School Reopenings

See below information about local school reopening plans. Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order requiring schools to offer in-person learning that can be found here

  • Peoria Unified School District
    • Currently, Peoria Unified School District is offering in-person learning. PUSD developed a new framework that will allow them to closely monitor the decision to remain in-person. Their new framework, which will be used moving forward can be viewed here.
    • Currently, the District has reported 12 active cases of COVID-19.
  • Nadaburg Unified School District 
    • Nadaburg Unified School District is currently still offering in-person learning. 
  • Dysart Unified School District
    • The district is currently offering in-person learning and provides a weekly update on active COVID cases across all of its schools here. Currently, the district has reported 10 active cases.
  • Deer Valley Unified School District
    • Deer Valley Unified is offering in-person learning.
    • Started a dashboard that allows parents and students to track current active confirmed COVID-19 cases here. Currently, district has reported 32 active cases of COVID out of 32,000 students.
  • Washington Elementary School District
    • In-person learning will begin March 22nd. COVID-19 cases in the district are listed here. Currently the district has registered 1 active case.
  • Glendale Elementary School District
    • In-person learning will begin March 22nd.
    • COVID-19 cases here. Currently the district has reported 0 active cases of COVID-19.
  • Litchfield Elementary School District
    • In-person learning will be available to all students by March 15th.
    • Currently the district has reported 3 active cases of COVID-19. 
  • Wickenburg Unified School District
    •  Wickenburg has announced plans to open up the first week of August for distance learning  on August 3rd but this is not confirmed and board is still working on it. A task force has been established to develop templates, guidelines and procedures for different school scenarios. They plan to open August 17. More information here.
  • Glendale Union High School District
    • In-person learning will begin March 22nd.
    • Most recent parent survey indicated that 55.14% of parents and 61.45% of staff currently would like to return to in-person learning. 
  • Agua Fria Union High School District
    • In-person learning will begin on March 15th.

    • Currently, the district has reported 4 active cases.

  • Tolleson Union High School District
    • Tolleson Union will being in-person learning on March 22nd
  • Pendergast Elementary School District
    •  The district is currently virtually learning. 
  • Avondale Elementary School District

    •  The district is currently virtually learning. 
  • Legacy Charter Schools

    •  Legacy Charter Schools are currently offering in-person learning. 
    • BASIS Charter Schools

    BASIS Charter Schools are currently offering in-person learning. 

    • Great Hearts Charter Schools

      Great Hearts Charter Schools are currently offering in-person learning.
    • Imagine Charter Schools

    Imagine Charter Schools are currently virtually learning.

    For information about your school district and their response to COVID-19, please contact your local school board. 

    Congressional District 8 School Board Information

    Agua Fria High School District

    Avondale Elementary School District

    Deer Valley Unified School District

    Dysart Unified School District

    Glendale Elementary School District

    Glendale Unified High School District

    Litchfield Elementary School District

    Nadaburg Unified School District

    Peoria Unified School District

    Tolleson Union High School District

    Washington Elementary School District

    Additional Resources

    • For additional learning resources for all ages from the Arizona Department of Education, click here
    • For additional information about federal student loan payments and forbearance, click here
    • If you are a school administrator looking for guidance for schools, click here for resources from the Arizona Department of Education. 
    • If you are a teacher seeking online course material, click here for resources from the Library of Congress. 
    • My Classroom Economy (MyCE) was established for educators at all grade levels to teach financial responsibility to students. It fosters understanding through experiential learning and can be applied into any curriculum. This free classroom management system encourages financially responsible behaviors of students and has reached 970,000 students across the U.S.
    • My Home Economy (MyHE) was designed to help children learn about financial behavior from an early age and start a dialogue about financial literacy at home. Structured similarly to the MyCE platform, MyHE offers added flexibility and suggestions to accommodate different family structures.
    • If you are a student at the University of Arizona and have questions about receiving information or financial support due to the CARES Act you can click here or here. The University of Arizona has allocated $15.4 million for student emergency relief through the CARES Act. Students who were not initially awarded a direct grant, or need additional funds, will be able to apply for funding.
    • If you are a student at Arizona State University and have questions about receiving information or financial support due to the CARES Act you can click here. ASU is regularly updating this website with information about returning back to school, enrollment and financial support.

