised quarantine guidance that was recently issued by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health which outlines a 10-day quarantine instead of 14. (Per MCDPH guidance, previously issued 14-day quarantines will not be retroactively changed.) The 7-day quarantine requirement with a test will be utilized once we return from the Winter Break. You can view the updated official MCDPH guidance here and you can read the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) description here. Families should remember that quarantines are required by public health and in state statute A.R.S. 36-624. As such, we ask that parents fully cooperate with our campus nurses and administrators in the event your child needs to quarantine.

    Testing
    DVUSD is working to host additional COVID-19 testing sites after the Winter Break to support test availability. Currently, we are in talks with MCDPH to set up two COVID-19 testing opportunities within our District which we believe will be January 6 and 13. You can visit www.dvusd.org/covidtesting for more information including exact sites in the coming weeks.

    Free Safe Learning Space
    As you are now aware, K-6/K-8 students will temporarily return to virtual learning for two weeks once school resumes after Winter Break. High School students will temporarily return to virtual learning for three weeks once school resumes after Winter Break. Onsite support, which DVUSD refers to as Free Safe Learning Space (FSLS), is for families who meet certain criteria that require a safe space for their students on the student’s home campus. This service is free and provides supervision and a space for identified students while they are learning in a virtual format. FSLS will be offered at all of our campuses and enrollment into the program is based on staffing capacity which varies by campus. We have a limited number of staff that will be available to assist with supervising students in the Free Safe Learning Space.

    The Community Education Department reached out to families that already attended FSLS earlier this school year along with a second subset of families whose students are currently participating in the before/after school care program. Those parents received notification of registration and were provided first priority to enroll. For those schools that have additional space, campuses will be reaching out to families of children who they believe need access to FSLS. If you are a First Responder in the medical or emergency management field, and wish to have a spot in FSLS, you can inquire about availability by contacting your campus office.

    The FSLS program will operate according to regular school start and end times. Please note that on Fridays 1/8/21 and 1/15/21, dismissal time is 90 minutes earlier due to these being scheduled PLC dates. At this time we are unable to provide transportation as our transportation staff are helping provide FSLS supervision on the campuses as our teachers will be instructing virtually.

    Technology General Information
    In preparation for virtual learning after the Winter Break (January 4-15 for K-8 and January 4-22 for 9-12), schools will invite students to check out their iPad or Chromebook to take home this Friday prior to Winter Break. Parents of K-8th grade students who prefer to have their students use their own personal device during virtual learning may choose to not  have their child take home the school device. Please let your teacher know if this situation applies to your child.

    K-3 Parents: Please have your primary children practice logging into their device and getting into Canvas before school resumes on January 4. Click here for additional technology information for virtual learning. If you find you have challenges connecting school devices to home or other Wi-Fi difficulties, please use one of the following links to let us know.

    PLEASE NOTE:  If your child will not be returning to a DVUSD school after Winter Break, please turn in the device to your child’s school before Winter Break.  DVUSD technology devices do not function without an active student login. The devices have no value for non-DVUSD students, but are very much needed for current students. Your assistance with returning devices is greatly appreciated!

    2021-2022 Budget Committee Survey

    The 2021-2022 Budget Committee is forming and will meet soon to develop budget priorities for next school year. This committee needs your help. Your input is vital to the process and ensuring budget priorities represent all stakeholders. Please take a moment to complete a budget input survey and provide the committee with the budget priority item most important to you. The survey is open from November 30 through December 16 and will be followed with a second survey in January to rank the top budget priorities. The committee will present the recommendation for budget priorities to the Governing Board for approval at a Board Meeting in February or March. These priorities will be at the forefront of 2021-2022 budget development discussions and decisions. 

    Free Parent Webinar
    Please join the Parent Webinar scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. from Transitions Counseling about providing mental health support during COVID-19. This is the Zoom Link. Use Meeting ID: 963 7292 8611 and Passcode: 373980. 


    Thank you!
    We know this year has had its challenges. We appreciate the patience of everyone in the Deer Valley Community. A special thank you goes out to our parents who have students who take the bus. Some routes will be combined this week due to staff shortages, and we appreciate your patience as some buses will run late this week. 

    We hope all of our families have a safe and enjoyable Winter Break. We know that for many, this holiday season will be a different experience because of COVID-19. Do what is best for your health and the health of your loved ones. Click here to see some suggestions from the CDC. We look forward to (short-term virtual) school resuming January 4.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • December 9, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We want to provide you with an update concerning the second semester Return to School plan that District leaders and Governing Board members discussed at a Board Work Session last evening. You can view a recording of this work session on the www.livestream.com/dvusd website.

    The purpose of the Governing Board’s Work Session was to address the District’s response to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases both in the community and in our schools. It is true that our schools have experienced an accelerated increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases since the onset of the holiday season. Despite this increase, we have been able to continue in-person teaching and learning, and we plan to do so through December 18. We do believe that our schools are the safest places to be due to our mitigation plan and the dedicated work of our campus administrators, teachers and other support staff. This belief is consistent with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) guidance as well. 

    We continue to share the numerous reasons why staying open for in-person school is important for students. Our data shows that many of our students are more academically successful in the in-person setting on campus and our schools provide a safe learning environment. In addition, with in-person learning, we are able to provide counseling support, opportunities for social connections, and consistent routines that are important to many students and families.

    Our data also shows that students and staff -- in most cases -- are not spreading COVID-19 at school; however, case counts in the community have risen over the past several weeks. The increase in community cases has affected the case counts of students and staff who attend and work at schools across our District. Based on our experience after Thanksgiving, we anticipate that the number of cases will rise after our Winter break where we would not be able to adequately staff our schools and the number of students needing to quarantine and isolate would be unusually high. This belief is shared by Maricopa County Department of Public Health as well. 

    With this in mind, we will begin the Second Semester with a Short-Term Virtual for All Plan:

    • All K-8 Students & Early Childhood (Developmental Preschool/Head Start) will learn virtually from January 4 – January 15, 2021.
      • These students will return to in-person learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. (No school on  Monday, January 18 for MLK Day.)

    • All High School students will learn virtually from January 4 – January 22, 2021. 
      • High School students will return to in-person learning on Monday, January 25, 2021.
        The reason for an additional week of virtual learning for our high school students is due to the fact that our high schools have more COVID-19 cases than our elementary schools. This is partly due to the fact that our high schools have much larger student populations and as such, we would expect there to be more cases. We know that high school students have more interactions and exposure with the general community due to greater levels of independence when compared to our elementary-aged students.
    • Winter Camps continue as regularly scheduled with mitigation procedures in place.

    This short-term virtual learning period of time will allow families who may have come into contact with people from outside their immediate household to quarantine. This plan positions the District to begin the second semester on stronger ground. If we do not do this, we greatly increase our risk of not providing in-person teaching and learning opportunities for a longer period of time during the second semester.

    We do believe that our mitigation measures such as wearing masks, increased cleaning protocols, the new HEPA air filters in classrooms and other spaces, as well as social distancing when possible, will allow us to return to in-person learning in January.

    DVUSD will hold two parent webinars in the coming days:

    • Thursday, December 10 at 5 p.m., we will hold a Return to School - Second Semester Parent Webinar. This webinar will be broadcast via dvusd.org/livestream and recorded so that it can be viewed at a later time if needed. 

    • An additional Parent Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. from Transitions Counseling about providing mental health support during COVID-19. This is the Zoom Link. Use Meeting ID: 963 7292 8611 and Passcode: 373980. 

