Messages from Superintendent

Message from Superintendent

Every month, our Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor would like to provide updates to parents and community members. Please read her latest updates below. 

Dr. Lawlor speaking

Parent Messages

Date: May,27, 2021

Dear Cartwright Families.

On behalf of the Cartwright School District Governing Board and myself, It has been an honor to have been on this journey over the course of the last year and a half! And what a year it has been! Your children, our scholars have been amazing. This world pandemic has made us stronger and more of a familia than we could have ever imagined.

I sincerely hope that your summer is filled with joy and positive memories as we move forward and hopefully put the Covid-19 behind us. 

How do we do this? We do it by listening to the experts and following updated CDC guidance, hand washing, masking where required and of course vaccinating as soon as you and your family are able to.

On another very exciting note, I hope you are able to see the many construction projects that are happening around the district. We are so excited to continue to renovate and improve our school district. We want the absolute best for our scholars, families and staff.

The school year is set to begin on Monday, August 2nd. Our schools and district are open this summer if you need anything and I look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Thank you for your support,  

Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

"One Team, Una Familia!"

Date: April 19, 2021

Dear Cartwright Parents or Guardians, 

This afternoon Governor Doug Ducey signed an Executive Order that rescinds his order back in July that ordered face masks to be worn inside K-12 educational schools & buildings.  What does this mean for your student? As it stands now, according to our mitigation plan which is board policy, face masks are to be worn at all times, and it will stay that way - unless our Governing Board rescinds that policy. But, for now, all staff, students, and anyone entering any of our Cartwright campuses and District Office will continue to be required to wear a mask.  

As always safety continues to be one of our top priorities. 

Thank you for your support.  

The Cartwright School District

"One Team, Una Familia!"

Date: April 2, 2021

Hello Cartwright Families,

It’s been three weeks since we have opened our schools to in-person school choice or continue distance learning. It’s been an adjustment for everyone, but we are feeling good about how it’s going so far and we appreciate your support and for finalizing the choice you have made for your children. 

We especially love seeing our student scholars everyday, in person and virtuallly. For those of you who have chosen to send your scholars to school, please be mindful of school safety, especially as you drop off and pick up your scholars for school. I know it's been a very long time since school has been in session, but please obey all signs and drive very carefully around our schools and neighborhoods. We want to keep everyone safe! 

Also happening in our schools is that AzM2 testing is starting soon and for those who are learning from a distance, each school will be reaching out with the plan they have for you to take the state test. In-person scholars will also be given their schedules. 

Spring is here! Enjoy the season and the break. Also, please remember, although the vaccine is here and Covid-19 cases are down, we still must listen to the CDC guidance. It’s not over. We need to wash our hands often, maintain physical distance and wear our masks when we are out and about. We all want this pandemic to be over soon. Please continue to do your part. I know I will be. 

Thank you for everything, especially your partnership with us! It’s an honor to serve you. On behalf of our Governing Board, principals, and staff for those who celebrate the season, happy Easter! 


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor


Date: March 5, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Last night our Governing Board Members met to discuss Governor Doug Ducey’s Executive Order. What is important to note about this meeting is that parents have a choice. The decision to continue online learning or to return to in-person instruction is solely yours to make. We want you to know that virtual learning is still the top option for our families. Please call your school today and inform them of your decision if you haven’t already done so. For those of you we are already accommodating for in-person instruction, you will still report to school on Monday, March 15th.  For those of you that are returning to in-person learning for the first time this year please report to school on Tuesday, March 16, 2021. If you chose to continue with distance learning, we will try our best to keep your child with the same teacher. As we have already communicated, we will not provide before school and after school care, and students do not have to wear uniforms.

We want to thank you for your patience, perseverance, and dedication to your student(s) during this global pandemic. There is no way we could have gotten through this difficult time without your grace and grit. We are so thankful to you because you have a direct role in educating your child through this pandemic and because of that, we are forever indebted to you. Our motto is One Team, Una Familia! You more than any set of parents rose to this unprecedented challenge. You sacrificed so much, I promise you that we will make this transition successful and that your children will thrive through their educational journey in the Cartwright School District. 


