Distance Learning

Online Learning

Mitigation Plan

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recommend that reopening decisions be driven by the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community. (ADE’s Roadmap for Reopening Schools, and the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction). The protocols that follow are based on CDC, ADE, ADHS, and Maricopa County Public Health guidelines. They are aligned to current Federal, State and Local mandates, proclamations and/or orders. All the previously stated agency guidelines and Federal, State and Local mandates, proclamations, and/or orders may change at any given time and, thus, may change the protocols that are in this document.

The following protocols are to be implemented across all Cartwright School District sites. In order to execute the districtwide protocols and because each site is unique, individual schools and sites may have specific information that pertains to their site.

Because information, recommendations and mandates change frequently, information and procedures throughout this document may be updated. If a major change occurs, employees, parents and families will be notified.

Click here to view the entire Mitigation Plan.

Letter from Superintendent

Dear Parents and Families,

I want to welcome you to the Cartwright School District and thank you for entrusting your child’s education to us. The COVID-19 pandemic was unprecedented and will continue to be a challenge as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year. Our schools will continue to provide robust instruction with distance learning options. Your child will be exposed to tremendous opportunities that include college and career ready programs to prepare our scholars to be globally ready, that focus on foreign language, a strong STEM education, and Social Emotional Learning, as well as extracurricular activities.

This school year, we will continue with our Dual Language Program which now has expanded to two of our schools, Starlight Park Elementary School and Bret R. Tarver Elementary School. A Dual Language Program fosters bilingualism, biliteracy and high levels of academic achievement through instruction in two languages, English and Spanish.

Cartwright School District continues to find ways to support our families. This year we have moved to a 4-day school week with Fridays being a Flexible Learning Day for students. At our school sites and District Office, Fridays will be designated as a deep cleaning day; however, we will do everything possible to ensure student and staff safety by disinfecting daily. When it is safe to return to in-person school at our school sites, we will continue to offer free before school care at all schools as well as minimal cost daycare on Fridays.

Because of the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we want to thank you in advance for your understanding and flexibility as COVID-19 guidance continues to change; however, our dedication to your children remains a priority.

We are “One Team, Una Familia!” and we take great pride in serving our community

and our students all year long!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor


Distance Learning

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-41 Prioritizing Kids and Schools During COVID-19 regarding the reopening of schools for school year 2020-2021. As part of the Executive Order, all public schools may submit a Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to receive the flexibility to offer distance learning options for students without an approved Arizona Online Instruction (AOI) program for the 2020-2021 school year. School districts are required to submit a DLP to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) prior to implementing distance learning. School districts may begin operating their DLP upon submission of the plan to ADE. Charter schools are required to use the template provided by the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools (ASBCS) and must submit their DLP as specified in communications from ASBCS and each charter holder’s assigned Education Program Manager.

School Districts may make revisions to improve their DLP at any time, but must submit those changes to the ADE within 10 business days of any substantive revision. School districts should contact the ADE at EmergencyDL@azed.gov to revise their DLP.

A school district that has been approved to operate an AOI but plans to operate distance learning for students enrolled in a brick and mortar school must submit a DLP prior to beginning operations. School districts are required to submit a DLP to be eligible for the Governor’s Enrollment Stability Grant Program. 

To learn more about our extended plan with information about attendance, instructional methods, SEL support for students and more, read our full plan.


The safety of all students and staff is one of our top priorities. Here is what you will expect in terms of safety precautions when your child comes back to school:

  • All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings (masks or shields). These will be provided for students and of course, parents can send their child with their own personal masks. Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day with special attention to high touch areas.  
  • We will be educating and ensuring students practice good hygiene including frequent handwashing, the use of sanitizers, understanding social distancing protocols and refraining from touching the face. 
  • Minimal transitions for learning will be in place and students will be with the same group all day. This applies to recess and lunch.
  • Students will have opportunities for physical activity throughout the day but there will be social distancing and no sharing of materials. All materials will be cleaned and disinfected.
  • Students will eat in their classroom and will be following cleaning and disinfecting protocols before and after eating.


Transportation is doing everything possible to implement safety procedures for all students who rely on transportation to get them to school.  Students riding the bus will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to getting on the bus. Buses will be cleaned and disinfected between every route. Students will have assigned seats, one student to a seat, and all children will be facing the same direction.

 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

  1. As a parent will there be restrictions when visiting my child? Yes, if you are visiting the front desk, you will be required to wear a mask. Visitors will be limited during school hours. 
  2. Will childcare be provided on Fridays? What is the cost? Yes, it will be provided at each of our schools. The cost will be minimal. Students will be offered educational and enrichment activities during Fridays.
  3. What will extra-curricular activities, field trips & sports look like next year? Sports and extracurricular activities will be limited due to the virus. Updates for what is possible will be shared on a regular basis.
  4. What happens if there’s an outbreak at school? We will follow CDC guidelines and alert parents if this happens.
  5. Will PAC (Phoenix Afterschool Care) still be offered at schools who previously offered the program when we return to school? After School care sponsored by PAC will be open from dismissal - 6 p.m. 
We are currently offering a school day Student Age Care in conjunction with the Boys and Girls Club at Cartwright School. This is offered to Cartwright students with a high need for support during the day. All school principals have information for parents.


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