***COVID-19 UPDATE: April 30, 2021***

Dear SCS families, 

On April 6th the SCS Governing Council held a Special Meeting in which we voted to revise the wording of our COVID plan to clearly state that we would be following CDC guidelines for the safe reopening of schools. That vote was unanimous. 

On April 19 Governor Ducey announced that schools would now be able to set their own policies regarding masks.  At a Special Meeting on April 20th, the SCS Governing Council voted to continue following our COVID plan and maintain our mask requirement through the end of the 2021 school year.  

The health and safety of our entire community is and has always been our primary concern. We are delighted to be open for in-person instruction and are confident that our health and safety protocols will facilitate a healthy and successful conclusion to the school year for all.

It is our greatest hope that our current mitigation strategies will keep our community healthy, so our students can enjoy the kind of in-person end-of-year traditions that we all missed last year. 

We will be revisiting all of our COVID-19 related plans over the summer and will update accordingly based on the most current health recommendations for public schools available at that time. 

Meg Haesloop
Acting President
Sedona Charter School Governing Council

***COVID-19 UPDATE: April 20, 2021***

Dear Families,

You may have seen that Governor Ducey has declared Executive Order 2021-10 which lifts the state mandate for masks at schools, and leaves the decision about masking to school superintendents and school boards. The Sedona Charter School Governing Board voted this evening to follow local districts of Sedona Oak Creek, Cottonwood, and Flagstaff Unified to continue following CDC Guidelines for universal mask wearing at SCS in accordance with our Covid Three Part Plan.    

MASKS ARE STILL REQUIRED AT SEDONA CHARTER SCHOOL ACCORDING TO OUR COVID19 THREE-PART PLAN.

If anything changes with our mask policy at school, we will notify you. 

Sincerely,

The Operations Team
Sedona Charter School

***COVID-19 UPDATE: March 30, 2021***

Update on Mask Requirement in K-12 Schools from Arizona Department of Education
Dear School Leaders, 

We wanted to share information we received from the Arizona Department of Health Services today in light of Governor Ducey’s executive order relaxing COVID-19 restrictions. AZDHS Emergency Measure 2020-04 is still in effect, requiring masks in all K-12 schools. Masking is one of the top mitigation strategies for safe in-person learning as recommended by the CDC.

Masks must be worn on school campuses, on school buses and during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, and visitors. 

Thank you,
Arizona Department of Education

***COVID 19 UPDATE: January 20, 2021***

Dear Families,

It is with great excitement that we announce the Governing Council decision yesterday to open Sedona Charter School in full, full time starting on February 1st for all grades. All students are welcome in-person 5 days a week!

This decision was made with the following considerations:

Our Middle School and Upper Elementary classrooms now have adjusted enrollment that will allow for all students to be present together with 6 foot distancing. Masks will still be required.

SCS buildings are outfitted with strong mitigation measures, including an updated air filtration system and daily UV-C lighting sterilization.

Current weather will allow for comfortable outside classrooms when needed.

Suzi from U.E. and Jacki from M.S. previously sent their families an email surveying which students would come in-person if open and who would stay online. We are proceeding with that data and will review the options for in-person learning again, in full, at the beginning of fourth quarter.

At any time, parents may move students to online learning from in-person learning if they become uncomfortable with the COVID status in the classroom or community.

Thank you,

Sedona Charter School Operations Team

Crystal Hoyle, Executive Director
Katarina Houser, Lower Elementary Principal Educator
Suzi Ashley, Upper Elementary Principal Educator
Jacki Rice, Middle School Principal Educator

***COVID 19 UPDATE: January 20, 2021***

Dear Parents and Students,

I am writing to inform you that the SCS Strings Program will be going on a hiatus for the remainder of the second semester of the ’20-’21 school year.

As many of you are aware, the pandemic has created a very challenging financial situation for Sedona Charter School. To keep the school open, the SCS Board and Staff have been forced to make some very difficult decisions and significant sacrifices. Therefore, in the interests of sustaining the financial viability of the school now, and to preserve the integrity and viability of the Strings Program for future years, I have made the difficult voluntary decision to go on sabbatical for the remainder of the second semester. This will have the dual benefit of freeing both my classroom space to allow for full-time in-person learning and desperately needed financial resources for the school’s operations.

Students must return school instruments by January 26th, 2021. Those who paid their fees in full this year will receive a credit for the 21’-22’ school year fees. Those who wish to continue their musical studies during the hiatus can contact me to inquire about private or small group lessons.

Finally, I assure you, Sedona Charter School truly values the Strings Program and considers it one of the legacy programs in the amazing education provided to our students at our school. This is a temporary measure focused on short term sustainability. The Strings Program is not going away forever and will resume once we get over this bump in the road.

Optimistically Yours,

Kristina Beachell
Director of Strings and Orchestral Studies
Sedona Charter School
kristina@sedonacharterschool.com

***COVID 19 UPDATE: January 6, 2021***

Dear Parents,

The SCS Governing Board met last night and made the following decision based on the local Yavapai County metrics and latest guidance regarding schools re-opening. 

