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Articles from April 2020

Free Meals for Children Available During Hybrid Learning

Child Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 throughout the 2020-21 school year . Students participating in hybrid learning will receive free meals on-site. There is no registration necessary to receive free meals.

Curbside Meal Service

Students who remain in online learning, or children who do not attend a Laveen school, may pick up free meals at one of four school sites. Meals will be distributed curbside at four schools: Laveen, MC Cash, Cheatham, and Trailside Point. Distribution windows are 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Monday – Friday. Three meals and a snack will be provided at the same time.

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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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, www.LaveenSchools.org/Return-to-Laveen.

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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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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Join Rogers Ranch for a Virtual Exploration of Kindergarten

Enrolling a kindergartner next school year? Join us for a virtual exploration of Rogers Ranch’s kindergarten program on February 2 at 5:30 p.m. We will be hosting this evening’s event through GoogleMeet. Click this link to join us.

We will navigate prospective families through everything you need to know as you prepare to launch your child into a successful academic career.

Visit www.LaveenSchools.org/Kindergarten for more details.

Registration* for the 2021-22 school year will open February 2. Apply online at www.LaveenSchools.org/registration.

Students may be enrolled in any of our schools regardless of where they live, space permitting. Families living outside of a school’s transportation zone will be responsible for providing transportation.

*Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2021 to register for kindergarten. Preschool for children ages 3-5 is offered at Desert Meadows, Paseo Pointe, and Vista del Sur.

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Donate to Laveen schools and claim a credit on your 2020 taxes.

You can reduce the amount you owe in taxes by making a donation to Laveen schools through Arizona’s Public School Tax Credit Program. Tax credit contributions may only be used to support character education and fee-based extracurricular activities such as after-school tutoring and clubs, academic enrichment, field trips, fine art programs, and athletics.

For every dollar you donate, the amount you owe on your Arizona taxes will be that much less. This means you can reduce the amount you owe come the April deadline or increase the amount of your refund if you have tax liabilities for 2020. If you do not owe taxes, the amount you donate may be carried forward for up to five years to offset future tax liabilities. For example, if a single person owes $300 on their state taxes for 2020 and donates the maximum amount of $200, they will then only owe the state $100.

Couples filing jointly may donate any amount up to $400. Individuals may contribute up to $200.

The deadline to donate and claim a tax credit on your 2018 taxes is April 15, 2021.

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Mission: Kindergarten 2021 Join us for a virtual exploration of kindergarten Feb. 2

Enrolling a kindergartner next school year? Join us for a virtual exploration of Laveen’s kindergarten program on February 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Each of our nine schools will host a virtual information night. Our school principals will navigate you through everything you need to know as you prepare to launch your child into a successful academic career.

Visit www.LaveenSchools.org/Kindergarten for the link to each school’s presentation.

Registration* for the 2021-22 school year will open February 2. Apply online at www.LaveenSchools.org/registration Enrollment requirements may apply.

Students may be enrolled in any of our schools regardless of where they live, space permitting. Families living outside of a school’s transportation zone will be responsible for providing transportation.

*Children must be 5 years old on or before August 31, 2021 to register for kindergarten. Preschool for children ages 3-5 is offered at Desert Meadows, Paseo Pointe, and Vista del Sur.

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Complete a Meal Application Today!

We need your help to ensure that crucial programs for your children do not receive cuts in funding as a result of fewer free/reduced-price lunch applications being submitted.

Many of the services we provide such as tutoring, support staff, and access to technology are funded through state and federal grants. This funding is based on the National School Lunch Program Free and Reduced lunch applications we receive from families each year.

Even though your child is currently receiving free meals for the remainder of the school year, we ask you to please take a few minutes to submit an application – even if you think you will not qualify. Every application received is important. Families with approved free or reduced-price lunch applications may also qualify for additional federal benefits such as the Pandemic EBT card.

Please click on EZMealApp.com and complete your application TODAY on the secure portal. It takes just a few minutes. Paper applications are also available online at our Child Nutrition Services page.

Our eligibility for this funding expires in early January, so we appreciate you completing the application now. Your application will remain active for the first 30 days of the 2021-2022 school year. 

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Laveen Schools Transition Back to Virtual Learning

Laveen’s Governing Board voted to transition to virtual learning on November 30, 2020. We expect this to continue through the 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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