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Welcome to Vernon Elementary School District, where we foster a love of learning in every student we are privileged to serve!

Located in central Arizona, just east of Show Low, our small class sizes provide each kindergarten through eighth grade student in our care with the personalized attention they need to grow both academically and developmentally. But good education doesn’t just happen. It is a partnership that must be nurtured, reevaluated, and recharged with ideas and energy from parents, teachers, community members, and administration. We invite you to take some time this year to get to know us, and let us get to know you. Together we will succeed!

A Message from Our Superintendent

Dear Parents, 

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you back to the 2021–2022 school year. My name is Chad Knippen, and I am the new principal/superintendent at Vernon Elementary School. I bring with me 25 years of experience in education, 21 of these in administration. I really look forward to meeting you and all of the students over the next couple of weeks.

We are returning to school after a very unique school year due to COVID-19. While many of the public COVID-19 protocols have been reduced, the school has protocols in place and have a process we will follow to prevent COVID-19 spread in the school. We have a COVID-19 information letter and waiver available for you during registration and at our back-to-school night. Our updated protocols for COVID-19 are posted on our website, however, the CDC is changing recommendations frequently, so our plan is also subject to change. As a general summary, masks are recommended for staff, students, and parents in schools (not required at this time), students will practice hand washing and respiratory etiquette, and social distancing is recommended at three feet. We will keep a focus on a clean and healthy facility and should COVID-19 cases be reported, contact tracing and quarantine procedures will be put into effect. We ask that you do not send students to school who are sick or have a fever.

Our back-to-school night is on Tuesday, August 3. We will meet in the gym at 5:00 p.m. for a brief introduction and then have three sessions from 5:20 to 5:35 p.m., 5:40 to 5:55 p.m., and 6:00 to 6:15 p.m. for parents to visit multiple classes should you students in different grade levels. We will wrap up at 6:15 p.m.

I am eager to get the new school year underway, and I look forward to an exciting and prosperous school year.  


Chad Knippen

Dr. Chad Knippen