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.
Monday we welcome families back part time to our campus. There have been a ton of changes in the last few weeks to prepare. If you have any questions or concerns or you're not sure what to do next week, please call our office at 707-464-0330. We mailed out information to families that were planning to return, some have moved from distance learning to attend in person, if you did not receive the information, the packets are available to pick up in our office Monday-Friday 8 am to 3 pm. The information can also be found here. The cohort days will be different for each student, so if you're not sure please call the office.
There will also be new class lists posted in the window today (10/1/2020) to help you better understand where your child will be and what days.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we all learn this new way of schooling.
Del Norte Unified School District has a phase 3 start date of October 5th. Please visit dnusd.org/familyresources for information on COVID-19 and health and safety for guardians and students.
You will also find updates on phases and education at dnusd.org/learningoptions
Next week DNUSD will release additional information on health and safety and education next week in the form of videos, infographics, podcasts, and messages sent to parents through the APP, email, and text.
School reopening for Phase 3 will begin on Monday, October 5th 8 am to 12:15 pm
Some things you need to know; if you have not chosen cohort days for your student yet, they were assigned one. These options are Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Please call the office to find out which cohort your student is in. You can request a change until Wednesday September 30 after that date these cannot be changed due to scheduling and to help reduce the spread of germs. You still have the option to have your child attend distance learning for the remainder of the school year, please let the office or your student's teacher know if that's what you want to do.
Your students should be masked when they are getting out of your vehicle/bus/or coming onto campus walking. Prescreening forms will need to be filled out for each student and signed by a parent/guardian before coming to school.
If your student is going to need bus service (even if they were signed up in previous years) you will need to go to the transportation page and fill out the form. You can find the page and form here, https://www.dnusd.org/Domain/90 and https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScT-0tiIsl7if6yEI6wIlwf2gcUhQQ-ZHi9LKctPz_dNh7zcg/viewform
You can also contact transportation at 707-464-0250
Doors will not open until 8 AM. Students will go directly to their classroom where breakfast will be provided. Students will also be provided with their lunch in their classrooms.
Distance Learning students can pick up their lunch from the school between 10-11 am.
For more information on returning to school with COVID-19 restrictions, please see the following resources https://www.dnusd.org/Page/1108 and https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A-uY-pWO77q9uAdktm_AmD4Wx6aCkUQr/view
Please call 707-464-0330 with any questions or for the most up to date information, you can also email email@example.com
We are making some changes to our video conferencing tool, Zoom, in order to provide an even higher level of security for our students and staff. Effective tomorrow, Friday, September 18, all students will need to authenticate to their DNCOE Zoom account using the Single Sign-On (SSO) option with their District-provided @mydnschools.org email address. When your students attempt to join their Zoom classes they may now be prompted to log in - make sure they type in "DNCOE" for the domain, then they'll be directed to authenticate using their existing student email address and password.
As always our IT Department is here to help. Should you experience any issues please call our Family Support Hotline at 707-464-7005. We are still experiencing very high call volumes, so if we don't answer immediately please leave a clear message on how to reach you, and we'll get back to you just as soon as possible. That support number again, 707-464-7005.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding as we continue to ensure the best and most secure experience is being provided for your students.
We are planning on opening school tomorrow, calmer winds, and shifting weather patterns may move the fire away from Gasquet as well as reduce smoke and particles in Del Norte. If there is any change in school opening tomorrow, we will send an all call, post on our website, and on our additional communication channels.
Any students that are displaced and unable to attend school tomorrow, their absence will be excused.
Mountain Elementary School will remain closed, students at Moutain school that are not displaced can still do school work through Seesaw, Google Classroom, and email.
An Important Message from DNUSD 9/9/2020
Due to the evacuations in Gasquet and the standby situation in Hiouchi due to smoke and wildfires, many of our students and staff are being affected, and school will be canceled for all students today.
We will let you know more soon, please continue to check dnusd.org for more information.
The official start date for all DNUSD schools is August 31. The Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees took action and approved the proposed 2020-21 Academic Calendar at tonight's board meeting. This calendar can be found at: https://www.dnusd.org/calendar
Devices will start being handed out the week of August 17, we will contact families when those are ready.
