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Meet The Principal

Principal Tokhi
Joey Tokhi - Principal

Assistant Principal Gill
Danielle Gill - Assistant Principal

Dear Families of Sunset Hills,
Dysart Unified School District has revised the reopening plan for students to return to in person learning.  From the beginning of our school year, we have had a very successful phase in approach.  We started with welcoming staff back to campus, then students in our learning labs, and most recently we welcomed back our Preschool students.  We currently have all staff members, Learning Lab and preschool students on campus each day.  We are so excited to continue the transition back to school with K-4 students coming back on September 14, and our 5-8 grade students on September 21.  Below is important information to review as we near the reopening of Sunset Hills.

Updated Timeline: 
  • September 14:  Students in grades K-4 return to in-person learning; 5-8 grade students who are currently enrolled in the learning lab will stay in the learning lab, with the last day being September 18.
  • September 21:  All students in grades 5-8 return to in-person learning; Learning Labs are closed.

Health and Safety Routines and Processes: 
  • All students will receive 2 temperature checks daily with a touchless thermometer.
  • To reduce office visits and limit front office traffic, please ensure your child is bringing all necessary items to school (i.e. homework, projects, instruments, lunch etc.)
  • There will be a Pre- K-8 soft start; students will go directly into their classrooms in the morning.
  • Classroom supplies will not be shared; students will have individual supplies.  Teachers will send their updated supply list in a separate email and these will be posted on our website. 
  • Masks are required per Maricopa County guidelines.
  • Hand washing will occur a minimum every 2 hours.
  • Students must wash/sanitize hands before lunch and after recess. 
  • No visitors will be allowed to eat lunch with students.
  • No volunteers/visitors will be allowed on campus at this time.
  • COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be followed.

Morning Entrance Locations: 
  • Doors and Gates open at 8:00 a.m. 
    • Pre-K - Kinder - Enter through kindergarten gate
    • 1st and 2nd grade -  Enter through double door near library
    • 3rd, 4th & 6th grade - Enter through gates and through double doors in courtyard leading into the building
    • 5th Grade - Enter through gates and go to the back of the building to the portables
    • 7th and 8th Grade - Enter through gates and go to the back of the building to enter the south double door entrance, and head up the stairwell to class
*Signs will be posted and adults will be present in all areas to guide students to their classrooms
**Students who ride their bike or scooter to school will be able to go to the bike rack and then proceed to class.

Afternoon Dismissal:
**Please note, students will always be supervised by teachers; communicate to your child’s homeroom teacher if your child needs to wait for an older sibling. Staggered release times are scheduled to reduce hallway congestion. 
  • Staggered Release Times
    • 2:45
      • Pre-K and Kindergarten (exit through kindergarten gate)
    • 2:55 
      • 2nd Grade (exit out the double doors by library)
      • 7th Grade (exit out nearest staircase, head out the doors by the 1st-3rd grade playground, follow along the back of the building out the courtyard or back gate)
      • 8th Grade (exit out nearest staircase, head out behind the building, and out through the courtyard or back gate)
      • 6th grade (exit out nearest staircase down through the double doors heading out to the courtyard)
    • 3:00 
      • 1st grade (exit out the double doors by the library)
      • 3rd grade (dismiss from specials)
      • 5th grade (exit behind the building and out the courtyard or back gate)
      • 4th grade (exit out the double doors by the courtyard)

  • Breakfast will be available for students from 7:45 a.m.-8:15 a.m.
  • Students will enter through the cafe door entrance on the north facing side of the building.

  • Each grade level is scheduled to eat lunch in the cafeteria separate from any other grade.
  • Students will be social distanced as much as possible - limited to 3 students per bench.
  • Tables will be sanitized between each grade level lunch.
  • Students will have lunch IDs to scan when purchasing a lunch. 
  • Floor markings will support social distancing.
  • Students must wash/sanitize their hands before lunch and after recess.
  • Each grade level is scheduled to go to recess separate from any other grade.
  • Students are allowed to remove masks while eating. Once they are finished, masks are to be put back on until they are outside at recess.
  • Students may take off their masks while playing outside; students will be encouraged to maintain social distancing while playing.

Schooling Options:
  • Due to the in-person learning timeline change, Sunset Hills families may make a change to their classroom learning format (in person to iSchool OR iSchool to in person).  Please email Ashley Walkenbach ([email protected]) if your child is in K-4 grade or Shelly Paxman ([email protected]) if your child is in 5-8 grade.  
  • iSchool students will work independently at their own pace, teachers will no longer be able to teach on camera, but will be available to provide assistance to students.  Teachers will be communicating the time they are available to check in with iSchool students.  It is vital that iSchool students complete all components of each module.  

Teacher Communication: 
  • Teachers will continue to email families on a weekly basis.  This may include, but is not limited to the following:
    • Updated schedules
    • Suggested school supply list 
    • Special area class information 
    • Curriculum updates
    • Special announcements

We are so excited to welcome students back to campus!  We look forward to continuing to work with you during this transition and supporting our amazing students!
Joey Tokhi, Principal
Danielle Gill, Assistant Principal
Sunset Hills Elementary Vision Statement:
Empowering learners and leaders to benefit our world.
Sunset Hills Elementary Mission Statement:

Sunset Hills community shows respect, ownership, achievement, and responsibility in the pursuit of excellence in academics, athletics and the arts.