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Articles from February 2021

Hybrid Learning Resumes March 1

Students who selected the Flexible Learning Option (Hybrid) will return to on-campus instruction beginning March 1. 

The local Laveen community is still experiencing substantial spread of the virus. The district has reviewed and updated the mitigation strategies and believe we have strong practices to prevent the spread of on campus. However, we are dependent on our families to help ensure these practices are followed so that our schools may remain open.

Most importantly, we ask you to keep your child home if they are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone infected with COVID-19. Properly-fitting masks, that cover both the nose and mouth, must be worn while on campus. And, students are asked to be mindful of social distancing.

As a reminder, all students returning on-site must have a signed COVID Acknowledgement Form on file. Parents may sign this form through their ParentVue account.

Laveen has established school-based metrics to determine if a classroom or campus must transition to virtual learning. These metrics, as well as other information related to the return to hybrid learning may be found on our website,

A few additional reminders for your child’s return:

  • Students returning to campus should bring their charged Chromebook and reusable water bottle with them on March 1.
  • Students who will be utilizing bus transportation must be registered for bus service through our Transportation Department. Students who were registered last semester do not need to register again.
  • Breakfast and lunch will continue to be served free to all students for the rest of the school year, thanks to a waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.



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Kids Club Adjusts Programming Due to Vacancies

Due to a high number of vacant staffing positions in our Kids Club programs, we are making temporary adjustments to the following childcare programs:

  • Rogers Ranch – Morning Care Suspended Until Further Notice
  • M.C. Cash – Afternoon Care participants will be bussed to Cheatham School
  • Laveen School – Before Care Suspended Until Further Notice
  • Laveen School – After School Care will be bussed to Cheatham School

Parents of participants bussed to Cheatham will need to pick their child up at Cheatham School  until the programs at the home school are staffed according to state licensing regulations.

We are actively recruiting new staff members. Interested in applying? Open positions can be found under the Employment tab of our website. Search “Kids Club”

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Notice of Governing Board Vacancy

The Laveen Elementary School District (LESD) is providing public notice of the opportunity for the residents of the LESD to serve as a member of the Governing Board. There is one (1) seat available on the Governing Board to serve from the date of appointment until after the November 2022 election candidate canvas has been completed.

Please visit our Board Vacancy page for information on the appointment process and to apply for this seat.


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Laveen Online Academy Now Enrolling For 2021-22

Over the last year Laveen has found the online learning option to be a popular choice among families. In an effort to continue to meet this need, the Laveen School District plans to open a full online school, Laveen Online Academy, beginning with the 2021-22 school year.  For those students accepted, the Laveen Online Academy will be their new home school for the entire school year. Unlike this year’s Distance Learning Model, students will not have the flexibility to move in and out of online instruction.

Visit our Laveen Online Academy page for more details and to register for next year.

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Governing Board Clerk Susan Sanborn Passes Away

With great sadness,  the Laveen School District announces the  passing of long-time Governing Board member and current Board Clerk, Susan Sanborn.  Since her death, Superintendent Sprout has been in contact with Susan’s family and, on their behalf, would like to share the following with the Laveen community.

Susan was born on March 25, 1942, in Pasadena, California, and passed away on February 12, 2021, just days after her husband, Jon, due to complications from COVID-19.

Susan and Jon lived in Laveen for over 15 years. Susan served on the Laveen Governing Board during most of that time and held the positions of both Board President and Clerk. You could not find a more devoted advocate for Laveen’s children and our District’s employees.

She was an Art Education Major and retired from teaching in California. She also taught in the Phoenix Elementary School District.

Susan’s passion for art led to her being involved in the Laveen Art League, where she served as Vice President. It brought her great joy to see Laveen students discover their art skills, and the League often supported after-school art clubs and annual art shows.

Susan was also actively involved in her neighborhood HOA, the Laveen Village Planning Committee, the Arizona Clay Association, and Arizona Art Education Association.

She and Jon, 84, were married for 41 years before his passing due to the same illness. Jon was her constant companion and could often be seen alongside her participating in various district events – most notably serving as Santa Claus at the District’s Winter Festival.

The Sanborns leave behind five children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

We will be remembering and honoring Susan at the March 4 Governing Board meeting.

Cards may be sent 5023 West Pedro Lane, Laveen, AZ, 85339.  Funeral services are pending.

Please join us in keeping the Sanborn family in your thoughts and prayers.


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