    Just as this school year has not been easy for many DVUSD staff members, we understand that these temporary changes will not be easy for some students and parents. We are notifying you today however, so that you have as much time as possible to make necessary arrangements. More information regarding details around Food & Nutrition, potential opportunities for Free Safe Learning Space, etc. will be coming in the next Monday’s Parent update. 

    Thank you for your understanding and continued support,

    Curtis Finch, Ph.D.
    Superintendent

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

    Jim Migliorino
    Deputy Superintendent of Fiscal Services

    Jenna Moffitt
    Deputy Superintendent of Human Resources

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

     


  • December 7, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We have less than two weeks to go before Winter Break begins, but we have a lot of important information for you. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool


    First, we want to remind you that prior to tomorrow night’s Governing Board meeting, there will be a work session with the Governing Board at 5:30 p.m. regarding plans for Second Semester (Spring 2021). You can view the Governing Board Work Session live or at a later time at
    www.dvusd.org/livestream


    Then on Thursday, December 10 at 5 p.m., we will hold a Return to School - Second Semester Parent Webinar. This webinar will be broadcast via
    www.dvusd.org/livestream and recorded so that it can be viewed at a later time if needed. 


    An additional Parent Webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. from Transitions Counseling. This 60-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A will cover topics such as: providing mental health support through COVID-19, how to handle the approaching holidays, self-care, anxiety and depression.
    This is the Zoom Link. Use Meeting ID: 963 7292 8611 and Passcode: 373980. We encourage you to join in on this webinar!


    You may have heard that the
    CDC recently changed their COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines regarding how long someone should quarantine if they have come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is reviewing these new guidelines and may issue revised quarantine recommendations to schools that align to those of the CDC. MCDPH has asked that districts continue to use the 14 day quarantine guidelines for now. If DVUSD receives updated guidelines, we will share that information with our parents.


    A way that you can help keep our campuses safe is by reporting if your student(s) has COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. You can report this at
    https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm. You can read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting. Procedures include keeping your child home if he/she is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. We also ask that you continue to encourage mask wearing in our schools, check your child daily for symptoms, and keep your child at home if he/she is sick. 


    Have a safe and great week,

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • December 6, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,


    We hope you are having a safe and relaxing weekend. We want to remind you of the importance of following the mitigation strategies that we have put into place. 


    If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please follow the process for reporting.
    You can read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm.


    Remember that in order to keep our kids in school, we need your cooperation. We ask that you continue to encourage mask wearing in our schools, check your child daily for symptoms, and keep your child at home if he/she is sick. Finally, please keep your child at home if he/she is awaiting a Covid-19 test result.


    Thank you for your continued support.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • November 30, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Monday. We hope that you all had a restful and safe Thanksgiving break. Please read this information thoroughly for important updates. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool

    Please Join the DVUSD Team!
    DVUSD and your child’s campus would love to build our teacher and classified substitute pool.  Whether you have a substitute certificate or not, we can provide an opportunity for you to join our substitute workforce. Substitutes are needed in classrooms, health offices, custodial teams, and hourly positions such as front office staff and monitors. If you feel you can help, please contact your school’s principal. Each campus can assist you with the steps necessary to sign up. This campaign to build our substitute pool needs our community’s support, especially with the challenges presented by COVID-19. Please sign up even if you can only help out one day a month!

    Maintaining a Safe Environment
    DVUSD continues to operate within the guidelines from Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). It is critical that the community cooperate with public health recommendations so that we can continue in-person teaching and learning. First, please keep your child at home if he/she is sick or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result. When you send a sick child to school or are awaiting a test, it can result in 20-30 kids being sent home for a 14 day quarantine. Remember that this is a low threshold for illness year which means that students displaying any of the COVID-like symptoms must stay home. This simply is not a year when you can send your child to school with a cough, sore throat or low-grade temp and hope for the best. Finally, we ask that parents visit www.dvusd.org/covidreporting to see what procedures to follow if your child tests positive for COVID-19 or has been identified as being a close contact.

    Remember that MCDPH has also identified the flu shot as an important strategy for supporting public health as well this year. DVUSD has sponsored a number of free flu shot clinics, and we have another one scheduled for December 1, 2020 from 4 - 6 p.m. at Constitution Elementary. This is a great opportunity to get that shot if you haven’t already done so. Here is the Free Flu Shot Clinic flyer.

    Our DVUSD COVID-19 Dashboard has been updated and can be viewed by visiting www.dvusd.org/dashboard. It is important to note that this dashboard displays active current cases only for staff and students at our District locations. Since our last dashboard update was two weeks ago (no update last week due to Thanksgiving Break), new cases that surfaced after November 16 and have already had their isolation periods end will not be reflected in today’s dashboard as they would no longer be current. In other words, DVUSD COVID-19 dashboard will reflect current active cases as of today.

    There will be a Governing Board Work Session on December 8 at 5:30 p.m. regarding plans for Second Semester (Spring 2021). You can view the Governing Board Work Session live or at a later time at www.dvusd.org/livestream. At this work session, we will review the County and District Dashboard metrics. Two days following the work session, on December 10 in the early afternoon, we will have a Return to School - Second Semester Parent Webinar. This webinar will be broadcast at www.dvusd.org/livestream and recorded so that it can be viewed at a later time if needed. We will communicate out an exact time for the webinar in next week’s parent update.

    High School Winter Sports 
    If you missed our earlier communication regarding Winter Sports, you can view it at www.dvusd.org/returntoplay.

    Fall Semester High School Finals
    Due to the COVID-19 challenges brought upon us this semester, the final exam process for this Fall has been adjusted. Traditionally, final exams are calculated in a separate category as 20% of the final semester grade; however, this year, final exams will not be figured into the final grade as a separate 20% weighted category. Instead, the assessment will be entered into the gradebook as part of the 18 week semester grade along with the other semester assessments and assignments. This adjustment will reduce the overall impact of the one final assessment on the overall semester grade. For students taking high school courses through DVOLP, there will not be in-person final exams in December. Students will take a final assessment for the semester in their online course(s) which will be figured into their final grade. 

    2021-2022 Budget Committee Survey
    The 2021-2022 Budget Committee is forming and will meet soon to develop budget priorities for next school year. This committee needs your help. Your input is vital to the process and ensuring budget priorities represent all stakeholders. Please take a moment to complete a budget input survey and provide the committee with the budget priority item most important to you. The survey is open from November 30 through December 16 and will be followed with a second survey in January to rank the top budget priorities. The committee will present the recommendation for budget priorities to the Governing Board for approval at a Board Meeting in February or March. These priorities will be at the forefront of 2021-2022 budget development discussions and decisions.

    Thank you for reading today’s comprehensive update. With less than three weeks until Winter Break, we encourage our students and our families to stay safe and focus on learning!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • November 29, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families, 

    We hope you have had a safe and happy Thanksgiving recess. As we approach the return to school tomorrow, we want to remind you that DVUSD strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment for its students and staff. In our effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, multiple mitigation strategies will continue to be implemented. If your child tests positive for COVID-19, or has come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please follow the process for reporting. You can read about the COVID-19 Reporting procedures on our website at www.dvusd.org/covidreporting and make a report at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm.

    There are additional resources on our website:

     Remember that in order to keep our kids in school, we need your support and cooperation. We ask that you continue to encourage mask wearing in our schools, check your child daily for symptoms, and keep your child at home if he/she is sick. We ask that you keep your child at home as well if he/she is awaiting a Covid-19 test result. Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has provided a helpful tool called the Home Isolation Decision Maker Tool. If you have questions about whether your child should isolate at home, this tool can help. The tool can be accessed by visiting www.maricopa.gov/covidisolationtool.