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor



The safety of all students and staff is one of our top priorities. Here is what you will expect in terms of safety precautions when your child comes back to school:

·      If you have not filled out a COVID-19 Acknowledgment Form you will be asked to fill one out prior to your students’ return to in-person learning.

·      All students, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings (masks or shields). These will be provided for students and of course, parents can send their child with their own personal masks.

·      Bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected multiple times throughout the day with special attention to high touch areas.

·      We will be educating and ensuring students practice good hygiene including frequent hand-washing, the use of sanitizers, understanding social distancing protocols and refraining from touching the face.

·      Students will have opportunities for physical activity throughout the day but there will be social distancing and no sharing of materials. All materials will be cleaned and disinfected.

·      Students will eat in their classroom and will be following cleaning and disinfecting protocols before and after eating.

In-Person and Distance Learning:

Instruction will continue to be provided to scholars both in-person and virtually in an environment that allows for direct instruction from our certified teachers, opportunities for collaboration with their peers, and ensures opportunities for effective feedback that keep students on track with their learning goals.


If your scholar qualifies for transportation you will need to complete a transportation application to secure a seat. Unless your child has IEP. Transportation is doing everything possible to implement safety procedures for all students who rely on transportation to get them to school.  Students riding the bus will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to getting on the bus. Buses will be cleaned and disinfected between every route. Students will have assigned seats, one student to a seat, and all children will be facing the same direction.

 Food Services:

Effective March 15th, meals will be available for pick-up at all of our schools, both for students online learning as well as for anyone under the age of 18 years of age. Food deliveries will cease. Home deliveries will be on a limited basis. Please call your school for more information.

 FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

1.    As a parent will there be restrictions when visiting my child? Yes, if you are visiting the front desk, you will be required to wear a mask. Visitors will be limited during school hours

2.    What if my child is at-risk? What do I do? Your child’s safety is a priority. A plan to meet your child’s needs will be discussed with you. Please contact our Special Services Department at 623-691-4090 or your school administrator for further instructions. We encourage you to consult your doctor.

3.    What happens if there’s an outbreak at school? We will follow CDC guidelines and alert parents if this happens.

4.    Will PAC (Phoenix After school Care) and Boys and Girls Club still be offered at schools who previously offered the program? At this time PAC is not available, we will continue to update you as soon as it is available. Boys and Girls Club will stay open. For specifics please contact your school.


Date: March 3, 2021

The Governor issued an executive order today. This order gives parents a choice for their children to continue on distance learning or start in-person instruction after Spring Break. Please be aware that the final decision as to whether or not your child comes in for in-person learning or continues with distance learning is yours and yours alone to make. 

As a district, we will be complying with the order. Here is the link to the Executive Order: 

We will be having a special Governing Board meeting tomorrow at 5 p.m. to discuss further plans. You can catch the live stream on our YouTube channel.

 If you decide to bring your child for in-person instruction and qualify for district transportation, you will need to fill out a transportation application. We will be sending an email with the application or you can go to our website to fill out. It must be turned in before March 11, 2021.  Food meal drop-off will cease beginning March 15th. Uniforms are not required for in-person instruction at this time. We will continue to share information on our social media channels, website & through email blasts.

 Thank you for being on this journey with us. Your patience and perseverance through the changing landscape of the COVID-19 is appreciated. Our motto is “One Team, Una Familia!” and we will get through re-opening our schools together, safely and successfully. 


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor


Date: February 26, 2021

Dear  Cartwright Families and Student Scholars,

Our principals and teachers are very proud of you and are sharing with me how much you have been learning this school year. 

Although most of our families are on virtual learning, we are asking for parents, grandparents, any of you to contact our schools if you need support or if you need in-person school accommodations. If you need internet access, please call your schools or if your laptop is not working, again call us. We are here to help always!

In-person testing has started. Your school will contact you for testing when it is your turn. We LOVE seeing our scholars at our schools. Thank you for helping us through this process.

Kindergarten registration has begun along with six grade students seeing all the choices they have for 7th grade. We are all excited to register you for the upcoming school year.

For now, keep up the excellent work, have a great month, wear your mask and stay careful. When it is your turn, get vaccinated just like I did! We want to stop the spread of the Coronavirus so we can open our schools to in-person learning on June 1 for summer school. 

Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor
"One Team, Una Familia!"

