Frequently Asked Questions

Back to School September 2021

Please review our list of frequently asked questions and direct any unanswered questions to admin@duxburystudentunion.org.

General

While our After School Program is not open to Chandler students, we do host a variety of Professional Development and Vacation Camp opportunities, open to Grades K-8 students.

If you would like to be added to our newsletter, which includes announcements of events and DSU camps, please email admin@duxburystudentunion.org. 

The DSU After School Program is offered Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm. Families can choose from 5, 3, or 2 day enrollment. DSU will do its best to accommodate all choices but cannot guarantee availability of your preferred enrollment days.

After School Program students participate in a broad range of group activities such as outdoor games (volleyball, basketball, scavenger hunts and wacky relays), indoor games (charades, board games, bingo, limbo, game room) crafts and cooking projects. In addition to after school activities, students in our after school program enjoy up to the minute updates on special events, parties and dances targeted in their age group.

Students enjoy structured daily homework time, learning and reinforcement of executive function study skills, opportunity to participate in academic enrichment such as spelling games, jeopardy trivia and access to online teacher web sites, reference sites, Google Docs, Study Island and other teacher recommended resources.

Middle School students can participate in our CEO program. It is open to 6th, 7th & 8th graders and is offered exclusively as a 5-day program; Monday through Friday from 2:45pm to 5:00pm

The focus from 3:30 to 5pm daily is to complete homework with an emphasis on effective study skills, agenda management, time management and tracking long-term projects and assignments. We will start off the school year with activities focused on:

Study area expectations and workspace set up
Personal care, advocacy, awareness
At-home preparation for success
Effective classroom habits
Short-term and long-term planning
General organization and study skills
Beneficial use of technology

6th Grade CEO

First and foremost, students appreciate DSU’s Academic Center for its Monday through Friday distraction free environment with computers and all the school supplies they need to execute the daily homework. During the first term, students learn Schoology, First Class email and track their progress on the School Portal. DSU staff role play strategies for the student to learn to advocate for themselves and build lasting relationships with their teachers. Strategies are reinforced throughout the year to feel in control and develop ongoing homework and study habits.
7th Grade CEO

By the 7th grade, our CEOs are ready to take on more in their schedules. They can appreciate the value of using their after school time purposefully and they may visit CEO only 3-5 times per week. They enjoy the camaraderie of friends but also want their evenings free to pursue their activities or enjoy time to relax. They are developing as independent learners but still appreciate the structure, distraction free environment and regular check ins with staff.
8th Grade CEO

By the 8th grade, our CEO’s have a system that works and the daily coaching requires more of a check in. Audits of agendas/schoology/teacher pages and portal are still implemented but students are generally far more connected to their grades and strive to do well. For an 8th grader who has never done CEO, it’s not too late to implement executive function strategies to build a strong homework and study habits.

Your child will be with peers of the same grade. Once rosters are finalized, DSU will reach out to families to welcome them. We cannot guarantee that all friend requests can be accommodated,  but rest assured there will be a familiar face or two.

Our staff is comprised of seasoned youth development professionals. They are Arts, Education, and English/Communications graduates with experience in the classroom, at DSU and as tutors in the home school environment.

About Your Financial Commitment

If you would like to sign up for any DSU After School program, registration will open in early May. All families will be placed on a waitlist until DSU is able to create classroom rosters supporting grades 3-8. Priority will be given to families who signed up for 5 days of programming.

We will continue programming remotely. We pivoted to remote programming immediately following the March 13, 2020 announcement of the lock down. We have used the time in remote and hybrid learning to build our library of games, activities and have a system in place to support students academically. We can share screens, use chat and video conferencing to engage students in learning, breaks, and a bit of fun and socialization. 

The deposit is charged immediately after being confirmed into the program, and represents the last month, or June’s, tuition payment. 

September tuition will be processed on August 1st. Remaining tuition will be charged monthly on the 1st of each month. The next payment will be due on October 1st and payment is automated in Community Root.

No. It is tough on all families and we do not want to turn away families because someone was not serious about their commitment. It creates unnecessary administration and stress. 

 

We have developed a Learn From Anywhere program so tuition will not be altered based on the mode of instruction. Programming offered remotely will be of the same caliber and quality, taught by the same outstanding team as those who are taught face-to-face. The cost to provide instruction ( salaries, planning, etc.) does not change based on the mode of instruction. In some cases, the cost of providing remote instruction is actually higher than in-person instruction, as a result of the technological resources required. 

We do have limited partial scholarships available. Multiple siblings receive a 5% discount.

COVID-19 Requirements & Protocols

As adults and good citizens, we believe our students will rise to the occasion as we educate them about the risks of COVID-19 in our setting. All students returning to campus will be required to sign the “DSU COVID-19 Agreement” –  A Personal Commitment to Protect the Health and Safety of Our Community. A Parent/guardian and the student must sign the agreement by August 27.

This social contract emphasizes each student’s commitment to actively protect the health and safety of every member of our program. The Code of Student Conduct allows for adjudication of alleged violations, and students can be removed from in-person programming. 

 

Eight core actions are being implemented: 

  1. Required education for all;
  2. Daily screening for all; 
  3. Use of face coverings and physical distancing;
  4. Enhanced cleaning of bathrooms and contact areas like foyer, doors, railings, desks, etc; 
  5. Increased frequency of handwashing
  6. Availability of hand sanitizer
  7. Contactless parent/guardian checkout
  8. Parents/Guardians/Visitors will not be allowed inside DSU

Staff and students must submit a daily health attestation pertaining to symptoms and health of participants and family members. Parents will be required to respond to the COVID-19 symptom checklist each day prior to entering DSU. It will be distributed to parents by email in a google form each morning. These symptoms are fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue (must be accompanied by other symptoms), muscle or body aches, headache, the new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea.

 

It happens. Students should arrive with a mask every day but we will provide a student with a disposable mask if they forget, prior to joining their group. 

We initiate efforts to reduce the risk of transmission, which includes identifying students, families, and staff who were in close contact with the person who tested positive. Close contact is defined as being within approximately 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for 15 minutes cumulatively. If you are not notified as being in close contact, you do not need to take any action beyond those recommended for all members of our community to protect themselves against COVID-19. These measures include practicing good hygiene and social distancing, monitoring your health, and staying home if you’re sick.

If you have a DSU student and believe you, or someone you live with, may have been exposed to COVID-19, or if you are experiencing fever, cough, or shortness of breath, please stay home until you, or your child has been cleared by a healthcare professional.

Yes. Staff and students are required to attest to their health every day in order to provide a safe space for staff, students, and their families. Reasonable steps to minimize health risks, including wearing a mask, practicing good hygiene, and staying home they are sick. They should stay home if COVID-19 symptoms develop and should go home immediately if COVID-19 symptoms occur at work.

We have developed a Learn From Anywhere program so tuition will not be altered based on the mode of instruction. Programming offered remotely will be of the same caliber and quality, taught by the same outstanding team as those who are taught face-to-face. The cost to provide instruction ( salaries, planning, etc.) does not change based on the mode of instruction. In some cases, the cost of providing remote instruction is actually higher than in-person instruction, as a result of the technological resources required. 

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