• Return to School Communications - 20-21 School Year

  • 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