    We look forward to seeing your child(ren) tomorrow.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • November 16, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We have an important update this week as we approach our Thanksgiving Recess next week. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    COVID-19 Return to Learning Update
    As you may have seen, we have seen increases in the number of cases of COVID-19 and percent positivity over the previous two weeks. However, the COVID-like illness metric is not increasing at the same rate. The metrics that were posted on November 12 include the two weeks leading up to and including October 31, 2020. The metrics are expected to increase in coming weeks due to Halloween activities. We will monitor the health metrics as they are released and continue to plan for the future.


    If you didn’t see the discussion from the previous Governing Board Meeting, we encourage you to watch the recording at https://livestream.com/dvusd. DVUSD Administration has been and continues to be in communication with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). At this time, they are not recommending that we change to all virtual learning. Nonetheless, we are moving forward with contingency planning in the event that MCDPH recommends a change.

    We continue to ask for your support so that we can keep schools open and slow the spread of Covid-19 in our schools. Please do the following:

    • Continue encouraging your child to wear his/her mask properly.
    • Do not send your child to school if sick
    • Report positive cases to DVUSD covid reporting form

    There are numerous reasons why staying open for in-person school is important at this time. First and foremost, every decision we make is about students. Staying in school allows us to maintain our students’ social, physical, and emotional well-being. Our schools provide a safe learning environment for our students. With in-person learning, we are able to provide counseling support, connections to Southwest Behavioral and Health Services, opportunities for social connections, and consistent routines that are important to so many students and their families. Additionally, thanks to federal regulations, we are able to provide free meals for our students who may not eat otherwise.  

    Our data clearly shows us that many of our students are not as successful in a virtual setting. Teachers are reporting that students are just beginning to catch up on lost learning experienced during the time schools were closed.

    Our data also show by and large that students and staff are not spreading Covid-19 at school. We believe that our mitigation measures such as wearing masks, increased cleaning protocols, the new HEPA air filters in classrooms and other spaces, as well as social distancing when possible are all making a difference in keeping our case numbers down. (See www.dvusd.org/dashboard for a count of active cases).

    Another reason in-person learning is important is that we have several groups of students for whom in-person learning has a “high stakes” impact. From our youngest students who are learning to read to our high school seniors seeking scholarships and credits to graduate, in-person learning allows schools to provide the necessary interventions to support our students.

    DVOA/DVOLP Parents

    • As we near the end of the fall semester, please ensure you and your student continue to log their learning time in MyHours. If you have questions about MyHours, reach out to Principal Schubert or online@dvusd.org.
    • Please note that with schools closed next week for Thanksgiving Recess, Deer Valley Online Academy will not hold office hours.

    Flu Shot Clinic
    MCDPH has identified flu shots as an important strategy for supporting public health this year. DVUSD has sponsored several clinics since the start of the 2020-21 school year. The next one is scheduled for Dec 1, 2020 4 - 6 PM at Constitution. More details on the Flu Shot Flyer.

    Thanksgiving
    This is a unique year, and we know that many hardships have been endured this year. That makes this a special Thanksgiving year. We want to take a moment to thank our parents for all you have done to support your student(s) and our schools. We hope that you are able to take a moment to thank your child’s teacher(s), support staff (especially our school nurses), and administrators as they have worked so hard at providing teaching and learning opportunities for our kids in a variety of ways this school year. Please see the CDC’s website for Thanksgiving tips to have a safe holiday.  

    We wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
    Deer Valley Unified School District

    P.S. Remember that schools are closed next week - See you back at school on Monday, November 30.




  • November 9, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Thank you for reading these parent updates each week as they contain important information for our DVUSD parents and guardians. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    Public Health Benchmark Metric Update
    We want to take this opportunity to give you an update on the public health benchmark metrics for our district. The case numbers in our community have been rising quickly after our previous decline that allowed us to bring back in-person learning. As both the State Superintendent of Public Instruction and the Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services said today during a news conference, we need your support to help slow the spread of COVID-19 cases. 


    Please:

    • Avoid large groups wherever possible.
    • Wear a face mask if you will be around anyone who is not in your household.
    • Stay home if you are sick and keep your student home if they are sick.
    • Practice enhanced hygiene, including frequent handwashing, getting a good night’s sleep to boost immunity, and learn to screen yourself and your student at home for symptoms.
    • Get a flu shot.

    DVUSD has various resources to support students and families during this time. You can view these resources on our website at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool. Some of these resources are:


    High School Sports Update
    We have communicated with our high school parents that our sports governing body, the AIA, has required us to pause the start of winter sports until such time as we have shown two straight weeks of acceptable metrics. Fall sports have been allowed to continue since they started under positive metrics. You can view this letter at www.dvusd.org/returntoplay.

    Committee Opportunities for Parents
    Several DVUSD Committees are looking for parents to join them as they make decisions regarding future curriculum for our students. Some of these committees are starting very soon. To view current opportunities and apply to serve on a committee, visit www.dvusd.org/committees

    Continued partnership with Southwest Behavioral and Health Services (SBHS)
    Support for our students and families continues with SBHS. This partnership includes a liaison with SBHS Director, wellness counselors at the high schools, and counselors at the elementary levels. They offer a seamless and supportive enrollment process. If you are interested in counseling support for your child or family, please contact your campus and enrollment forms will be shared with you. More information about SBHS can be found at http://www.sbhservices.org/

    Finally, we want to take a moment to recognize our school nurses who are working tirelessly every day to keep students as safe and healthy as possible. They continue to navigate our “new normal” to recognize symptoms of COVID-19 and at the same time continue to provide the regular care our students need to support their learning. We are so appreciative of the hard work they are doing. Please let them know how much they are appreciated the next time you talk to your school nurse. Thank you for your support of our school nurses!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • November 2, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Today is Monday and DVUSD is providing our regular Monday parent update. This update is being emailed to all parents and is posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool


    We have updated our COVID-19 Dashboard of current active COVID-19 cases on our campuses. You can view the updated dashboard each Monday at
    www.dvusd.org/Dashboard. Please remember that there is sometimes a lag between when a report is provided and when we are able to update the dashboard. We work to update the dashboard with all known cases that are communicated to a school or the District by noon each Monday.


    DVUSD strives to create a safe and supportive learning environment for its students and staff. In an effort to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, multiple mitigation strategies have been implemented. If your child(ren) test positive for COVID-19, or have come into contact with someone who is positive with COVID-19, please follow the process for reporting. You can read about the
    COVID-19 Reporting Procedures on our website and make a report at this link: https://url.dvusd.org/COVID19ReportingForm


    Remember that in order to keep our kids in school, we need your support and cooperation. We ask that you continue to encourage mask wearing in our schools, check your child daily for symptoms, and keep your child at home if he/she is sick. Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has provided a helpful tool called the Home Isolation Decision Maker Tool. If you have questions about whether your child should isolate at home, this tool can help. The tool can be accessed by visiting
    www.maricopa.gov/covidisolationtool.


    Have a great week,

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • October 26, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    This Monday's Parent update begins with a thank you to all of the parents who took time to attend a parent teacher conference last week. Our teachers worked hard, both in-person and online for this important purpose. Thank you for supporting your child’s education. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool

    Current Active COVID-19 Cases
    DVUSD has updated our dashboard of active COVID-19 cases at www.dvusd.org/Dashboard. As a reminder, the purpose of this data is to provide our families with a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases by school resulting in exclusion from school activities. Once the individual is cleared to return, they are no longer considered an active case and their case is removed from the dashboard count. The dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis with a new posting on the website mostly likely occurring on a Friday or Monday.


