DPSCD is preparing for your RISE!
DPSCD continues to offer flexible learning options and resources to support learning, health, and social-emotional well-being to our families and students this school year. A special board meeting was held on April 15, 2021. The board voted on the extended continuity plan. The following changes were made:
- The district will stay on pause from face-to-face instruction at least until the May Board meeting while the District continues to monitor infection rates.
- Learning Centers will open starting April 26 for ESE students and any student who needs in-person support. Additionally, this will allow students who desire to take state tests to do so in the buildings.
- Permit teachers who want to go into the classroom to teach students, the ability to do so, provided that they have students whose families desire to have that instruction.
Online Learning will continue to be an option for our students as we continue to monitor coronavirus infection rates. Please review the helpful information and resources about the District’s Reopening Plan and 2020-21 school year using the links on the right or by clicking on any of the links below.
- Face-to-Face Learning (On pause until May Board of Education meeting) – The decision to return to in-person learning and teaching follows careful and consistent use of science and data by closely monitoring COVID-19 infection rates as well as the District’s and DFT’s steadfast commitment to keep our students and employees safe. Students attend their school five days per week. Face-to-face students also have access to internet-enabled devices and academic support resources.
As it did for the opening of summer school in July and again at the start of the current academic year, DPSCD has extensive safety guidelines in place to protect students and employees. Safety measures include the required wearing of masks, deep daily cleaning of schools, classrooms, and buses as well as the taking of daily temperature and symptoms checks.
Learning Centers (Reopen April 26) – Students can attend school daily, eat breakfast and lunch, login to online learning instruction, and receive direct support from school personnel. The Learning Centers will be supported by district and school-based administrators, clerical staff, paraeducators, educational aides, culture facilitators, and substitute teachers. This is the same operational model used by the District before positive rates increased in mid-November and in-person learning had to be suspended. Students and families should note the following:
- Students are to bring in their loaner devices to use at school and take back home daily.
- Students are not to bring their Connected Futures devices; the school will provide a loaner device for students at the Learning Centers and students can use their Connected Futures devices at home.
- Online Learning – Students remain connected to their brick-and-mortar school and participate in a mix of live, daily online instruction from certified teachers, as well as independent work at home. Students receive resources like internet-enabled devices, planners, workbooks, access to the Homework Hotline, and daily meals (breakfast and lunch).
Please be advised that due to the city’s extraordinarily high seven day COVID infection rate at 15% we will take an extra pause and plan to return to in person teaching and learning April 19. This is an additional week of pause from the last message you received due to infection rates worsening. This means that your child will learn online for the week of the April 5 and 12. Select schools will continue to provide Grab and Go breakfast and lunch next week and IT and Parent Resource Hubs will reopen the week of April 12. If you plan to have your child take the MSTEP, PSAT, or SAT then schools will be still be open to testing.
All students will follow the same academic calendar and bell schedule regardless of face-to-face, online learning, or learning center. Check out the District’s 2020-21 calendar here.
When students rise, we all rise. Whether students are participating in learning at home, with a teacher in a classroom, or at a learning center, the District is committed to raising student achievement by developing student-centric and family-focused learning pathways. Watch these videos to learn more about what instruction will look like for face-to-face and online learning across each grade band within the District:
Video: Click to View (E)
What to Expect for Elementary Instruction this Year
Video: Click to View (MS)
What to Expect for Middle School Instruction this Year
Video: Click to View (HS)
What to Expect for High School Instruction this Year