Don Tyson School of Innovation - July 22, 2020
Ready for Learning
I hope our DTSOI families are healthy and enjoying the summer. I wanted to take this opportunity to begin communicating about the 2020 - 2021 school year. Most of you know the Governor announced last week that our start date has been pushed back to August 24, 2020, allowing more time for planning and preparation. The new school calendar and other updates about the reopening of schools can be found at https://www.sdale.org/. Select "Reopening of Schools" and scroll down to "Back to School Information." Our superintendent, Dr. Jared Cleveland also posts updates that are linked under "Updates from the Superintendent."
Don Tyson School of Innovation has always offered blended, virtual, and face to face learning options for students - this is who we are at DTSOI. We have expanded our virtual program to include Kindergarten through 5th grades. DTSOI is the Springdale School District's only full virtual option and our block scheduling lends itself to blended if a family wants students to attend fewer than five days.
I am confident in DTSOI's structures and systems to support onsite learning, blended learning, and full virtual. We are blessed with amazing faculty & staff who are working every day to prepare for a new school year that may not look like years past but who are dedicated to making the 2020 - 2021 school year amazing for your student.
Learning Options at Don Tyson School of Innovation
If you are planning to attend face to face, and registered for face to face, NO ACTION NECESSARY. We are looking forward to seeing you at DTSOI on August 24th!
Your student will attend classes on campus on A days OR B days and will be virtual on the opposite days.
All of your student's classes will be online/off-site. Springdale teachers located on the DTSOI campus will serve your student and support the family in virtual learning.
- If your student is currently registered as a blended student - NO ACTION NECESSARY.
- If you have contacted Dr. Hopper about changing to the blended learning model or in the process of changing - NO ACTION NECESSARY.
- If you are currently registered for on-site learning (full face to face, 5 days per week) and would like to change to the blended learning model please complete THIS FORM.
- If you are a current virtual student - NO ACTION NECESSARY.
- If you have been in contact with Dr. Hopper or are in the process of transitioning to virtual - NO ACTION NECESSARY.
- If you are a currently registered for blended or on-site instruction and want to move to full virtual, please complete THIS FORM.
Safety is at the forefront of everyone's mind as we move closer to the beginning of school and conversations at the local and state level continue about best practices. I want to share some things we are working on at DTSOI to promote a safe environment.
We are blessed with a new building opening in August and we are looking at spaces and ways to socially distance students/teachers as much as possible.
Springdale School District will require all students and staff to wear masks.
We are sharing a school supply list so that students have their own items to minimize the sharing of materials. It is linked below.
Springdale School District will provide extra custodial support to sanitize the building and surfaces throughout the day.
We will promote learning opportunities outdoors so students can socially distance 6 ft. or more and have time without a mask.
We are creating new procedures for staff and students that promote social distancing.
Hand sanitizing stations are located throughout hallways and zones.
Directional arrows and 6ft. markers are being placed on the floor in key locations
New Student Orientation
New 6th Grade Students - August 18th & 19th
VIA (virtual) Student Orientation - Week of August 17th - 21st
We will be sharing a link for you to sign up for safe, on-site small group tours/orientation in our August 3rd newsletter. Online orientations will be available as well.