    As a reminder, we ask that all parents report positive cases of COVID by using our reporting tool which can be found at www.dvusd.org/CovidReporting

    When DVUSD receives notification of a positive COVID-19 case, we follow the guidance of the Maricopa Department of Public Health (MCDPH). We communicate with the families of students who are identified as close contacts of someone who is COVID-19 positive. This procedure has been consistently communicated for several months and is posted on the District’s Return to School Operational Plan.

    COVID-19 related links and web pages

    • A Guide to Mask Use has been posted at this link on our website
    • If you have not already done so, please complete the Parent Disclosure and Acknowledgement Form and return it to your child’s school. These forms need to be completed with your child’s first 5 days of attendance. If you need a blank form sent to you, please contact your school’s front office.
    • Do you have COVID-related questions? Check out this flyer produced by MCDPH for the community to get your questions answered.
    • DVUSD is hosting Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing this Saturday. More information at this flyer.
    • Flu shot reminder from MCDPH - An influenza shot is highly recommended this year. If you need information about the shot and where to get, visit this MCDPH web page
    • Since this is the week before Halloween, we wanted to provide you Halloween gathering suggestions from the CDC

    Parents of 7th - 11th grade Students - High School to Career Expo: Join us Thursday, October 29 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for Virtual Presentations. Now is your chance to make high school extraordinary with real experiences, real excitement, and real skills for real life!  Expo for Middle and HS students and parents. See the Full Flyer here! 

    Finally, thank you for your patience and understanding during student drop off and pick up, as sometimes it takes longer than in previous years due to safety measures. 

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • October 19, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,
    As we begin our first full-week of in-person learning at all campuses and for all-grade levels, we have some important information to share with you. 

    Current Active COVID-19 Cases
    DVUSD has begun posting a dashboard, which lists active COVID-19 cases at www.dvusd.org/Dashboard. The purpose of this data is to provide our Deer Valley Unified School District families and staff with a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases by school resulting in exclusion from school activities. An active case indicates that a student or staff member participating in on-campus activities has tested positive for an active COVID-19 infection. Individuals who test positive are excluded from participation in any in-person/on-campus activity until the campus verifies that the individual meets the return criteria set by state and local health authorities. Once the individual is cleared to return, they are no longer considered an active case and their case is removed from the dashboard count. The dashboard will be updated on a weekly basis.

    After seeing the dashboard, we know that some of you may wonder how DVUSD handles communication regarding a positive COVID-19 case. As a reminder, DVUSD follows the guidance of the Maricopa Department of Public Health (MCDPH) with respect to this type of communication. At this time, we communicate with the families of students who are identified as close contacts of someone who is COVID-19 positive. We also communicate to all families if there is an outbreak (see below for a definition of an outbreak). Any additional communication would depend on the circumstances involved.  

    Parent Disclosure and Acknowledgement Form 
    If you have not already done so, please complete the Parent Disclosure and Acknowledgement Form and return it to your child’s school. These forms need to be completed with your child’s first 5 days of attendance. If you need a blank form sent to you, please contact your school’s front office.

    COVID-19 Symptoms
    If your child shows any signs of illness or symptoms of COVID-19, he/she should not go to school. For more information from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, including a list of COVID-19 symptoms, visit www.dvusd.org/Symptoms

    COVID-19 Outbreak Definition
    The word outbreak, as it is being used currently regarding COVID-19 cases, has a specific definition. DVUSD works closely with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) to keep our staff and students safe whenever we receive a report of a positive COVID-19 test. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) defines an outbreak as:

    • Two or more students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period; and
      • Could have had some close contact such as in a classroom or on a school sports team;
      • Do not live in the same household; and
      • Were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).

    When an outbreak has been determined by MCDPH, the school will send a letter home to parents. Those students and staff members who may have had close contact with the person testing positive will receive additional communication. 

    Social Emotional Learning
    Every week, your student is learning and practicing social and emotional skills with their teachers. Each month has a different topic of focus. For the month of October, your student is focusing on developing the important skills of managing stress and anxiety. These lessons will be taught whether your child returns to campus in-person or joins DVOA for online learning. For more details, read the full letter to parents on our website.

    Two Virtual Events for Students and Parents
    Please join us for two amazing student and parent events. Please see the attached flier for details.

    “Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations” for K-12 Students and Parents

    Tuesday, October 20 from 7:00– 8:00 p.m. for Virtual Presentation plus Q&A

    Join bestselling author and generational expert Mark C. Perna as he unveils groundbreaking innovations and strategies for working with today’s younger generations. This hour with Mark will provide you with how to help motivate young people, show them why education matters, and empower them to achieve at a higher level.

    High School to Career Expo: Now is your chance to make high school extraordinary with real experiences, real excitement, and real skills for real life!  Expo for Middle and HS students and parents.

    Thursday, October 29 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. for Virtual Presentations

    See the Full Flyer here! 

    Finally, this is a reminder that Parent Teacher Conferences take place this week. We hope you have great conferences with your child’s teacher(s).

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • October 14, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Today marks the first day this school year that students in all grades at all DVUSD schools are able to attend school on campus. Our teachers and staff working at our school campuses are very excited to have their students back in the classroom. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool

    Important COVID-19 Information
    Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still present in our community. We need the help and support of our parents to minimize disruptions to in-person teaching and learning.

    • What Parents Should Do:
      • Keep your child at home if sick.
      • Do not send your child to school if you as a parent or someone else in your household have tested positive for COVID.
      • Utilize the District COVID-19 Reporting Procedures when you are reporting a positive COVID-19 or a close contact situation for your child.
      • Continue to support the District’s public safety mandate that all staff and students wear face masks.
      • Review MCDPH’s 10 Things You Can Do to Prepare For School
      • Review, sign and submit the Parent Acknowledgement and Disclosure form if you haven’t already. This is due by the end of the 5th day of school for all students.
    • How DVUSD will continue to help:
      • Offer Flu Shot Clinic Finder and Free Shots
      • Provide information regarding helpful community resources. For example, Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has new resources to answer parent’s questions about COVID.
        • Parents can email the County – COVIDparenthotline@Maricopa.gov
        • Parents can call the County hotline – Dial 2-1-1
        • MCDPH has a FAQ page with information for parents and caregivers.
        • MCDPH and Banner Health are teaming up to provide COVID-19 testing at no cost for students. More information to come soon on this topic.
      • We continue to offer testing information and opportunities.
        • DVUSD Administration Building will support the community by being a community test site for free testing on October 24 and 31. See COVID-19 Testing Flyer
        • View the DVUSD Website for additional testing information.
      • DVUSD recently ordered portable HEPA air purification devices for each classroom and is expecting the first of three deliveries of the devices this week. Deliveries of the portable air filters are expected between October 14 and November 5. The HEPA air filters will be distributed to schools and classrooms in phases over the next four weeks.


    Two Virtual Events for Students and Parents
    Please join us for two amazing student and parent events. Please see the flyer linked below for more information!

    Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations” for K-12 Students and Parents

    Tuesday, October 20
    7:00– 8:00 PM
    Virtual Presentation plus Q&A

    Join bestselling author and generational expert Mark C. Perna as he unveils groundbreaking innovations and strategies for working with today’s younger generations. This hour with Mark will provide you with how to help motivate young people, show them why education matters, and empower them to achieve at a higher level.

    High School to Career Expo: Now is your chance to make high school extraordinary with real experiences, real excitement, and real skills for real life!  Expo for Middle and HS students and parents.

    Thursday, October 29
    5:00-6:30 PM
    Virtual Presentations

    Join Career and Technical Education program teachers, student ambassadors, school counselors, West-MEC, and district office staff.

    • ATTEND one or more Career and Technical Education program presentations
    • ASK questions - Program teachers and student ambassadors will answer questions from parents and students
    • LEARN how to sign up or request a program

    See the Full Flyer here! 


