Falcon News

The McDowell Mountain Falcons are always up to something. Visit this page often to see what's happening. You'll find upcoming events as well as the latest news about some of the great things going on at our school.

Assessing School Reopening

As the school reopening task force continues to meet and assess school reopening options and learning models, the conditions seem to change daily. The governor recently announced that since attendance is essentially the basis of school funding, schools could still receive funding for students in 2020–21 similar to current year funding if they met certain requirements. Please take a moment to read our June 30, 2020, Falcon Focus for more information on these requirements.

2020–2021 School Supply List

For your convenience, the school has posted a new supply list. We hope this helps parents and students prepare for the upcoming school year.

Preparations for the 2020–2021 School Year

The district is being as proactive as we can with this ever-changing landscape in planning for the opening of school. The planning we are doing now prepares us for the opening of school to meet the guidelines from both organizations. Below is a summary of the happenings related to COVID-19 planning in the district:

  • Dr. Allen has established a task force that will be providing feedback on the ADE and CDC guidelines. This collaborative effort will provide us with a deeper understanding of the expectations of ADE and the CDC.  
  • Mr. Flynn and the custodians will begin a deep clean of our facilities ending with sanitization and disinfecting of all buildings and vehicles. Deep cleaning will start on June 15 and will end on July 17. For this reason, we are encouraging you to get what you need from the classrooms and offices so we can keep the buildings clean and sanitized in the event school starts regularly. 
  • The district has purchased sanitizing equipment and personal protective equipment (PPE). The sanitizing backpacks ordered will allow the custodians to sanitize a building in 1 to 2 hours every day. This sanitizing can take place during the school day to keep frequently utilized surfaces clean and disinfected.
  • We will also use the backpack sanitizers on buses and vehicles between each use. Hand sanitizer, thermometers, gloves, and masks have been ordered if we need them when school starts.
  • To remediate the possible contact for our custodians, they will be wearing masks, gloves, and safety glasses.
  • 12-month employees have been working for the past several weeks ensuring they are social distancing and wearing masks when it isn't possible to do so and implementing other health precautions when necessary.
  • We are preparing for athletes to begin training for fall Fountain Hills Unified School District sports. Based on the AIA guidelines, we can meet the phases to keep the children and staff safe while preparing for the upcoming seasons.

We want to thank you for your patience as we work through multiple guidance documents in a changing situation. Our goal is to have a plan of options for our families when we return to school on August 11 for the 2020–2021 school year.