Our school office hours are 8am to 3pm
If you have any questions please call 707-464-0330 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Face masks are required, please practice social distancing
Today, a message was posted on the DNUSD webpage and Facebook page regarding the Del Norte Virtual Learning Program flyer. On behalf of the District, I would like to personally apologize for any misunderstanding regarding this post.
I would like to clarify the following:
1. The District is not planning on only offering online learning for the 2020-2021 school year. At this point, we are expecting to be able to return with at least 50% of our students in attendance on campus at any given time. In a previous survey, 65% of our families indicated that they would prefer that school be offered fully in person, as we have always done, while an additional 25% indicated that they would prefer a blended learning model. Our intent is to try to offer programs that meet the needs of each child, in person to the fullest extent possible.
2. That same survey indicated that approximately 10% of our families expressed an interest in participating only in online or distance learning. In order to move forward with determining whether this option is viable, it is necessary that we get an accurate count of students, by grade level and school of residence, as quickly as possible. This “application” was designed as a way to get this information for planning purposes only.
3. I have been meeting with the leadership of the Del Norte Teachers’ Association and the local California School Employees Association on a steering committee to discuss issues and options in reopening for 2020-2021. We have discussed the desire and survey results for an online program, but no discussion has been held regarding this “application” or a final configuration of an online program.
4. We are in the process of completing a survey for all district staff and families to gather additional information regarding the three reopening options that the steering committee, site principals, and other consulting groups have discussed: an in-person AM/PM model with 50% of students in attendance at either session, a two day per week in-person model with 50% of students in attendance 2 days each week with distance learning occurring during days when they are not receiving in-person instruction, and the distance learning-only model.
5. Given the confusion caused by the post and the need to more accurately reflect the intent of the form, we will be revising the current document and reposting it so that it better meets its intended purpose. To avoid continuing confusion, we will “expire” the post, so that only the corrected version is available. The updated document will be available in Spanish, as well.
I would, again, like to apologize for any confusion that these posts may have caused. In an attempt to gather information quickly, we did not communicate clearly or adequately. We have just over 40 days in which to rethink 100 years of educational structure and respond to the most significant health crisis in recent history, prior to the start of the school year. Thank you for your understanding and patience as we move through this process.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at 464-0200.
Reminder: There will be no meal service on Friday, 5/22/20 or Monday, 5/25/20.
These were previously scheduled no-school days and as such all classified food service staff and transportation staff will be enjoying a well earned four day weekend.
Meal service will resume on Tuesday, 5/26/2020. Please contact Nutrition Services at 464-0246.
A Message from Del Norte Unified School District:
Join the DNUSD Weekly Live Webinar at 1 pm discussing the program Sources of Strength and Mental Health during COVID-19:
Featured Guests: Terrin Musbach, Nick LaFazio
There will be a time for questions at the end of each webinar. We hope to see you there!
A Message from Del Norte Unified School District:
Join us this coming Wednesday, 4-22-2020, for the weekly webinar at 1 pm and 2:30 pm.
1:00 PM - DNUSD Weekly Live Webinar at 1 on Distance Learning:
Featured Guests: Rae Fearing, Leslee Machado, Tom Kissinger, Randy Fugate, Tony Fabricius, Robert Parker, Alison Eckart
2:30 PM - Highschool Grading, Credits and Graduation:
Featured Guests: Randy Fugate, Jeff Slayton, Rob Parker, Tony Fabricius
There will be a time for questions at the end of each webinar. We hope to see you there!
On 4-9-2020 the Del Norte Unified School District Board of Trustees decided that school facilities will continue to remain closed until the end of the academic school year. For the time being, students will attend school through distance learning while the spread of COVID-19 is on the rise. Del Norte Unified School District will put another update to the community this coming Monday, 4-12-2020.
Download the DNUSD mobile app for instant updates on the COVID-19 crisis and your student's education at https://www.dnusd.org/app
Last night the Governor of California issued a stay at home order for all Californians. While we know that the current situation may cause some anxiety, please know that, we will continue to support our students, their families, and our community by continuing to provide alternative learning opportunities, guidance to families on local resources, programs to help our first responders, healthcare and essential services workers find childcare so that they can continue to serve our community, seamless food deliveries to youth from 0-18 years old, and other services that will be necessary in the upcoming days and weeks. Our goal is to keep our community safe and healthy. Thank you, in advance, for your help and patience, as we work through this unprecedented time.