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Arizona school districts announce changes for 2020-2021 school year

School will look very different for students across Arizona this upcoming school year.

PHOENIX — Students, parents and teachers across Arizona are looking forward to the fall, when school is expected to start back up again.

But school will look very different this upcoming school year.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced in May that students can head back to school in the new school year, even as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to rise. 

Ducey said at the time that some students would not be able to go back to in-person classes due to health issues and concerns.

Some changes may include lunches in classrooms, limited contact with other classes and more.

Here are the school districts that have released plans for the upcoming school year, listed in alphabetical order.

This is not a comprehensive list. If your school district has announced plans for next year, please email connect@12News.com. 

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Alhambra Elementary School District

The Alhambra Elementary School District said students will go to school on Mondays and Tuesdays, learn from home on Wednesdays and then go back to the classroom on Thursdays and Fridays. 

The schools will be sanitized on Wednesday as well as on the weekend. 

Cartwright School District

Cartwright School District students will go to class as usual Mondays through Thursdays and have Fridays off starting on Aug. 3. Fridays will be deep-cleaning days.

The district said officials are working to offer free or affordable childcare to families. 

Kyrene School District

Students and faculty at the Kyrene School District in Tempe will be required to wear masks in classrooms. 

The school district is also giving parents in-person, remote or hybrid options for their students when the 2020-21 school year begins.

Students who have difficulty breathing or can’t physically remove a mask on their own are exempt. Masks aren’t required for outdoor activities if social distancing can be maintained.

Schools will have a limited supply of masks, but the school district recommends students bring their own face coverings from home.

You can find more information here.

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Laveen School District

Laveen’s governing board said it approved the recommendations provided for the 2020-21 school year. 

The following schooling options were approved:

  • Full-Year Online Learning (Laveen Online Academy)
  • Flexible Distance Learning (Distance Learning with Transition to On-Site)
  • Daily On-Site Learning (Full-Day, Every-Day at School)
  • Estrella Foothills Global Academy (Grades K-6)

You can find more information here.

Mesa Public Schools 

Mesa Public Schools announced that schools will open August 4 with remote learning for all students.

Remote learning will continue until it is safe to provide modified or in-person instruction, the district says.

The school district previously released a plan that has three options to return to school: In-person, modified in-person, and remote learning.

Those options would be available to students from PreK through grade 12. 

All three of the options allow students to change to another model, participate in extracurricular activities, and all students will get a district-provided laptop.

According to the district, remote learning will include daily attendance and schedules for students. Teachers will provide feedback on student work and issue grades. Teachers and staff will be accessible to students in a variety of ways and students with special needs will receive specially designed instruction and other related services as appropriate. 

A more detailed plan is set to be released July 14.

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Peoria Unified School District

The Peoria Unified School District announced that it would begin on time on Wednesday, Aug. 5 in an all virtual format.

August 5 through 7 will be half-days for students to allow them to acclimate and ease into a virtual environment. 

All students will continue in this format until Peoria Unified can safely implement its original #ReturntoSchool plan.

"We are doing all that we can to ensure our campuses are clean, our staff are trained and comfortable with new sanitation procedures, and that we are developing a school model that can sustainably protect the safety of our students and staff."

More information can be found here.

Sunnyside Unified School District

The Sunnyside Unified School District said on its website that the reopening plans are being "constantly evaluated as we monitor trends and follow public health guidelines as they relate to Pima County."

The district's schools are expected to reopen on Aug. 5. 

You can find more information here.

Tempe Union High School District

The Tempe Union High School District shared its reopening plan, but officials say it will "continue to be refined as we receive stakeholder feedback and guidance from public health agencies on the current status of the COVID-19 pandemic."

You can find more information here.  


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