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Articles from July 2020

Immunizations Required for 11-Year-Olds

The Arizona Department of Health Services requires that all 11-year-old children obtain two adolescent vaccines, Tdap and Meningococcal (MCV4), or provide a valid exemption. These new immunizations are important as they will provide protection against serious illness.

Tdap is a combination vaccine that provides protection against three bacterial diseases — Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Meningococcal prevents against four types of bacterial meningitis.

Parents should review their child’s immunization records. If these vaccinations have not been received, the child should obtain the vaccination at either their doctor’s office or an immunization clinic. Proof of immunizations will need to be received before the student can begin school.

Children who are not yet 11 will be required to get the new immunizations once they turn 11.

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Apply Now For Free or Reduced Price Lunch

Laveen schools serve free or reduced-price lunches to families that qualify based on income requirements.

Families must reapply annually. If you qualified last year your eligibility expires soon. Use our secure online portal,, to complete the 2020-21 application safely and quickly. All families are encouraged to apply. Applications are processed year round and are kept confidential.

Families that meet federal income levels may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Lunches are currently priced at $2.50; the reduced price is $.40. Breakfast is served free to all students, regardless of eligibility, before school each day.

In addition to receiving a discount on meal prices, completed applications provide additional funds to the district in the form of grant money. Funding for prevention programs, parent training, and interventions for students in reading and math is often based on the number of students qualified for free or reduced–price lunch.

Beginning August 3, we will continue our curbside meal service for enrolled Laveen students only. More details about our meal service options for the 2020-2021 school year will be forthcoming.

Visit our Child Nutrition page for more information.



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Estrella Foothills Now Enrolling For On-Site Learning

Laveen’s newest school, Estrella Foothills Global Academy is now enrolling for August 2020.

Estrella Foothills will be offering on-site learning with students attending school each day in person.  Class sizes will be capped at only 18 students and CDC safety recommendations will be implemented as much as possible (e.g., hand washing, limited sharing of supplies, health screenings, and face coverings). Space will be maximized between desks.

The school will open with only two classrooms for every grade level in Grades K-6. Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to and from school as busing will not be provided at this time.

To enroll using our secure online registration portal, visit the district’s registration pageRegistration for EFGA will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Families who have already registered at EFGA will receive priority enrollment.

Note: The Governor’s June 29 Executive Order delayed the opening of schools for on-site learning to August 17. Until the executive order is lifted, EFGA will provide instruction via an online/distance learning format. Read more at

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