2017-18 Instructional Calendar Update

  • Thank you for staying connected throughout school closure days. The information that families and staff shared throughout our school closure days reinforced a message of support for our learning community. With the announcement of the return to school, we were able to convene the Governing Board to take action on the instructional calendar.

    Governing Board Special Session - Thursday, May 3, 2018
    The Governing Board held a special session to vote on a motion to suspend Governing Board Policy IC and modify Kyrene’s instructional calendar. 

    As previously shared, Kyrene Board Policy IC calls for meeting both the state statute, A.R.S. §15-861, for instructional minutes as well as requiring 180 days of attendance. The Board approved the recommendation to modify the instructional calendar from 180 days to 174 days. While this action reduces the number of instructional days, the modification still meets the required instructional minutes for grades K-8.

Questions & Answers

  • What does the modification to the instructional calendar mean for K-8 students?

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    The school year will end with a full day of school on May 24. This was previously a half day. Wednesday, May 23, will remain a full day of school for students. Grade 8 promotion at each of our middle schools will continue as planned.

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  • What does the modification in the instructional calendar mean for preschool students?

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    The changes to the instructional calendar do not affect our preschool calendars. The last day for Integrated and Tempe PRE preschool students remains the same, May 22. The last day for Community and Signature preschool students alsoremains unchanged, May 24.

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  • When was my child's event rescheduled?

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    Families are encouraged to review current school newsletters for updates about school activities. School leaders and staff are working to reschedule events and report information as soon as it is available. Thank you for everyone's patience as information is modified on school calendars.

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  • Are refunds available for Community Education programs that were cancelled during school closure?

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    Now that schools have reopened, Community Education will begin issuing refunds for days that the schools were closed. Refunds for Kids Club, After Hours, and Preschool will be issued for all impacted students. We ask for your continued patience as the refund process could take up to two weeks to complete. If your child was also enrolled in a Youth Enrichment class that was impacted by the walkout, make-up classes are being scheduled and further communication will be sent to you with those dates. We understand that the past six days may have been difficult for many of you. Again, on behalf of the entire Community Education Services team, we thank you for your continued patience as we work diligently to resolve this matter. If you have any questions, please contact us at 480-541-1500.

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  • Will Food Service programs be available when schools are closed?

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    The Kyrene School District will have food service programs available regionally at four school sites: Ninos, Lomas, Kyrene Traditional Academy, and Milenio. Breakfast will be served from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be available from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Students from any Kyrene school are able to come to the open school sites for food service programs. Students will be able to use their school lunch account. Students may purchase breakfast for $1.65 or lunch for $2.90. Adults may purchase breakfast for $2.00 or lunch for $3.50. Siblings who do not attend a Kyrene school may purchase breakfast for $2.00 or lunch for $3.00. No student supervision will be available - a parent or adult must be present.

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  • Will the Kyrene Family Resource Center be open?

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    Yes, the Kyrene Family Resource Center will be open for extended hours during school closure. Beginning on April 26, the center will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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  • Are facilities closed for outside user groups (renters) during school closures?

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    Yes, facilities and fields are closed until further notice during the school week. Reservations affected by the school closures will be removed from permits so that fees are not incurred. Weekend reservations are not affected by the school closures and will remain as scheduled.

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  • Why will all schools be closed during a teacher walk-out?

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    Our highest priority is the safety and security of our children. In the event of a teacher walk-out, we will not be able to guarantee adequate supervision of our students and will need to close schools district-wide. This decision will impact all schools, preschool through eighth grade. 

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  • How will families know if schools are closed?

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    Families should rely only on official district communication for information about school closings. This includes the Kyrene School District’s emergency notification system, school websites, auto-dialer, and verified district and school social media accounts. Families are encouraged to make sure that phone numbers and email addresses are current in our student information system, and to subscribe to the District e-News 

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  • Do families need to report their child(ren) absent?

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    Families do not need to call the school to report an absence during a school closure.

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  • How often will families receive communication about school closures?

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    Information will be updated daily on the school websites, and family notifications will be sent through Kyrene communication channels. Families are encouraged to make sure that phone numbers and email addresses are current in our student information system, and to subscribe to the District e-News.  

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  • What is the impact on AzMERIT testing?

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    Most testing dates for Kyrene School District were scheduled to be completed before April 26. AIMS Science tests and AzMERIT writing tests are already complete. The end of the state assessment window is April 27. Site leaders are working with individual school schedules to make any needed adjustment to maximize student opportunities to test. Later this spring and after it is determined if school closures affect individual student participation, school leaders will contact families of impacted students.

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  • What is the impact of school closure on my child’s grades and/or promotion?

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    Neither grades nor 8th grade promotion ceremonies will be affected by school closure.

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  • What will happen with school events and field trips?

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    School events and field trips on days of school closure will be cancelled.

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  • What will happen with extended school trips (e.g. Disneyland tours)?

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    At this time, extended field trips will continue as planned as long as we are able to ensure the safety of students through adequate supervision. As information becomes available, teachers and sponsors will provide updated information to families.

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  • Will there be a refund for Capture the Flag since the tournament is cancelled?

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    No, a 25% credit will be emailed to families in the form of a promotion coupon. The credit may be used for any school year enrichment program (not Kids Club, After Hours or Preschool) and must be redeemed by December 31, 2018.

