September 28, 2021
We hope this message finds you and your families well. Hard to believe we are already completing the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you to all of our teachers, students, families, support staff and administrators for working so hard on creating an effective learning environment for all. As we enter the next quarter, please continue to put your best effort forward in maintaining a positive and effective learning environment.
In a court ruling earlier this week, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Katherine Copper, determined that the Arizona ban on school face covering requirements is unconstitutional and will not go into effect on September 29. Please be advised that Skyline Education schools will continue to require face coverings at all school sites. We hope this will continue to minimize educational disruptions and allow us to continue to provide in-person learning as we continue to navigate the pandemic.
Currently, both the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health metrics place our schools in “High Transmission” areas, and we believe that continuing to require indoor masking will help keep our entire community safe and allow us to continue to provide in-person education.
Please follow our protocols (CLICK HERE FOR HEALTH SAFETY PLAN) and do not send your child to school if they are experiencing symptoms of illness.
All the best,
August 17, 2021
We are a few weeks into the school year and are pleased our students can be here for in-person learning. It is so very critical that our students come to school to continue their learning and maintain engagement in the classroom.
To maintain our ability to continue in-person learning, we must do our best to limit the spread of the COVID virus. We have begun to see an uptick in cases in our communities and our school. We are closely monitoring theses cases to ensure we do not reach widespread transmission. Please follow our protocols (CLICK HERE FOR PROTOCOLS) and do not send your child to school if they are experiencing symptoms of illness.
Currently, as reported by health experts, Arizona is experiencing summer cold, general respiratory illnesses as well as COVID. It is very difficult to tell between these sicknesses, so to minimize transmission, please keep your child home if they are feeling ill. You may contact their teacher and administrator regarding obtaining schoolwork while your child is out. To ensure our students can continue to attend school in-person, we also recommend families stay away from populated public spaces to curb the spread of sickness in general.
Regardless of how we individually feel about face coverings, if we want our schools to remain open, we must diligently follow safety recommendations as allowed by law. In a ruling Monday August 16, Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner said the state law banning such mandates approved by the legislature at the end of June is not yet in effect. Under Arizona law, new laws are effective 90 days after the legislative session ends, which is Sept. 29 this year. For the time being, we are requiring masks to be worn while on buses, on campus and in doors. We sincerely hope you support this effort and join us in fighting for our student’s education.
We will continue to monitor cases within our school, which may involve some action to support mitigation efforts. Some actions may include short-term in-person closure of classrooms, grade levels or buildings should there be excessive transmission in certain instances. In these instances, classes may be online no more than 7-10 calendar days at a time.
Please support us in our efforts to continue delivering an effective education.
All the best,
July 23, 2021
Dear Skyline Education Families,
We are so very excited to return to in-person school after a very difficult year and a half for our entire community. We are so grateful for the availability of the vaccine in our communities but the fight against the pandemic is not over, we must remain diligent in our efforts to curb any future spread by monitoring ourselves and our children. Stay home from school or public places if you are experiencing symptoms of sickness which will not only help limit the spread of COVID, but also the seasonal flu. As we return to school, masks will be optional for all students and staff, and we ask that you follow our “Health and Safety Protocols” to ensure we limit the spread of viruses. Guidance from Governor Ducey’s office citing Laws 2021, Chapter 404, Sec. 12, which states, “A school district or charter school may not require a student or teacher to receive a vaccine for covid-19 or to wear a face covering to participate in in-person learning.”
Skyline Education and its schools are prepared with our pandemic mitigation plan should emergency orders be issued again.
We believe that we all share the same sentiment that education is a critical part of each person’s development, not only for reading, writing, mathematics but also character development, nutrition, emotional well-being and developing a strong sense of community. These critical components play a large part in our ability to positively impact the world making it a better place for future generations. Coming to school prepared to build community, learn, and challenge yourself is critical to becoming a leader of oneself. Parent and family support is also a critical component of each child’s success in life and ultimately will help to build a stronger community.
We are excited to welcome everyone back to a wonderful year and look forward to building an even stronger community.
Please look for emails and messages from your school leadership as we begin the school year. Much of your communication will be through Infinite Campus initially, so please log in and make sure your email and contact information are up to date. Schools will be sharing important information related to beginning school including school supplies, class placement and/or schedules, drop off/pick up procedures, education information, effective communication with teachers/leadership, events and more.
We sincerely hope you enjoy the next two weeks before school starts and stay safe!
All the best,
April 20, 2021
Dear Skyline Families,
Skyline Education and its schools continue to prioritize the safety of our teachers and families through the pandemic. The order, issued April 19, 2021 by Governor Doug Ducey, rescinds previous State of Arizona mandates for masks in schools. It does not prohibit schools and districts from creating or maintaining individual policies or guidelines regarding face coverings. Per current CDC recommendations, Skyline Education’s schools WILL STILL REQUIRE facemasks through the end of the current 2020-2021 school year.
Thank you for your patience while we all continue to navigate the pandemic.
Skyline Education Administration
February 18, 2021
Hello Skyline Families,
It is hard to believe it has been a full year since the global pandemic has shuttered our communities and changed education as we know it. What has not changed is that education is critical to the success of our students and encompasses not just academics but also social-emotional learning, nutrition and a community that helps our children grow to be successful adults.
