With marching orders to take care of young minds and midsections, school administrators have had to scramble in the era of COVID-19.
Glendale education leaders had to act swiftly March 15, when Gov. Doug Ducey closed schools for two weeks. On Friday, March 20, Ducey extended the closures by another two weeks, through April 10.
In his March 15 proclamation, Ducey also ordered: “School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.”
And Ducey noted, “School administrators should develop a plan to continue breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.”
The Peoria Unified School District had a few days to plan, as district schools were on spring break March 16-20.
This week, with the break over, the district started providing to-go meals and Ducey-mandated online learning.
On its website, peoriaunified.org, PUSD outlines its plan.
“Peoria Unified’s Curriculum and Instruction team has compiled a list of online resources for at-home learning activities. While none of the activities are required, you may choose to use the list as a menu of ideas to explore and select those activities that are of interest to your child.”
“We are working on a plan,” said Danielle Airey, a PUSD spokeswoman, when asked about hotspots for students without home internet access.
An online document breaks down opportunities by grade level and subject. The document states more information is located on the PUSD Student Portal. There are also links to learning sites such as khanacademy.org and learnzillion.com.
Similarly, Glendale Union High School District’s website, guhsdaz.org, provides a link for “online enrichment resources.” GUHSD also noted, “Students needing paper copies can request them by emailing their school.”
Glendale Elementary School District has “enrichment activities” at gesd40.org.
“In Glendale, we believe community strengthens education and we will come together to ensure the academic needs of our students are met,” said Cindy Segotta-Jones, GESD superintendent, in a letter posted on the district website.
“Students and families please know we miss you dearly.”
With an online emphasis on keeping brains stimulated, GESD, PUSD and GUHSD all are providing meal pickups for young bellies.
According to GUHSD, “Free grab-and-go meals will be provided to children 18 and younger from March 23 to April 10 at all nine of our comprehensive high schools between 9 and 11 a.m.”
The GUHSD meal locations include four Glendale high schools:
• Apollo High School,
8045 N. 47th Avenue.
• Glendale High School,
6216 W. Glendale Avenue.
• Independence High School,
6602 N. 75th Avenue.
• Washington High School,
2217 W. Glendale Avenue.
Glendale Elementary School District started curbside meals Wednesday, March 18, and will continue through the extended closure.
According to GESD, “We will be offering breakfast and lunch to all children between the ages of 1 and 18. Families may stop by their local school between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (week days) to receive both breakfast and lunch meals to go.”
Children must be present to receive a meal and adult meals are not available, according to the GESD website.
Families do not need to register for meals and there are no income requirements.
At PUSD, meals for 37,000 students are available for curbside pick-up from 10:30 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
All meals will be served in a bag with a lunch and cold breakfast for the next day. Lunch will include a hot or cold entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk. Breakfast will include an entrée, fruit, juice and milk.
“Those 18 and younger will receive free meals and they will be distributed (one per child) on a first come, first served basis. Meals for adults will be available for purchase for $3,” according to the district website.
Those with accessibility needs should email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For updates and more information, visit peoriaunified.org/coronavirus.
Meals are available at the following PUSD locations:
• Alta Loma Elementary,
9750 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria.
• Apache Elementary,
8633 W. John Cabot Road, Peoria.
• Canyon Elementary,
5490 W. Paradise Lane, Glendale.
• Centennial High School,
14388 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria.
• Cheyenne Elementary,
11806 N. 87th Avenue, Peoria.
• Copperwood Elementary,
11232 N. 65th Avenue, Glendale.
• Cotton Boll Elementary,
8540 W. Butler Drive, Peoria.
• Country Meadows Elementary,
8409 N. 111th Avenue, Peoria,
• District Administration Center,
6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale.
• Desert Harbor Elementary,
15585 N. 91st Avenue, Peoria.
• Desert Palms Elementary,
11441 N. 55th Avenue, Glendale.
• Desert Valley Elementary,
12901 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale.
• Foothills Elementary,
15808 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale.
• Heritage Elementary,
5312 W. Mountain View Road, Glendale.
• Ira A. Murphy Elementary,
7231 W. North Lane, Peoria.
• Ironwood High School,
6051 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Glendale.
• Kachina Elementary,
5304 W. Crocus Drive, Glendale.
• Liberty High School,
9621 W. Speckled Gecko, Peoria.
• Marshall Ranch Elementary,
12995 N. Marshall Ranch Drive, Glendale.
• Oasis Elementary,
7841 W Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria.
• Peoria Elementary,
11501 N. 79th Avenue, Peoria.
• Peoria High School,
11200 N. 83rd Avenue, Peoria.
• Pioneer Elementary,
6315 W. Port au Prince Lane, Glendale.
• Raymond S. Kellis High School, 8990 W. Orangewood Avenue, Glendale.
• Sahuaro Ranch Elementary,
10401 N. 63rd Avenue, Glendale.
• Santa Fe Elementary,
9880 N. 77th Avenue, Peoria.
• Sky View Elementary,
8624 W. Sweetwater Avenue, Peoria.
• Sun Valley Elementary,
8361 N. 95th Avenue, Peoria.
• Sundance Elementary,
7051 W. Cholla Street, Peoria.
• Vistancia Elementary,
30009 N. Sunrise Point, Peoria.
Deer Valley Unified School District also was on spring break March 16 through March 20. The district announced Tuesday, March 17, that meals will be provided for children 18 and younger from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27.
“Breakfast and lunch will be available for drive-through or pick-up at several school sites and locations in our community,” according to Monica Allread, a DVUSD spokeswoman.
“We encourage families to continue to be proactive in reducing the risk of COVID-19 by not congregating at the school site once meals have been distributed, continuing to wash your hands often, sneezing or coughing into a tissue, and staying home if you are sick,” Allread added.
DVUSD food-distribution locations include:
• Barry Goldwater High School,
2820 W. Rose Lane, Phoenix.
• Budget Suites,
2702 W. Yorkshire Drive, Phoenix.
• Cactus Trail Apartments,
2403 W. Lone Cactus Drive, Phoenix.
• Park Meadows Elementary,
20012 N. 35th Avenue, Glendale.
• Sunrise Elementary,
17624 N. 31st Avenue, Phoenix.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided at the same time by DVUSD.
The district advises parents to check dvusd.org/food every day to see if hours or locations change.
“All children 18 and under qualify. You do not have to attend our schools to participate or be approved for the free and reduced meal program in order to receive meals,” Allread noted.
At the DVUSD locations, children must be present in order for meals to be provided.
Meal distribution sites will be set up outside at each location and meals should not be consumed at that location. Those driving are advised to stay in the car, and meals will be passed to the driver.