COVID-19

Please know that we are closely monitoring information from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Governor’s Office.

As updates are available regarding COVID-19 and how it affects our school community, we will share this information on our website and through e-mail. 

5/19/2020 – Dear Dayspring Families,

It was wonderful to see you all at the Portfolio Drive-Thrus!  Every one of us at Dayspring wishes that the school year could have ended differently and we continue to miss you and your kiddos so much. 

We are anxiously awaiting Governor Ducey’s plan for the reopening of schools (the announcement is expected at the end of May).  We will, hopefully, have information for you near the middle of June about when school will be reopening – so be on the lookout for an e-mail from us around that time!

As always, and especially in these uncertain times, we wish you all peace and joy, and continued good health. 

Thank you for all of your amazing support!

Sally, Kim and Lori

April 24, 2020 – Dear Dayspring Parents,

We hope that you and your families are doing well! And, to all of our parents in the health-care field, along with all others in essential services – we are so grateful for your hard-work and dedication to help us all get through this difficult time.  We literally couldn’t do it without you!

Our teachers are busy putting together end-of-year student portfolios, and they have a plan for drive-by pick-ups at the school. Stay tuned for the day and time of your student’s portfolio pick-up!  We have done a couple of these already, and it has been so fun to see families parking after the portfolio pick-up (at a safe distance from one another) and talking from their cars. We even saw a family with camp chairs and tunes! It isn’t the same as having a year-end party, certainly, but the families have enjoyed seeing each other again. We think that this will be a nice way for the kiddos to have some closure to the school year.

We continue to miss you all and we look forward to the time when we can all be back together again!

All the best,

Sally, Kim & Lori

April 8, 2020 – Dear Dayspring Parents,

We are checking in with you and are hoping that you all are staying healthy and safe.  The teachers, staff, and Board of Directors continue to miss you all terribly. We want to let you know what we’ve been working on at school recently!

  • Our school Board of Directors met via tele-conference on Monday, April 6th as part of our normal meeting schedule. The things we talked about included:
  • The idea of having a school-wide event, when it is safe to do so, that will get everyone from 2019-2020 on campus to celebrate and see their teachers and friends from class. This will include the tile fundraiser (usually held at the Ice Cream Social in April) so families who wish to have a tile on our beautiful tile wall will be able to participate.
  • Planning for next school year:  We will be following the Kyrene School District schedule for opening.  Kyrene has not released a modified schedule for opening, and so we are assuming that Dayspring will be back in school as planned in August (yippee!!).
  • The first tuition payment for the next school year is due May 15th (which goes toward August tuition). This is a really important one, because it allows our school to plan the classes and teachers for next year.  **If our school opening is delayed due to COVID-19, we will use that May 15th tuition payment for September’s tuition.
  • We look forward already to the 2020-2021 school year when we can play, laugh, and learn together again!

Best Wishes,

Sally, Kim & Lori and Your Dayspring Board of Directors

March 30, 2020 – Dear Dayspring Parents, 

We miss you and are hoping that you and your families are staying healthy and safe.  As you may have heard, the Governor’s office announced this morning that schools in Arizona will be closed through the end of the school year to try to stop the spread of COVID-19.  While we are not surprised by this announcement, we are sad that we won’t be able to finish the school year with you all here on campus.  

There are lots of things that we will continue to do to support at-home learning during this time.  Our teachers have been working hard to stay in touch with the kiddos, and provide lessons and fun ideas to continue learning at home. We hope that you have also joined our Facebook Group which is sharing information on at-home learning, as well as our YouTube channel where we are uploading readings and teacher lessons. We plan to continue those things and stay in touch as best as we can.  #alonetogether

Our Dayspring Community is very strong -it always has been!  This is probably part of what led you to Dayspring and also what has kept you here.  We will get through this challenging time together and will be stronger for it.

This economic downturn has affected all of us in some way, and we want you to know that we are committed to honoring our teacher contracts through the end of the school year, even though we are not able to have classes in person before school ends in mid-May.  

Thank you so much for your continued support.

All the best,

Sally, Kim & Lori

March 23, 2020 – Dear Dayspring Families,

As you have most likely heard, Governor Ducey has extended the school closures in Arizona through April 10th

We have created a Facebook Group (in addition to our school’s Facebook page and Instagram account) called “Friends and Families of Dayspring Preschool and Kindergarten“.  This will be a place to share information about play-based activities that you can do at home to continue learning while school is closed. The link to join our new group was sent via text in the Remind app over the weekend, and also here it is below:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/dayspringcommunitygroup/?ref=share

Thank you all – continue to stay well!

