Anthem School Updates

March 11, 2020

Early Release Friday at 2:00

Spring Break March 16 - 20

Adventure Dash Rescheduled

Due to the likelihood of rain Friday, we are rescheduling the Adventure Dash for March 30. The Adventure Dash includes fun obstacles, challenges, a foam pit and more! We want to make sure the students get ALL the FUN activities that are included.

Remember - we are raising money for additional playground equipment and activities such as a Gaga Ball pit!

Updated Dash schedule for March 30

Grades 3-5 @ 9-10am

Grades K-2 @ 10-11am

Morning Preschool @11-11:45am

Afternoon Preschool @ 1:15-2:15pm

Grades 6-8 @ 2:15-3:15

We hope all of our families will complete this DVUSD satisfaction survey. Your feedback is important and helps us to grow and improve each year.

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This Friday is an Early Release Day at 2:00.

All teachers will participate in work focusing on how to ensure students are prepared for the AZM2. AZM2 testing begins March 31.

Teachers will be communicating out testing dates for the various grade levels. Testing schedules will be also be posted on our Anthem School website. The schedule below shows the dates and days grades will test.

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Weekly Motto: I do my best because doing less is a waste of my own time and potential.

Dear DVUSD Parents and Guardians:

With the increased information and questions circulating about COVID-19 (previously referred to as the Novel Coronavirus), we want to provide updated information that we received from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). We also want to share with you the actions we are taking to protect the health of our students and employees.

It is important to know we do not have any reports of confirmed exposures within our school district. There has been no community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County. There is currently one presumptive positive case and one recovered case in Maricopa County.

In the case of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases, DVUSD follows the directives provided by MCDPH and ADHS. Should there be updated developments that would impact our families or schools, DVUSD will send out communications to families and employees as soon as we are able.

What DVUSD is doing:

  • DVUSD is one of the few districts in the Valley with a nurse at each of our schools. Our nurses help provide a first-hand report on the health of our students and employees. They will continue to monitor students and staff.
  • Information regarding flu protocol has been provided to all school nurses as COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the flu spreads – through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. We are working to ensure our schools are properly stocked with necessary supplies.
  • At all of our schools, custodial staff have been directed to pay extra attention to cleaning “high touch” areas, such as door knobs.
  • We are monitoring reported absence rates at schools due to colds and flu and will take action if we see a pattern of high absence rates.
  • Our district’s leadership team has been and will continue to make preparations if the disease would become widespread throughout our county and/or District. Topics include: making sure schools continue preventative measures (washing hands, staying home if not feeling well, etc.), preparing for extreme deep cleaning of schools, and planning ongoing communication to families and employees if we would need to close a school or schools.
  • Our district continues to communicate with MCDPH to ensure we have the most accurate information available.

Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • For more information from the CDC about COVID-19 visit The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has also provided tips and information, which is attached. COVID-19_letter_to_parents_MCDPH.pdf

Thank you in advance for keeping your student(s) home from school when showing symptoms of the cold or flu. We are grateful to our parents for your partnership in keeping our students healthy and safe. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families and schools.


Curtis Finch, PhD

Upcoming dates

March 13 - Early Release 2:00

March 16 - 20 No School - Spring break

March 30 - Adventure Dash Day!

March 31 -AZM2 testing begins

April 10 - No School

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