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Transition to Distance Learning

This page will be used to give our Sunburst families important updates

Updated November 19th, 2020

Dear Sunburst Families,
Today, the Maricopa County Benchmarks have come out with a substantial increase for our whole district. Every area in our district now has at least one red benchmark and many areas in our district now have two red benchmarks. In last week’s parent update, WESD shared with you to begin preparing in the event our benchmarks increased. Due to the substantial increase of cases and positivity in our district, the WESD will be moving to online learning only beginning Monday, November 23. The District will continue to monitor the Maricopa County benchmarks and will keep you informed. We anticipate being online through the Winter Break and beginning second semester.  

It is important for all parents to know that all students will move to distance learning with their current teacher.  There will be no requests for class changes.  This is a district decision and is rooted from a place of care and concern for our staff and students. We are honoring the relationships that have been formed, so that we do not disrupt the flow, pacing, or culture of the classroom. This will also allow for a seamless transition if/when we do return to in-person learning.

Below you will find updates that are Sunburst specific as well as important info from the district email.

Virtual Schedules - Hybrid Students transitioning to Virtual
We have adjusted daily schedules to allow for maximum instructional time.  Your child’s teacher will send home with your child a new paper schedule at the end of the school day on Thursday for group A and Friday for group B.  Teachers will also send parents digital copies of the student’s updated virtual schedules.

Grab and Go Meal Service
Free Grab and Go meals will be available daily from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at all schools with the exception of Lakeview, Mountain Sky, Royal Palm and Sweetwater. Meals continue to be offered for free for all children age 18 and younger. Please remember, there will be no service Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday; however, four additional breakfasts and lunches will be distributed Wednesday, November 25 to assist families during the break.

Attendance and Teachers
Students will attend Online Learning five days a week. Students must log in every morning for attendance.


Special Education Services
Students will receive their special services virtually, to the extent possible.

Chromebooks and Hot Spots
Chromebooks were made available to all students when the school year began. If your child needs a Chromebook or a hot spot for Internet access, please contact your school.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we transition back to distance learning. This certainly has been a year of resiliency and continued grace. 


Jennifer Dial