• Remain in School Communications - 21-22 School Year

  • Oct. 4, 2021

    Dear DVUSD Families,

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    Fall break is just around the corner and we are coming to the end of the first quarter of the school year! All DVUSD schools will be closed for Fall Break Oct. 11-12. We will return for quarter two of #extraordinary learning on Wednesday, Oct. 13. 

    First Quarter Grades will be Available in the Coming Weeks
    The grading period for quarter one ends this Friday, Oct. 8. Your student’s grades and academic growth will be reviewed at virtual Parent Teacher Conferences that are scheduled for Thursday Oct. 21 and Friday, Oct. 22. You will receive more information about this from your child’s school.

    COVID-19 Reminders
    As we look forward to quarter two, we want to ensure all DVUSD students are able to remain in a safe, healthy in-person learning environment. To maintain a safe environment in our classrooms and throughout our campuses please continue following the DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures. Additionally, please keep your child at home if he/she is sick, following all quarantine and isolation protocol requirements.

    COVID-19 testing will continue in October with testing opportunities available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Friday from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the District Office. (Please note however that no testing will take place on Monday, Oct. 11.) Visit https://www.dvusd.org/covidtesting for further details. 

    Join The DVUSD Team – Be on the Same Schedule as Your Student
    Are you looking for a rewarding career with a schedule that aligns with your student’s school schedule? Apply for a DVUSD position today! In fact, full-time DVUSD staff have 24 paid holidays, which align with the holidays of the school calendar. For a complete list of job openings district-wide, visit: https://careers.dvusd.org/.

    Enjoy Fall Break and stay safe and healthy. DVUSD will see everyone back to school on Wednesday, Oct. 13. Our next scheduled parent update will be Monday, Oct. 18.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • September 27, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    Thank you for reading these regular parent updates that provide the latest information and important updates relating to your student, your student’s school and the district. 

    Important Fall Dates
    The upcoming months are packed with important dates. DVUSD will observe Fall Break from Oct. 11-12. Parent Teacher Conferences will be held virtually on Oct. 21-22. Conference days will be scheduled to take place half days of school for all K-12 students. See additional details about Parent Teacher Conferences below.   

    The Deer Valley Family is Growing
    DVUSD recently broke ground on Elementary School #32 in the Stetson Valley development. The groundbreaking ceremony took place at the school site near 57th Avenue and Happy Valley Road. The new school opens August 2022 and will initially serve K-6 students, with the infrastructure in place for future expansion to a K-8 campus. For the latest updates and more information on Elementary #32, visit the school website.

    Suicide Prevention Webinar for Parents
    September is National Suicide Prevention Month. To provide resources to families, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is hosting a Suicide Prevention Webinar this Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 10 a.m. This presentation addresses the teen suicide epidemic at both statewide and national levels and provide helpful resources. Discussion will include what to do when someone talks about ending their life, tools that help alert us to the warning signs, and risk and protective factors for youth suicidality. Participants must register for the webinar - click here to register.

    Parent Teacher Conferences Held Virtually - Oct. 21-22
    In order to support the continuity of in person operations, Parent-Teacher conferences in October will be virtual rather than in-person. Your teacher and school will communicate with you about scheduling a conference.

    COVID-19 Reminders
    We still need your support to keep our students safely learning in-person! It is imperative that if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, that our DVUSD community continues to follow the DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures. These procedures include submitting a report as soon as possible and continuing to keep your child at home if he/she is sick, following all quarantine and isolation protocol requirements. (Visit www.dvusd.org/safetyplan to view the District’s existing layered mitigation plan). COVID-19 testing will be available Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 11 a.m.- 2p.m. at the District Office (schedule may change on Oct. 11 & 12 due to Fall Break Days), visit https://www.dvusd.org/covidtesting for further details.  Additionally, DVUSD has developed a series of FAQs related to COVID that can be reviewed on dvusd.org/FAQ. The district will continue posting the number of active, positive COVID-19 cases at each campus location weekly on the dvusd.org/dashboard. This dashboard reflects student and staff cases. As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 at DVUSD, send an email to remaininschool@dvusd.org.

