Cougar Connection

February 10, 2021

With the Governing Board vote to rescind the previously-adopted metrics, we will welcome students to return to in-person learning on February 16, 2021. The newsletter is lengthy this week and contains a great deal of valuable information for our return to in-person learning.

As we prepare for the return of students to our campus we would like to highlight a few important points:

  • Every Wednesday will be an early release at 12:00pm.

  • We will continue to apply mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the school. This includes cloth face mask requirements, limiting visitors, and modified drop-off and pick-up routines. Please understand that we will make every effort to maintain appropriate social distancing when possible.

  • Teachers will continue to teach to both in-person and PVConnect students at the same time.

  • Teachers will prepare materials for the learning option you choose for your student. If take-home materials and packets are prepared for PVConnect students, it will be necessary to pick up these materials from school in order for students to be fully engaged and successful in their learning.

  • In-person students who are absent may be able to access the online classroom when the absence is scheduled in advance with the teacher. At-home materials will not be readily available for absences, as teachers need advance notice to make take-home materials available.

  • While necessary absences will occur, our students will learn best when attending in a consistent learning model. If a student continues to be absent from in-person instruction for reasons other than COVID-19, we will work with the parent/guardian to assign the student to PVConnect for the remainder of the school year.

As always, please reach out with any questions. Have a wonderful week!

Stacey Orest

Wednesday Early Release

Wednesdays will be early release days every week.

School will begin at 8:15am and end at 12:00pm.

  • Kindergarten will release at 11:50pm.

Lunch will not be served.

Students will attend specials on a rotating basis.

Wednesday afternoons are reserved for teacher planning.

February Calendar

2/9: Early Release - teacher professional development

2/9: Kindergarten Round-Up (Virtual)

2/10: UPC
2/12: Regional Spelling Bee

2/15: No School - Presidents' Day

2/16: Return to in-person learning

2/16: PTO General Meeting

2/23: Family Dinner Night In - Papa John's

Kindergarten Round Up Tonight!

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

This is an online event.

For more information click here to review the Kindergarten Round Up flyer.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Registration: Mascot and Early Childhood Programs

Registration dates for the 2021-22 school year for both Mascot and Early Childhood Programs have been scheduled.

We are pleased to offer open registration to all PVSchools families beginning:

Monday, February 8, 2021, at 8:00 a.m.

Please see the following link for registration instructions and pre-school universe information:

What to do when your child is absent.

Be sure to use the attendance line to report a student absence before 3:00pm. The number is available 24 hours a day so if you know your child will be out, you are able to call at any time to record the absence (602)449-3400

  • If your child is sent home due to illness, please allow the teacher two days to prepare materials for your child. Materials for your child will be available in the front office.
  • If your child is absent from school for any reason, he/she will check back into school through the school nurse.

COVID Screening and Reporting

Please review the Maricopa County Symptom Screening for Schools for Detailed Information about Screening Protocols and Procedures: here.

Healthy Home Check

  • Students should stay home if they feel ill or are exhibiting symptoms of respiratory infection.
  • Parents and guardians should assess their child’s health daily prior to heading to school or the bus stop.
  • At the beginning of each day as students enter the classroom, teachers will informally screen students for respiratory symptoms. If the teacher has concerns, they will contact the school nurse prior to sending the student to the Nurse’s Office.
  • Students will be reminded of proper respiratory hygiene.

Materials distribution

  • Materials distribution will continue for all students learning from home.
  • Your child’s classroom teacher will notify you via email if and when materials should be picked up .
  • Materials pick up will be located in the front office.


  • Masks will be required at all times once on campus property (including sidewalks, common areas, buildings, etc).
  • Exceptions include only designated lunch time in the cafeteria, designated snack time during second recess outside, under teacher direction during PE class outside, and under teacher direction when playing instruments during band class.
  • Neck gaiters, bandanas and valve masks are not allowed as MCDPH has identified these as less effective. (See MCDPH Not All Masks Are Created Equal).

Students should bring more than one mask to campus and keep the extra(s) in their backpack
All masks should be labeled with the students first and last name
If a student is not wearing a mask or is not wearing a mask properly:
  • The first time, the classroom teacher will issue a disposable mask if needed to the student and email the parent. The teacher will re-teach mask expectations.

  • The second time, the classroom teacher will issue a disposable mask if needed to the student and email the parent. School administration and/or the school nurse will re-teach mask expectations. The school principal will email the parent addressing the concern.

  • The third time, the classroom teacher will issue a disposable mask if needed to the student and the student will be referred to the front office. The student may be directed to PVConnect learning from home. PVOnline will be considered upon parent request and space availability.

If at any time a student refuses to wear a mask:
  • Parents will be asked to pick their child up from school within one hour.

  • Disciplinary action may be issued or the student may be directed to PVConnect learning from home. PVOnline will be considered upon parent request and space availability.

Please use the following link to access PVUSD Policy: Student Dress Code Addendum - Face Cloth Mask

This is consistent with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) Face Covering Guidance as they are requiring face masks to be worn both inside and outside on schools campuses.

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Desert Cove's Mission

Mission statement: Desert Cove provides a collaborative culture that supports and celebrates student diversity, lifelong learning, and engagement in a global community.

Vision: To prepare and motivate students to achieve their personal best, to embrace learning, and build their emotional, social and physical well-being, enabling students to flourish as contributing and healthy citizens in our community.

Beliefs: Safe, Seen, Celebrated