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  • Will refunds be given for Youth Enrichment classes or will they be rescheduled?

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    Community Education Services is trying to reschedule all classes but it is dependent upon teacher/vendor availability. In the event that a class cannot be rescheduled, a prorated refund will be issued.

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  • Which school events are cancelled due to the school closure?

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    District. Elementary Capture the Flag tournament will be cancelled
    District. Goodwill Drive at the Family Resource Center - April 27

    Akimel A-al. Pep Assembly. April 27- Will be rescheduled

    Altadena. Main Event Night. April 26- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Altadena. 7th Grade Field Trip. April 27- Will be rescheduled if possible

    Aprende. Jag Players Spring Musical Rock of Ages- April 26 and April 27- Rescheduled for May 4 & 5

    Brisas. Kindergarten Music Show. April 26- Rescheduled for April 25
    Brisas. Site Council Meeting. April 30- Rescheduled for May 7

    Centennial. Student of the Month Recognition- April 27- Rescheduled for May 4
    Centennial. Grade 6 & 7 Academic Awards Night. May 1- Rescheduled for May 9

    Cerritos. Volunteer Celebration. May 3- Will be rescheduled.

    Cielo. Celebrate Learning. April 26- Will be rescheduled.
    Cielo. Mother-Son Kickball Game. April 27- Will be rescheduled if possible 
    Cielo. Family Movie Night. April 27- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Cielo. 5th Grade Music Performance. May 1- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Cielo. Incoming Kindergartner Visits. May 2 - Will be rescheduled if possible

    Colina. Site Council Meeting. April 26- Will be rescheduled if needed
    Colina. Scholastic Book Fair. April 30- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Colina. K-2 STEM/Science Day.- Rescheduled for May 9
    Colina.  3rd Grade Field Trip.  May 3- Will be rescheduled if possible

    Esperanza. Art Fair/ Ice Cream Social. April 26- Rescheduled for April 25
    Esperanza. Kinder Orientation. April 30- Will be rescheduled
    Esperanza. 3rd Grade Performance. May 3- Will be rescheduled if possible

    Estrella. School Carnival. April 27- Rescheduled for May 4

    Kyrene Traditional Academy. 6th Grade Spring Formal. April 26- Will be rescheduled

    Lagos. Kindergarten Readiness Class- April 26- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Lagos. Celebration of Art and Learning. May 2- Will be rescheduled.

    Lomas. One World, One Night. April 26- Cancelled

    Manitas. 5th Grade Field Trip. April 26- Rescheduled for May 10

    Mariposa. Volunteer Breakfast. April 26- Will be rescheduled
    Mariposa. Playworks Celebration. April 26- Will be rescheduled
    Mariposa. Dash for Cash in PE. April 26 & 27- Will be rescheduled
    Mariposa. Book Fair. April 26 & 27- Will be rescheduled
    Mariposa. Site Base Council. April 30- Will be rescheduled
    Mariposa. HIV/Human Growth Parent Night View. May 1- Will be rescheduled
    Mariposa. PTO Appreciation Family Pizza Party. May 2- Cancelled
    Mariposa. Water Day K-2nd Grade. May 4- Will be rescheduled

    Milenio. 1st Grade USA Musical. April 26- Will be rescheduled for May 17
    Milenio. Going Buggy. May 1- Will be rescheduled for May 8
    Milenio. 5th Grade Kickball Game. May 2- Will be rescheduled for May 16
    Milenio. CHEER Assembly (K-5). Will be rescheduled for May 23

    Mirada. Leadership Day. May 2- Will be rescheduled
    Mirada. Arts and Science Night. May 3- Cancelled

    Ninos. STEAM night. April 26- Rescheduled for April 25

    Norte. PTO General Meeting. April 26- Will be rescheduled
    Norte. 4th Grade Field Trip. April 27- Rescheduled for May 4
    Norte. 1st Grade Field Trip. May 1- Cancelled
    Norte. Night at the Museum. May 2- Cancelled


    Monte Vista. PTO Meeting. April 26- Will be rescheduled
    Monte Vista. University of Phoenix Women’s Rise Group Volunteers. April 27- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Monte Vista. 1st Grade Field Trip. April 27- Will be rescheduled if possible
    Monte Vista. Site Council Meeting. April 30- Will be rescheduled for May 14, 3-4 p.m.
    Monte Vista. Lions Roar 4-5 Grade Field Trip to Altadena. May 1- Cancelled
    Monte Vista. Incoming Kindergarten Screening for 2018-19. May 2- Cancelled

    Paloma. Volunteer Reception. April 26- Rescheduled for May 17
    Paloma. Mother & Son Olympics. April 27- Rescheduled for May 4
    Paloma. Choir Concert. May 1- Will be rescheduled

    Pueblo. Talent Show- April 26- Will be rescheduled
    Pueblo. National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. May 2- Will be rescheduled.

    Sierra. Volunteer Breakfast. May 2- Will be rescheduled
    Sierra. Book Fair. Delayed.
    Sierra. PTO Community Project Change for Change. Postponed.

    Waggoner. Choir Concert. April 26- Rescheduled for May 3
    Waggoner. Support Staff Luncheon. April 27- Rescheduled for May 11
    Waggoner. Choir Concert. May 3- Will be rescheduled if possible

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