    Education Funding from the recent COVID-19 Relief Package:

    • $10 billion in Child Care and Development Block Grant Program (CCDBG)
      • Funds may be used to:
        • Provide relief from copayments and tuition payments for families and to pay a portion of the child care provider’s costs ordinarily paid by families;
        • To continue payments and assistance to child care providers for fixed costs and increased operating expenses in the event of decreased enrollment or closures, and to assure facilities are able to remain open or to reopen;
        • Stabilize the child care sector against increased operating expenses;
        • Provide child care assistance to health care sector employees, emergency responders, sanitation workers, farmworkers, or other essential workers, regardless of other eligibility requirements within the CCDBG program;
    • $82 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund
      • 5% allocated to the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund for Governors to make emergency grants to education entities
      • $2.75B of which will be reserved for private schools to help cover costs due to the pandemic
      • 67% in the Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Fund (K-12)
      • 28% in the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

    Resources from PBS:

    • For fun, hands-on learning activities building from the themes in Camp, PBS KIDS has resources in English and Spanish for grades PreK-2 that can be found here.
    • Several thematically-linked collections of resources including articles, activities, and book lists that revolve around themes such as dinosaurs, the arts, reasoning, and simple science experiments can be found here
    • A collection of the past two years of Virtual Professional Learning events for educators that explore topics from distance learning to our changing planet can be found here
    • Click here for a collection of activities and video resources that spark curiosity on topics from storytelling to science for grades PreK-12.
    • For more resources regarding at-home learning click here and here for on-demand education videos. No subscription required.
    • Check out this website for timely activities and tips to help kids stay engaged and active all summer. Additionally, materials will be cross-posted on the PBS Website where they will available anytime.
    • Click here for 200 educational games can be downloaded for offline play anytime.
    • Summer Camp Kits with resources include multi-day sequenced experiences that are built to foster learning and family engagement can be found here.
    • Weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials for themed programming. Families are invited to watch, play, and learn with their PBS KIDS characters every Friday from 7 to 9 pm. More information on Family nights can be found here

    Resources from the Library of Congress:

    The Library of Congress is offering virtual workshops are offered for student groups led by a Library facilitator and will take place online. They include interactive elements and pre-and post-program material. Programs are available Tuesdays through Thursdays except federal holidays and last approximately 45 minutes. More information can be found here.

    More information on the programs offered can be found below: 

    Imagination, Everyone’s Superpower (grades 3-5)
    Comic Art Exhibition - Comic books and beyond 1940s - 2000s - Super Heroes

    The Library of Congress, the largest library in the world and home of the U.S. Copyright Office, holds an unparalleled record of American creativity. The Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building was designed to reflect its commitment to imagination, creativity, and learning. Students will explore imagination and creativity as represented in the Library’s architecture and collections, while developing ideas for creating their own comics. Includes a short pre-program activity and a post-program comic-making activity. This program will be available beginning October 27, 2020.

    Rosa Parks: Freedom Fighter (grades 5-8)

    Rosa Parks in her own Words Exhibition - Detroit 1957 and Beyond - March on Washington

    Through discussion, questioning strategies, storytelling and other activities, participants learn about the many ways civil rights activist Rosa Parks fought to bring about justice and equality for many Americans. The program draws on the personal papers of Rosa Parks and other multimedia items held at the Library of Congress.

    Download Teacher Checklist (PDF) 
    Download pre- and post-program materials (PDF) 

    Stories in the Stars: Mythology at the Library of Congress (grades 4-8)
    The Constellations (March, February, January; December, November, October)

    The Library of Congress honors literature and storytelling through its collections, programs, and in the art and architecture of the buildings themselves. Students will unleash their inner storytellers by exploring Greek myths as represented in the Library’s buildings and the collections, and create their own constellation stories. Includes a short pre-visit activity and a post-session myth-writing activity.
    Download Teacher Checklist (PDF) 
    Download pre- and post-program materials (PDF) 

    Request a Program

    Use this form to request a program. Please note:
    • Programs require a minimum of 10 student participants. The maximum number of student participants is 30.
    • Programs will take place via WebEx unless otherwise requested.
    • An adult is required to participate fully in the program with the students.
    • Participating adult will need to join 15 minutes prior to the start of the program for a technical check.

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