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Coronavirus

NOTICE: ALL LAVEEN SCHOOLS ARE CLOSED THROUGH END OF SCHOOL YEAR.  (Updated March 30, 2020)

Following Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman’s announcement of a statewide closure of Arizona schools, Laveen personnel have developed several plans to support our community during these closures.

Academics

Teachers and staff have developed plans to offer educational services while students are out of school. Visit our Academics During School Closures webpage for details on accessing curriculum materials and resources for at-home learning. Starting Tuesday, March 24, classroom teachers will provide daily, direct instruction via an online or video format. Additionally, each teacher will establish daily “office hours” during which they will be available in real-time to interact with students and answer any questions they may have.

Your child’s teachers will be contacting you in the next few days to provide information on access to instructional materials and expectations. Please reach out to them if you have not yet heard from them by Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Visit the “About Us” tab on your child’s school’s website to find a list of staff contact information. Additionally, you will want to familiarize yourself with the “Students” tab as this is where the links to all curriculum materials are housed.

Information on grading and report cards can also be found on this page.

Free Meals for Children 

Knowing many of our families rely on school meals for their children, we will be offering free breakfast and lunch to all children between the ages of one and 18 on a grab & go basis. Families may stop by any of our schools (except Vista) or one of our ten district bus stops. Use our Nutrislice page to find the stop closest to you. Look for our school buses at the locations below.

35th Ave & Estes Way 53rd Ave & Glass Ln
41st Ave & Winston Dr 55th Ave & Novak Way
39th Ave & Maldonado Rd Seely St & Riverwalk Dr
37th Ln & Lynne Ave 57th Ave & Vineyard Rd
39th Ave & Burgess Ln Shumway Farm Rd, Between 77th Ln & 76th Glen

Children must be present to take a meal. Adult meals are not available. Families do not need to register for meals and there are no income requirements.

Breakfast is served at school sites between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. and between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for lunch. At bus stops,  breakfast is served from 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and lunch from 12:00 p.m.. – 1:00 p.m.

UPDATE: Beginning April 13, there will be changes to our free meal program. For added convenience to our families, and for the health and safety of our employees, we will be providing both breakfast and lunch together during one meal service. Locations remain the same.

School sites will be serving meals from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Bus stops will serve meals from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Child Care

To ensure Arizona’s first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector employees have the support they need to continue combatting COVID-19, the Governor’s office has partnered with a variety of agencies to offer child care through Arizona Enrichment Centers.

The Kids Club program at Desert Meadows School has been approved as one of the few Arizona Enrichment Centers in the Laveen area to provide this service to essential workers who rely on childcare for their young children to be able to continue to work.

Visit our Arizona Enrichment Center page for more details.

Childcare for other essential workers is also available. This fee-based program costs $120 per week (preschool is $125). A three-day plan and drop in care are also available. Visit our Kids Club Day Camp page for details.

Student Medications

Parents who would like to pick up their child’s medications may do so by scheduling an appointment with one of our District Nurses.

If you prefer, you can keep your child’s medication at school for the remainder of the school year. The district is able to keep your child’s medication through the summer, as we have modified our end-of-year procedures and will not dispose of medications that are not picked up by parents in May. When school resumes, you will need to sign a new Medication Administration Form for the 2020/2021 school year.

You can contact our nurses by email at lsorensen@laveeneld.org or by phone/text at (602) 515-1047.

Employee Contacts

Please visit your school’s contact list to reach the appropriate person. Most likely, this will be your child’s teacher. Contacts can be found under the “About Us” tab on each school’s website. You may also search our District Directory or view our department lists.

All office staff continues to answer phones and respond to email messages between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

Enrollment

Laveen is processing new student enrollments for both the current and  2020-21 school years during the closures. You may download and print registration documents from our website. Once completed, you may scan them and email them to Ramon De La O at rdelao@laveeneld.org. Upon making an appointment or reopening, you will need to present certain documents in person as outlined on our Registration web page. An online registration system will also be launched in the coming weeks.

District Communication

Throughout the closures, Laveen has been sharing important updates with families. All communication is listed below for your reference.

Public Health Links

For updates regarding this virus, please visit Maricopa County Department of Public Health and Arizona Department of Health Services. Both agencies are closely monitoring this illness and are an excellent resource for accurate information and direction.

Community Resources

Maricopa County Public Health has provided the following list of resources for the community.

  • Call 2-1-1 for general information or visit their website
  • Call the Poison Center at 844-542-8201 if you have COVID-19 symptoms or believe you have been exposed to COVID-19.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline offers counseling services via telephone and in multiple languages
  • Find a food bank near you
  • Free and low cost local services