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TAXPAYERS, LOWER YOUR TAXES AND SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS!
 
TAX CREDIT: HOW DOES IT WORK?

A Tax Credit, which is the dollar-for dollar reduction of your tax liability, is better than a tax deduction, which only reduces your taxable income before taxes are computed.

Instead of sending all your state taxes to the State of Arizona, you can make a contribution to a public school. A.R.S. §43-1089.01 allows taxpayers a TAX CREDIT  up to $200.00 for “Single” or “Head of Household” tax filers and up to $400.00 for “Married Couple Filing a Joint Return” when contributing to EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES in public schools. This gives you the opportunity to help your local school. The tax credit is available to all taxpayers, regardless of whether they have children in school. It would be advisable to consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax status.

What is an EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY?

Extracurricular activity means any optional, non-credit educational or competitive school sponsored activity that supplements the education program of the school. Activities such as sports, visual and performing arts, field trips, outdoor education or character education programs can be funded with tax credit money. Extracurricular activities do not include any events that are recreational, amusement or tourist activities.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
You may select which school and which program you would like to support. The amount of the tax credit you take does not have to be for the total allowance. You can make a difference in our schools with just $50.00, $75.00, or $100.00. In addition, the credit may be split between one or more schools and/or one or more programs. 

HOW CAN I TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE TAX CREDIT? UPDATE

Complete the attached form and return to the school of your choice by April 15, 2020 or mail to the District Office prior to April 15, 2020 in order to take it off your State of Arizona taxes at the time you file for 2019. Arizona Tax Credit Donation Form
Create an online payment by going to this link  

It is easy! The District will provide you with a receipt verifying that you have contributed to an eligible extracurricular activity.

For more information contact Wendy Taylor at the District Office, 623-535-6000.

When you provide a check as payment, you authorize the Litchfield Elementary School District (LESD) either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction

Student Safety

The Litchfield Elementary School District does not tolerate bullying. Resources are available for parents and students if you suspect someone has been bullied.

How do I report bullying?

  • Tell a teacher, principal, student advisor or any staff member on campus
  • Tell parents or a family member
  • Tell any adult you know and trust
  • Complete a Bullying Incident Report Form and return it to your school’s front office
  • Call Litchfield's SafeSchools Alert Line at 623-207-1768 or submit information via the SafeSchools Alert website.
  • Additional resources can be found at http://www.stopbullying.gov

SafeSchools Alert Phone Line 623-207-1768

In order to maintain the safest learning environment, the Litchfield Elementary School District offers a 24-hour SafeSchools Alert Line for students, parents and community members to anonymously report incidents or suspicious activity.

Student Emergency Notification System

The Litchfield Elementary School District has an automated alert and notification service to help keep parents informed. This service is called the Student Emergency Notification System (SENS) and enables the District to communicate with parents about emergency situations and important issues impacting your child. The system allows us to send personalized voice messages to your family’s home, work or cell phones.  

It is very important to keep your phone information updated so that you will receive these calls. When calls are made using the notification system, please note the following message delivery notes:

  • When a call comes from the automated notification system, the caller ID will display a District phone number (623-535-6099) if it is an event or notification call.
  • All emergency notification calls will come from the District Office. When a call comes from the system, please do not hang up and call the number on the caller ID; it’s important to listen to the message first as detailed information will be given through the automated system. It is difficult for the District to answer individual calls from thousands of parents if you hang up before the message is delivered. We will always communicate the final outcome of any emergency situation.  
  • When listening to a message, please be aware that background noise will cause the system to stop and start. It is carefully calibrated to determine whether a person or an answering machine/voicemail has been reached, and background noise may affect the delivery. If possible, move to a quiet area, or press the “mute” button on your phone.
  • If you missed a phone call, please listen to your voicemail or answering machine for messages.

To ensure that you are notified if there is an emergency at your child's school, the District needs current and accurate mailing addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of the primary contact person. Please be sure to update this information on a yearly basis by completing the Student Change of Information Form each year. Also, if you move or change phone numbers, please notify the school and provide accurate contact information immediately.