    We hope our students and our families have a great week and a wonderful second quarter.
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • October 5, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We are more than half-way to having all grade levels back on campus throughout the District. So far we have had a smooth transition back to campus with grades 1-3, 7th (at middle schools) and Juniors returning last week. Grades 4-6, 8th (at middle schools), and sophomores returned this morning across DVUSD. On October 14, after Fall Break, our 7th and 8th grade students from our K-8 schools and our high school Freshman will return. We look forward to having all of our students back on campus, and continuing to teach our online students as well.

    If you have not already done so, please complete the Parent Disclosure and Acknowledgement Letter and return it to your child’s school. These forms need to be completed with your child’s first 5 days of attendance. If you need a blank form sent to you, please contact your school’s front office.

    Low threshold for illness year
    A phrase that has repeatedly been used by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is “a low threshold for illness year.” Parents should expect that children will not be allowed to be at school if they are sick. We know that in the past both students and staff have sometimes been at school if they have had a runny nose, minor sore throat, etc. Due to COVID-19, this can’t happen this year.

    See the picture below of the MCDPH Symptom Screening Document. You can see that when students have at least one symptom, MCDPH states that students cannot go to school until they complete the 10-day isolation and have no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medication and other symptoms have improved.

      • One exception to this is chronic allergies that are documented on file with the campus nurse. A campus will not accept a parent’s verbal statement alone that a child has chronic allergies.
      • Another exception is if the student has a lab-confirmed alternate diagnosis (e.g. flu, strep throat).
      • A third exception is if the child is tested for COVID-19 and the result is negative. In this situation, the child could return to school if symptoms are gone, no fever for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine, and proof of the negative test is provided to the campus.
      • We ask that you support our campus nurses and administration with this effort as it is challenging for everyone. This will take a true community effort to keep in-person school open this year.

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    How DVUSD will help

    • Provide a Flu Shot clinic at a location within our District, Constitution School, on October 6 from 4 - 7pm. Read the flyer here. MCDPH in their FAQs for parents/caregivers provides information regarding why a flu shot will help public health this year.
    • All DVUSD school sites have the medical expertise of LPNs, licensed practical nurses, or RN, registered nurses, in our Health Offices.   
    • DVUSD is also providing resources for identifying COVID-19 testing locations. For example, MCDPH has a website where you can find a testing site and identify a date for testing. ADHS also provides testing information on their website.
      • DVUSD Administration Building will support the community by being a community test site for free testing on October 24 and 31. See COVID-19 Testing Flyer

    Special Appreciation
    This week we celebrate our school leaders during DVUSD’s Principal Appreciation Week and National Principal Appreciation Month. Our leaders have worked tirelessly and would love a shoutout on twitter with the hashtag: #thankaDVUSDprincipal. Last week was National Custodian Day. We know how important the work of our custodians is during this time, so if you please help us thank them for all of their hard work too; tweet using #thankaDVUSDcustodian.

    Finally, remember that schools are closed next Monday, October 12, and Tuesday, October 13, for Fall Break.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • September 29, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Happy Tuesday to you all. Please read through this parent update for important information. This update will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.  

    Welcome 1st - 3rd Grade, Middle School 7th Grade and Juniors
    Last week we welcomed our Kindergarteners and high school Seniors to their campuses for the first time this school year. This week we are excited to have our first through third grade students, our 7th graders at our true middle schools and the Juniors at our high schools. It is great to see the activity taking place at all our schools.

    2020 Census
    This is a reminder that the 2020 Census deadline is almost here. If you have not completed the Census and would like to - Click Here. The Census count impacts the federal funds that communities receive each year for programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children such as:

    • Special education, Head Start, after-school programs, and classroom technology.
    • Food assistance, including free and reduced price school lunches. 
    • Maternal and child health programs. 

    Reminder on Face Masks
    We want to take this time to remind you about the importance of wearing cloth face masks as we want to make the environment as safe as possible. Face masks are required for all staff and students while on campus and when riding the bus. This is consistent with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Face Covering Guidance as they are requiring face masks to be worn both inside and outside on school campuses. You can see MCDPH’s rationale for wearing face masks by visiting their newly created FAQ website. This FAQ website has helpful information regarding public health and schools.

    K-8 First Quarter Final Grade Timeline Adjustments 
    As we continue with the phased-in timeline, schedule changes are taking place for students and teachers prior to the end of the first quarter term. Due to the changes in student and teacher schedules, there will be adjustments to the first quarter final grade timeline. Your child’s current teacher(s) will finalize his or her quarter one grades prior to the posted phased-in timeline schedule for each grade level.      

    Quarter 1 grades will be finalized on the following dates for each grade level.

    • Grades 4-6 & 8 true middle schools (Hillcrest, DSMS, DVMS: October 1st
    • Grades 7 & 8 at K-8 Schools: October 9th

    For K-8 students, assignments done after 1st quarter grades are finalized will contribute toward 2nd quarter grades. Parents can still review scores for student assignments in Canvas along with feedback from teachers. Assignments and scores for 2nd quarter will not be posted in PowerSchool until October 14th, however, parents can monitor their child’s course progress and assignment submissions by creating a parent observer account for Canvas.

    Student Support Services
    Parents, if your student(s) are enrolled in DVOA and/or DVOLP, please know that special education services will be provided in accordance with your student(s) IEP.  Please look forward to communication from your student(s) service coordinator. The service coordinator will be providing you with a schedule for specially designed instruction (SDI). If your student receives related services, the related services provider(s) will be providing you with a schedule, as well.   

    Middle School Students Moving to DVOA
    As our middle school students transition to the Deer Valley Online Academy, we are doing our best to ensure they have the same courses they had in their brick and mortar school. However, this may not be possible in all cases. Please be aware that your student(s), more than likely, will have different certified middle school teachers for the DVOA courses.

    Thank You For Your Support,
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • September 21, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    This weekly parent update includes information about the importance of good routines, grading timeline adjustments, change in curbside meal pickup, free immunization clinics, and school websites. This update is being emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    DVUSD will begin implementing the Return to Learning Phase-In Opening Plan on September 24, 2020 with regular schedules for students and staff. We look forward to seeing our Kindergarten and Senior students on Thursday, as they join our Developmental Preschool, Headstart, and Vista Peak students already on campus.

    Back-to-School Routines
    As the first day of in-person learning approaches, we want to remind parents of the importance of putting good routines into practice. This includes getting to bed on time, prepping a healthy breakfast and/or lunch, practice mask-wearing, and having an efficient morning routine.

    K-8 First Quarter Final Grade Timeline Adjustments 
    With the phased-in timeline for students to return to school in-person or move to a new DVOA teacher, schedule changes are taking place for students and teachers prior to the end of the first quarter term. Due to the changes in student and teacher schedules, there will be adjustments to the first quarter final grade timeline. Your child’s current teacher(s) will finalize his or her quarter one grades prior to the posted phased-in timeline schedule for each grade level.      

     Quarter 1 grades will be finalized on the following dates for each grade level.

    • Kindergarten: September 22
    • Grades 1-3 & 7th, true MS: September 25
    • Grades 4-6 & 8th, true MS: October 1st
    • Grades 7th & 8th, K-8 Schools: October 9th

    For K-8 students, assignments after quarter one grades are finalized will contribute toward 2nd quarter grades. Parents can still review scores for student assignments in Canvas along with feedback from teachers. Assignments and scores for quarter two will not be posted in PowerSchool until October 14th, however, parents can monitor their child’s course progress and assignment submissions by creating a parent observer account for Canvas.

