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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

August 5, 2020

Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2020–2021 school year at Vernon Elementary School District. The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff remain our top priorities. All VESD students will begin school virtually on Thursday, August 6, 2020. Please visit our website to meet your child’s teacher virtually. The district will remain virtual while carefully monitoring local conditions regarding the presence and spread of the COVID-19 virus. Determinations regarding a return to in-person schooling will include a metric provided by the Arizona Department of Education on August 7, 2020, along with data provided by local healthcare professionals.

On Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the VESD will be passing out laptops, hot spots, (students who need them in order to participate in our virtual learning), and welcome back packets. Please stop by between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. outside the front office.

Beginning August 17, 2020, students receiving special education services, English Language Learners, and those placed in foster care settings are permitted on-campus Monday through Thursday within designated areas only. We will provide transportation for students requiring special supports.  

Individual and small groups of students (less than ten) may participate in counseling sessions if invited. We will contact students receiving onsite services with instructions on how to proceed on campus. The supports provided for our “at-risks” students exceeds that required by the Arizona Department of Education.

We request all VESD students to sign a COVID-19 waiver before attending on-campus learning, or if they are participating in exceptional support or extracurricular activity or service provided by the district. Despite our best efforts, VESD cannot guarantee its students, employees, or volunteers will not contract the COVID-19 virus while in attendance.  

While on campus, all VESD staff and students must wear a mask, practice handwashing, and participate in social and physical distancing measures implemented to reduce the spread of the COVID virus. Those demonstrating medical restrictions and young children under five years old may be exempt from mask-wearing. 

Determinations regarding a return to in-person schooling will include a metric provided by the Arizona Department of Education on August 7, 2020, coupled with data provided by local healthcare professionals, including epidemiologists.

Thanks for your cooperation, let’s have a great school year!

Yours in Learning,

Dr. Monica Barajas

Dr. Monica Barajas