Black Mountain Elementary School Preparing students for the global stage

Your options for this school year:

I have created an infographic to help you compare the two options for your child. This infographic can be found below. Please know that I am here for you if you need help in making the best decision for your child.

Q: Will there be any school-wide events this year?

A: All school-wide events will be virtual until further notice. This includes the back to school event to kick off the year. More information to come on what this will look like.

Q: If I keep my child at BMES instead of transferring to the CCAOE, will the experience be the same as last spring’s online experience?

A: Not exactly. Grades will be given and attendance will be taken. Therefore, children will be expected to attend daily sessions and will be expected to complete assignments and engage in daily activities. These lessons will take place during the regular school hours (between 9:00 and 3:30). This does not mean that students will be online for that entire time (not even close). We understand that we must provide breaks from screen time and so will try to offer short lessons, small group instruction, and flexibility when possible. Teachers will create activities and videos that students will do asynchronously (not live sessions) and will also hold live sessions for direct instruction, feedback, and more. Students will also participate in specials (Art, Music, PE, Drama, Dance) and Spanish.

Q: If I enroll my child in the online school, will they be able to transfer back to BMES?

A: THIS ANSWER HAS BEEN UPDATED AS OF MONDAY, JULY 13th AT 3:30PM. If you enroll in the online school, your child WILL BE able to transfer back to BMES at the end of any quarter. Originally this answer stated that students on open enrollment may not be accepted back if staffing did not allow. However, we want all of our BMES back. I sincerely hope we could welcome all BMES students back as situations change and parents feel comfortable with their return.

Q: Will visitors be allowed on campus?

A: No parents/guardians, volunteers, or outside visitors will be allowed past the reception desk. Until further notice, only essential visitors will be allowed on CCUSD campuses. An essential visitor will include CCUSD employees or contractors on campus for business purposes. Once we are able, we look forward to welcoming everyone back on campus!

Q: Will there be temperature checks at school?

A: A parent/guardian will check their child’s temperature prior to leaving for school and keep the child at home if the temperature is at or above 100.4 degrees. The Health Office will check temperatures if symptoms are displayed.

Q: Will students be required to wear masks at school?

A: Yes. K-12 students will be required to wear masks while on campus and social distancing is not possible. We do know that this will be a challenge for many kids and so we will provide opportunities for mask breaks throughout the day when and where it can be done safely.

Q: Will students share materials once we return to school?

A: Students will not share personal materials in class. Other items (such as technology and other classroom materials) that must be shared will be cleaned before and after use.

Q: Once we physically return to the BMES campus, will my child be stuck in the same seat all day long?

A: No. Students will still travel to special area classes, the lunchroom, and the playground. We believe it is important that kids are able to move around the campus and will provide those opportunities. Please note that in order to do this safely, there will be some schedule changes and advanced cleaning protocols in place.

Q: Will lunch and recess look different than before?

A: In the past, students would go to lunch and recess in large groups. These groups often consisted of two grade levels in each environment. Once we can physically return to the campus, students will travel to lunch and recess with their homeroom class. Keeping groups of students consistent will minimize the number of students they come in contact with during the day but still allow them the social experiences that are vital for their development. In the lunchroom, students will be spaced out and will all be facing in the same direction as masks cannot be worn while eating. When buying lunches, students will no longer punch in a number but instead will use a touchless process. The shared condiment table will also not be used during this time.

Q: How will the schools be cleaned?

A: The District has ordered sanitizer for classrooms and common areas, cleaning supplies for classrooms and disinfectant sprayers to sanitize classrooms and buses to be ready to start the school year. Our cleaning contractor, building custodial staff, building staff and students will all have a part in keeping our school spaces as clean as possible.

Q: What curriculum will the Cave Creek Academy of Excellence (Online School) use?

A: Students will participate in an online curriculum purchased by CCUSD specifically for this program. As plans are finalized at the district, more information will be available about this.

Q: Will the curriculum be the same in both the online school and BMES?

A: No. BMES will continue to use CCUSD and BMES specific curriculum while the new online school will use an online curriculum developed specifically for online schools. This is one of the reasons that transferring between schools is best at the end of grading periods (quarters).

Q: In the infographic above, it states that the online school will be taught by CCUSD teachers. Can you provide more information about who the teachers will be?

A: Enrollment dictates staffing in schools and so once we know how many students are transferring from each CCUSD school into the online school, we will know how many teachers will be needed. CCUSD teachers will then be given the opportunity to transfer to teach in the online school if a position is open. This means that any teacher transferring to the online school would continue to be an employee of CCUSD but would not teach at BMES or any of the physical schools unless they transferred back at a later date.

Q: Who will run the online school?

A: The acting principal for the Academy of Excellence will be Dr. Toya Abrams, the CCUSD Director of Instruction and Federal Programs.

Q: What safety measures will be in place on the school bus?

A: Drivers, monitors and riders will be required to wear a face covering; students will sit in assigned seats, with household members if possible; whenever possible, students will be physically distanced; a waiver must be signed in order for students to ride the bus; and seats immediately behind the driver and around the bus aide will remain empty.

Q: What will happen if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID?

A: We will follow Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) guidelines on this and it will depend on how much exposure there might have been (where the student or staff member went in the school, who they have been in contact with, etc). It will be case dependent. We would close off the areas that were exposed for a prolonged period; wait 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting; clean after 24 hours; notify any who were possibly exposed. We have been told that MCDPH will advise schools on procedures. We have also been told there is a document forthcoming and we will be using that to make those decisions.

Q: Once in-person school resumes, will there be student clubs?

A: All face to face clubs will be canceled until further notice. If a club is able to take place virtually, they may begin at any time.

Some of the questions and answers were pulled from the frequently asked questions page that Dr. Burdick has been updating. You can find this page by clicking here.

All BMES parents need to have a Parent Portal account before the year starts.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact the CCUSD Help Desk at 480-575-2066.

You can enroll online for the 2020-2021 school year below

During the COVID-19 school closures, please use our online registration. At this time of school closures, copies of birth certificates will be accepted.

If you prefer to download and complete the registration packet, please mail to CCUSD #93, P.O. Box 426, Cave Creek, AZ 85327.

Upon receipt of your registration forms, the school will contact you to complete the registration process.

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Governing Board:

  • Kathryn Hill, President
  • James Rich, Vice President
  • Scott Brown, Member
  • Janet Busbee, Member
  • Beth Hatcher, Member


Dr. Debbi Burdick, Superintendent; Matt Owsley, Principal
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Matt Owsley