DUSD’s Response to the Coronavirus
Adapting as a Community
The Downey Unified community is forward-thinking and always looking to strive for the best…because our kids deserve the best! Find out how we continue to adjust our strategy as more news and regulations related to the Coronavirus are released.
Covid-19: Latest Update
Return to School
As we transition into this next phase and begin to welcome our students and staff back for in-person instruction, I would like to thank all of our students and families for their patience, flexibility and grace as we continue to navigate through this unprecedented and ever-changing landscape together.
Downey Unified has been working tirelessly to prepare our campuses for their safe return. Before returning to school, we ask all students and families to please read our Return-to-School Guidebook and take a moment to watch our video as it will explain many aspects of our return.
Click here for ASL version.
Subtítulos en Español
Se puede acceder a las sutilezas haciendo clic en CC en la esquina inferior derecha de la pantalla. Para tener las sutilezas en español, haga clic en la rueda de configuración y seleccione “Español” después de habilitar el CC. A continuación se encuentra disponible una versión interpretada en lenguaje de señas (ASL).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):
Are face masks required on campus?
Yes, masks are required for anybody on campus, both indoors and outdoors, except when eating or drinking.
What does a higher-grade surgical mask mean?
Only a suggestion for students to wear these higher grade masks at this time, please click here to read more about the details of higher-grade surgical masks.
Can my student have a desk shield?
Yes. Please let your child’s teacher know you would like a desk shield made available for your child.
Does my student need to take the daily COVID Screener?
Yes. Please take the timeto go through each question carefully, each school day. A “green check mark” isrequired for entry to campus to help ensure the safety of all our students and staff.
What should I do if my student's COVID Screener doesn't authorize coming to campus?
If your student is not authorized, the student must NOT come to campus. Please contact your school office/nurse to learn about next steps such as COVIDtesting, quarantine/isolation and arranging for school work.
What if my student travels outside the state or country?
There is a travel advisoryand guidance per the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health. It is recommended that elementary students and all other who are unvaccinated who travel domestically or internationally should get tested 3-5 days after arrival AND self-quarantine (stayhome) for 7 days after arrival. NOTE: Even if the student tests negative, the student must still stay home and complete the 7-day quarantine. If the student doesn’t get tested, they will need to quarantine for 10 days. Please click the link above or contact your school nurse if you have any questions.
What is considered a "close contact"?
A “close contact” is someone who waswithin 6-feet of a person with COVID for more than 15 minutes.
Will I be contacted if my student is considered a "close contact"?
Your schoolwill contact you directly and give you instructions on the next steps, such as testing,quarantine requirements and arranging for school work.
What cleaning and sanitizing protocols are taking place at schools?
Eachschool day, all classrooms, restrooms and workspaces are sanitized, with specialattention on high-touch surfaces. All cleaning products have been selected fromthe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved list “N” as effectiveagainst COVID-19. Custodial and other staff responsible for cleaning andsanitizing schools surfaces and objects are trained on manufacturer’s directionsand Cal/OSHA protocols.
COVID Safety Documents
Higher Grade Mask Information following LACDPH Update (1/10/22) | Información Sobre Máscaras de Grada Superior Después de la actualizzción de LACDPH (1/10/22)
Reopening Protocols for K-12 Schools: Appendix T1
*Downey Unified follows the most up-to-date COVID Safety and Reopening protocols/guidelines.
Free and Low Cost Internet
Downey Unified is committed to continuing learning for all students. We understand that not all families have access to high speed Internet access at home at this time. Below are resources for families to obtain low cost Internet access.
Free Wi-Fi Access through the Downey City Library
Low-cost Internet and Assistance:
EveryoneOn (Find offers)
EveryoneOn works with a wide range of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and device providers to bring low-cost internet service and affordable devices to those who need it.
If you qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) EveryoneOn will provide you with enrollment assistance to provide information about all available low-cost Internet offers and help you navigate through the application process from start to finish.
You may qualify for affordable home internet if you are participating in one of the following programs:
- National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
- Supplemental Security Income (for applicants age 65+ only)
- Have a household income under $40,000/year
Acceso gratuito a Wi-Fi a través de la biblioteca de la ciudad de Downey
Los sitios de la biblioteca virtual en toda la ciudad de Downey brindan acceso gratuito a Internet. Todo lo que necesita es su tarjeta y PIN de la biblioteca de Downey.
Internet y asistencia a bajo costo:
EveryoneOn (Encuentre ofertas)
EveryoneOn ayuda a llevar un servicio de Internet de bajo costo y dispositivos asequibles a aquellos que lo necesitan. EveryoneOn trabaja con una amplia gama de proveedores de servicios de Internet (ISP) y proveedores de dispositivos para presentar sus soluciones de bajo costo en nuestra plataforma.
Si usted califica para el Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar (NSLP, por sus siglas en día) EveryoneOn le proporcionará asistencia de inscripción para proporcionar información sobre todas las ofertas de Internet de bajo costo disponibles y ayudarle a navegar a través del proceso de solicitud de principio a fin.
Usted puede calificar para Internet residencial asequible si participa en uno de los siguientes programas:
- Programa Nacional de Almuerzo Escolar (NSLP)
- Ingreso suplementario de seguridad (solo para solicitantes mayores de 65 años)
- Seguridad de Ingreso Suplementario (SSI)
- Un ingreso familiar inferior a $40,000/año
Enroll From a Distance
Like our classrooms this fall, enrollment is now available online for your convenience.