Student & Parent Handbook

Dear Students and Families,

Ske:g Taṣ! Welcome to what I know will be a great school year! This Student & Parent Handbook provides guidance and policies related to all things Salt River Schools, including health and safety, student attendance expectations, school-to-parent communications, and academic curriculum.

The scope of these handbooks reflect a unified Division, incorporating the expectations and procedures at all our schools: The Early Childhood Education CenterSalt River Elementary School, and the Accelerated Learning Academy. I invite you to stay updated and learn more about the happenings at each school by visiting and bookmarking their websites.
Click here to view a larger image.    Last year’s theme was “Reach for the Stars,” and we had some great feedback from students, staff, and families saying it was a theme worth rallying behind—again! With that in mind, we’re continuing with the heart of the star theme this year with “Keep Reaching for the Stars” and adding the power of O’odham and Piipaash languages: ‘Onk ‘Akimel O’odham Ha Hu’uga (O’odham language); Xalychidom Piipaash Xmshe (Piipaash language); River People’s Star (English language). 

This theme is about empowering students and families to set and achieve their dreams and goals, while also recognizing that Salt River Schools is like a beautiful constellation, a network of shining connections in a galaxy of possibilities.
What does this look like day-to-day? Salt River Schools strives to ensure our services are always focused on student achievement, safety, and wellness for an exceptional school experience. Your support of and involvement in Salt River Schools is vital in this endeavor. Mava sape (thank you) for choosing Salt River Schools and entrusting us with your student. Let’s make it a stellar year!


Dr. Melody Herne
Acting Superintendent


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