PVSchools is closed through the end of the school year. Visit our COVID-19 page for additional information.
Over our spring break, PVSchools announced schools would be closed indefinitely. On March 30, 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced the closure of all Arizona schools through the end of the school year. While this is disappointing for all of us, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Superintendent Dr. Jesse Welsh's Wednesday, May 20 message shares information on meal distribution changes for this week and during the summer, the cancellation of Mascot Club and Camps and Community Education enrichment classes during May and June, a survey going out to you in the coming days, and a change in message frequency from the District from every week to every two weeks.
You can view Dr. Welsh's full message by opening up one of the following two documents:
High school students may be wondering how COVID-19-related closures are going to affect their potential summer school plans. PVSchools now has a clear idea of how summer school will operate for high school students looking to get ahead or caught up in their coursework.
High school summer school through the Community Education department has been moved to a virtual format for this summer. This adapted model will combine online learning with virtual face-to-face instruction. Course fees begin at $199 per course, per session (there are two sessions over summer).
Please note that Community Education's summer course offerings differ from those of PVOnline; the methods of learning and instruction differ, as well. Students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in the Paradise Valley Unified School District are eligible to take one free online semester course through PVOnline.
District leadership has developed a plan to ensure our students who participate in our nutrition program will continue to be able to access meals: PVSchools Nutrition & Wellness will provide free meals to any child 18 years of age or younger, regardless of application status or school enrollment. If a parent wishes to pick up food without their child present, documentation must be provided for their meals, such as student ID(s) or other photo ID(s), report card(s), and/or child’s name with date of birth.
Locations and details are included in the following two documents:
Please note: Starting Tuesday, May 26, we will:
Also note: If you are in need of assistance with providing your family with meals beyond what we distribute during the week, you are invited to reach out to the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank (PVEFB): Visit the PVEFB website.
The state is issuing funds to all households with one or more students eligible for Free/Reduced Price Meals during the normal school year under the National School Lunch Program.
Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) helps families with children who would receive free or reduced-price meals if schools were not closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT can be used to purchase groceries. Families can use P-EBT and get free grab-and-go meals at participating locations.
P-EBT is led by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). View this flyer from the DES to learn more about the P-EBT program.
School may be out for the 2019-20 year, but our Curriculum Department would like to offer some resources for students to use to stay academically engaged and challenged during the summer:
While we have been sharing information regarding distance learning and student learning, we don't want to ignore the social and emotional health of our students and families. Here are some links to several sources that can guide you in working with your children and provide assistance with some of your family's critical needs. We hope that you and your family are staying safe, both physically and emotionally, during this time.
Our district has partnered with both Desert Springs Bible Church and Shiloh Community Church, which are offering childcare for children of first responders and health care professionals. Visit Desert Springs Bible Church's website to learn more details about this childcare option.
The State of Arizona has also advised it is coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based, and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.
We understand the hardship school closures create for many of our families and are continuously working on options to meet those needs.
Due to current health and safety guidelines for gatherings, Mascot Clubs and Camps and Community Education enrichment classes will not be held during May and June. We will continue to monitor guidelines in anticipation of beginning services again in July.
Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff. If we find we are in the position of reopening programming, we will reach out to families with specific information. Please reference the Community Education FAQ page for details pertaining to billing and refunds.