The first day of school is Thursday, July 29, 2021.
Learning. Leading. Achieving.
Welcome to the 2021-22 school year. The information below has been compiled to help ensure students and families have all the information needed to get the new year off to a strong start.
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. These events will resume in person in 2021, with expanded hours to stagger attendance and additional safety measures to reduce crowds. Please watch for more specific times and details to come from your child’s individual school. Kyrene Digital Academy’s Meet the Teacher Night will be an online event.
Monday, July 26:
- Middle schools
- Kyrene Traditional Academy, grades 6-8
Tuesday, July 27:
- Elementary schools
- Kyrene Digital Academy
- Kyrene Traditional Academy, grades preK-5
Kyrene Safe. Kyrene Strong.
Kyrene School District has updated safety protocols for the 2021-22 school year, based on evolving guidance from federal, state and local health agencies as well as Kyrene’s direct experience delivering education in safe environments throughout the pandemic. Individual Kyrene safety measures may evolve with the changing landscape of the pandemic, including significant increases or decreases in community spread.
In regard to face coverings, The State of Arizona has passed a law (located in section 12, title 15, chapter 3 of the Arizona budget) which prohibits school districts from requiring students or staff to wear face coverings on school property during school hours. Under the law, face coverings will remain optional barring a government mandate (such as an Arizona executive order). In alignment with the CDC and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), Kyrene continues to strongly encourage face coverings. Thank you for helping us protect unvaccinated children.
Please bookmark www.kyrene.org/SafeStrong for updates.
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. Schools will share more information on websites, via email or during Meet the Teacher nights.
Bus Stops and Routes
Kyrene is proud to provide transportation for students in an environment that is safe, professional and courteous. Kyrene bus routes are planned to coordinate with three tiers of school start/end times. Further information and a link to find your child's route is available on Kyrene’s Transportation page.
School Breakfast and Lunches
Kyrene School District will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students, through June 30, 2022. The free meal program is possible through the United States Department of Agriculture, at no cost to Kyrene. Meals are free both on campus as well as through curbside meal pickup at the District Office for students participating in Kyrene Digital Academy. Visit www.kyrene.org/foodservices for more details on curbside pickup of meals.
For students wanting to purchase additional food items, Kyrene uses an online system for managing school meal accounts. If you do not already have an account, please visit the payment portal below to register. As always, cash and checks made payable to Kyrene School District are accepted at school sites as well. Please remember to complete the free or reduced meal application online. Paper applications are also available upon request at your child’s school.
New Payment Portal
Kyrene School District has a convenient 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.)
Connect with Kyrene
Kyrene School District regularly engages the community through Superintendent Councils, the Kyrene Business Alliance and the Positive Parenting series. The District looks forward to resuming the councils and other community events in the coming year. For more information on how to connect with Kyrene, and for a list of upcoming Positive Parenting events, visit www.kyrene.org/community.
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.
For your convenience, all of this information and more is available on Kyrene’s Back to School web page. Students and families should also look for a welcome message from Superintendent Laura Toenjes later in July.
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.