A School Day at Desert Sky…

Please review this page for information about our new safety and wellness procedures for what school will look like when we return.

This information is subject to change.

Updated March 11, 2020

Expanded in-person learning will resume 4 days per week beginning March 22, 2021.  For student/team schedules, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Beginning March 22nd, two learning options are available:

  • Attend classes in-person Monday through Thursday OR
  • Attend classes virtually as a remote student

 

If you choose the expanded in-person learning option for quarter four:

  • The number of days on campus will increase to four days a week, Monday through Thursday. Friday will remain an asynchronous work-at-home day.
  • The average anticipated class size is 19 students.
  • Lunches will continue to take place either indoors in the MPR or outside, and will remain free for all students.
  • We will continue to practice health and safety procedures throughout the campus. This includes wearing a face covering, regular hand washing and sanitizing, enhanced daily cleaning, sanitizing work spaces and classrooms, frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, and limiting the size of student groups when possible.
  • Temperature checks will occur as students enter the campus. 
  • School starts at 8:00 a.m., and gates will open at 7:45am. Please do not drop students off early as this increases the group size outside of our gates. 
  • Release time is 2:00 p.m. Students may not remain on campus after dismissal.
  • If the expanded in-person option is chosen, the student may move to remote learning during the quarter but must then remain in remote learning for the remainder of the quarter. Transition back to in-person may be possible if space is available.

 

If you choose remote learning for quarter four:

  • Our method of instruction for remote learners will continue to work the same way it has worked during quarter three. The only difference may be a schedule change within your student’s current team. Advisory teachers will be in contact if your child’s schedule is changing.
  • Remote students will attend live conferences Monday through Thursday. Friday will remain an asynchronous work-at-home day.
  • Teachers have virtual office hours from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Teachers also provide support throughout the day on Fridays as needed.
  • Remote students must remain in remote learning for the quarter. The exception would be if a student is placed in remote temporarily due to COVID protocol. Transition to in-person may be possible only if space is available. 

Attendance:

  • In-person students are expected to be on time, in class Monday through Thursday. If your child must be out, please notify our attendance clerk. Students will be marked absent if they are not on campus.
  • Remote students are expected to log in to conferences on time, Monday through Thursday. If your child cannot attend live conferences, please notify our attendance clerk. Students will be marked absent if they do not attend conferences for the duration of the live portion of the class.

Face Coverings:

VUSD Face Covering Policy 9-15-20


School Supplies:

Arrival:

For the 20/21 school year, school hours will be 8:00am – 2:00pm.  Students will proceed directly to their advisory class upon arrival until the school day begins at 8:00.  When students arrive they will enter through an assigned gate based on their advisory classroom. Gates will open at 7:45 with temperature checks taking place.

  • Students with Advisory Class in 500 Pod will enter through the Art Room Gate (East Gate).
  • Students with Advisory Class in the 400 Pod will enter through Front Gate by the office.
  • Student with Advisory Class in the 300 POD including rooms 136 and 137 will enter through the West Gate (adjacent to Tarbela Road).
  • Walkers will be allowed to enter the campus at 7:45 and should arrive no earlier, please plan accordingly.
  • Students who are dropped off must wait in a vehicle until the gates open at 7:45 or later to allow for social distancing.

In the Classroom:

  • Desks will be arranged in rows.
  • For classrooms with tables, students will be separated as much as possible. Plastic dividers may be provided.
  • Backpacks will stay with students in the classroom to reduce travel within the room.
  • Hand sanitizers will be provided in all classrooms. Students with use hand sanitizer at the beginning of each period. When feasible, students will be encouraged to wash hands in classrooms with available sinks.
  • Desks will be sanitized regularly during specials and lunch periods within the school day.
  • Students will be given a supply list and will be require to bring their individual supplies everyday.  Shared supplies will not be permitted.

 

Walkways and Transitions:

  • In walkways students will follow a counter-clockwise direction flow. Large arrows and signage will be displayed for communication.
  • Students will not line up or congregate outside of classrooms.
  • Non-teaching staff will supervise students on restrooms breaks and walkway procedures.

 

Recess:

  • A 20 minute recess will be built into each team’s schedule.
  • Staff will supervise recess and keep classes separated into designated areas.

