Frequently Asked Questions

The Dayton Public School District understands that parents may have additional questions about the Safe School Restart Plan. If your question is not answered here, please call 937-542-3011 and someone will assist you. 

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What if I have a question about my student's specific high school program?

Please contact your school directly for questions specific to your student's high school: Belmont High School | 937-542-6460
David H. Ponitz Career Tech Center | 937-542-7180
Dunbar Early College High School | 937-542-6760
Meadowdale High School | 937-542-7030
Stivers School for the Arts (7-12) | 937-542-7380
Thurgood Marshall STEM High School | 937-542-6610

When will school begin and end?

The first day of hybrid learning is Monday, November 9th. -- The first day of school is Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 (the day after Labor Day). The last day of school is Friday, June 11, 2021.

How will students with IEPs be accommodated during virtual learning?

Individual teachers will work with students in small groups virtually. Students on IEPs will need to log in and participate in their small group sessions.

How should I report a student absence?

Absences should be reported by notifying the school. Daily attendance is required regardless of schooling choice, so any unreported absences will result in a follow-up by the Student Engagement Team to ensure your student has all the tools needed to successfully learn from home.

Where can I find the bell schedule?

You may find the updated bell schedule here.


What grade levels are eligible for a hotspot?

Grade Kindergarten through 12 are eligible.

What is my child’s Username and Password?

Contact your student's school.

How do I set the language on my Chromebook?

Contact the Help Desk at 937-542-3184.
A technician will make the change remotely.

What happens if the Chromebook or Hot Spot is not functioning properly or is damaged/lost/stolen?

Not functioning properly?
Contact the Help Desk at 937-542-3184

Damaged, lost, or stolen?
Contact your child’s school.

Will content on the Chromebook be filtered?

Yes, the student’s content will be filtered with the same program normally used at
school. Students must also follow the District’s Acceptable Use Policy in the Student
Code of Conduct.

What happens if I do not have internet access at home?

A hotspot can be requested by calling 937-542-3184. Hotspot will be delivered by DPS staff. Parent/Guardian must sign to receive.

How do I login to the Chromebook?

Students will login to the Chromebooks in the same way as they do at school by
entering their username and password.

Where do I get a hot spot?

A hotspot can be requested by calling 937-542-3184.

How do I connect my hot spot?

Please see the guide here.

Virtual Instruction

Will attendance be taken during virtual instruction?

Yes. The virtual classroom is regular school. Attendance will be taken daily and all truancy practices are still in place. This is not based upon Dayton Public School requirements, but on requirements from the Ohio Department of Education.

Will students be graded during virtual instruction?

Yes. The virtual classroom is regular school. Grades will be given based upon the district’s grading policies, so students are expected to participate in class sessions and complete all required assignments. Students are also expected to work on MindPlay, ALEKS or the new Successmaker math software on a daily basis, independent of their teachers’ lessons. All attendance, grading and testing by both the district and the Ohio Department of Education are in place. This is not based upon Dayton Public School requirements, but on requirements from the Ohio Department of Education.

Do students have dress code requirements for virtual instruction?

Students should be dressed appropriately. No pajamas, indecent clothing, etc should be worn. If uniforms were purchased, they will be used once the district returns to face-to-face instruction.

What does state testing look like for virtual students?

High school students will do face-to-face OST re-take testing in December. They cannot take the OST tests virtually. They must be in-person.

How will student meals be distributed during virtual instruction?

Please see our Student Meals page.

Is daily attendance required during virtual learning?

Yes. There is no emergency order requiring schools to move online. School is open as usual, just in a virtual format. Students are expected to participate in virtual learning just as they would in a regular classroom. Attendance will be taken daily in virtual classes and all truancy practices will be followed. Grades will be based on the district’s grading policies.

COVID-19 Safety

Should parents screen students for COVID-19 symptoms and take his/her temperature before school?

Yes. Students and staff must self-check temperatures prior to reporting to school. Parents who suspect their student may have COVID-19 are asked to keep the student home, consult a doctor, and inform school personnel if there is a confirmed diagnosis. Learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, testing, and when to stay home if you are sick. View the CDC's Symptom Self-Checker.

What safety measures will be in place at schools/other district buildings?