Currently, Maricopa County cases are still at high levels, but we are seeing those numbers trending downward in the right direction. We are hopeful that Phase 1B vaccinations continue and support in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Based on the current trajectory of cases, we plan to welcome Skyline families back to school after spring break on Monday March 22, 2021 if the downward trend continues.
Safety is paramount and we will continue to follow our COVID-19 protocols established earlier this year when students do return. We encourage you to please review those protocols and ensure you are following them. Click here to access protocols.
Although we are welcoming students back in-person, we are aware some families will continue online education. Please notify the school of your learning option choice by clicking here to answer the survey. If you do not respond to the survey, the school will assume you are maintaining your previous choice of online or in-person.
All students are required to take state mandated testing even if they are online. Testing begins March 22 and continues through mid-May. Testing schedules will be made available prior to March 12, 2021. Campus administration will work with families who continue to participate in online instruction to schedule testing times on campus. Please contact your school administration if you have any questions or concerns related to onsite testing.
We want to thank all employees, business partners, parents, and students for working together through this tough time. We sincerely appreciate your commitment.
Skyline Education Administration
February 8, 2021
Hello Parent(s) and Guardian(s),
As we assess the current pandemic and learning environment, we are asking families to select their learning option once it is deemed safe to return. After further review, we determined it’s best to provide the option to all families regardless of your current learning option selection.
Our schools are prepared to make a rapid transition to in-person learning once the community health metrics show that it is safe to do so. If the County reports moderate spread in our boundaries for two weeks in a row or it is recommended by the State of Arizona and/or CDC, we will be ready to welcome in-person learners to school the following Tuesday.
While on campus, daily schedules will be modified to limit interactions among students and staff while still providing continued in-person support. Please enter the requested information below and indicate whether or not you would like your child to attend online or in-person learning for the remainder of the 20-21 school year.
January 12, 2021
We hope all families are doing well during this time and assure you we are doing everything possible to support our families and hope to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible.
After further review and analysis of the weekly COVID-19 data, we have made the decision to remain in an online learning environment. Currently, Maricopa County health metrics for COVID-19 are at an all-time high for 2021. The County dashboard, updated every Thursday, shows a continuing trend of substantial spread within our school boundaries.
Although we will remain in an online learning environment for all students, we want to be sensitive to the needs of individual students and families. We will continue to provide on-site services to students who need in-person support including transportation services, if necessary, to students who currently use our school transportation. We will also continue to provide the free school breakfast and lunch programs. Please reach out to your school administrator if your child needs to come to campus for academic support.
Our schools are prepared to make a rapid transition to in-person learning (for those who selected in-person in October 2020) once the community health metrics show that it is safe to do so. If the County reports moderate spread in our boundaries for two weeks in a row, we will be ready to welcome in-person learners to school the following Tuesday.
Current in-person learners are identified as those who have selected to attend school in person in October 2020. Those who selected online in October 2020 will remain online for the remainder of the 3rd Quarter. Early next week a survey will be sent to families selecting to attend in-person or online in the 4th Quarter beginning March 23rd. Please select a choice, if you do not select a choice the school will assume your current choice remains unchanged.
We are hopeful that Phase 1B vaccinations, which include school personnel, will reduce spread of COVID-19 in our community and expedite return to in-person learning. Arizona began Phase 1B vaccinations the week of January 11, 2021.
In previous letters, we noted that benchmark metric data released each Thursday by the ADHS and Maricopa County is delayed by two weeks, and we believed that data would show continued increases in community spread of COVID-19. This data-driven assumption continues to prove to be correct. Please click here to see a document detailing our analysis of current released data regarding the substantial risk that continues to exist within our school communities.
Skyline Education Administration
December 15, 2020
Prior to Thanksgiving, we sent a letter notifying our families of the difficult decision we made to return to online learning for all students beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 with on-site services available to students who need in-person support.
After further review and analysis of the weekly COVID-19 data, we have made the decision to remain in an online learning environment from January 5th, 2021 through January 15th, 2021 for all students. Students will now be tentatively scheduled to return to in-person learning on January 19th, 2021 for those electing this learning option. This choice was made to curb the substantial spread of COVID-19 following the holiday season.
In previous letters, we noted that benchmark metric data released each Thursday by the ADHS and Maricopa County is delayed by two weeks, and we believed that data would show continued increases in community spread of COVID-19. This data-driven assumption continues to prove to be correct. Below is information based on the data released December 10, which includes data through November 28:
Please click here to see a document detailing our analysis of current released data regarding the substantial risk that continues to exist within our school communities.
Although we will remain in an online learning environment for all students from January 5th, 2021 through January 15th, 2021, we want to be sensitive to the needs of individual students and families. We will continue to provide on-site services to students who need in-person support including transportation services, if necessary, to students who currently use our school transportation. We will also continue to provide the free school breakfast and lunch programs. Please contact your school administration if you need support or have any questions.
We wish everyone well through the holidays and hope you are staying safe through these times.
