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Laveen Schools to Transition to Virtual Learning November 30

Laveen’s Governing Board voted to transition to virtual learning on November 30, 2020. We expect this to continue until winter break which begins on December 18.

Each school will be operating a Learning Lab for students who need a safe place to participate in their virtual learning during the day. Families must pre-register and students must be accepted prior to participating. Please visit our Learning Lab page for more details and to pre-register. Kids Club is also operating a fee-based childcare program at select sites for students participating in the Learning Labs.

Child Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18. Meals will be distributed curbside at all schools with the exception of EFGA. Three meals and a snack will be provided at the same time. Distribution windows are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Meals will also be distributed at three bus stop locations in the community between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. These locations are: 53rd Ave. & Glass Ln., 39th Ave. & Maldonado Rd., and 35th Ave. & Estes Way. Students participating in learning labs will receive free meals on-site. There is no registration necessary to receive free meals.

Our offices will remain open during this time. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school during regular business hours.

We will continue to monitor the public health benchmarks regarding a return to our hybrid model of instruction.

Please visit our Return to Laveen page for information related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Free Meals for Children Available During Virtual Learning

Child Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 throughout the transition to virtual learning . Students participating in Learning Labs will receive free meals on-site. There is no registration necessary to receive free meals.

Curbside Meal Service

Free meals will be distributed curbside at all schools with the exception of EFGA. Distribution windows are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Three meals and a snack will be provided at the same time.

Meals will also be distributed at three bus stop locations in the community between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. These locations are:

  • 53rd Ave. & Glass Ln.
  • 39th Ave. & Maldonado Rd.
  • 35th Ave. & Estes Way

There are no income requirements and no need to register. Children do not need to be enrolled in a Laveen school to receive a meal. For your safety and convenience, parents or guardians picking up meals on behalf of children in their care will be asked to complete and display a placard provided on your first day of meal service.

The continuation of the free meals for children program was made possible through a waiver by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Laveen Elementary School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department may only serve one meal bundle, per child, per day. Measures are in place to ensure this federal requirement is met and we appreciate the community’s cooperation in adhering to this policy. The unlawful sale or exchange of meals or components of meals is not permitted. Laveen Child Nutrition Services reserves the right to deny service to children and families that do not comply with the federal requirements of the Summer Food Service Program and all applicable waivers.

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2020 Governing Board Candidates

Laveen has three Governing Board seats up for election in November 2020.

The Office of the Maricopa County Superintendent administers school district elections. Voters may read more about the candidates by reading their statements filed with the county Superintendent’s office.

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Free Drive-Thru COVID Testing Hosted by Laveen

The Laveen School District, in partnership with Valle del Sol, is hosting a series of free COVID-19 drive-thru testing events.

Testing is conducted by Valle Del Sol and hosted by the Laveen School District. Individuals wishing to be tested are encouraged to pre-register online at http://bit.ly/lesdcovid. The tests are offered at no cost to all community members, with no copays or financial burden for administering the test. This initiative is supported through funds made available by Maricopa County.
*NOTE: We are not doing antibody testing at this time. This test will only determine if a patient is currently positive for COVID-19.
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Estrella Foothills to Offer Private Tours Beginning September 14

Beginning September 14, EFGA will provide private tours to prospective families. Tours are being scheduled between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Each tour runs 30 minutes in length.

Estrella Foothills Global Academy will open to on-site, in-person instruction only once approved to safely begin (likely after October 12). Class sizes are capped at 18 students.

Please call our front office at 602-304-2050 to schedule.

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Laveen Shares Local Health Benchmark Data, Reopening Updates

As we look forward to safely reopening our schools for in-person, on-site instruction, Laveen is 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).

Read More: www.LaveenSchools.org/Return-to-Laveen

 

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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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EFGA to Distribute Chromebooks July 30 and 31

Estrella Foothills will be distributing Chromebooks and other instructional materials to families on July 30 and 31.

Thursday, July 30 will be from 1:00-3:00 p.m., and 5:00-7:00 p.m. Friday, July 31 will be from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Upon arriving on campus, you will be directed to the place of distribution for each grade level. Please ensure you are wearing a mask when you enter campus; social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Please view the letter to see the schedule.

For more details on Laveen’s Back to School plans, visit www.LaveenSchools.org/Back-To-School.

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