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Looking Forward to the 20-21 School Year

June 16, 2020 

Dear Parents, 

We set the standard for educating children; this is what we do. Whether your student prefers in-class instruction, online education or remote learning, we have developed and are continuing to create options and resources for our students. We really do lead the State in learning opportunities for children. With this understanding, please know that we will continue to provide the best learning environment for our students and will work to accommodate parent concerns throughout the continued COVID-19 situation. 

As we look forward to the 2020-21 school year, let me explain a few things that will help you understand where the District stands with the reopening of schools. First of all, it isn’t at our discretion as to whether we wear masks or not. The decision is statutorily assigned to the Governor’s Office and the Public Health Department. They give the directives that we are required to follow. The only risk levels that would allow us to hold in-person school are yellow and green. The green level would not require masks, but the yellow level does require masks to be worn whenever social distancing of at least six feet isn’t possible, such as on a school bus or in classrooms where there isn’t enough space to distance students. 

Schools will only require masks if needed and would allow the removal of masks throughout the day for recess, lunch, and even in classrooms when appropriate. I personally prefer to not wear a mask and understand that most people don’t; but if they help to reduce the number of Coronavirus cases, thus keeping us from moving back to an orange or red level where schools are closed, then I support mask wearing. I also feel a responsibility to protect our wonderful teachers and staff by following the directives we are given. Children are great conductors of the virus and can easily expose or infect the many bus drivers, teachers, cooks, custodians, secretaries, administrators, and volunteers they come in contact with daily. Without all of these dedicated people we would not be able to hold in-person school. 

Students have significant benefits academically, socially, and emotionally with in-person school. Open schools also allow parents to return to work more easily, thus benefiting the suffering economy. Additionally, at the yellow or green levels, the Utah High School Activities Association will allow all sanctioned sports and activities to be held as long as the called for guidelines and restrictions are satisfied. If the wearing of masks, only as needed to comply with the associated guidelines and with an understanding of age and individual circumstances being kept in mind, is what it takes for this to happen, then I am strongly in favor of it. 

I hope this helps to answer questions and clarify concerns that some may have. As mentioned above, it should be noted that if schools open in the yellow level this fall, thus requiring masks to be worn as directed, the District is preparing additional options for parents to have their student(s) educated remotely instead of wearing masks. We are preparing for the success of all children in Washington County. 


Larry Bergeson 

Larry Bergeson Superintendent of Schools 

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Coronavirus Information 3/24/2020

Dear Parents,

We were notified last night that the soft closure of schools will continue through Friday, May 1.  Our teachers have been preparing for this contingency and will have appropriate online learning ready for students through May 1. As this process continues for the next several weeks, we encourage you to create a daily schedule for your children to help them better maintain good study habits and adjust to this dramatic change. 

In addition, our food service workers have been exceptional in preparing lunches for children. There were a few hiccups on the first day of delivery, but we are hoping to have all of the bugs worked out of the system and things should continue to get better and better. Yesterday, on the first day, we passed out more than 9,000 free grab-and-go lunches to children. We look forward to seeing your students again today and will continue to perfect this system for our community.

Now, more than ever, we need to come together as a community to help each other. The old adage says, “It takes a village to raise a child.” We need your help to look out for not only your own children, but also the children that may be struggling in our community. Students who perhaps didn’t have many friends or used to eat lunch alone will feel even more isolated and cut off. Please reach out to your neighbors, lend a hand, help someone, and just be a friend. Thank you for your support of our students!


Larry Bergeson
Superintendent of Schools
Washington County School District

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Coronavirus Information 3/13/2020

Dear Parents,

We have been notified by the Utah Department of Health and the Utah State Board of Education that all schools in Utah, including all schools in Washington County, will be dismissed beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. This dismissal will be regularly evaluated during that time and may be extended.

As a reminder,  we will be on spring break, March 16-20. We will communicate any and all urgent updates to you through our District website at washk12.org. Please look for the RED banner at the top of the website for these updates.

