Health benchmark data for the Dysart Unified School District is trending in the right direction, and if the trend continues, the district's schools will reopen to in-person classes in two phases.
On Monday, Sept. 14, Kindergarten through fourth, and ninth grade students will return to campus. The following Monday, Sept. 21, fifth through eighth, and 10th through 12th graders will return.
Students participating in full-time online Dysart district iSchool will continue their independent lessons online as long as they are enrolled in iSchool.
At its most recent board meeting Aug. 26, the DUSD governing board voted to keep its original in-person class start date of Oct. 19, which is after the end of the first quarter and a week of fall break.
Dysart welcomed preschoolers to campus earlier this week. Since mid-August, Learning Labs have been in place as an on-site location for students to participate in remote learning, and Dysart has been providing on-site support for exceptional student services students as well.
Dysart has implemented a number of safety protocols to provide a safe and clean environment when in-person classes resume.
• Asking parents to screen their children for symptoms before school, and keep children home if they exhibit specific symptoms
• Requiring face coverings for all staff and students except while eating or during recess or outdoor activities
• Daily temperature checks for all students and staff
• Regular cleaning and disinfecting, especially on high-touch surfaces. Hand sanitizer stations and cleaning supplies will be readily available.
• Each school will develop routines for traffic in hallways, seating assignments in classrooms and the cafeteria, and distancing on playgrounds.
To view full details about health screenings, cleaning and disinfecting practices, and safety protocols, visit Dysart.org/BacktoSchool.
Editor's Note: Look for a more in-depth report by Jennifer Jimenez this week.