Date: February 13, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Cartwright School District Governing Board voted unanimously to remain in distance learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Their reasoning was based on the fact that vaccines are not readily available to our community and that returning for in-person instruction would be too risky for families. If you have a scholar who needs to come back to their school for in-person support, please reach out to your school, we are still here to support you! Our Governing Board and I have put your safety at the forefront of our decision-making and we will continue to do so. Thank you so much for staying strong and supporting our district as the COVID-19 pandemic unraveled and moved through our country impacting so many. If we all do our part, we will have an opportunity to see our students soon and in-person at our amazing schools. I also want to convey that Summer School for small groups will begin on Tuesday, June 1, 2021. 

As always, we miss you, we care about you and we will continue to keep you informed as we move forward. 

Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor
"One Team, Una Familia!"

Date: February 5, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians!

We have an important announcement about in-person instruction!  

First, I want to thank you for being on this 10-month journey with us. Many of you have had to adjust your schedules during distance learning, and even stepped-in as educators at home. We appreciate you immensely for your dedication and we consider you family. As you know, our educators are currently being vaccinated for COVID-19, and we are anxious to return to school, as long as it is done with safety and with precautions at play. Our plan is to have scholars return to school on April 6th, pending Governing Board approval on the evening of February 11, 2021.

If this plan is approved you will have the choice of bringing your child physically to school or of continuing with distance learning at home. The deadline for families to reply to their school on that decision is February 10th. Students will be required to wear masks and to social-distance. If you have a high-risk student, please keep them home on our distance learning plan. If you have a high-need student you'd like to bring to school, I suggest you consult with your doctor to be safe. 

Fridays will remain deep-cleaning & virtual days for our district. Transportation will be provided for in-person instruction, as always, but please call your school for details. 

Again, this plan is a recommendation that will go to our Governing Board, they will be voting on its approval on February 11, 2021. If you are interested in watching the Governing Board meeting, it will be live-streamed through the Cartwright YouTube Channel beginning at 5 p.m.

Thank you again for all your hard work and we hope to see you soon. "One Team, Una Familia!" 


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Date: January 29, 2021

Dear Cartwright Community,

A lot has happened since the start of 2021. We continue to serve amazing student scholars and families from a distance. Although not ideal, I continue to be proud of the efforts our teachers, staff, families and especially of our scholars.

The effects and devastation of the Coronavirus has continued to impact our staff and community and I continue, like you, to wait to see when our trajectory of cases starts to go down.

At our January 28 Governing Board meeting, we shared our current plan to predict the beginning of our in-person, back to the building school plan. From now until our Feb 11 Governing Board meeting, we will be looking at the opportunity to take the vaccine and information about the Covid-19 vaccine at a special Governing Board Meeting on Feb 4.  Surveys and information will be coming from your schools. In any event, parents will have a choice to keep their children at home on distance learning or have them return to school in-person IF a date is set on Feb 11.

I want to thank you again for your continuous support, patience and partnership. Stay safe by wearing your mask, staying physically distanced and washing your hands often. We will get through this as one team, una familia.

Thank you!

Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Date: January 15, 2020

Dear Cartwright Familia,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, patience, and flexibility during this most unprecedented and challenging time. From the beginning of the pandemic, our focus has been and continues to be the safety and well-being of our scholars, staff, and community. During last night's Governing Board meeting, our Governing Board voted to continue the 2020-2021 school year with the distance learning model for now. The metrics simply do not allow an in-person return because the threat of infection remains substantial in our community. We will reassess the situation again during our Governing Board meeting in February but trust that we will always make the right decision for our entire school community.

We are thankful that COVID-19 vaccination has begun for school personnel and we can begin to see a light at the end of the tunnel. Continue to follow CDC guidelines, wear a mask, wash your hands, and continue to socially distance. Please remember that we are here to support you and your scholar.

Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. We all can't wait until we see everyone in person!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor
"One Team, Una Familia"

Date: January 4, 2020

Dear Cartwright Community,

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2021 and our second semester. Although we continue to be virtual and on distance learning status, we are very excited to see our student scholars back in school!

