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Articles from October 2020

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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Free Meals for Children Available During Virtual Learning

Child Nutrition Services will continue to provide free meals to all children under the age of 18 throughout the transition to virtual learning . Students participating in Learning Labs will receive free meals on-site. There is no registration necessary to receive free meals.

Curbside Meal Service

Free meals will be distributed curbside at all schools with the exception of EFGA. Distribution windows are 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Three meals and a snack will be provided at the same time.

Meals will also be distributed at three bus stop locations in the community between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. These locations are:

  • 53rd Ave. & Glass Ln.
  • 39th Ave. & Maldonado Rd.
  • 35th Ave. & Estes Way

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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2020 Governing Board Candidates

Laveen has three Governing Board seats up for election in November 2020.

The Office of the Maricopa County Superintendent administers school district elections. Voters may read more about the candidates by reading their statements filed with the county Superintendent’s office.

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Free Drive-Thru COVID Testing Hosted by Laveen

The Laveen School District, in partnership with Valle del Sol, is hosting a series of free COVID-19 drive-thru testing events.

Testing is conducted by Valle Del Sol and hosted by the Laveen School District. Individuals wishing to be tested are encouraged to pre-register online at http://bit.ly/lesdcovid. The tests are offered at no cost to all community members, with no copays or financial burden for administering the test. This initiative is supported through funds made available by Maricopa County.
*NOTE: We are not doing antibody testing at this time. This test will only determine if a patient is currently positive for COVID-19.
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Laveen Shares Local Health Benchmark Data, Reopening Updates

As we look forward to safely reopening our schools for in-person, on-site instruction, Laveen is following guidance provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).  Both agencies recommend that school districts meet three benchmarks for two consecutive weeks before offering the option of on-site instruction.

On September 3, MCDPH released data that shows Laveen trending towards meeting the public health benchmarks. We will monitor the data for another few weeks to ensure the trend continues.

We are hopeful that we can safely begin the on-site instruction option after Fall Break (October 12).

Read More: www.LaveenSchools.org/Return-to-Laveen

 

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Immunizations Required for 11-Year-Olds

The Arizona Department of Health Services requires that all 11-year-old children obtain two adolescent vaccines, Tdap and Meningococcal (MCV4), or provide a valid exemption. These new immunizations are important as they will provide protection against serious illness.

Tdap is a combination vaccine that provides protection against three bacterial diseases — Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Meningococcal prevents against four types of bacterial meningitis.

Parents should review their child’s immunization records. If these vaccinations have not been received, the child should obtain the vaccination at either their doctor’s office or an immunization clinic. Proof of immunizations will need to be received before the student can begin school.

Children who are not yet 11 will be required to get the new immunizations once they turn 11.

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