Almost one year to the day after COVID-19 shut down schools, students in Indio returned to in-classroom learning. Approximately 60 percent of students attending Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) are in-classroom hybrid-learning, with 40 percent choosing to remain in distance-learning for the rest of this school year.
Children in Pre-K through 5th grade wore their new sneakers and backpacks to schools on Monday, March 15, 2021. Middle and high school students returned to partial on-campus instruction on Monday, March 29, 2021.
Students are divided into two groups for in-person learning, with Cohort A in class on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Cohort B taking their seats on Thursday and Friday. Wednesdays provide the opportunity to work with students via distance learning.
Safety measures are in place at the schools, including plexiglass shields, air filters, handwashing stations, and the repositioning of desks to the required distance. Hand sanitizer has been placed throughout the campuses, and signs and posters remind students to wear a mask, wash their hands, and watch their distance.
The complete DSUSD safety plan and a video for elementary students returning to in-classroom learning can be found here.