• 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. Please be advised that districtwide access to in-person learning restarts Monday, May 24th. Please keep in mind that teachers will continue to have the option to teach in person until June 30th. Therefore, your child’s school or teacher will communicate with you regarding which teachers plan to return to the classroom for the rest of the school year and when. As a family, you are not required to send your child to school for in-person learning this school year but please continue to participate online if you do not plan to send your child to school for in-person learning.

    If your child’s teacher(s) are not returning to the classroom for the rest of the school year then your child may attend their school’s Learning Center daily where they learn online with their teacher(s) and receive support from school personnel while having access to breakfast and lunch. The district intends to offer all students a full schedule of in-person learning in the fall and access to a virtual school if allowed by the Legislature. Please join an engagement session about district plans for the fall this week.

    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 – 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 – 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).

    Schools continue to provide Grab and Go breakfast and lunch and IT and Parent Resource Hubs are open.

    Academic Calendar

    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.

    Instructional Overview

    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: