The last day of school for Indio students at Desert Sands Unified School District is June 4. The 2020-2021 school year has been an unusual one. But students have been doing their very best throughout the academic year. What began as a year of full remote learning transitioned in March to a hybrid learning model with approximately one third of students in what was termed Cohort A, a third in Cohort B, and a third remaining in distance learning. The elementary and secondary students in Cohorts A and B returned to in-classroom learning two days each week on March 15 and March 29, 2021 respectively.
In a unanimous vote at a special board meeting on Monday, April 26 , the DSUSD Board of Education passed the following motion, "To approve the proposal to increase in-person learning days from two to four days per week by combining cohorts A and B beginning May 3, 2021, for all or part of grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-11 for the remainder of the academic year." With that vote, students in Cohorts A and B would now, starting on Monday, May 3, be in their classrooms four days per week.
All safety and security precautions remain in place including plexiglass around desks, handwashing and hand sanitizer stations across the campus and in classrooms, required wearing of face masks, and social distancing as directed by the CDC (Center for Disease Control).
While the last day of school is June 4, our high schools will be walking to the sounds of Pomp and Circumstance a bit sooner, as they celebrate an in-person graduation on the football field. Attendance will be limited and social distancing and the wearing of face masks will be enforced. Amistad High School graduates on May 25 and 27; Shadow Hills High School graduates on May 28; and Indio High School on June 1. In a robust summer school program, students at all grade levels will be found on DSUSD campuses in June and July. On campus classes begin on Tuesday, June 8 and end on July 15.
As always, Desert Sands Unified School District will closely follow all national, state, county, and local public health guidelines and orders.
Questions can be emailed to WorkingTogether@DesertSands.us.