Back to School
For the 2021-2022 school year, grades Pre-K through 12th grade, students will learn in person. Virtual learning options - synchronous and asynchronous - will not be available due to the following:
- The district safety protocols have been implemented with fidelity and have resulted in rare transmission of the virus as a result of these efforts.
- The learning and social and emotional needs of students are best served in person.
- Many students lack the technical capabilities (devices and connectivity) to effectively learn at home The district does not have the capacity to provide devices long-term to all students.
- Teachers will not be required to maintain both in-person and remote classrooms due to the undue burden required to maintain such an arrangement.
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Health & Safety
The top priorities in Duncanville ISD are the health and safety of students and staff. The district's safety guidelines have been developed in compliance with the current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Dallas County Health advisement.
- It is recommended that students and staff members wear face coverings at school and on the bus. This is not a requirement but will be encouraged.
- Temperatures will be checked routinely based on campus/facility protocols.
- Desks should be spaced out 3 feet when possible to allow for social distancing or desk/face shield made available. When appropriate and possible, 6-feet social distancing will occur.
- Efforts must be made by campuses and student organizations to socially distance large groups of students and stakeholders in assemblies, common area, practices, etc.
- Facilities will be e-misted routinely with sanitizing spray.
- Classrooms will be equipped with handheld e-misters and sanitizing spray for sanitation during the day.
- Students will be required to routinely use hand sanitizer and wash hands throughout the school day.
- Laptops and devices will be sanitized regularly.
- School buses will be cleaned and sanitized daily and equipped with hand sanitizer.
Monitoring Symptoms and Exposure
Campuses will continue to monitor for COVID-19 symptoms through the campus clinics and school nurses. Students will not be required to complete the daily screener however, students with symptoms should not attend school. All students with symptoms or exposure will be tracked and followed up with by the campus nurse. Nurses will be required to maintain a daily health log to track symptoms.
Students that are demonstrating symptoms or have been exposed through close contact, and have not been fully vaccinated, may be quarantined for a minimum of 7 school days as applicable. To return, a student must be fever free for at least 24 hours with improved symptoms and have a negative COVID test after day 5. A medical diagnosis can also be provided confirming symptoms are associated with a non-communicable condition.
Parents will receive notification if their child was in close contact. These guidelines are subject to change based on updates from the CDC and/or state or local health authorities.
COVID dashboard is to provide Duncanville ISD families and staff with a transparent and up-to-date snapshot of active lab-confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in our district. The webpage includes the total number of students and staff currently with lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 cases. It also shows the total number of active cases at each campus and the district office. This information will be updated each school day.
Self-Reporting for Students and Staff
Students and staff will be encouraged to self-report when they have been exposed to COVID-19, have symptoms of COVID-19, or have received a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. When students test positive, they will submit a notification through the district website. The student will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 school days. Contact tracing will be conducted by the campus to determine if any other students or staff members were in close contact. Campuses will notify the district and custodial services upon confirmation of a positive student case, at which time, additional campus and classroom sanitation will take place.
Self-reports will be made using the following forms:
Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund
The Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund is authorized by Congress to address the needs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Texas Education Agency will administer the funding to Duncanville ISD in three phases, totaling approximately $25 million. The district intends to use the funds to pay for learning acceleration, safety and health, infrastructure improvements and teacher recruitment and retention. To view the ESSER III Funding Plan in English click here and click here to view the ESSER II Funding Plan in Spanish.
MealsDuncanville ISD announced that for the 2021-2022 school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.Transportation
The Transportation Department is dedicated to providing students with the safety and most efficient transportation as possible. School Find is a comprehensive data base of all residential addresses served by Duncanville ISD. Parents and Campuses can use this on-line tool to help determine if a student lives within the Duncanville School District, and if school bus service is available.
All school bus stop times are estimates only and could be affected by weather, traffic, and varying conditions. Please allow a 10 minute window before and a 10 minute window after estimated bus stop times when sending your student to the bus stop (this is more crucial for the first two weeks of school).Technology
If a student needs technical support or password assistance, call 972-708-2300 or enter a Help Ticket. We appreciate your patience as a technician works to address your needs.School SuppliesStudent school supply lists for elementary, intermediate and middle school students can be located here.
*This plan will be updated periodically as additional guidance is received from state and local entities and determinations are finalized by the district.