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District introduces 'Big Five' for safely opening schools

The Davis School District invites parents to study the Davis Learns Together plan to safely open schools in the fall.

The plan provides details regarding the district’s “Big Five” approach to operating schools while COVID-19 exists in the community.

Those five aspects are: Hygiene Etiquette, Stay Home When Sick, Cloth Face Mask, Physical Distancing and Clean & Disinfect. View an at-a-glance version of the "Big Five" here.

Please be aware there is no such thing as a “COVID-free zone” in our classrooms or schools. The more people congregate in society — no matter where that takes place — the more opportunity there is for the virus to spread. COVID-19 exists everywhere and, at this point in time, no vaccine has been developed.

That being said, representatives from the Davis School District and the Davis County Health Department have been meeting at least weekly since Feb. 27. The information outlined here — if adhered to by all involved — will provide the best measures to not only prevent the spread of the virus, but also give us an opportunity to provide the best education we can for all students.

In a related note, the school district will continue to share information with you as it comes available and utilize the COVID-19 webpage as a way to provide additional resources.

School to begin on August 25

School is set to begin this fall on August 25. To view the upcoming school-year calendar, click here

The A-B designations are for secondary schools only. All schools are in session five days a week, unless noted in the calendar. 

Schools will follow the traditional early-out/late-start dismissal: elementary schools — Friday early-out dismissal 1:25 p.m.; junior highs — Friday early-out dismissal 2 p.m.; high schools — Tuesday late start - one hour late start with no change in bus schedule. 

For answers to commonly asked questions about the calendar, click here

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.Nelson Mandela

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Superintendency Message

Changing under pressure

By Logan Toone, Assistant Superintendent

Ten years from now, what will come to mind when you remember 2020?  Will you think of a worldwide pandemic that changed the way schools, businesses, and society operated for months?  Will you think of earthquakes and aftershocks?  Will you think of heightened community awareness of racial injustice and inequities?  Cancelled proms? Increased unemployment? Political tension? Remote graduation? Protests and marches? Masks and physical distancing?  

This time in 2020 has been a year of unprecedented difficulty, and we’re only half-way through it!  The remainder of the year will likely bring continued challenges as we adjust in response to critical needs in our community.  We are – collectively and individually – under pressure.

But what can pressure do?  In the natural world, intense prolonged pressure can completely change one substance into another.  Carbon – one of the most common and unimpressive minerals in the world provides a great example of this.  After years of intense heat and pressure, pieces of carbon deep inside the earth are changed into diamonds.  While they are still made of carbon, diamonds are nothing like their original state.  They have been changed – transformed into rare and beautiful gemstones.  Diamonds are also considered one of the most durable materials on earth – able to withstand heat, pressure, abrasion, and impact better than almost any other substance.

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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Davis By The Numbers

72,897 students enrolled in 90 district schools

96% graduation rate

$62M in education and athletic scholarships earned by the Class of 2020

54,451 credits earned toward college through Concurrent Enrollment and AP

7 times on the AP Honor Roll

21immersion schools offering French, Spanish or Chinese

$3M raised by Davis Education Foundation for classroom and innovative grants