    Healthcare Professionals Needed to Support DVUSD!
    Are you a healthcare worker or first responder with healthcare credentials who is looking to make an impact at your neighborhood school? DVUSD is looking for health office substitutes at many of our campuses. This would be a great opportunity for those community members who may have flexible work schedules and are looking for a rewarding way to make some extra money! For a complete list of job openings district-wide, visit: https://careers.dvusd.org/.

    Look for the first of our two October updates next Monday, Oct. 4.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Sept. 13, 2021 

    Dear DVUSD Families,

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    Thank you for reading these regular parent updates about the work DVUSD is doing to keep your student(s) safe and healthy. We are transitioning these weekly updates to twice monthly through the first semester of this school year. You can expect to receive our next update Monday, September 27. If important information comes to light between scheduled updates, we will notify parents by email and/or text message as soon as possible.   

    Increased COVID-19 Testing Opportunities
    Beginning today, Monday Sept. 13, Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays through the month of September in the DVUSD District Office Parking Lot (20402 N. 15th Ave, Phoenix, 85027). Visit www.dvusd.org/covidtesting to pre-register, for additional testing locations, and more information. 

    COVID-19 Dashboard Updates
    The number of COVID-19 cases district-wide are decreasing. The latest COVID-19 dashboard has been posted at dvusd.org/dashboard. This dashboard includes the number of active, positive COVID-19 cases at each campus location. The numbers displayed reflect student and staff cases. The district will continue releasing these dashboards on a weekly basis until further notice.   

    COVID-19 Reminders
    While the district is seeing a decline in cases throughout our schools, we still need your support to keep our students safely learning in-person! It is imperative that if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, that our DVUSD community continues to follow the DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures. These procedures include submitting a report as soon as possible and continuing to keep your child at home if he/she is sick, following all quarantine and isolation protocol requirements. (Visit www.dvusd.org/safetyplan to view the District’s existing layered mitigation plan). Additionally, DVUSD has developed a series of FAQs related to COVID that can be reviewed on dvusd.org/FAQ. As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 at DVUSD, send an email to remaininschool@dvusd.org.

    Mask Wearing
    Outlined in DVUSD’s Safety Plan since the start of this pandemic, masks are required while riding on DVUSD busses per the federal mandate. This includes when student athletes are being transported for athletic competitions. Currently, masks are recommended, but not required on DVUSD grounds. We want our parents to clearly understand these options so that we can increase the amount of time kids are in school. 

    Accessing Student Learning Online
    Students do not need to fall behind when they are absent due to illness, quarantine, or for any other reason. Through Canvas, DVUSD’s digital learning management system, he or she will be able to learn through their account. Canvas provides a central place for teachers to collect and deliver content including digital resources, lessons, and materials and allows students the opportunity to continue learning with daily lessons. An Introduction to Canvas video for parents and students and information about creating a Canvas Parent observer account is available at: https://www.dvusd.org/Canvas. 

    You can find a printable document to navigate Canvas when your child will be absent for an extended period of time here. This document includes how to log into the Canvas account, find your child’s Canvas login, check out a device for Kindergarten-3rd grade students, and where to go for support.

    Looking to make a Career Change? DVUSD May Be the Place for You!
    Working at DVUSD affords many benefits—one of those includes being on your student’s schedule! The district offers a variety of paid holidays throughout the calendar year that align with the district schedule. There are a variety of positions open district-wide, for a complete list of job openings visit: https://careers.dvusd.org/.

    DVUSD Menu Changes & Challenges
    Recently, you may have noticed discrepancies between menu items listed for your student’s school meals and what is being served in the cafeteria. School districts across the country have been struggling with COVID-related supply chain issues for the past year and a half, and it has become even more challenging lately. Some of our regularly ordered products are unavailable. We are doing all we can to ensure backup plans are in place, and we will continue to provide meals that are compliant with the USDA guidelines. Fortunately, we have extraordinary cafeteria managers and staff who are doing their absolute best to feed every child that comes through their kitchen, despite supply and staffing issues. 

