DUSD will start 2020-2021 with 100% Distance Learning on August 13, 2020

  • At the Special Meeting held on Thursday, July 16, 2020, the Board of Education unanimously decided to start the 2020-2021 school year on August 13, 2020, utilizing 100% distance learning. This difficult decision was informed by many points of data including the recommendation of our Re-Visioning Steering Committee and Taskforce and public health information that shows an alarming rise in the COVID-19 curve. Please read the full message from Superintendent Amerson here.

The DUSD Roadmap to Re-Visioning the 2020-21 School Year

  • In response to the challenges of COVID-19, DUSD established a Re-Visioning Roadmap Steering Committee and Taskforce consisting of key leaders from each of our district’s stakeholder groups to assist in planning our path forward for the 2020-2021 school year. Since the first week of June, this committee has been studying operational and instructional delivery models and best practices to provide a recommendation that was provided to the Board of Education at the Meeting held on July 16, 2020. The data points analyzed by both the Steering Committee and Taskforce included information yielded from the Parent Preference and Distance Learning Surveys as well as guidance provided by state, county, and local authorities and public health agencies. The Board voted unanimously to begin the school year on August 13, 2020, utilizing the DUSD 100% Distance Learning Model.

    For more information about our Re-Visioning Roadmap process and progress updates from our Steering Committee and Taskforce, please click here.

    View updates issued by Superintendent Amerson on July 7, 2020 (English  Spanish) and July 17, 2020 (English  Spanish).

    View the Re-Visioning 2020-21 FAQ Guide by clicking here.

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  • $16,000 Grant Awarded to Andres Duarte Arts Academy by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission & LA Arts Ed Collective

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  • Beardslee’s Dual Language Program Expands Due to High Demand

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  • Making Global Connections at Maxwell Academy

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  • Students SOAR at Royal Oaks STEAM Academy

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  • A View Inside Our Academy of Technology & Creative Learning

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  • Creating Creators at Mount Olive Innovation & Technology High School

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  • Duarte High School Home of the Falcons

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