 

Lunches:

  • Students will attend lunch by teams. Two advisories will eat outside, two advisories will eat in the MPR (socially distanced). Inside/outside eating with switch each week.
  • Staff will monitor students walking to lunch and enforce walkway procedures.
  • Students will have 20 minutes to eat and a 20 minute recess built into their schedule.

 

Specials:

  • PE – Students will not be dressing out.  Classes will focus on individual sports, recreational activities, fitness, health, etc.
  • Art & STEM- Sharing of student supplies will be limited.  Any resources that must be shared will be sanitized between any student use.
  • Students participating in Advanced Math, ELP, Band, or Orchestra will attend class in person with their respective teacher.

Dismissal:

  • Students will be dismissed through an assigned gate based on the room from which they are released.
  • Teachers will walk students to their dismissal gates and ensure they follow walkway procedures.


Health Aid:

  • Please keep students at home who are exhibiting the symptoms listed below.
  • We will be utilizing an alternate space as a “sick” room.
  • Students who are displaying symptoms of any flu, cold, or respiratory type illness will use this room instead of the health office.

 

Daily Team Schedules

6th Grade – Team 6.1 (Jeffries, James, Smith-Dryden, Thorpe)
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Specials: 8:15-8:53
Period 3 (Core Class): 8:53-9:50
Literacy Skills: 9:50-10:28
Period 5 (Core Class): 10:28-11:25
Break: 11:25-11:44
Lunch: 11:44-12:03
Period 8 (Core Class): 12:03-1:00
Period 9 (Core Class): 1:00-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00

6th Grade – Team 6.2 (Thach, Olvera, K. Hill, Willard, Crabtree
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Period 2 (Core Class): 8:15-9:12
Specials (CIP remote in MPR): 9:12-9:50
Literacy Skills: 9:50-10:28
Period 5 (Core Class): 10:28-11:25
Period 6 (Core Class): 11:25-12:22
Break: 12:22-12:41
Lunch: 12:41-1:00
Period 9 (Core Class): 1:00-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00

8th Grade – Team A (N. Costa, Abrigo, Galvan, Sapp)
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Period 2 (Core Class): 8:15-9:12
Literacy Skills: 9:12-9:50
Period 4 (Core Class): 9:50-10:47
Period 5 (Core Class): 10:47-11:44
Break: 11:44-12:03
Lunch: 12:03-12:22
Specials: 12:22-1:00
Period 9 (Core Class): 1:00-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00

7th Grade – Team B (Tanner, T. Hill, T. Moore, Andreotta)
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Literacy Skills: 8:15-8:53
Period 3 (Core Class): 8:53-9:50 – Follow Remote Learning Structure
Period 4 (Core Class): 9:50-10:47 – Follow Remote Learning Structure
Lunch: 10:47-11:06
Break: 11:06-11:25
Period 6 (Core Class): 11:25-12:22
Period 8 (Core Class): 12:22-1:20
Specials: 1:20-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00

7th Grade – Team C (Isaac, M. Moore, Nussmeier, Little)
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Literacy Skills: 8:15-8:53
Period 3 (Core Class): 8:53-9:50
Period 4 (Core Class): 9:50-10:47
Specials: 10:47-11:25
Period 6 (Core Class): 11:25-12:22
Lunch: 12:22-12:41
Break: 12:41-1:00
Period 9 (Core Class): 1:00-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00

7th/8th Grade – Team D (Vera, Ricciardelli, Jackson, Gremel)
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Period 2 (Core Class): 8:15-9:12
Literacy Skills: 9:12-9:50
Period 4 (Core Class): 9:50-10:47
Break: 10:47-11:06
Lunch: 11:06-11:25
Specials: 11:25-12:03
Period 8 (Core Class): 12:03-1:00
Period 9 (Core Class): 1:00-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00

8th Grade – Team E (Jordan, Bustamante, Edwards, Rojas)
Advisory: 8:00-8:15
Period 2 (Core Class): 8:15-9:12
Literacy Skills: 9:12-9:50
Specials: 9:50-10:28
Period 5 (Core Class): 10:28-11:25
Lunch: 11:25-11:44
Break: 11:44-12:03
Period 8 (Core Class): 12:03-1:00
Period 9 (Core Class): 1:00-2:00
Teacher Office Hours: 2:00-3:00