    Change in Curbside Meal Pickup
    Our curbside meal service schedule will change as students transition back to campus for in-person instruction. Between Tuesday, 9/22 and Thursday, 10/1 we will close curbside meal service at some locations. Please refer to our September 22 – 29 Curbside Meal Service Schedule at www.dvusd.org/food for details. The following changes will go into effective Thursday, October 1:

    • Curbside service moves to THURSDAY only.
    • Curbside meal service includes breakfast and lunch for 5 days.
    • Curbside meal service available on Thursdays by appointment at home K-8 and Middle schools OR at Curbside Meal Service Hubs during posted times. See October 1 Curbside Meal Service Schedule for applicable sites and schedules.
    • Meals continue to be FREE for all children age 18 and under.
    • Curbside meals are available for students not yet attending school in person, younger siblings, remote learners and non-DVUSD students.
    • FREE meals will be served on campus for students attending in-person learning.
    • Curbside meals may require additional heating.

    Continue to monitor schedule times and locations at www.dvusd.org/food. If you have any questions about pickup times, please contact your School’s Cafeteria Manager or DVUSD Food & Nutrition Department at 623-445-5163.

    Free Back to School Immunizations for Students
    DVUSD continues to work with the Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) to host FREE Back to School Immunization Clinics for Preschool through 12th grade students. MCDPH will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on September 29 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). Read the Flyer here.


    School Websites
    If you are looking for information and updates from your school, be sure to check your school’s website. From the www.dvusd.org homepage, click on Our Schools in the upper left to find your school website.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • September 18, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We are excited to begin welcoming our Kindergartners and Seniors to campus next week! With that being said, it is critical that we remind you about the importance of wearing cloth face masks as we want to make the environment as safe as possible. First and foremost, face masks are required for all staff and students while on campus and when riding the bus. This is consistent with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Face Covering Guidance as they are requiring face masks to be worn both inside and outside on schools campuses. Furthermore, Dr. Sunenshine, MCDPH Director of Disease Control, has informed us that the use of face masks is by far the most effective mitigation strategy we can use in our schools to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19. Other groups such as the American Academy of Pediatrics identify the use of face masks as a high priority strategy as well. 

    DVUSD will follow MCDPH’s guidance on face masks, which requires students to wear a cloth face mask. Neck gaiters, bandanas and valve masks are not allowed as MCDPH has identified these as less effective. (See MCDPH Not All Masks Are Created Equal). Although we know that some may prefer one of these coverings, we are using what MCDPH is advising is the most effective. By doing so, this increases our chances of continuing in-person school with minimal disruptions. 

    When selecting a mask, choose a mask that: 

    • Fits snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
    • Completely covers the nose and mouth
    • Includes multiple layers of fabric
    • If you wear glasses, find a mask that fits closely over your nose or one that has a nose wire to limit fogging

    For our younger students, you can help your child(ren) practice putting a mask on a doll or stuffed animal. Teach them how to put a mask on (and take it off) their own faces – all by themselves. Build in plenty of time for your child(ren) to get used to wearing one before going out in public or coming to school. Wear them around the house to normalize the experience. Encourage your child(ren) to start wearing them during zoom lessons to practice and build stamina with the face masks. Consider providing your child with a container (e.g. labeled resealable bag) to bring to school to store their masks when not wearing it (e.g. when eating).

    If your child has a medical reason why they cannot wear a mask, you need to consult with your campus nurse and administration before the first day of school. If a child refuses to wear a face mask, then a DVUSD staff member will remind the student about the face mask requirement and provide redirection. If the student continues to refuse, the student will be removed from class and a parent will be notified. The parent will have the opportunity to (1) direct the child to put on the face mask or (2) the parent will have one hour to pick up the child from school and the child will not be allowed to attend in-person until the student wears the face mask.  In addition, disciplinary action will be administered including a suspension from on-campus.

    The www.dvusd.org/ReturnToSchool website continues to be updated. You can read the steps  DVUSD is taking to clean and sanitize classrooms and school buildings, as well as indoor air quality on the Return To School Operational Safety Plan web page. If after reading the plan you have specific questions, please contact your school administrator for further information.

    We are excited and ready to begin welcoming students to campus next week. To keep track of the date your child’s grade level returns to school, the Phased-In Opening Schedule remains posted on our website. 

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • September 14, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    This weekly parent update includes information about the Parent Selection Form, HS Courses, Renaissance Services, Parent Acknowledgement and Disclosure Form and upcoming free immunization clinics. This update is being emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.


    Parent Selection Form – Complete TODAY by 11:59 p.m.

    DVUSD will begin implementing the Return to Learning Phase-In Opening on September 24, 2020 with regular schedules for students and staff as indicated in the
    phase-in plan.

     

    If you have not filled out the Parent Selection Form, please do so today.
    PARENT SELECTION LINK: Click Here


    Clarification for the DVUSD Parent Selection Form for High School Students

    We ask that our high school parents complete the survey today for each high school student. If your child is currently enrolled with the On Campus Virtual Model through their high school, your child will begin in-person learning following the return to campus phased-in schedule. If your child is currently enrolled in our Deer Valley Online Learning Program, he/she will continue with online learning with their DVOLP teachers. The survey helps the District appropriately plan for transportation and Food & Nutrition Services. 

    High School AP/IB/Dual and high level courses 

    We recognize that we have families of high school students who may not be able to return to campus due to COVID-19 concerns or medical reasons. We will work with our high school families of students in high level or AP/IB/Dual courses who may have concerns about their child(ren) returning to school. Our high school administrators met Friday afternoon and today and have a plan in place to work with families who are not yet ready to have their student(s) return to in-person learning. We are aware this is a stressful time for students and teachers and thank our parents for their patience as we navigate student learning in multiple in-person and virtual environments. If you have already reached out to or talked with your counselor, or received an email indicating limited or no options, please contact your counselor once again to continue your conversation regarding the remote learning needs for your student. 


    K-8 Renaissance Services 

    We also recognize that we have Renaissance students who may not be able to return to on campus instruction due to COVID-19 concerns or medical reasons. For families who have a need to continue remote learning this fall, we will be able to provide those Renaissance students with online instruction that includes some synchronous daily instruction along with asynchronous learning. Please see the Gifted Services webpage for additional information.


    Parent Acknowledgement and Disclosure Form
    In order for students to return to in-person learning, parents/guardians will need to complete and submit an acknowledgement form. A sample form is posted on the
    Return to School website. This form is only a sample. Schools will distribute the survey directly to parents with school specific information. Each school will provide directions for how parents can sign and return the form to the school. The Form will be available in both English and Spanish.

    Free Back to School Immunizations for Students
    DVUSD continues to work with the Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) to host FREE Back to School Immunization Clinics for Preschool through 12th grade students. MCDPH will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on September 15 and September 29 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023).
    Read the Flyer here.

    Thank you to those parents who have already completed the survey. We appreciate the continued support of our parents.
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • September 11, 2020

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    DVUSD Families,

    As a reminder, the Governing Board voted September 10, 2020, to resume in-person teaching and learning by phasing in grade levels of students over time. You can view a recording of this meeting by visiting www.livestream.com.dvusd. DVUSD will begin implementing the Return to Learning Phase-In Opening on September 24, 2020 with regular schedules for students and staff as indicated in the phase-in plan.

    If you have not filled out the Parent Selection Form we ask you to do so as soon as possible. We need to know parent decisions about students returning to in-person learning, and as such, we ask that you complete a parent/guardian selection form. In order to appropriately accommodate and serve students in both models, the selection you indicate for your child on the form link below will be in effect through the end of the first semester. High school students will remain in the model they are currently enrolled in until the end of the first semester. We ask that all families still complete the form. 