    Have a great week!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 30, 2021 

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    Dear DVUSD Families,  

    As we approach a holiday weekend, we wanted to provide you with the latest updates and reminders. 

    #Extraordinary Achievements by DVUSD Students and Staff
    Despite learning and working through a global pandemic during the past school year, Deer Valley students, teachers, and staff had one of our best school years for achievement in recent history! Scroll through the 2020-2021 Extraordinary Achievements publication to view the full list of accomplishments. This multi-page publication is packed with hundreds of local, state, and national honors celebrating academic, fine arts, and athletic achievements, as well as recognition for extraordinary teaching, staff accomplishments and community involvement. 

    COVID Reminders
    To help ensure that our campuses remain a safe and healthy environment for all of our students and staff, if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, please follow the DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures. Make a report as soon as possible. Please continue to keep your child at home if he/she is sick, and follow all quarantine requirements if your child is identified as a close contact. (Visit www.dvusd.org/safetyplan to view the District’s existing layered mitigation plan). When students are sent to school sick, not only are they potentially exposing their classmates and school staff members to their illness, but that action may also cause our classrooms to transition to a virtual setting for a temporary period of time.

    We encourage our students and staff to continue mitigation strategies including wearing masks. When a student who tests positive for COVID-19 is wearing a mask during the infectious period, other students who were exposed and also wearing a mask consistently and correctly are not subject to quarantine. This means that the student who tested positive and the identified close contact would both need to have been wearing a mask. We want our parents to clearly understand these options so that we can increase the amount of time kids are in school. This provision and others are allowed by CDC and MCDPH. As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 at DVUSD, send an email to remaininschool@dvusd.org. Additionally, DVUSD has developed a series of FAQs related to COVID that can be reviewed on dvusd.org/FAQ.

    COVID-19 Dashboard Updates
    An updated COVID-19 dashboard has been posted to dvusd.org/dashboard. This dashboard includes the number of active positive COVID-19 cases at each campus location. The numbers displayed reflect student and staff cases. The district will continue releasing these dashboards on a weekly basis until further notice.   

    In closing, we hope you and your student(s) have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! There is no school Monday or Tuesday. We will see everyone back at school on Wednesday, September 8.

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 23, 2021 

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We thank you in advance for taking time to read this week’s update.  

    Submit Back to School Forms Through PowerSchool This Week

    If you have not already submitted your back to school forms for your students please do so now! It is crucial that we receive the updated emergency medical/contact form and other forms for your students this week. It is quick and convenient to access and submit these forms online. If you do not already have a parent account set up, please contact your school to get the required information to set up your PowerSchool Parent account. Steps to completing the forms are below.

    Log in to https://ps.dvusd.org/public/home.html

    • Select your student in the top left side
    • Scroll all the way down to the bottom left side and click on "student registration"
    • Enter the date of birth for your student
    • Review, edit, and submit the forms
    • Repeat the process for additional students 

    COVID Reminders

    Maintaining our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, such as students and staff wearing masks at our schools, and other procedures will not only help our students remain in an in-person learning setting, but will also keep our students and staff safe. Remember if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, please follow DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures.  Additionally, Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) now mandates that all student quarantines will be required. If your child is identified as a close contact and you receive the MCDPH quarantine letter, DVUSD is required by law to not permit the student on campus during the duration of the quarantine period. Students will be able to continue learning from home by accessing their work in Canvas.

    MCDPH does allow for exceptions for students who are identified as a close contact to return to school without being quarantined. We want our parents to clearly understand these options so that we can increase the amount of time kids are in school. These provisions allowed by CDC and MCDPH are the following:

    • Fully vaccinated students are not subject to quarantine.
    • When a student who tests positive for COVID-19 is wearing a mask during the infectious period, other students who were exposed and also wearing a mask consistently and correctly are not subject to quarantine. This means that the student who tested positive and the identified close contact would both need to have been wearing a mask.
    • Students who have already tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of being identified as a close contact are not subject to quarantine. 

