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We’re always trying to improve communication between home and school; especially since we know that it’s difficult for middle schoolers to keep their parents informed about what’s happening on campus. We’ll be placing newsworthy information on this page so you don’t have to hound your child for information. It’s a win-win situation!

Meal Reminder

Starting on Friday, October 23, Altar Valley will be providing free meals for all of our remote learners and children 18 years old and younger from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. on Fridays only at the locations listed below. Meals will include five days worth of breakfast, lunch, and snacks. 

Students attending in-person learning will eat free breakfast and lunch in their classrooms. Students may bring their own lunch if they choose. In-person learning students will be sent home with meals for the days that they are learning from home. Meals will include breakfast, lunch, and a snack. 

Meal Locations

  • Taylor Lane Bus Stop
  • Sierrita Mountain Rd at the Speedway Store
  • Wells Fargo and Chumblers
  • Robles Elementary School

Altar Valley School District Thanksgiving Dinner

You're invited to Altar Valley School District Thanksgiving Dinner. Please join us on Thursday, November 26, 2020, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Robles Elementary School. All meals will be served curbside. Please RSVP by November 13 by calling (520) 822-2026.

October 14 - Superintendent In-Person Learning/Hybrid Learning Update

Dear Altar Valley Families:

On October 14, the Altar Valley School District Governing Board approved for AVSD to begin a hybrid model of learning at each school starting on Monday, October 19. A hybrid learning model allows us to plan for a safe return to in-person learning by placing students into cohorts or groups, which create smaller classes for students to attend, in-person, two days a week. On days students are not attending in-person, they will participate in independent practice and/or remote learning. Your child’s teacher should have contacted you last week about which learning cohort you were assigned. If you need more information, please contact your child’s teacher or school. 

We have a few important items to share with you:

A signed AVSD COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgment and Disclosure form must be returned to your child’s school within five days to participate in in-person learning. If we do not receive a signed form, your child will need to attend the Remote Learning model. 

School Information

Robles Elementary
7:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday
7:45 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Friday
(520) 822-9418

Altar Valley Middle School
8:45 a.m.–3:45 p.m. Monday–Thursday
8:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Friday
(520) 822-9343

Transportation

Parents are encouraged to transport their child to and from school when possible to maintain social distancing. With that said, transportation will be provided for all students on their designated day of in-person learning. 

Please contact transportation or visit our Transportation page for bus route information. 

Device Management/Technology 

On the days your child receives in-person learning, they will need to bring their AVSD assigned device fully charged including power cord, headphones, and carrying case to and from school. 

Remote Learning Expectations

  • Sign in and participate in all Google Meets virtual classes at designated times.
  • Remain active in the virtual classroom setting throughout designated times.
  • Follow virtual class expectations and rules established by the teacher.

Independent Practice Expectations

  • Sign in by 9:30 a.m. and complete all assignments listed in teacher’s Google Classroom. 

Meals 

Altar Valley will continue to provide free meals for all students. Students attending in-person learning will eat free breakfast and lunch in their classrooms. Students may bring their own lunch if they choose. In-person learning students will be sent home with meals for the days that they are learning from home. Meals will include breakfast, lunch, and a snack. 

Altar Valley will also continue to provide free meals for all of our remote learners and children 18 years old and younger from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m. on Fridays only starting on October 23 at the locations listed below. Meals will include five days worth of breakfast, lunch, and snacks.

  • Taylor Lane Bus Stop
  • Sierrita Mountain Rd at the Speedway Store
  • Wells Fargo and Chumblers
  • Robles Elementary School

On-Site Support 

On-Site Support will continue to be available only for at-risk students, special education students, English Language learners, those in care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, including foster care, and students who do not have supervision at home during the school day on the days they are not in school.

  • On-Site Support will be available only during school hours. No before- or after-school care or tutoring will be available.
  • If your child was already issued an AVSD device, please have them bring it with them to school each day fully charged.
  • Students will be supervised by support staff while classroom teachers provide in-person or remote learning instruction.
  • Meals will be provided.
  • Transportation will be provided Monday through Thursday only. 

Please be assured that we will continue to work directly with local and state health officials to determine the actions we need to take to protect our community. You can find information about steps AVSD is taking to keep students and staff healthy and safe on our district website.

For your convenience, you may also download a printable version of this October 14 letter.

Sincerely,

Dr. David Dumon

8th Grade Team

The 8th grade team would like to thank you all for your cooperation and patience as we have navigated these unprecedented challenges. Distance Education is alive and well at Altar Valley Middle School! The majority of our 8th graders have adapted and persevered through distance learning and we couldn’t be more proud of them. With everything up in the air during these uncertain times, we appreciate your patience. For those students returning to school with our hybrid model, we look forward to seeing you sit in our empty desks that we have been staring at the past nine weeks. Those who continue to stay online, we are excited to continue to grow through online learning with you. 

Our 2nd quarter begins on October 5, 2020, and our expectations and rigor will continue to grow as we prepare each student for high school. As parents, please ask questions and encourage your students to ask questions. It doesn’t matter if we are together or apart, we expect the same from each student and we can’t help if we don’t know help is needed or desired.

September 30 - Superintendent Hybrid Learning Update

Dear Altar Valley Families,

AVSD Hybrid Learning Update

The Altar Valley School District plans to begin a hybrid model of learning at each school on Monday, October 19. A hybrid learning model allows us to plan for a safe return to in-person learning by placing students into cohorts or groups, which create smaller classes for students to attend, in-person, two days a week. On days students are not attending in-person, they will participate in independent practice and/or remote learning. Please note that families that are not yet prepared to return to a hybrid, in-person learning model may continue with remote learning.

Next steps:

  • Each child will be assigned to a cohort. Your child’s teacher will contact you starting on Friday, October 2 with your child’s cohort assignments, including the days that they will attend school for in-person learning.
  • We recognize that some families may be reconsidering whether they want their child to participate in remote or hybrid, in-person learning.
    • If you would like to switch the learning model that you selected in the survey, you will need to do so when your child’s teacher contacts you. If you have questions or need help making your decision, please contact your child’s teacher or school principal.
    • If you are making a change, please be sure to let your child’s teacher know no later than noon on Wednesday, October 7. After this deadline, we cannot guarantee that we can make the change until the semester break.
  • I will provide further communication prior to the start of school regarding additional details about returning to in-person learning, including school start times, meals, bringing technology to and from school, and other items.

Please be assured that we will continue to work directly with local and state health officials to determine the actions we need to take to protect our community. You can find information about steps AVSD is taking to keep students and staff healthy and safe right here on our website. 

For your convenience, you may also download the printable version of this September 30 letter.

Sincerely, 

Dr. David Dumon
Superintendent

Re-Opening Plan

Altar Valley School District is preparing to return to in-person learning on October 19, 2020. Below you will find our safety protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus. Each school may have additional protocols specific to their campus.