Our community’s health and safety is of utmost importance to us, including the condition of our local healthcare system.  Based on the current infection rate in our area, Sedona Charter School will remain in Plan D of our COVID 19 Plan, with Upper Elementary and Middle School remaining in Distance Learning for the month of January. 

The Governing Board will meet again on January 19, 2021 to consider the learning plan for February. 

Lower Elementary will remain in person with online and hybrid options, due to the latest data and guidance showing the lower transmission rate of that age group.

Our Safe Space remains open for families who would like their children on campus for online support, academic support, or other educational and health reasons.  If you would like to sign up for this service, please email your Principal Educator the Friday before the week you would like this service.

Sincerely,

Sedona Charter Governing Council

***COVID 19 UPDATE: December 14, 2020***

Dear Sedona Charter School Lower Elementary Families,

Unfortunately one of our Lower Elementary students has tested positive for the COVID-19 Virus. All families who have been in direct contact with this student have been directly notified by myself, as we are following the guidelines provided by the CDC regarding contact tracing protocol. 

We are using isolation protocols in the classroom and will be remaining open. If your student begins to exhibit symptoms please keep them home for the remainder of the week. 

Thank you for your understanding and support during this challenging time. If you have questions or concerns please call, text or email me. 

Warmly,

Katarina Houser
Sedona Charter School
Lower Elementary Principal Educator
(928) 606-3893 

***COVID 19 UPDATE: November 11, 2020***

Dear Sedona Charter School Families,

As we continue to balance following the COVID 19 metrics in our area with the need to have our children in the classroom as much as possible, we are working to be flexible in our decision-making. Therefore, having reached at least one metric in Yavapai County in the red, and at least one in the yellow, which requires our school to close for distance learning only, we have met with our Governing Council to arrange a slight change to our plan. 

Due to the data showing a lower transmission rate for young children under ten years old (https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/what-do-we-know-about-children-and-coronavirus-transmission/), and the particular hardship placed on our Lower Elementary families with distance learning, the Governing Council decided to allow the Lower Elementary classroom to stay open to daily in-person instruction.

We know that infection spread is less likely to occur when mitigation strategies are in place, such as a strong air filtration system, six foot distancing, mask-wearing, and lots of outside time, therefore our Lower Elementary classroom will continue using these strategies.

Lower Elementary will continue in-class learning full-time with parents continuing to have the option of distance learning at any time. Due to the current Yavapai County Health Dept. report of rising COVID metrics in the county, Upper Elementary and Middle School will move to distance learning only, for the rest of the second quarter. We will look at the situation as we approach the beginning of the third quarter at the start of January. 

Two after-school enrichment programs will continue online for the remainder of their six week course, Dungeons and Dragons, and American Sign Language. Those teachers will contact the participating families.The Art program has been postponed. 

Safe Space will expand its hours from 8:30-3:00 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. It will continue to be 8:30-12:00 on Wednesdays. Safe Space will be housed in the Middle School until at least December 20th. If you are interested in this service, please contact your Principal Educator the Friday before it is needed.

We continue to appreciate your support and patience as we move forward together in these unprecedented times.

Sincerely,

Sedona Charter School Operations Team

Crystal Hoyle

Jacki Rice

Suzi Ashley

Katarina Houser

***Executive Order: https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/executive_order_2020-51.pdf

***SCS: COVID19 Health Mitigation and Reopening Plan

***SCS: Distance Learning Plan

***SCS: Letter for Families Regarding Extending Distance Learning and Creating a Safe Place for Students in Need

***COVID 19 UPDATE: November 6, 2020***

Original PDF Message
11/6/2020
Dear Sedona Charter School families,

As most of you know, we have identified a positive case of COVID19 on campus. The entire campus and Safe Space Computer Lab will be closed for in person instruction until November 12, 2020. All classes will be online for distance learning. The campus will be cleaned on Tuesday 11/10/20 with UVC lights, and our deep cleaning Covid-19 Protocol. The UVC lights will be used again for all classrooms including the Safe Space on Thursday 11/12/20 from 5:00am until 7:00am.

Please find the Emergency Meeting Governing Council Agenda and Minutes relating to the emergency decision the Governing Council made to close the school and the Safe Space for five days. I have also included our revised Covid-19 plan to include Plan D which has also been approved by the GC.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for being patient as we work through this together.

Crystal Hoyle
Executive Director
Sedona Charter School
165 Kachina Drive
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 204-6464

***COVID 19 UPDATE: November 5, 2020***

Sedona Charter School Governing Council Special Meeting

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Minutes

***COVID 19 UPDATE: November 5, 2020***

Original PDF Message
11/5/2020
Dear Sedona Charter School families,

We have identified a positive case of COVID19 on campus. The entire campus and Safe Space Computer Lab will be closed for in person learning and teaching until November 12, 2020. All classes will be online for distance learning.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Thank you for being patient as we work through this together.

***COVID 19 UPDATE: October 29, 2020***

Covid-19 Decision making protocols

***COVID 19 UPDATE: October 27, 2020***

Sedona Charter School Three Part COVID 19 Response Plan
Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 Open For Learning