  • Students will have temperature and symptom checks upon arrival at school.
  • If a student has a fever or symptoms of COVID-19, he or she will be isolated and monitored by the school nurse until a parent arrives to pick them up.
  • Face coverings are required.
  • All desks will be at least six feet apart, in accordance with the safety requirements set forth by the Health Department.
  • All desks will be arranged in rows that face forward, and no small group pods or desks facing each other will be allowed.
  • Hallways and staircases will have one-way lanes, markings on the floor will help students maintain a six-foot distance from others, and signs throughout the building will encourage frequent, proper handwashing.
  • Movement outside of the classroom will be minimized to prevent students from passing others or congregating in the hallways.
  • At the elementary level, teachers will change classrooms rather than students. For music, art and physical education classes, movement in the halls will be limited to one class at a time.
  • The high school and middle schools will remain on their current schedules with clearly defined traffic patterns and rules for student engagement in the halls. High school students will remain on the 75 minute period schedule to minimize hall movement.
  • Lunch will be served in the cafeterias. However, plexiglass between seats has been installed. Students will be staggered in a seating pattern that follows distancing guidelines.
  • No visitors will be permitted in any school, with some exceptions.
  • Plexiglass will be installed in main offices to prevent contact between front desk workers and anyone entering the main office.
  • All buildings will identify a specific quarantine room.

Are face coverings required, and will they be provided by the school?

Students are reqiured to wear face masks. Face shields will only be permitted when students are seated and their desks and spaced six feet apart. Face shields will be provided by DPS, but we are asking that students bring their own masks. We have a limited supply for students who do not have masks available from home.

How will the mask policy be enforced?

Students are expected to follow the mask policy. However, teachers will provide mask breaks for students when it is safe to do so. Teachers will work with younger students who may have trouble keeping his or her mask on.

What safety measures will be in place in classrooms?

  • All desks will be at least six feet apart, in accordance with the safety requirements set forth by the Health Department.
  • All desks will be arranged in rows that face forward, and no small group pods or desks facing each other will be allowed.
  • All students will wear face coverings.
  • All teachers will wear face coverings.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms.
  • Shared materials will be disinfected between uses.
  • Face shields provided by the district will be sanitized daily.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily.

What safety measures will be in place on buses?

Each morning, parents should check their student’s temperature, and check for symptoms of COVID-19, before students get on a DPS bus or are dropped off at school. All students must wear face masks when moving or sitting on a bus. Buses will be loaded back to front, so that students being dropped off first are seated closest to the front. In the mornings, students being picked up first will be seated in the back. This will ensure students do not cross one another’s path while entering or exiting.

How frequently will buildings be cleaned and sanitized?

Each building will have a thorough cleaning and sanitation schedule. Areas such as bathrooms and cafeterias will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day, as will “hotspots” such as door knobs, railings and light switches. A deeper cleaning will take place when students are not present. Each building will open windows to allow fresh air to circulate when appropriate, which may take place before or after school. Students and staff must practice proper handwashing. Hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.

What protocols must employees follow?

All employees currently have their temperatures taken and are screened for COVID-19 symptoms each day upon arrival. If an employee suspects COVID-19 prior to arriving at work, he or she is asked to stay home and contact his or her healthcare provider immediately. If an employee has a high temperature or symptoms upon arrival at the building, he or she must leave the building immediately and seek guidance from a healthcare provider. If an employee is positive for COVID-19, his or her workspace is shut down immediately and thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. The district will contact the Montgomery County Department of health to facilitate contact tracing whenever there is a positive case of COVID-19. Anyone identified by the health department as being potentially exposed to the virus must quarantine and contact his or her healthcare provider for guidance. The employee cannot return to work until a doctor has released him or her to do so.

Will the district inform parents of positive COVID-19 cases?

Yes, parents will be notified of active cases in classrooms or buildings that may impact students or if the health department determines a classroom or building shutdown is needed via robocall and letter. Due to federal privacy laws, the district cannot release the names of individuals affected, but will provide all relevant details to parents because we feel it is our responsibility to do so. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with your school to receive information such as this.

Will schools allow visitors, volunteers, and meetings?

There are different levels of school visitors. The district has a no visitor policy however, student teacher supervisors, mental/behavioral health counselors, Central Office and operations staff all are the exception to this policy.

  • Visitors are generally discouraged from being in school district facilities.

  • Safety protocols such as taking temperatures will be implemented for all visitors.

  • All visitors will be required to wear face coverings.

  • No visitors will be allowed during lunch. In-person meetings must be pre-arranged by invitation or appointment only.

  • Meetings by phone or video conferencing are encouraged.

Elementary Information

What specific information should parents of Elementary students know?

