June 4, 2021
Dear Villa Community,

After an entire year of avoiding a COVID outbreak, we were notified by the county that we had an outbreak in one of our primary classrooms due to exposure on May 25, 2021, the day before the final day of the regular school year.

A school outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as:
  • Two or more students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period; and
  • Could have had some close contact such as in a classroom or on a school sports team;
  • Do not live in the same household; and
  • Were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).

Thankfully, the three students that tested positive due to this incident are either experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. The staff member involved is experiencing moderate symptoms. You can read the required notification HERE.

With COVID still circulating in our community, and in light of this recent incident, we will be continuing to require masks, do daily health checks, and request that any students or staff displaying any of the COVID symptoms remain at home.

Summer Programs

We had our first 3 days of summer camp this week for our primary and elementary students and the Intro to Elementary I class of kindergarteners entering first grade in the fall. All programs are going well thus far. Both primary and elementary campers participated in their first water day. Fun was had by all. The staff is carefully monitoring the amount of time students are outside in the heat. Misting spray bottles are being widely used!

If your child is attending a summer program, it continues to be important to call the absentee line (602-955-2210 option #1) to report your child’s absence, regardless of the reason for their absence.

Thanks to a very generous contribution from the Burkhardt family in honor of the late Bob Burkhardt, one of our grandparent Reading Buddies, we are also able to offer reading remediation to a number of our elementary and kindergarten students this summer who need some extra reading support. The generosity of our Villa families continues to amaze me.

Vaccination Events for Children 12 and Over

Phoenix Union High School is offering several vaccination events for those who are 12 and over. More information can be found HERE.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Town Hall Meeting

We have a date for the Town Hall meeting hosted by Crystal Blackwell. She will have a presentation for us and then we will all have the opportunity to join a virtual break-out session to discuss one of the topics of interest that will be offered.

Please SAVE THE DATE of June 24 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

In closing

Thank you again for your wonderful support. Have a great weekend. Stay safe. Stay cool. Stay hydrated.

Margo S. O’Neill, M.Ed.
Head of School
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