DNUSD K-8 In-Person & Distance Learning SurveySurvey Links:PLEASE NOTE: This survey is to gather information and is not a guarantee of placement.
We are approaching the halfway point of this very different 2020-2021 school year at Del Norte Unified. When we started with our In-Person and Distance Learning models of instruction in early October we stated that students in full Distance Learning may have the ability to return to In-Person instruction after the winter break. This survey is to help the District determine which students may be interested in returning to our cohort-based (Monday-Wednesday or Tuesday-Thursday) In-Person instructional model, or move from In-Person to Distance Learning. We are asking ALL TK-8 Parents to complete this survey by Monday 11/30 so we can make every effort to adjust staffing levels to accommodate possible changes in these student groups.
If your student is currently attending an In-Person cohort and you are requesting to move to Distance Learning please be aware you will be required to provide a doctor's note verifying that your student meets one of the following criteria:
1. Student is medically fragile or would be put at risk by in-person instruction, due to an underlying health condition.
2. A family member is at high risk or has an underlying health condition.
However, if your student is already attending via Distance Learning then no new documentation will be required.
Please complete one survey for each TK-8 student that is attending a Del Norte Unified School, not including Castle Rock or Uncharted Shores Academy.
REMINDER: This survey is to gather information and is not a guarantee of placement.
Dear Del Norte Unified Families and County Residents,
Del Norte Public Health and the Del Norte Unified School District were notified today of two positive cases of students with COVID-19, one at Crescent Elk Middle School and one at Smith River School, both in the Monday/Wednesday cohorts. In both cases, we had been previously notified of close contacts, and the two students were quarantined at that time to avoid any further exposure to other students or staff.
In neither case did the students contract COVID-19 at school.
The occurrence of positive cases means that the following steps will be put into place immediately:
Public Health, with cooperation of the District, will begin contact tracing.
-All affected students and staff, in the two cohorts only, will be placed on quarantine for 14 calendar days. Schools will notify those families regarding how to access school by distance learning.
-The District will work with the schools to clean and disinfect the classrooms, per California Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines, and in accordance with the District Epidemic/Pandemic Safety Plan.
-Based on contact tracing by Public Health, any other students or staff who were in close contact with the positive cases may be quarantined.
-COVID-19 testing will most likely be recommended for all quarantined students and staff, and they should contact their local healthcare provider or follow directions from Public Health when contacted.
At this time, no school closures are recommended. Individual school closure is recommended based on the number of cases, the percentage of the teacher/students/staff that are positive for COVID-19, in consultation with our county Public Health department. Individual school closure may be appropriate when there are multiple cases in multiple cohorts at a school or when at least 5 percent of the total number of teachers/student/staff are cases within a 14-day period, depending on the size and physical layout of the school.
Public Health and the District have been and will continue to work closely together to help our schools and community remain healthy and safe. Please remember that this is why our schools are implementing cohorts and why the wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, and hand washing or sanitizing are so important.
As Dr. Rehwaldt has stated many times, we will not be able to stop the virus or ensure that no one contracts it, but we can minimize exposure, slow the spread, and continue to take a slow, methodical, and thoughtful approach to students returning to school.
Thank you for helping to ensure the health and wellness of everyone in our community.
Warren Rehwaldt, MD, Public Health Officer
Jeff Harris, Superintendent
A Message from DNUSD
Just a few reminders as we prepare to welcome students back to school in-person on Monday, October 5:
All transitional kindergarten through 8th-grade schools and the Smith River preschool will begin in-person cohorts this week. You should have been contacted by your child’s school to let you know if they were attending the M/W or T/Th cohort. Students participating in distance learning should have been notified as well. Sunset High, Community School, and state preschools will continue to operate as they have this week.
DNHS will continue to offer distance learning to 9-12 grade students. DNHS is currently in the process of designing and creating afternoon, in-person learning cohorts and will communicate with students and parents when those students will begin physically attending school.
All students attending in person will be required to bring a completed self-screening form with them to enter the bus, school, or classroom. These screeners have been mailed to each student’s home. A copy of the screener can also be found at www.dnusd.org/familyresources, printed, and sent with your child. Children who do not bring a screening form will be screened at school and might be sent home if they are presenting COVID-like symptoms.
All students are required to wear a face-covering when riding the bus, walking through campus, or in any public space on campus. Students from the age of 2 through 2nd grade are not required to wear face coverings in the classroom, but wearing a face-covering is strongly encouraged and will be taught as an important way to keep the classroom healthy. Buses, schools, and classrooms will also have face coverings for students if they do not bring one with them. Face coverings include cloth face coverings, disposable, exam-style masks, and other cloth face coverings that meet the California Department of Public Health guidelines.
Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. Liberal Studies, Minor in ESL Reading Certificate M.Ed. Educational Administration
Mrs. Diane Wiese
Welcome to Bess Maxwell School!
I am very excited to be a part of the Bess Maxwell team!
This is my 23rd year in education and 8th year as an administrator. I have been a teacher/administrator at Joe Hamilton School, Margaret Keating School, Mountain School, Smith River School and now Bess Maxwell.
I was born and raised here in Crescent City and am very proud to call it home. After graduating from Del Norte High School, I served for three years on active duty in the Army and six years in the Air National Guard.
We here at Bess Maxwell want families to be involved in the education of their children. We welcome volunteers in the classroom - please stop in the office to find out how you can become a volunteer! We always need help in many different areas, i.e., classroom, office, and parent committees.
The Bess Maxwell staff are a warm and welcoming group of people and I look forward to meeting you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 464-0310.
Diane Wiese, Principal