    Visit www.dvusd.org/returntoschool for information on various items such as the school operational safety plan, COVID-19 reporting procedures, and FAQs. You can view a recording of the Return to Learning Parent Webinar at https://livestream.com/dvusd.

    This Parent Selection Form must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 14. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this process.

    PARENT SELECTION LINK: Click Here

    Families will receive both an email and text message today and Monday to ensure all families receive this important information.

    Thank You,

    Curtis Finch, PhD

    Superintendent


  • September 10, 2020

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    DVUSD Families,

    At today's Governing Board Meeting, the Governing Board voted to resume in-person teaching and learning by phasing in grade levels of students over time. You can view a recording of this meeting by visiting www.livestream.com.dvusd. As you know, DVUSD is utilizing Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Public Health Benchmark metrics to inform decision-making about when to return to in-person school. The most detailed data is located on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website.

    DVUSD will begin implementing the Return to Learning Phase-In Opening on September 24, 2020 with regular schedules for students and staff as follows.

    September 24

    Developmental preschool* and Head Start preschool*, Kindergarten, high school seniors and Vista Peak students

    *There will be an online option for the two preschool programs should parents need an online environment.

    September 29

    1st-3rd grades, true middle school 7th grade (at Hillcrest, Desert Sky Middle and Deer Valley Middle), and high school juniors

    October 5

    4th - 6th grades, true middle school 8th grade (at Hillcrest, Desert Sky Middle and Deer Valley Middle), and high school sophomores

    October 14

    K-8 middle school grades (7-8), high school freshmen

    The complete phase-in plan can be seen here.

    The decision-making matrix is provided so you, as parents, can make thoughtful and informed decisions about which learning platform is best suited for your child(ren). The decision-making matrix will provide factual considerations for each learning platform and your child’s individual learning style. Just as each student learns differently, each learning platform provides unique benefits and addresses individual student needs.

    The FAQ section on the DVUSD - Return to School 20-21 website will be updated by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 11, 2020 and will provide additional information for parents. 

    If you have not filled out the Parent Selection Form we ask you to do so as soon as possible. We need to know parent decisions about students returning to in-person learning, and as such, we ask that you complete a parent/guardian selection form. In order to appropriately accommodate and serve students in both models, the selection you indicate for your child on the form link below will be in effect through the end of the first semester. If you have multiple children, you will complete the selection form for each child. You will be asked to input your student's DVUSD student ID. The student ID is your student's lunch number and/or Canvas password. You will be able to select a different learning option for the second semester before the winter break in December. Completing the selection form is critical and essential information to appropriately prepare our schools for instruction and safety. For further detail on the Return to Learning options when we return on campus, click here.

    Visit www.dvusd.org/returntoschool for information on various items such as the school operational safety plan, COVID-19 reporting procedures, and FAQs.  You can view a recording of the Return to Learning Parent Webinar at https://livestream.com/dvusd

    This Parent Selection Form must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 14. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this process.

     

    PARENT SELECTION LINK: Here

     

    We look forward to welcoming our students and staff back to school.

     Thank you for your continued support of Deer Valley, our students, and our schools. 

    Curtis Finch, Ph.D.


  • September 9, 2020

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    DVUSD Families,

    At last evening's Governing Board Meeting, DVUSD staff presented information about resuming in-person teaching and learning. As you know, DVUSD is utilizing Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Public Health Benchmark metrics to inform decision-making about when to return to in-person school. The most detailed data is located on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website.

     DVUSD will begin implementing a phase-in regular schedule for students and staff to return to in-person learning. We will begin with all preschool, kindergarten, high school seniors and Vista Peak students. We will follow with other grade levels in intervals not to exceed 5 school calendar days in length. The phase-in plan is here.

     We need to know parent decisions about students returning to in-person learning, and as such, we ask that you complete a parent/guardian selection form. The selection you indicate for your child on the form link below will be in effect through the end of the first semester. If you have multiple children, you will complete the selection form for each child. You will be asked to input your student's DVUSD student ID. The student ID is your student's lunch number and/or Canvas password. You will be able to select a different learning option for the second semester before the winter break in December. Completing the selection form is critical and essential information to appropriately prepare our schools for instruction and safety. For further detail on the Return to Learning options when we return on campus, click here.

     In addition, we will hold a parent webinar tonight, September 9 at 5 p.m. at https://livestream.com/dvusd to answer questions about the two learning models. You can also view a recording of the webinar later using the same link.

     Visit www.dvusd.org/returntoschool for information on various items such as the school operational safety plan, COVID-19 reporting procedures, and FAQs.   

    This survey must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 14. Thank you for taking a few minutes to complete this process.

     SELECTION LINK: Here

     Thank you for your continued support of Deer Valley, our students, and our schools.

     Curtis Finch, Ph.D.

    Superintendent

     


  • August 31, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,
    This weekly parent update includes information about upcoming free immunization clinics and Return to School items.This update is being emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    Free Back to School Immunizations for Students
    DVUSD continues to work with the Maricopa County Public Health (MCDPH) to host FREE Back to School Immunization Clinics for Preschool through 12th grade students. MCDPH will immunize students with private insurance, without insurance, or on AHCCCS on September 15 and September 29 from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). Read the Flyer here.

    Return to In-Person Learning Updates
    DVUSD continues to monitor health data and plan for a return to in-person learning at DVUSD schools. READ the latest COVID Report online and view the presentation from the Governing Board Meeting this past Tuesday at https://livestream.com/dvusd. The next regularly scheduled Governing Board Meeting is Tuesday, September 8 and can be watched live or at a later date at https://livestream.com/dvusd.

    Next Monday is Labor Day, so we won’t have school or a Monday Parent Update. At this time, we plan on providing a parent update on Wednesday, September 9. We will continue to provide additional updates as needed. We appreciate the continued support of our parents.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 24, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,
    Today’s Monday parent update includes information about obtaining free face masks for your children as well as a Return to In-Person Learning update. This update is being emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    Free Masks Available
    The state and county health departments have repeatedly stated that wearing face masks in public prevents the spread of COVID-19. DVUSD will require all students to wear face masks while on campus, so parents should plan to have face masks ready for their children when they return to campus. Free face masks are available to those who need them most on the Arizona Department of Health Services website at: https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-order-masks (DVUSD will also initially provide a free face covering for those students who need one when in-person school resumes.)


    Return to In-Person Learning - Governing Board Meeting Tuesday 
    Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 25, our Governing Board holds their regularly scheduled meeting. The DVUSD Admin team will provide the latest information about returning to in-person learning in a COVID report. You can watch that meeting live or recorded at: https://livestream.com/dvusd

    We hope you have a great week.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 19, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We have a mid-week update for you with a reminder about tomorrow’s Free Immunization Clinic and Canvas Notifications. This update is being emailed to all parents and posted to www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.


    TOMORROW (Thursday, August 20): Free Immunization Clinic

    DVUSD is hosting an additional session for 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 August 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). Visit this web page for more information


    Canvas Notifications

    We have heard that Canvas notifications to parents can sometimes be excessive. There is a way to limit or eliminate Canvas notifications if a parent should choose to do so.


    Canvas includes a set of default notification preferences a parent can receive for the courses he or she is observing. Notifications are sent to the Canvas contact methods as specified in your account User Settings. However, you can
    change the default settings by setting your own notification preferences. These preferences only apply to the parent; they are not used to control how course updates are sent to the student being observed. Students can also change notification preferences in their user settings.


