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Message from Our Superintendent

July 31, 2020 - Superintendent's Message

Dear Altar Valley Families,

Please carefully read the following information below regarding the 2020-2021 School Year. 


Drive thru device pick up will be from Monday August 3 – 5. Devices will be distributed at Altar Valley Middle School from 8 AM – 2 PM for students registered to attend in the Altar Valley School District for the 2020-2021 school year. AVSD encourages all parents/guardians to pick up a district-owned device for each enrolled student. It will be beneficial for every student to have their own device rather than sharing with family members, we have found that many of the District’s specific learning applications work better on AVSD devices.

District-owned devices come with District purchased security features from Securly. Families will also receive a charging cord, case/sleeve, and personalized information to assist with computer login and use. 

You can go to our District website and complete the Technology Work Order form for any technical support on our Technology page.

Remote Learning Plan:  Remote Learning begins August 6, 2020. Our Remote Learning Plan can be found on the District’s website on our COVID-19 page. 

During Remote Learning:

  • Students will engage daily with their regularly assigned teacher.
  • Daily engagement will be online.
  • Teachers will take attendance and provide interactive lessons.
  • Lessons will include opportunities for practice and feedback.
  • Intervention services will be provided for eligible students.
  • Monday – Friday except for holidays. 
  • Robles Elementary School Remote Learning hours 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.
  • Altar Valley Middle School Remote Learning hours 8:45 AM-3:45 PM.

Attendance Requirements

Your child will need to participate in the District’s Remote Learning plan in order to be counted as present and attending.  Attendance will be taken during the first lesson of the day and following lunch. Any student who logs on and participates is present. 

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.  


Starting on August 6, we will provide free breakfast and lunch from 7:00 – 8:00 AM at the following locations:

  1. Taylor Lane bus stop
  2. Sierrita Mountain Rd at the Speedway Store
  3. Sandario and Snyder Hill
  4. Wells Fargo and Chumblers
  5. Robles Elementary School

On-Site Learning Opportunities and Support Services

Beginning on August 17, 2020, AVSD will begin offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the school day. 

  • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services are not teacher-led classroom instruction. However, on-site learning opportunities and support services will include a learning space, supervision, and the necessary technology to participate in remote learning. 
  • If you believe your child needs a place to go during the school day, please contact your child’s teacher. 
  • Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services may be suspended or terminated if the District 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.  
  • On-Site Learning hours at Robles Elementary will be 8:30 AM-3:30 PM.
  • On-Site Learning hours at Altar Valley Middle School will be 8:45 AM-3:45 PM.
  • No transportation will be provided. 
  • Before participation in On-Site Learning can begin you must sign and return the Altar Valley School District COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgment and Disclosure form. 
  • There will be more information to come the week of August 9, 2020. 

Mitigation Plan:  Our plan to address the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the District’s COVID-19 page on our website.


Pending guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we will set a projected date to begin in-person teacher-led classroom instruction.

If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this letter, or if you need additional assistance, please contact your child’s teacher. The information contained in this letter may change as the situation changes.

For your convenience, you may also download the printable version of this July 31 letter.


Dr. David Dumon

Dr. David Dumon
Altar Valley School District