Desert Heights Administrative Team has developed a 4 phase plan to return to learning. Each phase is determined by the metrics and benchmarks set by the Arizona Department of Health as well as recommendations from Kathy Hoffman, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Our leadership team will continue to evaluate benchmarks to determine when we can take the next steps. We remain committed to ensuring that the wellbeing of our students, staff and community is our top priority.
Pursuant to A.R.S. § 15-802, parents/guardians of children between the ages of 6-16 are required to ensure their children participate in school.
Desert Heights Charter Schools Phases to Return to Learning
All learning is virtual. Essential population can be supervised on site as necessary.
Hybrid Model-On-site Instruction available Monday-Thursday for those who chose this option and enrolled prior to August 1, 2020. No more than 10 students in a classroom, students will be clustered for the day and will not travel to other areas on campus unless they receive essential services. In person participants must wear face coverings.
Phase 3: Parent/Student Choice. All who chose in person instruction are on-site 5 days per week, on regular bell schedule. In person participants must wear face coverings.
Phase 4: All students return to campus, clustering is no longer necessary. Determination will be made regarding face coverings at that time.
Please use this resource as a helpful guide to see Desert Height's Return to Learning Plan.
In Person Learning
- As required by state/local authorities, students and staff will be expected to wear face coverings while on campus. If authorities lift this requirement, face coverings will then become recommended but optional.
- Students are expected to conduct a self-screening of body temperature and other COVID-19-related symptoms prior to arriving on campus.
- Students will be required to complete the hand sanitization when entering or leaving spaces on campus. Students will be provided with hand washing trainings with consistent daily reminders.
- Students are required to bring their own personal water bottles.
- There will be a modified lunch schedule, with students eating in their classrooms some days and in the cafeteria other days.
- Additional cleaning measures will be in place to sanitize high touch surfaces daily throughout the day. Evening custodians will also sanitize the entire building each evening.
- Parents and visitors will not be permitted on campus. Students may only be picked up through the pickup and drop off process, with the exception of late drop-offs and early pick-ups. We will have a staggered dismissal and arrival for all students.
- We have created cluster schedules to limit student movement and teachers will be rotating to student rooms. Space seating/desks atleast 6 feet apart when feasible.
- All classrooms will have teacher desk shields to support teacher one on ones safely. Kinder through 2nd grade will have individual desk shields. World language courses will also have student desk shields have for oral presentations.
We have implemented signage all over campus that promotes everyday healthy and proactive measures that describe how to stop the spread.
- Students will receive 100% of learning online through our school information system (StudentVue) which is partnered with Zoom.
- Students will receive online instruction through all courses they are scheduled in, including core content and elective.
- Attendance will be tracked by monitoring students’ daily login to StudentVue. Students will be marked absent if they do not log in.
- Students will receive a mix of asynchronous and synchronous instruction.
- Students that are in need of technology support, must notify the school but will be provided resources and support to ensure they receive high quality instruction.
- Tutoring will be available through teacher office hours to support our virtual learners.
- Specific teachers are designated to virtual learners and have completed trainings to ensure our students get the best experience.
- School mobile devices are IOS devices and supported by our technology team.
- Desert Heights policies for attendance are still expected to be followed for virtual learners. Parents must call out for excused absence of students.
Students will complete assignments, take tests and quizzes and receive direct instruction and participate in instruction with other students and be required to track attendance through StudentVue.
We want to keep our Coyote Family safe! If you are sick or have recently had close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 min or more) with a person with COVID 19, please stay home!
- Students and staff will be expected to wear face coverings while on campus when 6 ft. distancing is not possible as required by state/local authorities. If the authorities lift this restriction, face coverings will then become recommended but optional.Desert Heights Charter Schools will follow all guidelines set forth by local and state officials.
- Face coverings will be made available for students on an as needed basis.
- If a staff member with a disability needs consideration of reasonable workplace accommodations, Human Resources should be contacted to engage in the interactive process.
- If a student with a disability needs consideration of accommodations, parents should contact the schools administrator.
- The use of other personal protective equipment, like gloves, is optional for both students and staff.
- Face coverings and gloves are required for food services employees.
- Staff and students are encouraged to wash their hands every two hours with warm water for at least 20 seconds.
- Students leaving class for any outside services should wash hands before and after leaving the classroom.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in the office and classrooms to be used throughout the day. Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own sanitizer as well.
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