    As always, if you have questions about COVID-19 at DVUSD, send an email to remaininschool@dvusd.org.

    Immunization Opportunities

    In partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, DVUSD will host another Free Immunization Clinic at Constitution Elementary School (18440 N 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023) this Friday August 27, 2021 from 2 p.m. –5:30 p.m. There will be no out of pocket costs for these immunizations, which include the COVID-19 vaccination for children 12 years old and older. Those 12 years old and above will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Those 18 and above will receive the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More information about the event including the event flyer is detailed on this webpage: www.dvusd.org/RemainInSchool.  For those looking to get their student the COVID-19 vaccination, locations throughout the county can be found here: https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations. A variety of locations throughout the Valley, including at our DVUSD District Office, are also offering COVID-19 testing. Find a location near you by visiting the COVID-19 Testing sites webpage.

    COVID-19 Dashboard Updates

    The most recent COVID-19 dashboard is live on dvusd.org/dashboard. This dashboard includes the number of confirmed positive COVID-19 cases by each week in August at each campus location. The numbers displayed could reflect either a student or a staff case. The district will continue releasing these dashboards on a weekly basis until further notice.   

    Help Support our #Extraordinary School District

    Please encourage your friends and family members looking to work for a rewarding organization to apply for the variety of opportunities available at our many schools and offices within DVUSD, including support staff for our health offices districtwide. Those with Registered Nursing, CNA, paramedic, or other medical qualifications or licensure are encouraged to apply! Working at DVUSD not only provides you with a rewarding career, but employees may also have a flexible schedule, opportunity to enroll in the Arizona State Retirement System, and have a variety of paid holidays throughout the calendar year. For the list of current job openings, visit: https://careers.dvusd.org/. DVUSD is a great place to work so please spread the word!

    We appreciate your continued support as we navigate another unconventional year together. We know how much you want your child to safely attend in-person school while maintaining as much normalcy as possible during their school day. This sentiment is shared by our administrators, teachers and staff. To achieve this, we all must work together!

    Deer Valley Unified School District

     


  • August 16, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    You should have received communication from DVUSD on Sunday regarding the importance of keeping your student(s) home while sick and information on the new quarantine measures released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). DVUSD began implementing the new measures today, Monday, August 16. You can view the letter here which outlines that student quarantines are now mandatory.

    In light of these new changes, we would like to provide you with the latest updates.

    New Communication System
    DVUSD, our schools, and teachers have been communicating through a new communication tool this school year. We understand that there have been some parents who, for a variety of reasons, have been missing emails. As we continue to work with this new system and our technology department to resolve these issues, please check your junk or spam folders for any messages that were sent from DVUSD email addresses as this is where many of these emails are being found. For more tips on how to ensure you are receiving emails from your student(s) school, visit our parent notification system page.

    Canvas Support for Parents
    DVUSD has developed a helpful webpage of Canvas resources for parents who are assisting their students with online learning and need to familiarize themselves with the learning management system. These video tutorials, FAQs and helpful guides can be found on this webpage.

    COVID-19 Dashboard Update
    Beginning next week, DVUSD will update the COVID-19 dashboard on a more frequent basis. Additionally, be on the lookout for a FAQ page to be posted on the Remain in School page in the coming weeks. This FAQ site will address the most pressing COVID-19 related questions relating to DVUSD.

    Help Support our #Extraordinary Campus Health Offices
    In an effort to keep our students safely on campus and in the healthiest, most supported environments, DVUSD is looking for support staff in our health offices. If you, a friend, or family member have medical credentials including but not limited to registered nursing, CNA, paramedic or other medical qualifications or licensure, DVUSD is in need of staff to support our health offices district-wide. Please check out https://careers.dvusd.org/ for the list of job openings.

