April 25th, 2021
Posted on 04/25/2021
weekly news and events

A Message from the Superintendent

A new message from Superintendent Bowes was shared with the community on Friday, April 23. This message contains essential info on our new DJUSD COVID-19 DashboardEducational Equity2021 Graduation Information, the launch of our new Virtual Academy and Mental Health Resources. His message is available to read on the DJUSD website. https://djusd.net/about/News/new_d_j_u_s_d_c_o_v_i_d-19_dashboard

Active4Me is Back!

  • This volunteer-based program alerts parents/guardians via text message and email that your student has arrived at school. With every scan, students also accumulate points that can be exchanged for prizes!
  • Volunteers are stationed by the entrance to the bike racks at the front of the school.
  • If your student does not already have an account, look for physical permission slips distributed to students via their teacher. Turn in completed forms to the Active4Me box located in the front office.
  • Barcode tags do not expire, can be reused every year, and are valid at all participating DJUSD schools.
  • Need a replacement tag? Want to update contact information or notification options? Not getting notifications of your student's arrival to school? Other questions? Feel free to email this year's Active4Me coordinator, Dao Choi, at [email protected]
  • Lastly, parent volunteers are needed to scan students in the mornings from 8 am to 8:30. Please help keep this beneficial program running and sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C48A8AD2AA6FAC25-active4me.

Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up continue to go well through two weeks of in-person instruction. Please know that the procedures that we have in place are to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Here are a few reminders:

  • For the health and safety of our students, it is vital to limit the number of adults on our campus. Please remember that TK/Kinder should be dropped off and picked up at the Pioneer Mosaic, 1st and 2nd-grade students should be dropped off and picked up at the Pioneer Marquee, and 3rd – 6th-grade students are dropped off and picked up on the grass field. However, 4th-grade students are being picked up at the Pioneer Mosaic.
  • Please drop off and pick up your student at the locations mentioned above and not on campus. Again, for the health and safety of all students, we need to limit the number of adults on campus.
  • Please do not drop off on the south side of Hamel St. Students should only cross the street at the crosswalk. Dropping your student off or picking up on the south side of Hamel and not crossing at the crosswalk is dangerous. 

On-Campus Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing

As part of our conditions for a safe return to campus, DJUSD is partnering with Healthy Davis Together to bring COVID saliva testing for asymptomatic students and staff to our school sites. If you would like your child tested at one of our school sites, there are three items to complete.  Parents do not need to be present for testing once they are registered through Healthy Davis Together, and a DJUSD waiver is on file for the student.  We are not currently pulling students from instruction time at our site to allow time to transition back to school. However, if you would like your student taken out of class to COVID-19 test, please email [email protected] to make arrangements. Please go to the Healthy Davis Together website at https://healthydavistogether.org/testing/ and follow the steps to register your student.

Spring Testing Update

Each year, students in grades three through eight (3-8) and eleven (11) participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). During this year of Distance Learning, the California Department of Education (CDE) applied for a waiver from the United States Department of Education to allow schools and districts to use local, common assessment data instead of the Smarter Balanced assessments that make up the CAASPP program. For a district to use a local assessment, the assessment must: 

1) Align with Common Core standards.

2) Be available to and administered to all students uniformly.

3) Scores must be reportable by the individual student and student group. 

Given this recent guidance, our assessment plan for the Spring of 2021 includes the following:

  • Students in grades 3-6 will complete the i-Ready Diagnostic Assessment for Reading and Math.
  • Grades 3-6 are currently using i-Ready as part of the elementary common assessments schedule and are scheduled to complete the Reading and Math tests by April 30.
  • Students in grades 3-6 who remain in Distance Learning this spring can participate remotely in the i-Ready assessments.

Sick or Symptomatic Students

If your student and other DJUSD students in the household are sick or symptomatic, they must stay home for ten days and get tested for COVID-19. Symptomatic students and other DJUSD students in the household may return to school earlier than ten days with proof of a negative COVID test and doctor's note confirming an alternate diagnosis as long as the symptomatic student is fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and other symptoms improved. Please email your student's COVID test results and doctor's note or bring a hard copy to our site.

Students Traveling Out of State

DJUSD has to support Yolo County guidance on travel. Unvaccinated individuals include children, so there is currently a quarantine upon return to the state. Yolo County has an outlined procedure for testing and quarantine in the link below. If the county updates its travel guidelines, your family can follow the new guidelines. https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Travel-Advisory.aspx 

Please plan on attending the Distance Learning program for the duration of your travel and quarantine. As a reminder, if your student travels, domestically or internationally, before they return to school, they must:

  • Get tested 3-5 days after travel and self-quarantine for seven days.
  • Self-quarantine for ten days if they don't get tested.
  • Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to self-quarantine.


Important Dates to Remember

April 29th                             Free Saliva Testing (8:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m)

April 30th                             Spirit Day (Wear Green and Gold/Yellow)

May 3 – May 7                     Teacher Appreciation Week

May 31                                  Memorial Day– NO SCHOOL