“Reopening” Plan for 2020-21 as of 6-30-2020

Dear Families and Staff of DMS,

We hope this finds everyone healthy and safe. Please see the attached letter and plan for “reopening” our school for the 2020-21 academic year. As this situation remains fluid, our plan is effective as of today’s date, but is subject to change depending on guidance and directives from federal, state and local authorities in the coming weeks and months.

Thank you for your patience and trust as we navigate our current landscape and work toward the new school year.

Desert Marigold School


REopening Plan PDF

School Closure Update – 03/30/2020


This morning, the Governor and State Superintendent announced the extension of school closures for the rest of the school year.

As you know, Desert Marigold School has been working diligently on a long-term remote learning plan. That work continues. In the meantime, please continue to refer to the Remote Learning Plan that was posted on Friday, March 27. We will continue to be in touch with details regarding ongoing distribution of packets, as well as how to access extra support for your students from their teachers.

We know that there will also be other implications around this extension such as refunds, re-enrollment, end of the year activities, etc. We will be in touch with you about details on these different topics over the next couple of weeks.

As always, thank you for your family’s patience and understanding. If you have any questions, please email your teachers directly or Acting Executive Director Christie Kriegsfeld at christiek@desertmarigold.org

Desert Marigold School

School Closure Update – 03/23/2020

Dear DMS Families,

We hope this email finds you well.  We acknowledge that these are unique times facing us and the faculty and staff at DMS continue to engage in precautionary measures to keep our community safe as well as abide by all state and federal educational mandates.
By way of immediate update, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced this afternoon that the mandated school closures have been extended until April 10, 2020.
Our leadership team is continuing to work closely with faculty and staff on developing a remote learning plan during the mandatory school closure.  Although further information is forthcoming, we wanted to give you a brief update so that you know what to expect.
Beginning this week, March 16-20, Early Childhood and Grades faculty are providing their classes with enrichment activities and learning resources for students to utilize while they are at home. To be clear, the resources provided this week are not required for your student to complete and do not have any impact on your student’s academic performance.
Beginning on March 30, 2020, DMS will provide its students (K-12) with a Remote Learning Plan for the duration of the mandatory school closure as required by the state.  The goals of the DMS Remote Learning Plan is to deliver the content and skills required by the state while preserving the Waldorf curriculum.  Each realm’s plans (Early Childhood, Lower Grades (1-6), Middle School (7-8) and High School) will differ as to the platforms and methods used for instruction.  Those details will be provided in the Remote Learning Plan that will be shared with families no later than Friday, March 27, 2020.
If you have questions, please reach out to administration and/or your teachers via email.  Please refer to the school directory in ParentSquare for contact information for our faculty, staff or administration. https://www.parentsquare.com/schools/2245/users 
Never was it truer than now that it takes a village . . . we are in this together for the well-being of the children. Let’s be patient, respectful, and kind with each other during this process and commit to doing the best we can!

Desert Marigold School

School Closure & COVID-19 – 03/15/2020

Dear DMS Community,

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from March 16 through March 27.  They are working with education leaders and public health offices to reassess the need for school closures and will provide additional guidance through March 27.

In a letter to Arizona families, educators and community leaders, Governor Ducey said he is consulting with district and legislative partners to determine the extent of any potential makeup days. It is currently unknown as to whether the school year will be extended and as information develops we will update the community.  Further, in regards to statewide AZMerit testing, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman are working with federal offices in the event the state needs to secure a waiver.   Here is a link to the letter from Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman.  https://youtu.be/gnB0PnJafRc

We understand many parents have questions about childcare options.  It is the recommendation of public health officials that children who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible.  For families for whom that is not an option, state officials are working with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.

We will continue to update our community with any changes.


Christie Kriegsfeld

Acting Executive Director

Desert Marigold School

6210 S. 28th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85042

602-770-2332 (cell)

602-243-6909 (front office)


URGENT: Desert Marigold School Closure – 03/14/2020

Dear DMS Community,

After careful consideration, we have made the decision to close DMS starting on March 16 to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

These are unprecedented times, and we recognize this decision will present a hardship for many of you.  That is why we are sending this message today so that we can give our families as much time as possible to make childcare arrangements.

We have been monitoring advice from County, State, and Federal health and education officials daily and have followed recommended guidelines for preventing the spread of virus. However, consistent with our peers at the Kyrene, Alhambra, Osborne, and Tempe Elementary school districts, the Maricopa County Community Colleges, and ASU, we believe the time has now come for an important shift.

DMS will be closed beginning Monday, March 16 until at least through March 20 as we evaluate the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The DMS Board will meet Wednesday evening to discuss the length of the closure.   

The school closure includes cancelling all after-school activities, clubs, and campus events until further notice. Because South Mountain Community College has closed, the Eurythmy event scheduled to take place there on March 19th has also been cancelled.

We believe this proactive measure is necessary to keep our families safe as we monitor this public health crisis. We recognize this decision raises many questions and we are working to answer them as quickly as we can. We will continue to send regular updates as information develops.

A separate message will be sent to employees regarding plans for staffing, general leave, pay and continued critical operations while school is closed to students.

The Governing Board and DMS Leadership share a responsibility to provide a safe environment for students and staff to ensure high-quality learning.  Thank you for your continued care, kindness and support as we work through this unprecedented time.


Christie Kriegsfeld
Acting Executive Director
Desert Marigold School

For the latest updates on how DMS is approaching the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, please see our COVID-19 UPDATES PAGE