Return to School


To keep our community safe, DSST will be requiring any team member or student participating in in-person opportunities to take a health screener from home prior to traveling to a DSST school, in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. This screener asks community members to take their temperature as well as identify if they are experiencing or could have been exposed to someone experiencing any other COVID-19 symptoms. This tool will save students and families time while mitigating the risk of a community spread by quickly supporting our community with wellness checks at home. 

The health and safety of our community will always be our #1 priority as we prepare to return to in-person learning. One of the tools that will help us in this, is out Daily health Screener tool that everyone in our community must fill out the morning before they enter the building. This is mandatory for everyone, and must be completed the morning of entry. Below are instruction on how you will access this tool:

  1. Go to the website which is accessible on any device (computer, tablet, cell phone)
  2. Your students log in information is as follows
    1. Username: Students complete DSST: Byers student email (
    2. Password: Your students 6 digit lunch number
  3. You will complete the questionnaire that follows once you are logged in
  4. You will select DSST: Byers MS or DSST: Byers HS, which ever pertains to your student
  5. Once you have completed the screener, you will either get a GREEN or RED screen. Green means that you have passed the screener, red, that you have failed the screener.

In order to make the check in process as smooth and easy as possible, if your student has their own mobile device, we ask that they keep a screen shot, or stay on the GREEN screen on the screener to present upon entry. If they do not have their own mobile device, you may email a picture of the screen to, with your students name as the subject text


In making decisions around a return to school that is  in-person, hybrid (some in-person, some remote), or all remote, we make the following commitments to the DSST community: 

  • We ground our decisions in science
  • We will prioritize safety to ensure we can keep the DSST community healthy
  • We will consider the educational needs of our students and families 
  • We will communicate transparently and in a timely fashion (giving advance notice of decisions when possible)
  • We will extend grace to each other and all parts of the community as we navigate this process together

Click here to view the Health Monitoring Metrics dashboard and learn more about our decision-making process.


Click HERE to see our COVID Incident Protocol. 


We acknowledge that this school year is unlike anything that we expected, and to best support our goal of safety, we are temporarily suspending our previous “(High School)Dress Code & (Middle School) Uniform”.  This ensures that our full attention is focused on building habits that promote safety (like wearing a mask) and making school safe and accessible for all students.

Masks: Students are required to wear masks at all times when on campus outside of times (like lunch) as designated by staff members.


  • Students must wear a Byers “top.” This can be the Uniform Polo, “Spirit-Wear,” “PE-shirt,” “Byers’” sweater, hoodie or Byers zip-up.  

  • All students will have received 2 free Spirit Wear tops by the end of their 1st day in-person (their Class shirt and a 20-21 Spirit Wear shirt).  

  • *There will also be Byers sweatshirts in designated colors available for purchase (financial assistance is available). 

Bottoms: Students can wear pants or skirts of any color with the exception of pajamas. Students may wear jeans, leggings, joggers, khakis, etc.  

Shoes: Students can wear any closed toed shoe. 


PE Dress Code: Students in PE are required to wear clothes they can fully participate in (physical activity and exercise)  for every in-person school day. 

Over-wear for warmth: Students will be permitted to wear  jackets over their Byers “top.”  

Hats: Students are not permitted to wear hats of any kind.


Dress Down Day: 

Masks: Students are required to wear masks at all times when on campus outside of times (like lunch) as designated by staff members.

Tops & Bottoms: Students can wear tops & bottoms of any color with the exception of pajamas.

  • Clothes must be worn in a way such that private parts are fully covered with opaque fabric.          

  • Students may not wear items that promote alcohol, drugs, tobacco products, sex, nudity, or which allude to topics inappropriate for school or considered to be derogatory to others

  • Shoes: Students can wear any closed-toed shoe.

  • Hats: Students are not permitted to wear hats of any kind.


Please use this list of in-person school supplies to determine what your Falcon(s) will need to arrive prepared with each day.


Students will have access to Breakfast and Lunch daily through our Food Services Team. Due to the implications of the COVID19 Pandemic, all meals will be “grab and go” style. During this time, all meals will be provided to ALL students free of charge. In a traditional year, DSST Byers offers Free and Reduced Price Lunches (FRL) to students. If you are interested in learning more about this program please reach out to Kathy Crespo at

Middle School Food Services: 

Breakfast: Breakfast is offered daily from 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM.

  • Students desiring breakfast will pick up their meal from the cafeteria immediately after passing through the health screening process.

  • Students will eat breakfast in their assigned homeroom classroom.

Lunch: Lunch is offered daily from 11:25 AM - 12:05 PM to all students.

  • Students desiring school lunch will pick up their meal from the Middle School Commons in staggered times.

  • Students will eat lunch with their assigned cohort daily.

    • If the temperature is ABOVE 45°F, then students will eat lunch outdoors. *For student comfort while eating outdoors, our supply list suggests students bring something to sit on like a towel, pad, yoga mat.

    • If the temperature is BELOW 45°F or there is inclement weather, then students will eat lunch in their assigned cohort classroom.


Middle School: Our Middle School Program will run from 8:15AM-2:45PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. All students will learn remotely at home each Wednesday from 8:15-1PM. 


  • Staff will be on duty outside starting at 7:30AM. 

  • Students should be dropped off on Washington Street and will walk around to the Pearl Street Entrance. 

    • Doors open at 7:45AM. 

  • Students will present their completed health screen and have their temperature taken upon entry to the building.   

  • Immediately upon passing through the health screening process, students must go to their assigned Homeroom. 


  • Students will be dismissed at 2:45PM. If students have HS siblings, they must wait outside for them.

  • Students should be picked up on Washington Street. 

  • Campus must be cleared of all students by 3:15PM each day. 


When in movement outside or inside the building, students must:

  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet (in inches, that is: “72 between me and you”) from the moment of arriving on campus until they have left campus

When in class: 

  • Sit in their assigned desk, in its assigned spot (minimum 3 feet from the nearest desk)

  • Students must follow teacher directions for moving about the classroom

Students must:  

  • Sanitize their hands upon entering a classroom 

  • Wash or sanitize hands regularly (minimum, every 2 hours)

  • Wash or sanitize hands before and after every meal (breakfast, lunch)

  • Minimize touch in community spaces

    • Examples: using a water bottle instead of the water fountain; no lockers