August 7, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are providing you the following information in accordance with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 issued on July 23, 2020. Please carefully read the following information below regarding the 2020-21 School Year.

Distance Learning Plan
Our Distance Learning Plan can be found on the School’s website under the COVID-19 wepage.

Mitigation Plan
Our mitigation plan to address measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the School’s website, also under the COVID-19 wepage.

School Calendar
Remote learning will begin on August 10, 2020. ATTACHED HERE is a current copy of the School’s calendar for the 2020-21 School Year. 

Pending guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we are currently anticipating beginning in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction on September 8, 2020. This date is only an estimate and may be revised by the School at any time.  

Attendance Requirements
Your child will need to participate in the School’s remote learning in order to be counted as present and attending. The School’s remote learning plan requires the following minimum level of contact: Whole class check-in and at least 2 other daily teacher-led lessons.

Please note that state law (A.R.S. § 15-802) requires as follows:

  • Every child between six and sixteen years of age must attend a school and be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.  
  • The child’s parent or guardian must enroll the child in a school and ensure that the child attends the school for the full time that school is in session. Our School is currently anticipating conducting 180-days of instruction during the 2020-21 school year (see attached school calendar).
  • Certain exceptions apply to these attendance requirements, such as medical necessity.  If you believe your child qualifies for such an exception, please contact the main office.

Free On-Site Support Services
Beginning on August 17, 2020, we will begin offering free on-site support services for students who need a place to go during the school day to complete their online learning.

  • Please be advised that until we have determined it is safe to resume in-person learning school-wide, all instruction will occur through the virtual learning environment and there will not be any teacher-led instruction available during the time students are present for the on-site support services.
  • The School is providing access to campus for on-site supervision and support only for students in specific situations so they may engage in the virtual learning environment from the physical campus setting. Priority will be given to those students who need a safe place to engage in virtual learning due to inappropriate supervision at home, no internet connectivity or other technological difficulties that would prevent access to the virtual learning program from home.
  • If your student needs access to campus starting August 17th, please click the LINK HERE and complete the form by August 12th. After August 12th you will need to complete the sign-up form on the website at least one week in advance of your student coming to campus. 
  • We need at least one week’s notice should your student be discontinuing these on-site services. Adhering to these notification periods is necessary for the School to properly plan and staff accordingly.
  • Please be advised that free on-site support services may be suspended or terminated if the School or the Arizona Department of Health Services advises closing the premises for public health reasons or in the best interests of the staff and students. 

To learn more about the School’s plan for providing on-site support services, please visit the School’s COVID-19 webpage. The details of these services may be modified based on additional guidance from ADE or other state agencies and updates will always be posted on the School website.

We know this is a confusing time for many of you and we are all learning to navigate this time together.  If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this letter, or if you need additional assistance, please contact us at:  
602-812-3616 or  

The information contained in this letter may change as the situation changes, and in accordance with any applicable law, regulation, Order, or Governing Board policy. Please continue to regularly review the websites listed below for important updates.
Thank you,

Thank you,
Margo S. O’Neill

Important Links:
Villa Montessori School | Website