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July 31, 2020 School Update

Please carefully read the following information regarding the 2020–2021 school year.

Technology:

Drive thru device pick up will be from Monday August 3 – 5. Devices will be distributed at Altar Valley Middle School from 8 AM – 2 PM for students registered to attend in the Altar Valley School District for the 2020-2021 school year. AVSD encourages all parents/guardians to pick up a district-owned device for each enrolled student. It will be beneficial for every student to have their own device rather than sharing with family members, we have found that many of the District’s specific learning applications work better on AVSD devices.

District-owned devices come with District purchased security features from Securly. Families will also receive a charging cord, case/sleeve, and personalized information to assist with computer login and use. 

You can go to our District website and complete the Technology Work Order form for any technical support on our Technology page

Remote Learning Plan:  Remote Learning begins August 6, 2020. Our Remote Learning Plan can be found on the District’s website on our COVID-19 page. 

During Remote Learning:

  • Students will engage daily with their regularly assigned teacher.
  • Daily engagement will be online.
  • Teachers will take attendance and provide interactive lessons.
  • Lessons will include opportunities for practice and feedback.
  • Intervention services will be provided for eligible students.
  • Monday – Friday except for holidays. 
  • Robles Elementary School Remote Learning hours 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.
  • Altar Valley Middle School Remote Learning hours 8:45 AM-3:45 PM.

Attendance Requirements

Your child will need to participate in the District’s Remote Learning plan in order to be counted as present and attending. Attendance will be taken during the first lesson of the day and following lunch. Any student who logs on and participates is present. 

Please note that state law (A.R.S. § 15-802) requires as follows:

  • Every child between six and sixteen years of age must attend a school and be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.  
  • The child’s parent or guardian must enroll the child in a school and ensure that the child attends the school for the full time that school is in session.  

Meals: 

Starting on August 6, we will provide free breakfast and lunch from 7:00 – 8:00 AM at the following locations:

  1. Taylor Lane bus stop
  2. Sierrita Mountain Rd at the Speedway Store
  3. Sandario and Snyder Hill
  4. Wells Fargo and Chumblers
  5. Robles Elementary School

On-Site Learning Opportunities and Support Services

Beginning on August 17, 2020, AVSD will begin offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the school day. 

  • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services are not teacher-led classroom instruction. However, on-site learning opportunities and support services will include a learning space, supervision, and the necessary technology to participate in remote learning.
  • If you believe your child needs a place to go during the school day, please contact your child’s teacher. 
  • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services may be suspended or terminated if the District or the Arizona Department of Health Services advises closing the premises for public health reasons or in the best interests of the staff and students. 
  • On-Site Learning hours at Robles Elementary will be 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.
  • On-Site Learning hours at Altar Valley Middle School will be 8:45 AM-3:45 PM.
  • No transportation will be provided. 
  • Before participation in On-Site Learning can begin you must sign and return the Altar Valley School District COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgment and Disclosure form
  • There will be more information to come the week of August 9, 2020. 

Mitigation Plan:  Our plan to address the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the District’s COVID-19 page on our website.

Re-opening

Pending guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we will set a projected date to begin in-person teacher-led classroom instruction.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this letter, or if you need additional assistance, please contact your child’s teacher. The information contained in this letter may change as the situation changes. For your convenience, you may also download the printable version of this July 31 letter.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Dave Dumon, Superintendent

July 27 Update - Family Survey Questions

Dear Altar Valley Families, 

Altar Valley School District (AVSD) will provide Remote Learning opportunities for students starting Thursday, August 6, 2020. At this time we do not know when schools will reopen for face-to-face instruction. As long as schools remain closed, AVSD will operate a Remote Learning model. During Remote Learning:

  • Students will engage daily with their regularly assigned teacher. Daily engagement will be online or through other means, if necessary.
  • Teachers will take attendance and provide interactive lessons.
  • Lessons will include opportunities for practice and feedback.
  • Intervention services will be provided for eligible students, including support for students who participate in Special Education as well as English Learners. 

In order to ensure that we allocate resources properly, your teacher will be calling you starting Monday July 27 through July 30 to obtain valuable information as we plan for the start of school. See questions below. Please provide responses to the requested information for each child in your family attending AVSD schools.