    Here is the Canvas guide for observers on how to set Canvas navigation preferences:

    https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Observer-Guide/How-do-I-set-my-Canvas-notification-preferences-as-an-observer/ta-p/558



    Thank you for your continued support.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 17, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    Today’s Monday parent update includes important ways parents can support their children’s social and emotional health, academics, and physical health. We appreciate that you take the time to read these updates. This update is being emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
    As we begin Week 3 and partner together to support your child(ren), we wish to provide you with some helpful information as it relates to our increased opportunities for teaching social and emotional skills. This month students have been provided with educational activities and lessons that target resiliency and the positive effects it has on their overall well-being. Please take a moment to read the SEL parent letter, as well as view the Parent Coffee Chat Video and Informational Slides to help navigate The “New Normal.”

    Role of Parents
    We appreciate that many of our parents are supporting their child(ren) during the synchronous Zoom lessons. Parent participation, in regards to guiding your child through a lesson that your child may have difficulty with, is important, but we ask that parents refrain from joining their child’s Zoom session. This will best support your child’s teachers as they continue to build a strong collaborative classroom culture in a virtual format with their students. It will also help build your child’s skill set to work independently in their Canvas courses and Zoom lessons. 

    Reminder: Free Immunization Clinic
    DVUSD is hosting an additional session 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 August 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). Visit this web page for more information

    We hope your child has another successful week of learning.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 14, 2020
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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    As our second week comes to an end, we want to thank everyone for their patience and support. We know that each family has likely experienced some “highs” and “lows” and we are working with all staff members to refine our virtual learning experience. This parent communication contains important information on a variety of topics so please read it carefully. This will be emailed to all parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/returntoschool.

    Return to School Updates

    • Next Tuesday at 4:00 pm, August 18, the DVUSD Governing Board will hold a special work session to discuss the role that the recently published ADHS Public Health Benchmarks will play in helping the Governing Board determine when to resume in-person teaching and learning. This work session can be viewed by visiting livestream.com/dvusd
    • COVID-19 Reporting for Students - We ask that all parents review the District’s COVID-19 reporting procedures by visiting this link. Parents should familiarize themselves with the COVID Reporting Tool and know the process that will be followed.
    • Operational Plan - DVUSD has updated its operational plan with links to key guidance documents from Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). You can view this updated plan by visiting this link.

    Update: Deer Valley Online Learning Program Deadline
    K-8 students can still register for the Deer Valley Online Academy. We understand that families are still looking for a flexible option to accommodate their schedules. If you are interested in enrolling for DVOA, please contact your school's front office.

    As we have shared previously, 9-12 grade late registration and late enrollment for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program, which includes full-time online students in the Deer Valley Online Academy, closed August 10.

    Free Immunization Clinic - Reminder
    DVUSD is hosting an additional session 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 August 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). Visit this web page for more information

    Thank you for taking the time to read these updates. We hope you have a relaxing weekend.
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 10, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,
    We hope week two of learning is going smoothly. We have some timely information for today’s Monday Parent update.

    Deer Valley Online Learning Program Deadline
    Late registration and late enrollment for the Deer Valley Online Learning Program, which includes full-time online students in the Deer Valley Online Academy, closes today, August 10. 

    Remote Learning Meal Service
    Effective now through the time we return to on campus learning, DVUSD will waive the $0.30 and $0.40 meal fees for eligible reduced-price students. The Food & Nutrition Department is pleased to be able to continue assisting families that depend on school meals through the federal National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

    Free Immunization Clinic
    DVUSD is hosting an additional session 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 August 20 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Constitution Elementary (18440 N 15th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85023). See attached flyer more information.

    We will continue to provide weekly updates on Mondays, and we anticipate sending additional information in the coming days and weeks to keep you updated on our Return to School.

    Thank you for your continued support,
    Deer Valley Unified School District




  • August 6, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,

    We have an important update today about the benchmarks for returning to in-person instruction and Parent Webinars. This update is being emailed to parents and posted at www.dvusd.org/ReturnToLearning.  

    Return to School Public Health Benchmarks
    Earlier today, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) released the health benchmarks for school districts called Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction. Tomorrow, DVUSD administration expects to learn more about these health benchmarks as ADHS will be providing an informational webinar. We will be reviewing this information with our Governing Board, campus leaders, work associations, Return to School Work Teams and Stakeholder Committee. Please note that at this time there is no change to our return to school in-person date which is currently October 14. As we learn more about these metrics, we will keep you informed.

    Parent Webinars
    We have provided multiple parent webinars this week covering technology support resources, as well as information regarding students with special needs. These webinars were recorded and can be viewed at www.livestream.com/dvusd.  

    We will continue to provide weekly updates on Mondays and send additional updates as needed. We are so appreciative of the parents who have shared notes of gratitude. Thank you for your continued support of DVUSD.

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • August 5, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,


    This brief parent update contains reminders on two important parent webinars that are coming up today and tomorrow.


    TODAY - Webinar on Deer Valley Technology Resources

    Today, Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m., DVUSD will provide a webinar for parents and guardians showcasing the technology resources used by students during distance learning. The webinar will include timely topics such as student devices, logins, Canvas, Zoom, Google, other supports, and more. The webinar will be livestreamed so all members of our community are able to view it. It will also be recorded to be viewed at a later time. This webinar will be available at https://livestream.com/dvusd.


    TOMORROW - Webinar for DVUSD Special Education Parents

    Thank you to those who attended Tuesday’s webinar for parents of students with special needs. We have another webinar tomorrow, Thursday, August 6 at 5 p.m. Student Support Services (SSS) representatives will answer questions submitted during the Tuesday webinar and respond to other topics. Questions can be submitted by using the following form link https://url.dvusd.org/472ece6a. Panel members will include Dr. Melissa McCusker, Heather R. Pierson, Esq (attorney for District) and parent education attorneys from Kirsch Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC. This webinar will be available at https://livestream.com/dvusd and will be recorded so that it can be viewed at a later time.


    We hope that you and your student are having a great first week of school.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 3, 2020
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    DVUSD Families,
    We hope that you and your child had a great first day of school. We want to let you know about some upcoming Parent Webinars that will provide valuable information. This regular Monday update is posted at
    www.dvusd.org/returntoschool in addition to being emailed to DVUSD parents.


    Webinars for DVUSD Special Education Parents: August 4 and August 6

    In order to support our students on IEPs and 504s, Student Support Services (SSS) will provide guidance to parents by offering two webinars this week. These webinars will be available at https://livestream.com/dvusd. The first webinar will be on Tuesday, August 4 at 5:00 p.m. and Student Support Services (SSS) representatives will provide an overview of how students will receive support in a virtual learning environment. Parents will have the opportunity to submit questions as well. The second webinar will be Thursday, August 6 at 5 p.m. and SSS will answer questions submitted during the Tuesday webinar and respond to other topics. At the August 6 webinar, panel members will include Dr. Melissa McCusker, Heather R. Pierson, Esq (attorney for District) and parent education attorneys from Kirsch Goodwin & Kirsch, PLLC. Both webinars will be recorded so that they can be viewed at a later time. 


    Webinar on Deer Valley Technology Resources: August 5

    On Wednesday, August 5 at 5:00 p.m., DVUSD will provide a webinar for parents and guardians showcasing the technology resources used by students during distance learning. The webinar will include timely topics such as student devices, logins, Canvas, Zoom, Google, other supports, and more. The webinar will be livestreamed so all members of our community are able to view it. It will also be recorded to be viewed at a later time. This webinar will be available at https://livestream.com/dvusd.


    In addition, we would like to inform you that some resources specific to Canvas, including a video walk-through, are available on the district’s Canvas page -
    https://www.dvusd.org/Canvas. More technology resources for parents and students are available on the district website - https://www.dvusd.org/edtech.


    As with any first day of school, we have had a few issues that we are working quickly to resolve. We are very appreciative of our parents for their ongoing support and patience.


    Thank You,

    Deer Valley Unified School District