Return to Laveen
Throughout the summer, and into the fall semester, Laveen has been monitoring public health data and following guidelines prescribed through Executive Orders of the Governor. View the timeline of important reopening milestones at our Return to Laveen Timeline page.
September 25, 2020: Laveen Meets Health Benchmarks for Providing Hybrid Model of Instruction;
Board Approves Hybrid On-Site Learning to Begin October 12
On Sept. 24, the Laveen Governing Board voted to implement the District’s hybrid instructional model, allowing some students to return to on-site, in-person learning on October 12. This decision was made based on Laveen’s community public health data meeting the Arizona Department of Health Services’ criteria for providing a hybrid instructional model.
This means that, starting October 12, students will attend school based on whichever of the four schooling options families selected during the week of September 4-11. The four schooling options are:
- Full-Year Online Learning (Laveen Online Academy): Students will attend school online through May 2021.
- Flexible Distance Learning (Distance Learning with Transition to On-Site): Students will attend school online for at least the second quarter (Oct. 12 – Dec. 17) with the option to continue online learning, or return in person, in quarters three and four.
- Daily On-Site Learning (Full-Day, Every-Day at School): Students will return to campus for full-time, on-site learning.
- Estrella Foothills Global Academy (Grades K-6): Students will return to campus for full-time, on-site learning. Class sizes are capped at 18 students.
Additionally, in order to ensure staff is appropriately trained for the return of students, the Board approved making September 30, October 1, and October 2 half days of instruction.
Families who selected the on-site, in-person schooling option should review the Family Handbook for important information on the return to campus.
|Family Handbook for On-Site Instruction||Manual Familiar Instruccion en el sitio|
September 4, 2020: Laveen Shares Local Health Benchmark Data
As we look forward to safely reopening our schools for in-person, on-site instruction, we are following guidance provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). Both agencies recommend that school districts meet three benchmarks for two consecutive weeks before offering the option of on-site instruction. On September 3, MCDPH released data that shows Laveen trending towards meeting the public health benchmarks. We will monitor the data for another few weeks to ensure the trend continues. We are hopeful that we can safely begin the on-site instruction option after Fall Break (October 12).
Four Schooling Options Approved by Governing Board
Laveen’s Governing Board approved the recommendations provided by the district’s Reopening of Schools Task Force for the 2020-21 school year on June 23, 2020. These recommendations were based on results from the recent parent and teacher surveys. The following schooling options were approved, giving parents a choice on the program that best suits their child. View the presentation or watch the June 23 board meeting to hear more about the options presented.
Full-Year Online Learning Option (online learning through May 2021)
Families will commit to this option for the entire 2020-21 school year. Students would attend school every day from home through a robust online platform taught by Laveen teachers who excel in the use of technology. All instruction would take place online with virtual lessons and interactive class sessions. Each student will be provided a district-issued Chromebook. Availability of this option is based on sufficient enrollment numbers in the program.
Students participating in online learning will need access to a student technology device and the Internet. The district will provide each student with a Chromebook to use for the duration of their participation in online learning. Additionally, community internet providers, Cox Communications and T-Mobile, have partnered with school districts to offer free or reduced rate home internet service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Flexible Distance Learning Option (Distance Learning with Transition to On-Site)
Students will attend school every day from home through an online platform taught by Laveen teachers using virtual lessons and interactive class sessions. Each student will be provided a district-issued Chromebook. Families selecting this option will have the opportunity to transition to the Daily On-Site Learning option at the end of each quarter. Students enrolled in this plan remain enrolled at their home school.
Students participating in online learning will need access to a student technology device and the Internet. The district will provide each student with a Chromebook to use for the duration of their participation in online learning. Additionally, community internet providers, Cox Communications and T-Mobile, have partnered with school districts to offer free or reduced rate home internet service in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More about the Flexible Distance Learning Option
Daily On-Site Learning Option (Full-Day, Every-Day at School)
Students will attend their home school every day, in-person. We anticipate that class sizes may be smaller depending on the level of participation in the online and distance learning options. Schools would implement as much of the CDC guidance as possible (e.g., hand washing, limited sharing of supplies, health screenings, and face coverings). Space will be maximized between desks. Qualifying families who wish to utilize bus transportation will be required to register. More about On-Site Learning.
Estrella Foothills Global Academy Option (Grades K-6, capped class sizes)
In addition to the above options, we opened our newest school, Estrella Foothills Global Academy (EFGA) in August. EFGA will have two classrooms for every grade level in Grades K-6. Class sizes will be capped at 18 students. EFGA will implement as much of the CDC guidance as possible (e.g., hand washing, limited sharing of supplies, health screenings, and face coverings). Space will be maximized between desks. Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to and from school as busing will not be provided at this time. Registration 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 Laveen School District will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak and collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies to ensure the safety of students and staff, which may result in changes to the options for schooling.
Selecting a Schooling Option
Once data trends towards Laveen meeting public health benchmarks, teachers will contact families to commit to one of the four options.
Families wishing to move to Estrella Foothills Global Academy, for full on-site learning, from another Laveen school will need to complete a new registration.
Enrolling in a Laveen School
Families enrolling their child in a Laveen school for the first time will be asked to select their preference at the time of registration.
Utilizing Bus Transportation
The Laveen School District provides bus transportation to students in Grades Kindergarten-8 who live within a school’s designated transportation zone. These zones are generally one mile outside of the school’s walking zone, but also encompass specific neighborhoods in which a large number of students attend a particular school. Transportation is also provided to special education students with an Individualized Education Plan in which bus service is indicated.
In order to create timely and efficient bus routes we ask families who plan to utilize bus transportation to register for bus service.
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