  • Each elementary building has announced its starting time. Students should arrive at school or log in at the building’s starting time.
  • The only day that the virtual face to face time is different will be on Monday, November 9 and Thursday, November 12. These days virtual face to face students will begin 90 minutes later, so the classroom teacher has time to review the safety procedures and requirements with the Monday Tuesday face to face students and then with the Thursday, Friday face to face students. Classes will begin for all face to face students (those who are attending virtually also) 90 minutes later than usual on those two dates
  • As buses bring our elementary students to school, there will be a staff member in position to take student temperature as they unload. For students that are car riders, family members should remain in their vehicles. A staff member will come to your car to check your students temperature. Students will not enter the building until they have been cleared through a temperature check.
  • Students should not bring anything to school — no book bags or back packs -— each student will receive their own container of school supplies that they will use at school. If a student chooses to bring lunch to school please make sure it is in a disposable container.
  • Students that have Chromebooks at home do not have to bring them to school.
  • Once students enter the building, they will follow routes that principals have determined to minimize cross traffic as much as possible. Breakfast remains Grab and Go.
  • Every building and all classrooms have developed safety plans to ensure transitions within the classroom and building are safe. There are stairwells designated as up and stairwells designated for going down. In addition we have markings for social distancing on our floors and reminders posted throughout the building. Students will become familiar with routines and procedures as they do at the start of every school year.
  • Reminder for our 4th - 6th grade departmentalized classrooms, Teachers travel, students do not. There will be NO community supplies used in any classroom. All supplies will be provided by the district and should be used only by the student they are assigned to.
  • There will be no paper pencil homework. When homework is required, it will be an online piece.
  • Elementary students will transition to bathroom, Unified Arts classes and lunch with appropriate social distancing.
  • Schedules have been created for whole group bathroom visits and also for travel to Art, Music and PE. Principals have designed alternate routes to limit cross traffic. Students will not change clothes for physical education.
  • We have purchased extra materials/supplies and special sanitizing supplies for unified arts classes, so that there will be no sharing without sanitizing.
  • Lunch times have been expanded. We will have more lunch periods with smaller sizes. We will have staggered entry and exit and adequate time to clean/sanitize between lunches. There will be a minimal number of students going through the line at a time. All students will be served. There will be no self service. In addition, plexiglass dividers will be placed on all lunchroom tables to enhance safety.
  • The curriculum will continue to be the Dayton Public School/Ohio Department of Education curriculum. The district pacing guides will be used to continue to progress through the required standards.
  • All testing will be done as it was before COVID-19. It is important for the student to attend class or log in on the virtual days from home. All students are responsible for the taught curriculum.
  • Each class should have a scheduled 15 minute recess, either connected with their lunch period or a separate recess supervised by the classroom teacher, and only that same core group of students. Students should wear masks to the designated play area, but they may remove their masks while playing and mask up before returning to the building. Each classroom should have recess equipment bags (a few balls, jump ropes...) that they will be required to sanitize daily. Students can play normally in small groups, without a mask but adults should be masked. Common area playground equipment will not be used in grades K - 6.
  • Dismissal: PM buses will need to be loaded by route stops from last off in back to first off in front.

Middle/High School Information

What specific information should parents of middle/high school students know?

