Our Noteworthy News

So much is happening in our small district! One of our goals is to help keep you informed of all the changes and positive activities taking place. We’ll be updating this page frequently with the latest news and events, allowing you to have the most up-to-date information possible.

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020

The U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will extend several flexibilities through as late as December 31, 2020. The flexibilities allow summer meal programs operators to continue serving free meals to children into the fall months. This unprecedented move will help ensure - no matter what the situation is on-the-ground - children have access to nutritious food as the country recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA has been and continues to be committed to using the Congressionally appropriated funding that has been made available.

Please read the entire USDA free meals extension information article.

COVID-19 Information

As we continue with in-person school, it is important to share some information from the State of Arizona Department of Education and the United States Department of Education regarding COVID-19. Please view our COVID-19 information document for the information shared and how it may pertain to your student.

Parent Scheduling Notification

Over the last few weeks with program implementation, increasing input, and much trial and error, we found that many students are adjusting well to the distance learning online format. However, there are many students who need additional support. Please read our parent scheduling notification for more information. 

On-Site Student Support

As we continue to monitor and assess COVID-19 and how it affects the schools here in La Paz county, we will be starting school via online distance learning. Through this difficult time, we will provide instructional services to our students.

Beginning on August 17, 2020, we will begin offering on-site support services for pre-registered high need students. For more information on these services, please see this letter from Gloria Dean, superintendent.

Distance Learning Plan Template for School Districts

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 Pan (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.

Please visit and read the entire distance learning plan template document.

August 6, 2020 - Distance Learning Update

The start of school is almost here. Our staff has been working diligently to prepare for a successful start to the school year. At this time, we will not be able to do in-person learning. Please read through our August 6 update to learn more.

Distance Learning Model Parent Letter

On July 20, 2020, Wenden Elementary School Board held a special meeting to determine the safest model of instruction for all students in our community. It was decided to implement distance learning until it is deemed safe for students to be on site. Please take a moment to read through the July 21 parent letter to learn more.

Cafeteria Workers Needed

Wenden Elementary School is looking to fill a part-time, on-call position in the cafeteria. This is a relief position, and hours vary from four to seven hours when needed. We require a La Paz County health card and a fingerprint clearance card. This position is open until filled. Applications are available at the Wenden School office Monday–Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. See our Human Resources page for more information.