  • In order to provide teachers with the time to prepare lessons, remote learning instruction will begin for students, in their own homes, on Wednesday, March 25. Information regarding remote teaching will be communicated to you directly from your child’s school.
  • Teachers will still be in school buildings, students will be learning from home.
  • All school and UHSAA sponsored activities, events, and practices are canceled throughout the duration of this dismissal.
  • We are anticipating providing grab-and-go breakfasts and lunches for students. We will be communicating times for students to come to designated sites during the dismissal to receive these meals. Because Washington County School District will be on spring break March 16-20, grab-and-go meals will begin on Monday, March 23.
  • In addition, kindergarten registration has been postponed until further notice. 

Thank you for your support throughout this process.

Communication Department

Washington County School District

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Reunification Drill Information

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday, November 26th, Arrowhead Elementary will be conducting a Reunification Drill. The purpose of this drill is to prepare students and parents in the event that an emergency was to happen at the school, would require a lock down situation, and students would need to be reunited with parents personally. Our goal during this event will be to have EVERY CHILD picked up by a parent at the designated time. We will do our best to help the process to go smoothly and in a timely manner. We believe that, with the help of our parents, this event will be extremely successful. Please refer to the following information to prepare for your role in our Reunification Drill.

When: November 26 at 1:00 pm.

Where: Arrowhead Elementary School

Parents: Please be prepared to be reunited with your child by bringing the following information with you:

    • Photo ID – REQUIRED
    • The reunification card that is attached to this letter, filled out completely. Each student will need a separate card. There will be extra cards at school if you forget or misplace it.
    • Also, make sure your emergency information in PowerSchool is updated with your most current contact info and names/phone numbers of people who have permission to pick your child up. Pick up people must be OVER 18. If you need help updating information please call the office.


    • Parents will receive an automated phone call letting them know students need to be picked up.
    • Plan to park on the street, not in the parking lot in front of the school.
    • With your ID and the reunification card in hand, go to the check out line at the front of the school.
    • The attendants at the tables will check your ID and take your filled out reunification card.
    • The reunification card will be given to a runner inside of the building who will pickup student(s) and bring them to you at the outside door exiting the library. (Look for markers identifying this location)
    • Once your students have been brought to you, you will be asked to give your student’s birthday and sign the card. The reunification card will then be left with the runner.

Please keep in mind the following:

    • No SCHOOL OR DAYCARE buses will be picking up this day. ALL students need to be picked up from the school.
    • Students will not be released to anyone that is not a parent or is not listed in PowerSchool as an emergency contact.
    • ADULTS picking up MUST HAVE photo ID. NO students will be released to older brothers or sisters unless they are on PowerSchool as an emergency contact and over 18.
    • We will be trying to reunify over 600 students with their parents. It will take some time, so please be polite and patient in this process.
    • Our office will close at 12:30 pm this day in order to prepare for the drill. We ask that you do not check your students out early, but participate in this process so everyone will understand how reunification works in case of a future event.

Again, we appreciate all of your support and are looking forward to a successful Reunification Drill which will prepare us all in case of an emergency. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Heki, Principal

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Halloween Parade Information

October 2019

Dear Parents,

The faculty and staff at Arrowhead Elementary have selected to host our annual Halloween Parade and celebration on Thursday, October 31, 2019. Students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school on Thursday.

The parade will begin at 2:45 pm and will last about 30 minutes. Parents are invited to attend and may check their students out with their teacher at the end of the parade. We are going to parade around the track at the back of the school. The best locations to view the parade would be anywhere around the outside perimeter of the track.

Students may wear masks if they are pertinent to the costume. If it is possible to wear the costume without a mask, that is encouraged. No items such as play knives, guns, swords, or any other type of weapon will be allowed. These items are in violation of the “Safe Schools” policy as outlined by the district and state and will be taken away. Please encourage your children to leave these items at home. We would also like to request that no blood and gore or costumes that promote violence in any way be worn by our students.

We are looking forward to a safe and happy celebration. Thanks for all of your support.


Mrs. K. Heki, Principal

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Service Dog at Arrowhead

September 2019

Dear Parents,Student Drawn Picture of the two service dogs.