    Have a great week and stay safe!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 15, 2021 

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    The first two weeks of school have come and gone.  These two weeks have been full of much excitement and positive energy as well as numerous challenges. We can see how excited the students in our community are to be in school. They enjoy socializing with their friends and they love their teachers! This is the reason we are communicating this important information related to the continuity of our in-person operations one day earlier than our usual parent update on Mondays. 

    Our reality is the level of COVID-19 spread within our community continues to increase. While just over a month ago, virtually none of our zip codes were in high transmission, we now find ourselves in a position where all of our zip codes have had substantial increases in their case counts and fall into high transmission.

    While we had hoped for a relatively normal school year in 2021-22, we are seeing that our operations are being greatly impacted by this level of community spread. In our first two weeks back on campus, we have had more than 150 student and staff positive cases of COVID-19. This has resulted in over 2,000 DVUSD students already being identified as a close contact. We have also had parents knowingly send their children to school when sick. This has caused us to transition several classrooms to a temporary virtual learning format due to numerous students and staff becoming ill. This puts an enormous strain on our campus leaders, nurses, front office staff, teachers and support staff. This level of strain is also being felt by all of our neighboring school districts. The end result is less in-person school time for our students. We also recognize this strain is felt within our student and parent communities as they must adjust to shifting learning environments with minimal notice.

    Last week, Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) revised their quarantine measures in order to respond to this increase. Effective Monday, August 16, all student quarantines will be required per this recent MCDPH mandate. If your child is identified as a close contact and you receive the MCDPH quarantine letter, DVUSD is required by law to not permit the student on campus during the duration of the quarantine period. MCDPH requires public schools to deliver this letter to parents, and DVUSD will utilize the Blackboard communication tool to deliver it.

    Families will need to check their email daily (including spam and junk mail folders). Please note that this change of quarantine requirements will be applied to new positive cases and close contacts on and after August 16. Students will be able to continue learning from home by accessing their work in Canvas.

    MCDPH does allow for exceptions for students who are identified as a close contact to return to school without being quarantined. We want our parents to clearly understand these options so that we can increase the amount of time kids are in school. These provisions allowed by CDC and MCDPH are the following:

    • Fully vaccinated students are not subject to quarantine.
    • When a student who tests positive for COVID-19 is wearing a mask during the infectious period, other students who were exposed and also wearing a mask consistently and correctly are not subject to quarantine. This means that the student who tested positive and the identified close contact would both need to have been wearing a mask.
    • Students who have already tested positive for COVID-19 within 90 days of being identified as a close contact are not subject to quarantine.

    As we have communicated in previous parent updates, public health agencies such as the CDC and MCDPH strongly recommend that eligible individuals get vaccinated and that all individuals wear a mask when indoors. Visit https://www.maricopa.gov/5641/COVID-19-Vaccine for more information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

    In closing, we know how much you want your child to attend in-person school. This sentiment is shared by our administrators, teachers and staff. But, in order to do this we need your support. We do not want to risk cancelling in person events such as athletics and fine arts competitions, or having to continuously transition in-person classrooms to virtual learning. Please keep your child at home if he/she is sick and follow all quarantine requirements if your child is identified as a close contact. (See www.dvusd.org/covidreporting for District procedures on reporting. Visit www.dvusd.org/safetyplan to view the District’s existing layered mitigation plan.) In short, DVUSD respectfully requests that the community support our students by working to decrease the spread of COVID-19.

    Questions can be sent to remaininschool@dvusd.org


    Thank you for your continued support and cooperation. 
    Deer Valley Unified School District

     

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    1 Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days prior to illness onset, regardless of whether the contact was wearing a mask.

     


  • August 9, 2021 

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We hope your student(s) enjoyed their first week back to school and are excited for another #extraordinary year of learning!

    Back to School forms are available online this year

    You will need a PowerSchool Parent account to access these important forms. You want to sign up for this account as it makes the beginning of the year paperwork process much easier for you! If you have not already set up your account, please contact your school’s registrar for the access information specific to your student. You will need this information to set up your PowerSchool Parent account. These forms will be due soon, so please set up your account.