  • Middle and high schools will start at 9:00 am. Middle school students eligible for transportation service will arrive at school at approximately 8:45 AM. Students will have their temperatures taken when getting off the bus, will enter the building, and will go through the normal security check. Some middle schools will have their students pick up breakfast items and take them to their classrooms and other schools will have breakfast items delivered to the classrooms.
  • 7th and 8th graders who attend Edwin Joel Brown, Wogaman, and Wright Brothers middle schools will follow the same 6 period day that they have been following during our remote learning time. Stivers and Belmont 7th and 8th graders will follow the high school schedule.
  • Half the school will attend Monday and Tuesday and the other half of the school will attend on Thursday and Friday. No students will report to the building on Wednesdays, this is a virtual school day for everyone. It’s important to remember that all students are expected to participate in classes for 5 days each week. If you are in the Monday/Tuesday group, for example, you will still attend classes virtually on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. Your teachers will be teaching new lessons each of the 5 days, so whether it’s your turn to learn in the building or you’re learning from home, school continues each and every day.
  • High school students should arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:45 AM. Students will have their temperatures taken, will go through the normal security check, and will follow the building’s plan for breakfast. All students should be in class ready to go at 9:00 AM. High school students will attend periods 1 - 4 on the first day, and periods 5 - 8 on the second day. HS students will attend all 8 classes on virtual Wednesday for shorter periods of time. Our transition back to school is occurring during the middle of the semester. HS students will finish the courses on their current schedules to ensure that credit is earned.
  • Middle school students at Wogaman, EJ Brown, and Wright Brothers WILL NOT have access to a locker. School personnel have created a building specific plan in which the expectation regarding coats, supplies, restroom, water, etc. have been addressed. These expectations will be shared and taught to students during their first week back to school. The plans were created to help students streamline the volume of items that they carry back/forth to school. All necessary school supplies will be provided for each student and will only be used by that student. Community classroom supplies such as staplers, hole punchers, scissors, etc. will have to be requested from the teacher. Therefore, backpacks ARE NOT necessary. Small purses, handbags and lunch boxes will be permitted to be carried, but will be subject to a search upon entry. Chromebooks that students are currently using at home should remain at home. Students may bring their own water bottle since drinking fountains will be closed. Water will be made available at each building.
  • In high schools, locker access will be limited. In order to maintain social distancing in hallways, students will be allowed access to their locker only at designated times. This impacts the items that students should bring to school. High school students may bring one backpack to school. We are expecting students to streamline the volume of items that are carried back/forth to school. High school students will need their own pencils, pens, paper, and notebooks — basic school supplies. Community classroom supplies such as staplers, hole punchers, scissors, etc., will have to be requested from the teacher so that those items can be cleaned before and after each use. Students will NOT need to carry their Chromebooks back and forth to school and should remain at home. Students may bring their own water bottle since drinking fountains will be closed. Water will be available in the cafeteria throughout the day.
  • Each building has developed a COVID-19 safety plan that aligns with that of the district. This plan outlines how student movement will occur between classes and in the cafeteria. Stairways have been designated as up or down, directional arrows are on the floors, and all students are to move in one direction on the right side of the hallway. Signage is posted to remind students to stay 6 feet apart. Each classroom teacher is developing a classroom-specific safety plan that defines how students are permitted to move inside the classroom. Procedures are defined so that students know how and when to turn in work, sharpen pencils, get a kleenex, or throw something in the trash can. It is important that students follow the classroom safety plan so that they remain socially distanced throughout the class period.
  • Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria. Plexiglass dividers will be placed on the cafeteria tables to create barriers between students. Cafeteria procedures for throwing away trash and moving in/out of the cafeteria are part of the building’s safety plan. Meals for three days will be sent home with students on their last day.
  • Because middle and high school students have to change classes and can’t move as one unified group, the student desks will be wiped down between classes. Before the class period ends, students will wipe down their desk and chair. When the next class comes in, the desk and chair will be wiped down by the incoming student. Therefore, each student desk/chair will be wiped down twice between classes.
  • Students who attend schools with uniforms will be required to wear their uniforms during the two days they are in the building. It is imperative that students wear their masks and shields at all times. A properly fitted mask covers the mouth and the nose, it does not hang down below the chin. Principals and teachers are not going to engage in power struggles about masks — it is the expectation that they will be properly worn throughout the day. If a student refuses to wear the mask, he or she may be moved to the virtual schooling option. Everyone in the building must follow the mask-wearing rules at all times.

Extended Holiday Break

Will students have access to their Chromebooks and hot spots over break?

Yes, students will have their Chromebooks and hotspots during the extended holiday break.

When is the extended holiday break?

The holiday break is Monday, November 23rd – Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.

When will students return from break?

Students will return on Monday, January 4th, 2021, and hybrid instruction and virtual learning (for those who request it) will resume. The situation will be re-evaluated closer to the return date, and plans may change depending on the circumstances.

Will there be virtual learning during break?

There will be no virtual instruction during this break.

Will meals be provided during break?

Yes, the district will provide 7 days’ worth of meals to students during the extended break on December 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Please see Student Meal Pick Up for more information.

Will there be athletics during the break?

There will not be athletics during the break.

How does this affect the school year?

Due to the extended holiday break, the school year will be extended to June 29th for students. The calendar will be adjusted, and February 8th is now a regular school day.

Why do we have an extended holiday break?

These changes allow us to combat the surge in COVID-19 cases in our area and allow students and staff to return in January ready to learn. We will be able to continue our work toward closing the achievement gap, and seniors will have adequate time to finish all requirements needed for graduation due to the extended school year.

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