Student Last Name:

Student First Name:

Grade:

Teacher Last Name:

Parent Name:

Parent Email:

Parent Phone: 

  1. Are you planning to enroll your child with Altar Valley School District for the 2020-2021 School Year?
    a. Yes
    b. No
  2. Is your household equipped with reliable internet access?
    a. Yes
    b. No 
  3. Do you need to borrow a device from Altar Valley School District for your student to complete his or her school work?
    a. Yes
    b. No
  4. While the schools remain closed, do you plan to participate in our meal program that provides free breakfast and lunch Monday – Friday for everyone 18 years old and younger.
    a. Yes
    b. No
  5. Per Governor Ducey’s July 23 Executive Order, free onsite learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the day must be provided beginning on Monday, August 17. Will you need a place to send your child during the school day starting August 17?
    a. Yes
    b. No
  6. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines for schools re-opening recommend social distancing and smaller class sizes. When schools reopen for face-to-face instruction, which one of the following would you prefer for your child:
    a. Attend school during the traditional school hours, Monday-Friday, for a full day learning model.
    b. Continue to participate in the AVSD Remote Learning model from home.
    c. Follow a hybrid model with your child attending school Monday-Friday in the AM or PM (approximately 2.5 hours per day) and the remainder of the school day learning remotely.
    d. Follow a hybrid model with your child coming to school two to three days a week and remote learning on the other days.
  7. CDC guidelines for re-opening schools also recommend social distancing on the bus. To support AVSD in meeting these recommendations and reduce the number of students riding the bus, are you able and willing to transport your child to and from school each day?
    a. Yes
    b. No
  8. What do you believe should be AVSD’s top priority as we plan for the 20-21 school year? (pick one)
    a. Health & Safety
    b. Instruction
    c. Social & Emotional Support
    d.  Other ______

Thank you for your feedback as we prepare to begin the school year. 

For your convenience, you may also download the printable version of this July 27 letter.

Safe Schools Reopening Plan

Because our goal here at AVSD is to provide learning opportunities that challenge students to achieve academic and personal excellences in a safe, caring environment, we are using considerations from the CDC to help plan for the opening of our schools on August 6, 2020. We may continually update this information and invite you to read through our current Safe Schools Reopening Plan.

July 9 - Remote Learning Update

Dear Altar Valley Families, 

On June 29, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order delaying in-person learning until August 17. School districts are permitted to start distance learning based on each district’s adopted calendar. The Altar Valley School District (AVSD) is planning to adhere to our original start date of August 6 using a Remote Learning model. 

Remote Learning
AVSD is preparing to provide Remote Learning through a variety of methods that may include online, phone, and/or packets home. Your child’s teacher will be contacting you sometime between July 27 - 31 to determine the best method for your child. Remote Learning at AVSD will:

  • Be delivered Monday through Friday
  • Be provided by AVSD teachers with AVSD curriculum
  • Expect students to attend class sessions with their teachers electronically (online or by phone), in addition to completing learning tasks off-line
  • Provide Chromebooks, as necessary, to families who have reliable internet
  • Provide accommodations and supports based on student needs

Returning to School
AVSD intends to begin in-person classroom learning once Governor Ducey announces in-person learning can resume. As with other Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and schools, the ability to start in-person learning may be delayed beyond August 17. AVSD will continue with a Remote Learning model until it is determined to be safe for our students to return. 

Meals
AVSD will continue providing curbside breakfast and lunch to all children 18 years old and younger. Meals may be picked up Monday – Friday, July 6 - 24 between 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at Robles Elementary School. There will be no adult meals served. 

Starting on August 6, we will provide breakfast and lunch from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. at the following locations:

  1. Taylor Lane bus stop
  2. Sierrita Mountain Rd at the Speedway Store
  3. Robles Elementary School 

AVSD wants nothing more than to have your child back in school. We know that students miss their teachers and friends, and we miss our students. Our goal is to have students safely back in school as soon as we can. We will provide additional information throughout the next few weeks as it becomes available.

Sincerely, 

Dr. Dave Dumon
Superintendent

For your convenience, you may also download the printable version of this letter.

June 30, 2020 Update

On Monday June 29, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order that delays the return of in-person education until August 17, 2020.  It is AVSD’s intent to begin in-classroom learning on Monday August 17.

That said, this continues to be a fluid situation. An extension of the executive order or other public health restrictions may alter AVSD’s plans or prevent the District from opening in-person on August 17. AVSD has outlined contingency plans for returning to school, in order to adjust quickly, based on the most up-to-date guidance from health, state, and national authorities.

We recognize that this delay raises many questions. AVSD will be evaluating what the order means and how the District can best serve the needs of our students, employees, and community. We will share additional information with you as soon as it becomes available. We encourage you to read Superintendent Dumon's letter in its entirety.