    Public Hearings on Instructional Time Model (ITM)

    DVUSD will hold public hearings for the consideration of adopting an Instruction Time Model (ITM) district-wide. District personnel will review House Bill 2862 (H.B. 2862)   Tuesday, August 17 at 4 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 24 at 6:45 p.m. before the Board Meeting. These hearings are needed due to recent changes in state statute regarding what may count as instructional minutes. 

    COVID-19 Reporting Reminders

    Remember if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, please follow DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures.

    DVUSD is Looking for #Extraordinary Staff

    DVUSD is a great place to work! There are currently teaching, non-teaching and substitute positions available district-wide. If you, a friend, or family member are looking to work for a wonderful school district that provides great benefits, please check out https://careers.dvusd.org/ for the list of job openings. Forbes magazine has recognized DVUSD for two consecutive years as one of Arizona’s best employers!

    Have a great week!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • August 2, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    We hope your child(ren) had a wonderful first day of school whether attending in-person or online. We want to provide you with the latest school information in this Monday Parent update. DVUSD plans to send updates for parents every Monday through August.

    • We begin with an important reminder for parents who pick up their student(s) after school. Please make sure you stay clear of the bus lanes. Today, cars arriving to pick up students blocked bus lanes at several schools. This delayed students from loading the buses and leaving school. Some students were delayed in getting home on the bus by 30 or more minutes due to this issue. Thank you for your attention to this during student pick-up.

    • If you haven’t had a chance to review the DVUSD Safety Plan that you received in an email last Friday, please take a few minutes to read the updates about quarantines and some COVID-19 prevention measures. You can always find this plan at www.dvusd.org/safetyplan.

    • Remember, that while face masks are optional this year while on campus, the CDC recently updated their recommendations for face mask usage when students are indoors. In addition, there is an exception to this face mask optional rule when students utilize District transportation. Due to the Centers for Disease Control mass transit federal order, all bus riders must wear a face mask. This federal order supersedes any state law pertaining to face masks.

    • As was the case last year, school meals will continue to be free throughout the 2021-22 school year. When students choose individual portions such as a beverage (including milk) or a snack item, charges will apply. 

    • Back to School forms are available online this year! You will need a PowerSchool Parent account to access these important forms. You want to sign up for this account as it makes the beginning of the year paperwork process much easier for you!  If you have not already set up your account, please contact your school’s registrar for the access information specific to your student. You will need this information to set up your PowerSchool Parent account. These forms will be due in the coming weeks, so please set up your account soon!

    • DVUSD has a strong partnership with Southwest Behavioral Health and Services (SBHS) and has campus clinicians at our elementary and middle school campuses. There are wellness counselors at each of our high school locations as well. This is a great resource for our DVUSD families and social/emotional health.

    • As the first week of school continues for your student, we ask that you continue practicing good routines at home, such as having an easy morning routine, sticking to early bedtimes, and establishing a quiet area to complete homework. Remember if your child has tested positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 symptoms, or had close contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19, please follow DVUSD COVID-19 reporting procedures.

    Have a great first week of school!
    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • July 30, 2021

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    Dear DVUSD Families,

    Happy Friday to you! We know that students and families are eagerly awaiting the first day of school! We want to communicate some important information to you before the first day:

    • The DVUSD Safety Plan has been revised to reflect updates with quarantines and certain COVID-19 prevention measures. Please take time to review these updates. For your convenience, the Safety Plan has a friendly url - dvusd.org/safetyplan.
    • DVUSD is utilizing Blackboard, a new communication system, to send emails and text messages to our parent population. We have heard that emails coming from this system may be going to your SPAM account. Therefore, please check your SPAM/Junk folder to see if you need to add the new Blackboard email addresses to your contacts so that they go to your regular inbox. 

