• Back to School 2020-2021 Return to School Options

    We understand families have a difficult decision about how their child(ren) will return to school this Fall. Below is an explanation of each option and what they currently look like for DA students. Please keep in mind that the district’s plan is fluid and we will update our school plan as additional information becomes available.

    Hybrid Schedule

    If students choose the Hybrid Schedule (2 days at school and 3 days at home), they will have their classes face to face one A day and one B day per week; the other days will be virtual.  They will take all their virtual classes at the times of their regularly scheduled classes, including all of their arts classes. Teachers will do live, real-time lessons each online day.

    Students will be divided into 2 groups by grade level.  One group (9th and 12th graders) will attend school face to face on Mondays and Thursdays and the other group (10th and 11th graders) on Tuesdays and Fridays.  All classes will be virtual on Wednesdays to allow for deep cleaning of all academic spaces. 

    NEW* - Click here for DA Hybrid Schedule Explained.

    Click Here for DA's A/B schedule for August and Septmember.

    Hybrid Grade Schedule

    Duval Homeroom

    In Duval Homeroom, students are still assigned to their school (DA) and will take all their classes online. In this model, electives are extremely limited.  This makes it very complicated for magnet schools with specialized courses.  Since we do not know how many families will choose this option, we do not know which arts courses we will be able to offer virtually.  If there are enough students in an arts area for us to have a teacher do a course online, then we will. We are working closely with the District to develop our plan for Duval Homeroom.

    In this model, students may also be assigned to teachers from different schools (we will be grouped with like-scheduled high schools for this purpose). For example, if a student is taking AP Biology and DA only has 3 kids wanting it through Duval HR, and Stanton has 25 kids, our students could be placed into a class taught by a teacher from Stanton or another high school. Students may exit Duval Homeroom at the end of the quarter.

    Duval Virtual Instruction Academy (DVIA)

    If you choose the DVIA option, it is a year-long commitment. The student withdraws from DA and becomes a full-time student at DVIA.  However, we will hold the students’ seat and they will not have to re-audition for the following year.  Electives are also limited in DVIA.  Any arts classes they do offer would not be at the scope or rigor level of the art offerings at DA. This option may require students to take art courses they missed when they return for the 2021-2022 school year. 

    COVID-19 Safety Protocols

    The safety of our students, faculty and staff remains our number one priority. The follow safety measures will be in place at DA:

    • Only 50% of the students will be on campus each day (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday)

    • On Wednesdays there will be no students (all instruction will be delivered online), allowing the custodians to do a deep cleaning of all classrooms and common areas.

    • Temperature checks will be conducted every morning on all faculty, staff and students.

    • Visitors will be limited to only those who are essential to the daily functioning of the school (e.g., maintenance workers, substitutes, etc.)

    • Hallways where possible will be marked one way and students will social distance in common areas.

    • There will be an increased number of lunches and seating at each table will be limited and socially distanced.  Floor signs have been placed 6’ apart to direct students to social distance while waiting in the lunch lines. Unfortunately, we cannot offer Lunch & Learn right now.

    • Students must wear masks when in common areas and in classrooms. They can remove them while eating lunch.

    • Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.

    • Afternoon dismissal will be staggered to avoid large group gatherings.

    In addition, Ms. Hammer is working with the District on creative ways to remain safe in the arts classes.  This may include using larger spaces for ensembles, splitting classes between rooms and colleagues, utilizing face shields in some arts areas, etc.


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