We are excited to announce that the students at Arrowhead Elementary are going to be provided with an amazing opportunity to learn about our community helpers in the form of a pair of service dogs.  Moose and Dreamer are Diabetic Alert Dogs (DAD), and will be joining the Arrowhead Team the first part of October. Moose is a 10-year-old Yellow Labrador. He has been with my family since he was 8 weeks old.  He is the “Master Alerter” and does a stellar job of identifying high and low blood sugars. Dreamer is a 15-month-old Yellow Labrador and has also been with us since she was 8 weeks old. She is learning to do her job well and gets better each and every day.  We will have the privilege of having these “Special Helpers” at Arrowhead because my special needs daughter Taylor is a volunteer in our kindergarten and preschool. She is a Type 1 Diabetic, and although she has an insulin pump and Decom to monitor her sugar levels, we have the dogs to also assist us in this lifesaving process.  The dogs are usually 30 minutes ahead with their alerts of whatever direction the blood sugars are going. They are more reliable than any technology we have found, and they allow me to concentrate on my tasks here at school while knowing they will let me know if there is an emergency. Both Moose and Dreamer will be trading off “Diabetic Alert Duty” while here at school.  

Both dogs have been through extensive training to not only preform their medical responsibility of identifying diabetic highs and lows, but to also be in public around people, especially children.  They are both gentle giants and pose no threat to the students at Arrowhead. They will be in full service mode while at school and when interacting with the students. They will NEVER be left unsupervised unless secured in Mrs. Heki’s office.  

If you have questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Heki (674-2027, kim.heki@washk12.org) or stop in for a personal visit.   We would also like to be notified if we have any students with allergies or fear of dogs. We will make sure that an appropriate distance is kept between the dogs and these students in order to keep them healthy and safe.  Please know that you are welcome to stop in at any time to meet Moose and Dreamer, ask any questions, or address any concerns.  

Thank you for all of your support. 


Kim M. Heki, Principal

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Kim Heki

August 2019 Principal’s Message

We have had a really great start to the school year here at Arrowhead Elementary.  I want to start off by letting you know how much we all appreciate your support at our Back to School Open House.  Thank you for your patience as we spent last week testing your children.  This is so important as we find the baseline of your students learning and know where to begin our instruction this year in order to provide them the best learning experience possible.  I know I can speak for our teachers when I also say Thank You for all of the donations that have been brought in for our classes.  It means so much to the teachers, and it is so helpful as they go throughout the year.

I have a few quick items of safety I need you to be aware of.

PICK UP/DROP OFF:  Please make sure when you are in the drop-off or pick up line that you do not leave your car parked there.  It slows down our process and is frustrating if you are the parent stuck behind the parked car. If you need to get out of your car please find a parking space. As cars move forward please move forward as well.  This will help to decrease the line of traffic on the street and allow parents to pick up their students more quickly.

Be aware that you shouldn’t wave your student across the pick-up lane to meet you in the parking lot.  Parents who are pulling away from the curb may not see your student crossing and they run the risk of getting hit.  If you park in the parking lot, please walk across and help your student walk back to your car.

BUS LANES:  If you park on the south side of the building where the bus lane is, please do not walk in the bus lanes. Please stay on the sidewalk when picking up or dropping off students. If you park across the street from the school, please walk your students across the street. Please encourage your students to walk around the buses on the sidewalk and not between the buses. NO CARS SHOULD USE THE BUS LANE TO DROP OFF STUDENTS.

SEP NIGHTS: Next week will be our first SEP meetings.  They will be on Wednesday the 28th and Thursday the 29th.  More information will be coming home about SEP’s from your child’s teacher.  These meetings will provide you with more specific information about your child’s teachers expectations and procedures as well as grade-level requirements.  The results of your child’s testing information from last week will also be given to you.

VOLUNTEERS:  WE WELCOME VOLUNTEERS!  If you are volunteering for the first time this year please stop by the office and sign the volunteer form.  There is a district required video that you need to watch before you work with students.  It is about 10 minutes long and you can watch it here in the office the first time you volunteer.

We appreciate all of our help.  Please feel free to come in and say hello, ask questions, or let us help you with any concerns.

Kim Heki, Principal

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Santa Clara, Utah 84765
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