• 14 food distribution sites added by GESD Food and Nutrition

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/27/2020

    Free food sign

    The Glendale Elementary School District Food and Nutrition Department will be adding 14 food distribution sites while schools remain closed. These stops will operate between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. These sites are in addition to food distribution taking place at all GESD schools.

    The sites are:

    • 5966 W. Royal Palm Road
    • 69th Avenue and Freeway/Behind Fountain Place Apartments
    • 8595 N 71st Ave/Grand
    • Golden Lane & N. 64th Avenue, Green Belt Area
    • 58th Avenue & W. Rose Lane
    • 59th Lane & W. Seldon Lane
    • 59th Drive and Townley Ave.
    • 60th Avenue and W. Orangewood Ave.
    • 60th Drive and W. Golden Lane, south side
    • Ocotillo Rose Park, 6002 W. Keim Drive
    • On Ruth and 64th Avenue at Community Pool
    • Orange Grove Mobile Home Park
    • The Arches Apartments, N. 63rd Avenue and Citrus turnaround
    • Tiki Tai Mobile Home Park by Office Area

    In addition to food, hard copies of GESD’s enrichment packets will be available at these sites beginning Tuesday.

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  • Schools to remain closed through April 10, 2020

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/20/2020

    school closed sign

    Dear GESD Community,

    As you know, this is an unprecedented and very rapidly changing situation we are working through. During the last few weeks, we have been faced with unimaginable challenges. I understand the hardship that school closure has on our families, community, staff but more concerning, the social and emotional impact it may have on our students.

    Governor Ducey has declared all schools in Arizona will remain closed through April 10, 2020. We will continue to work closely with the Governor’s office and Arizona Department of Education to fulfill the requirements outlined in House Bill (HB) 2910 and Senate Bill (SB) 1693. 

    Next week, we will be meeting with staff to determine what learning will look like for our students. Meanwhile please visit our website at www.gesd40.org to review the current enrichment activities we have posted for students. In addition, our curbside meal service will continue with modifications to occur in the near future.

     In Glendale, we believe community strengthens education and we will come together to ensure the academic needs of our students are met. Students and families please know we miss you dearly. More importantly, during this national crisis, one of the most important things our community can do right now is practice preventative measures as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov. The health and safety of our community is our greatest concern.

     

    Respectfully,

     

    Cindy Segotta-Jones

    Superintendent

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  • Medication pick-up scheduled form March 25-26

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/20/2020

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    GESD Staff will be available at each campus for parents/guardians who wish to pick up your child’s prescription medications. During this time we will practice social distancing. One family member at a time will be met in front of the office and medication will be distributed accordingly.

    Please make arrangements to pick up medication for Wednesday, March 25 or Thursday, March 26, between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Identification will be required for pickup of medication. All medications not picked up will be properly disposed of.

    Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.

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  • GESD enrichment packets now available

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/17/2020

    Family math enrichment

    A week away from school doesn’t have to mean a week away from enrichment.

    The GESD Curriculum and Instruction staff has put together enrichment packets. These packets include links to free internet resources, online books, educational games and other activities for students.

    You can find all the packets here.

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  • Curbside meal service will begin March 18

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/16/2020

    bagged lunch

    Beginning Wednesday, March 18 and running through Friday, March 27, the Glendale Elementary School District will be utilizing a curbside meal service for our students. We will be offering breakfast and lunch to all children between the ages of one and 18. Families may stop by their local school between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. to receive both breakfast and lunch meals to go. Children must be present to receive a meal. Adult meals are not available. Families do not need to register for meals and there are no income requirements.

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  • Governor closes schools through March 27

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/15/2020

    hand washing

    Over the past few days we have been in close communication with the Governor’s Office, Arizona Department of Education and Maricopa County Health Services seeking guidance as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Governor Ducey has closed all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. GESD fully supports this decision. We will continue to keep you informed, as we seek further guidance from the Governor’s Office and legal counsel. Please be sure to visit the following links for the latest information in regard to COVID-19:

    Center for Disease Control and Prevention

    Maricopa County Department of Public Health

    Arizona Department of Health Services

     

     

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  • COVId-19 Update

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/12/2020

    corona model

    We want to update you in regard to preventative and other measures the Glendale Elementary School District is taking to assure a safe and healthy learning environment in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our students, staff and community, the Glendale Elementary School District is taking the following steps:

    • In addition to daily cleaning, District facilities will be thoroughly disinfected and sanitized over Spring Break (March 16-20). This includes classrooms, offices, restrooms, playgrounds, bleachers and high-touch areas.
    • The District’s bus fleet will be disinfected.
    • All out-of-state travel, field trips and District- or school-sponsored community events are suspended until further notice.
    • All athletics are suspended.
    • Upon return from Spring Break pre-bagged fruits, vegetables and salads will be available.