All the best,
Sally, Kim and Lori

March 20, 2020 – Dear Dayspring Families,

We hope that you are all staying well.  It is such an uncertain time, and especially challenging with little ones at home.  Kim, Lori, and I continue to monitor reports about COVID-19, especially relating to school activities. So far, school closures remain in effect through March 27th.  We will be following the Governor’s orders, as well as Kyrene’s decision, regarding closures after that date.

We are sensitive to the fact that COVID-19 has affected all aspects of the economy, and is impacting everyone in some way. Our school, and all private non-profit schools in the country, are in a position of needing to honor contracts of salaried employees, at the same time that tuition may need to be prorated for April if school does not resume on March 30th

Please bear with us as we try to navigate through this unprecedented situation.  As soon as we have more information, we will share it with you by e-mail, and with a notice through our Remind app.  A COVID-19 tab has been placed on our website, as well.

We miss you all so much and are wishing you well,

Sally, Kim and Lori

3/16/2020 – Dear Dayspring Parents,

We are thinking of you all and are wishing you well.  As you may have heard, the Governor’s office and the Arizona Department of Education have mandated that all schools in Arizona close through March 27th to help stop the spread of COVID-19.  Below is the letter that the Governor’s office sent to administrators yesterday. 

During this time of school closure with the recommendation to spend as much time at home as possible, we would like to reassure you that the Dayspring community reaches far and wide, and we are here to help you.  If you find yourself in need, please reach out to us at info@dayspringpreschool.com.  We will work hard to connect the people who have things to the people who need things.

Please give your kiddos big hugs from us!  We miss you all so much!

All the best,

Sally, Kim and Lori

March 15, 2020 – Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders and education community members,  
In our roles as Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we stand united in working with you to keep Arizona’s kids, families, and school communities safe and healthy. Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open — these are important assets in people’s lives and many families rely on them for nutrition and access to health care. Both of our staffs have been working together in partnership through the weekend, and we’ve been in touch with educational leaders on the frontlines. Currently, staffing and potential absences are a concern in many districts. Many schools and school districts have announced closures.  
Today, we are jointly announcing the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. We will continue to work together and assess this situation on a 24/7 basis. It’s important for families and parents to know that while this will address operational issues, doing this will not stop the spread of COVID-19. The safest place for children during this time is at home. They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members. Additionally, we are committed to working together to minimize the impact of these closures. To that end, we are assembling resources and forming community partnerships that will reduce the impact of these closures on families, teachers, and school communities. Efforts are underway to ensure that any child has access to meals while schools are closed. We have also worked with USDA to allow schools to begin summer food service operations and provide boxed meals as needed. Your local school will have more information about how and where to access meals. We understand many parents have questions about childcare options. It is the recommendation of public health officials that kids who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible. For families for whom that’s not an option, we are coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it. For our dedicated school employees, we’re working together to make sure you don’t see any disruption to your pay. We’ll also be consulting with our district and legislative partners to determine the extent of any potential makeup days. Many parents, teachers, and administrators may have questions about statewide testing. We’re currently engaging with our federal partners in the event that we need to secure a waiver. The Department of Education will provide additional guidance to schools that will be posted to azed.gov. For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit azhealth.gov. This website is updated daily with new information. We will continue to remain in close contact with state and public health officials to provide the most up-to-date information and ensure that the State of Arizona is doing everything we can to keep every member of our community healthy and safe. We are asking schools to please adhere to the following measures during this period of closure: School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home. School administrators should develop a plan to continue breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students. As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should expand child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure. When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize election equipment and common surfaces. 
Sincerely,   Governor Doug Ducey & Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

3/14/2020 – Dear Dayspring Parents,

The Board of Directors unanimously approved the vote to keep school closed through Friday, March 20th to align with Kyrene’s school closure schedule. 

We continue to monitor the COVID-19 developments through the Maricopa County Health Department, Arizona Department of Health Services, the CDC, and the Governor’s office. 

As we know more, we will send alert e-mails, and we will also notify you of a new e-mail through the Remind app. 

If you have any questions, please e-mail us at info@dayspringpreschool.com.

Below are links for up-to-date information in the area:

Maricopa County Health Department

AZ Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

All the best,

Sally, Kim & Lori

3/13/2020 – Dear Dayspring Parents,

We take the health of our students and teachers very seriously.  As you have heard, the Kyrene and Tempe Elementary School Districts have decided to suspend classes until at least Friday, March 20th due to concerns about COVID-19. 

Kim and I have been closely monitoring the recommendations of the Maricopa County Health Department, Arizona Department of Education, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Governor’s office regarding school closures.  

We will let you know as soon as possible if our Board recommends that we follow the neighboring school districts’ leads and suspend classes next week.

Best Wishes,

Sally, Kim and Lori