Our principals, teachers, staff, Governing Board and I will continue to prioritize the safety of our entire Cartwright familia and maximize the potential for learning via distance learning. Our COVID-19 Task Force will discuss what the plans might look like for in-person school (sometime hopefully this spring) at our upcoming Governing Board meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:00 pm. All evidence clearly states that COVID-19 positivity rates are too high to return any time soon to in-person school. In the meantime, please continue to stay positive and stay healthy by strictly following the CDC guidance.

I know it's been a very challenging school year, but I am optimistic that the pandemic will be behind us and a safe return to in-person school will come in 2021. I am excited to welcome and congratulate our newest Governing Board member, Ms. Anna Lynn Abeytia, whose first meeting will be next week. I also would like to say welcome back and congratulations to Ms. Marissa Hernandez and Mrs. Denise Garcia who were reelected for four more years. Their dedication to our amazing school district is extremely appreciated and needed, especially during this time.

Thank you for placing your trust in our amazing school district. Our principals, teachers, administrators, educational support specialists- all of us, will continue to work hard to ensure your children, our scholars, receive the best educational experience possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We all can't wait until we see everyone in person!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Date: December 17, 2020

Dear Amazing Parents Families and Scholars,

I want to take this moment to thank you for your support, patience and flexibility during this most unprecedented and challenging school year. We, Governing Board, principals, teachers and staff, could not have accomplished any success without you. Please know as we start our vacation that I will be thinking of you with a huge sense of gratitude and pride. Please be safe and stay healthy during our break. We have a few months to go before our community, city, state, nation, world will have a handle on Covid-19. The best we can do now is follow safety guidelines and keep our guard up- wear a mask, wash our hands and social distance, especially during our holiday celebrations and traditions.

We will be closed until Monday, January 4, 2021 when we welcome our student scholars and staff back to virtual school.


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar Lawlor
One Team, Una Familia

Date: November 23, 2020
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Dear Parents/Guardians,

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I want to tell you how grateful we are, for the passing of the Cartwright Bond. In the next few months, and years we're all going to see the incredible new additions to our amazing school district. This week is also the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Please adhere to CDC guidelines.They are asking us to please not bring in outside family members and to only celebrate with family in the home. I know it's hard. But it is only this year, and this holiday season. If we all work together and do what the CDC asks us to do. Everyone will stay healthy and safe this holiday season. We miss you and we look forward to seeing you soon! Thank you!


Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor

Date: October 16, 2020

Cartwright Elementary School District to Continue Distance Learning until January 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Our motto is “One Team, Una Familia!” and that means we treat our staff, students and parents like they are family members, we care immensely about their well-being and their overall safety. This has been our goal as we navigated school closures in the spring and began a rigorous distance learning curriculum this fall. Last night, our Governing Board Members voted to continue distance teaching and learning until January 2021, and reevaluate the metrics data at the January 14, 2021 Governing Board Meeting. Their decision came about after analyzing data from the Maricopa County Health Department as well as input from both parent and staff surveys.

The reality is that our neighborhoods continue to be among the hardest hit by COVID-19 in Maricopa County and it is imperative that we do our part to slow the community spread of the virus. Although there has been some improvement when it comes to the virus, according to both state and county health data, CESD remains in the moderate risk category. In order to reopen schools for in-person learning, our school district needs to move from moderate spread to minimal spread.

We promise to continue to provide much-needed supplies and food to our families during this process. Our Food Services Department is bringing food to families who need it daily, our IT department is making hot spots available for those who need them to continue learning at home and we are providing continuous professional development to our educators and our parents so they can support students at home, and we are continuously introducing new and engaging learning opportunities!

Our COVID-19 Task Force and subcommittee teams are strategically planning to resume on-site learning and although we don’t know how this virus will act during the Winter Break and the Flu season, we promise to make the right adjustments for the betterment of your family. We know that many of you want your child to return to class but many of you also want to continue distance learning until it is deemed safe. If you are struggling with distance learning, please call your school and they will assist you.

"Our principals and teachers want their student scholars to return to their classrooms,” said Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor. “They miss them, we all do, but, the safety of our school district community has to remain the priority. I want to say thank you to our Governing Board for their dedication, diligence and leadership during these difficult times, and especially our families for their support of virtual learning. We are forever grateful!"
As always, we will continue to communicate with you via email, social media, our website and robocalls with the latest information and we will get through this as a family. “One Team, Una Familia!”
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