• Return to School Communications - 21-22 School Year

  • 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