The first day of school is Monday, August 17, 2020
Safe Return to School
Kyrene School District has spent months preparing for a safe return to school in the 2020-21 school year. At the direction of the State of Arizona, all Kyrene schools will begin the year with online learning. Once our schools meet State benchmarks for resuming in-person learning, Kyrene will resume teacher-led, in-person instruction. Until that time, limited on-site services and supports will be available to students with exceptional circumstances, as outlined by State executive orders. For extensive information regarding Kyrene's Safe Return to School, visit www.kyrene.org/SafeStrong.
All Kyrene parents and guardians have a ParentVUE account, and all Kyrene students have a StudentVUE account. ParentVUE is where Kyrene families can confirm emergency contacts and other demographic information. Parents can also use this portal to obtain student attendance information, grades and important documents, such as the family handbook. In upper grade levels, students use StudentVUE to access assignments and schedules. Kyrene has compiled answers to frequently asked questions about ParentVUE and StudentVUE.
Meet the Teacher Night
Kyrene’s annual “Meet the Teacher” events serve as the official kickoff of the new year, giving families an opportunity to meet teachers and get acquainted with your individual schools. In 2020, these events will be virtual, to allow all families and students to safely attend from home. Families of students at all schools will receive valuable information during Meet the Teacher nights.
Wednesday, August 12, Middle Schools: Meet the Teacher Night and Curriculum Night. Each school will communicate individual details about times and how to attend.
This includes Kyrene Traditional Academy grades 6-8.
Thursday, August 13, Elementary Schools: Meet the Teacher Night. Each school will communicate individual details about times and how to attend.
This includes Kyrene Traditional Academy grades PreK-5.
Curriculum Nights will be scheduled at a later date. For parents new to Curriculum Night, this is an opportunity to learn what your elementary school child will be mastering in math, English language arts, science and social studies, as well as learn about classroom expectations and school/home communication. Middle school curriculum nights typically follow a schedule set by the school. Schools will provide additional information about Curriculm Nights after the start of the school year.
School and District Communications
Families will receive a school newsletter on a regular basis, which will highlight important events, dates, activities and achievements. Most communication will be digital and will be sent to the primary email and phone number on file. Parents and guardians do not need to sign up for email communications, but we encourage you to verify your email is correct in ParentVUE.
Kyrene School District also sends text messages in the event of an emergency or for other critical communications. Families must elect to receive text communications. Text “Y” or “yes” to 67587 to begin receiving text messages from both your child’s school and the Kyrene School District.
Basic grade-level supply lists are available online. IMPORTANT: Please check your school's individual page for the most current and specific supply lists, which may vary by school and by grade level. This list is a guideline only and may not reflect the needs of every classroom or every school. For the 2020-21 school year, supply lists are the same, whether students are learning online or in person. The only exception would be classroom type supplies such as tissues and Clorox wipes. Schools will share more information during virtual Meet the Teacher nights.
UPDATE (September 9): The USDA has extended a waiver, allowing Kyrene School District to provide FREE meals to ALL students, through December 31. Free breakfast and lunch will be served on campus or through curbside pickup, on all school days, for any child 18 or under. Families in need of assistance should still follow the instructions below, to ensure your child's eligibility for free or reduced meals in January, when the USDA waiver ends.
Kyrene uses an online system for managing school meal accounts. If you do not already have an account, visit www.k12paymentcenter.com to register. As always, checks made payable to Kyrene School District and cash are accepted at school sites as well. Paper applications for meal assistance (free or reduced cost) are available at each school and upon request one will be mailed to you. You may also fill out an application online at www.lunchapplication.com. Your student’s meal status will carry forward from last spring until 9/10 at which time the district requires a new application for the current school year. For the 2020-21 school year, meal service will continue to be available, even if schools are in an online learning contingency mode. For information about how to obtain meals during this time, please visit www.kyrene.org/foodservices.
Safe Online Learning
Kyrene is committed to creating a safe learning environment for students, whether in the classroom or online. Virtual classrooms are secure, with links accessible only via a closed system requiring student login. In addition to this extra layer of security, teachers have control of classroom audio, video and attendance at all times. Kyrene has also developed guidance for parents to help ensure students are safely navigating the online learning experience.
Bus Stops and Routes
Kyrene bus routes are planned to coordinate with three tiers of school start/end times. Once in-person instruction resumes, further information will be available on Kyrene's Transportation page.
New Payment Portal
Kyrene School District has a convenient new payment portal for parents to pay for everything from athletics to field trips. The InTouch payment portal will provide parents with digital receipts for all of your transactions. You can even use it to make this year’s tax credit donation to the school of your choice. Register once and use the portal all year. (At this time, payments for Preschool, Kids Club and After Hours will still be made through Community Education.)
Arizona State law ARS 15-871-874 requires that a parent or guardian provide a complete, up-to-date immunization record prior to enrolling a child in school.
Middle School Students 11 years of age and older are required to have one dose of Tdap vaccine if 5 years have passed since their last dose of tetanus/diphtheria containing vaccine. Most children had their last DPT when they were 5 years old, so most 11-year-old children will be due for a booster. Students 11 years of age and older are required to have one dose of Meningococcal vaccine (MV, MCV4 or Menactra).
These immunizations will be due by the first day of school, if the child will be 11 years old by that date.