November 19, 2020
Earlier this week, we sent out a letter notifying our families that we had made the difficult decision to return to online learning for all students beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 with on-site services available to students who need in-person support.
In that letter, we noted that benchmark metric data released each Thursday by the ADHS and Maricopa County is delayed by two weeks, and we believed that data to be released today would show continued increases in community spread of COVID-19. This data-driven assumption was proven correct with the release of updated information today:
Please click here if you would like to see a document detailing our analysis of the data released
today regarding the substantial risk that continues to exist within our school communities.
We wish everyone well and hope you are staying safe through these times. If your student is currently attending in-person learning, we would like feedback regarding your anticipated needs beginning November 23, 2020. Please complete a survey regarding your student’s needs by clicking here.
Skyline Education Administration
November 17, 2020
We appreciate your continued patience throughout this Pandemic and hope everyone is doing well. Our number one goal is the health and safety of our students and their families, and we always consider this goal when making decisions regarding how to provide an exceptional academic learning environment for our students while being sensitive to individual student and family needs.
Our school administration has been closely monitoring the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) COVID-19 Dashboard along with the Maricopa County dashboard for schools. In recent weeks, one of the three metrics, Cases per 100,000 individuals, has increased into the substantial spread category for Maricopa County. Additionally, the zip codes adjacent to both our North Chandler and South Phoenix School campuses show Cases per 100,000 individuals above or nearly above the 100/100,000 benchmark with Percent Positivity increasing and nearing the 10 percent benchmark. A Percent Positivity rate at or above 10 percent would put two out of three metrics in the substantial spread category.
The benchmark metric data released each Thursday by the ADHS includes data that is delayed by two weeks. For example, the most recent benchmark metric data released on November 12, 2020 is updated with data through the week of October 25 ~ October 31. Since October 31st, the Laboratory Testing and Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Day data suggest that the number of COVID-19 Cases per 100,000 individuals and the Percent Positivity metrics continue to increase raising concerns that benchmark metric data releasing on Thursday of this week will show continued increases in both of these benchmarks. Please click here if you would like to see a document detailing our analysis regarding substantial risk within our school communities.
We also know we are entering the season when families and friends traditionally spend time together celebrating various holidays over the next few weeks and months.
Considering the substantial community spread and anticipated continued increases in benchmark metrics, we have decided to return to online learning for all students beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 with on-site services available to students who need in-person support. To curb the substantial spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season, we will remain in an online learning environment for all students through the end of our regularly scheduled winter break with students tentatively scheduled to return to in-person learning for those students electing this learning option on January 5, 2021.
Although we will be returning to online learning for all students beginning November 23, 2020, we want to be sensitive to the needs of individual students and families. We will continue to provide on-site services to students who need in-person support including transportation services, if necessary, to students who currently use our school transportation. We will also continue to provide the free school breakfast and lunch programs.
We wish everyone well and hope you are staying safe through these times.
If your student is currently attending in-person learning at our South Phoenix or Chandler campus, we would like feedback regarding your anticipated needs beginning November 23, 2020. Please complete a survey regarding your student’s needs by clicking here.
August 13, 2020
Dear Skyline Families,
We appreciate your patience throughout this Pandemic. While we realize in-person education for students is important, the safety of students and staff is a critical path. On July 23, 2020, our Governor in consultation with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Education issued an Executive Order. The Executive Order recommends that schools consider public health benchmarks, developed by the Arizona Department of Health, prior to in-person instruction.
On August 7, 2020, from the direction of Governor Doug Ducey, the Arizona Department of Health Services issued recommended benchmarks for opening schools. Based on these recommendations, our schools have decided to open in-person instruction beginning October 12, 2020.
Skyline Education and its schools will continue to provide virtual instruction and remain closed for in-person learning until we meet the benchmarks provided by the Arizona Department of Health. Our leadership team will convene on September 25, 2020 to review benchmarks and determine if we are on track to open October 12, 2020. We will send a new survey to parents in early September allowing parents to choose between online vs in-person to confirm your choice.
All schools will be open for on-site targeted supervision Monday – Friday during standard school hours. Targeted supervision may include but is not limited to students with disabilities, English learners, and those in care of the Arizona Department of Child Safety, including foster care. Targeted supervision is not instruction, but only a safe place to complete virtual instruction provided by the school. The school administrator will identify if students meet the above criteria by asking parents and guardians to identify their evolving needs on an ongoing basis, including the targeted service their student requires and their scheduling needs. Space is limited at each site and is capped when capacity is reached.
Starting the school year in a virtual instructional model will require students to be academically engaged daily. We encourage students to participate in virtual learning during normally scheduled class time. Regular class attendance is essential for success in school. As required by state law, student attendance must be taken every day. Students will be marked present if they have been academically engaged in class that day. Academic engagement is achieved by logging in and completed work through the CLEVER portal. Access your CLEVER portal by clicking on “Student Login for Online Learning” at https://www.skylineschools.com/digital-learning/. The CLEVER portal provides access for students to Google classroom, Google Email, Edgenuity, Odysseware, Pathblazer and other online applications.
We thank you for your understanding and support during this time.
Skyline Education Inc.