    At 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 superintendents across the state participated in a teleconference with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Dr. Carla Christ, Director of Arizona Department of Health Service providing guidance for schools regarding COVID-19. At this time school closures have not been recommended. We will continue to make decisions in regard to health and safety based on the guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Arizona Department of Education, and legal counsel. We will keep you up to date regarding any developments that may impact our community or schools. For the latest updates on COVID-19 in Arizona, please visit www.azdhs.gov.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Glendale Elementary School District.

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  • Coronavirus pranks are no joke

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/10/2020

    The coronavirus is no joke. This world-wide pandemic is affecting, families, businesses, and institutions of all kinds.

    Unfortunately it has also given rise to dangerous and insensitive pranks. A family at one of our schools was a victim of this just recently: a relative in California had their neighbor call one of our parents saying they were a representative of the Centers for Disease Control and that her daughter was exposed to  coronavirus, and had to be quarantined for two weeks.

    None of that was true. 

    Unfortunately this call set into motion a series of events within that family, and also at the school and  our offices. Because the health and safety or our students and staff is our most important job, when we receive word of any danger our emergency protocols begin immediately. While we were fortunate to find out early that this was a prank, it kept us, however briefly, from addressing our regular duties. We ask that you partner with us and speak to your children about the seriousness of this pandemic, and in making sure only the most accurate and up-to-date information is shared. 

    We thank you for your assistance, and also want to take the time to remind you that, based on information provided by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) the Glendale Elementary School District continues to take our normal health precautions typically exhibited during cold and flu season. This includes the reminders to staff and students to wash their hands, and to remain at home if they’re sick.

    It is important to note that:

    • The virus has minimal impact on children; the elderly are the primary at-risk population.
    • The coronavirus has an extremely low mortality rate.
    • Staff and students with respiratory symptoms or illnesses should stay home.

    You can read the information provided by MCDPH on our website.

    We thank you for your time and continued support.

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  • Corona virus information now available

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 3/4/2020

    corona virus

    We recently received a letter from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) regarding the Coronavirus, and we are sharing this important information with you today. Based on the information provided by the MCDPH the Glendale Elementary School District will continue to take our normal health precautions typically exhibited during cold and flu season. This includes the reminders to staff and students to wash their hands, and to remain at home if they’re sick.

    We ask that you read the MCDPH letter in its entirety. It is important to note that the MCDPH recommends that:

    • School closures are unlikely and not recommended at this time.
    • The virus has minimal impact on children; the elderly are the primary at-risk population.
    • The coronavirus has an extremely low mortality rate.
    • Staff and students with respiratory symptoms or illnesses should stay home.

    As a District, we routinely clean rooms and have a response plan in place in the event we need to enact it. Attendance is being monitored to identify any trends in absenteeism due to illness. Also, additional cleaning product has been ordered to have more available to ensure proper cleansing and sanitation is taking place.

    It is important to note that Arizona has had only one case and that it was successfully contained. While we know that the unknown can cause concern and anxiety, understand that Glendale Elementary School District is taking every precaution to ensure the safety of all students and staff. If you have any questions please contact your child’s school nurse.

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  • GESD, City team up to promote 2020 Census; be counted!

    Posted by Jim Cummings on 2/11/2020

    2020 census logo

    The Glendale Elementary School District is excited to announce that we are partnering with the City of Glendale and the U.S. Census Bureau to make sure that our community is accurately represented in the upcoming 2020 Census.

    Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds are distributed each year. Each resident counted represents approximately $3,000 per year in combined federal, state, and regional funds that support vital community programs such as education, healthcare, libraries, parks, senior services, transportation, and housing.

    You can get more information on our Census 2020 page. Be counted!

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