    We are looking forward to greeting all students for the first day of school, Monday, August 2, 2021.  We ask that families support their child in getting a good night’s sleep in preparation for an exciting first day. Our staff is eager to meet your child and have been busy preparing a week filled with fun learning and opportunities to connect with new classmates. Let’s team together for an outstanding week ahead. Remember that you can always send a question to RemaininSchool@dvusd.org.

    Have a great week!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


  • Dear DVUSD Families,

    We are eager to welcome your students back for the 2021-2022 school year next Monday, August 2!

    Back to School Optional Events

    DVUSD Schools will be hosting a variety of optional back to school nights, including meet the teacher nights, in the coming days. Keep a look out for communication from your school and information posted on your student’s school website for details about those events. 

    2021-22 Return to School Parent Webinar Recording & DVUSD Safety Plan

    DVUSD held a parent webinar last week that reviewed what to expect during the 2021-22 school year. This webinar included an overview of our DVUSD Safety Plan and teaching and learning procedures for the coming year. Thank you to those that joined us. If you missed it, you can watch it at www.dvusd.org/LiveStream. Questions related to the DVUSD Safety Plan can be sent to remaininschool@dvusd.org

    Face Masks & Transportation

    Remember that face masks are optional this year. (See the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC)  guidance regarding face masks recommendations.)  The exception to this optional rule is when students utilize District transportation. Due to the Centers for Disease Control mass transit federal order, all bus riders must wear a face mask. This federal order supersedes any state law dealing with face masks. For more information on face masks, see the CDC’s recommendations for who should wear face masks.

    Back to School Forms

    Back to School forms are available online this year!  You will need a PowerSchool Parent account to access these important forms.  If you have not already set up your account, please contact your school for the access information specific to your student that you will need to set up your PowerSchool Parent account.  

    Panorama SEL Student Survey

    DVUSD values the importance of supporting students’ social-emotional well being. A common tool that has been used by schools across the country for decades is the use of student surveys that gauge their perceptions of themselves and their schools. Last year, the Arizona legislature passed legislation which requires public schools to obtain parent permission when keeping this data for more than one year. Therefore, going forward, DVUSD has a parent permission form which all parents complete when they register their child(ren) which allows DVUSD to administer this survey to our students. This survey is important as it helps schools meet the social-emotional and safety needs of its students! 

    Vaccination Opportunity

    In partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), DVUSD will host another Free Immunization Clinic at Constitution Elementary School (18440 N 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023) Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12 p.m. (noon) – 6 p.m. There will be no out of pocket costs for these immunizations, which include the COVID-19 vaccination for children 12 years old and older. For more information about the event, see the event flyer. Additional COVID-19 Vaccine locations can be found on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website.

    Free Meals for All Students 2021-2022 

    As was the case last year, meals will  continue to be free throughout the 2021-22 school year. When students choose individual portions such as beverages (including milk), and snack items, charges will apply.

    See you soon!

    Deer Valley Unified School District


July 19, 2021

  • Dear DVUSD Families,

    We hope you are having a safe and relaxing summer break. Our first day of school - Monday, August 2 - is approaching quickly. 

    To get ready for the school year, DVUSD will host a Back-To-School Parent Webinar this Wednesday, July 21 at 4 p.m. You can watch the webinar live and/or at a later date at www.dvusd.org/LiveStream 

    During this webinar, parents will hear about the DVUSD Safety Plan and learn more about how teaching and learning will take place during the 2021-2022 school year. Please plan to join us for the webinar or watch it later this week.

    We also want to remind you that in partnership with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, DVUSD will host another Free Immunization Clinic at Constitution Elementary School (18440 N 15th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85023) Thursday, July 29, 2021 from 12 p.m. (noon) – 6 p.m. There will be no out of pocket costs for these immunizations, which include the COVID-19 vaccination for children 12 years old and older. Those 12 years old and above will receive the Pfizer vaccine. Those 18 and above will receive the Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccine. More information about the event including the event flyer is detailed on this webpage:www.dvusd.org/RemainInSchool

    Have a great week!

    Deer Valley Unified School District