Esmond School Day

Thank you for partnering with us to provide meaningful opportunities for your children. This page has been developed to inform our Esmond families of plans regarding the opening of schools for the 2020/2021 School Year. We recognize that as plans are made, some of those plans will need to be modified and adjusted as conditions around COVID-19 are still fluid across Arizona. As some of these topics are still being discussed and considered, you may find areas that are under construction. As decisions are finalized, the sections will be updated on this page.

Currently, there is a Pima County Resolution requiring face coverings in all settings where social distancing may not be possible. HERE is the Vail School District face covering policy. Absent this requirement in the further, it is our intent to do the following:
  • Create a cultural norm that adults and students will wear face coverings when physical distancing is not possible.
  • Ask that parents provide a face covering for their student.
  • If a student comes to school without a face covering, one will be provided.
  • Consider individual exemptions on a case by case basis.




  • Students will enter campus through three different gates based on grade level. 
  • Walkers, bikers, and bus riders will go directly to their classrooms as they arrive. 
  • Parent drop off students will be divided into two groups based on families and encouraged to drop off their children within an assigned 15 minute time frame.
  • Students will not be permitted on campus prior to 7:50 a.m. 
  • Students who eat school breakfast will be permitted in the MPR starting at 7:50 a.m.
  • Parents are encouraged to stay in their cars when dropping off their children at school.





  • Upon entering the classroom for the day and before and after lunch and before they leave school for the day students will wash their hands. Additionally, students will use hand sanitizer frequently between class transitions such as specials, recess, etc.
  • Each student will be assigned a plastic divider for their personal workspace. Middle school students will take their plastic divider to each class with them.
  • Initially, classrooms with desks will be arranged in rows and spaced apart to provide physical distance. Eventually, some staff would prefer to have students in small groups, no bigger than 4, and continue using their plastic personal desk dividers.
  • Classrooms with tables (Kindergarten, 1st grade, Middle School Science and Specials) will be limiting the number of students per table to provide physical distance.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring and use their own personal supplies (pencil, paper, dry erase markers, scissors, glue, etc.) If families are in need of assistance to provide individual school supplies may reach out to our Student Service Coordinator, Maren Bell, at for assistance.
  • Student desks, tables, and high touch areas will be sanitized nightly and at a minimum of one other time during the school day. Desk and table cleaning will happen more frequently throughout the day.





  • In an effort to reduce transitions, Elementary students will not transition to REACH (reteach and enrich). This instruction will occur in their assigned classroom for the first quarter.
  • In an effort to reduce transitions, Middle School students will be assigned to their 1st class based on Reteach/Enrich needs. Middle School Choir, ELP, and students receiving Special Education Services will be grouped together for their first period class.





  • Elementary students will walk in lines on the right side of the sidewalk with additional spacing. 
  • Middle School passing periods:
    • Passing periods will be staggered to limit student contact. 
    • Additional time will be added to passing periods to allow for cleaning/sanitizing and restroom use.
    • Students will rotate in a clockwise manner.
    • Students will not congregate outside of the classroom between classes, but instead, enter when they have arrived.





  • Each class will be assigned a minimum of one 15 minute recess daily. Younger students may have two 15 minute recesses per day. 
  • No more than 3 classes may be at recess at one time.
  • The play structure will be closed during the first quarter and then be reevaluated for the remainder of the year.
  • The playground will be divided into 3 zones. One zone per class per day. Students will stay at their assigned zone with the planned activity for their recess. The next day they will rotate to the next zone and so forth.






  • Students will eat lunch in their classroom for the beginning of the school year.
  • Eventually, we will divide students into groups, no larger than 60 students, to eat in a specified area on campus with their class (such as the MPR, Library, and/or basketball court).
  • School lunch will be delivered to classrooms. Selections will be limited.
  • Students will not have access to microwaves to heat their food on campus.





  • 1st- Walkers and bike riders will be dismissed first. 
  • 2nd- Bus riders will be dismissed.
  • 3rd- Aftercare students will be escorted to the aftercare classroom.
  • 4th- Kindergarten students will be dismissed from MPR to their parents. 
  • Once all 4 of these groups of students have cleared campus, middle school students will be dismissed and have the ability to pick up siblings. 
  • Finally, teachers will walk their “parent pick up” students out to designated areas and they will be called for using walkie talkies.
  • Parents are encouraged to stay in their car for parent pick up.





Before care and Aftercare provided by Community Programs. 


If you have questions or comments regarding the new school year, please feel free to reach out to us at