School Reopenings

See below information about local school reopening plans.

  • Peoria Unified School District
    • Peoria Unified’s K-12 school year will still begin as planned on Wednesday, August 5 in an all-virtual environment until at least September 8. During the first three days of our school year, August 5, 6, and 7, the district will provide a partial day of instruction to all students to allow them to acclimate and ease into the completely virtual environment. Once in-person instruction resumes, schools will have increased sanitizing stations across the schools, and high-volume areas will be cleaned regularly. In-person learning no earlier than Sept. 8 as they wait for benchmarks from Arizona Department of Health Services that will help support a safe reopening. More information here.
  • Nadaburg Unified School District
    • Nadaburg will not have any classes until August 17 when all students will return to school. The school will provide 3 options for students: full-time classroom, hybrid-learning, and full-time online. For in-person learning extensive sanitation and mandatory PPE will be implemented in accordance with CDC guidelines. More information here.
  • Dysart Unified School District
    • All students, pre-K through twelfth grade, will start online learning on Tuesday, Aug. 4. Once in-person classes are permitted to resume, the following two choices will be available for each family: full-time classroom and full-time online. The school district is providing virtual learning until October 19. Teachers will be on a rotating schedule that requires them to teach inside an empty classroom.Face masks will be required for students and staff, and everyone on campus will take daily temperature checks with a non-contact thermometer. Dysart School District will provide campus supervision for students beginning August 17 if parents need it. More information here.
  • Deer Valley Unified School District
    • Classes will being on Aug. 3 with virtual learning for all students. The DVUSD Governing Board then voted to push back the start of in-person classes until October 14, the end of the first quarter. The district hopes students can return to the classroom on Wednesday, Oct. 14. With this new approach, the district will have only two options: on-campus/virtual learning and Deer Valley Online Academy, which is full-time online. Face masks are required for anyone on school grounds, and teachers will officially return to work the week of July 27. More information here.
  • Washington Elementary School District
    • WESD schools will start the school year with online instruction by district teachers on Monday, Aug. 10. Online classes will continue through at least Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 7). All students who are in need of computers will be given a Chromebook for use to be distributed on July 30 and 31. During the first 30 days of the school year, the administration will be monitoring the current circumstances related to COVID19 and evaluating the options of the plan approved by the Governing Board July 9 based on guidance from federal, state and local health officials, the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction. More information here.
  • Glendale Elementary School District
    •  The district is implementing two phases of learning, beginning with Distance Learning on August 10 and will likely continue until September 8. Phase Two will start subject to the Governor's Executive Order and when it is safe to return. Upon return, students will attend with condensed days, and anyone on school grounds will be required to wear mandated PPE. More information here.
  • Litchfield Elementary School District
    •  All students in the Litchfield Elementary School District will begin on August 5, 2020, with an enhanced Distance Learning model. They are offering three different learning model options of In-Person Learning, Hybrid Learning, and Digital Learning that will be implemented once it is safe to return to school. More information here.
  • 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
  • Agua Fria Union High School District
    • The governing board approved starting the 2020-21 school year with remote learning on Aug. 3. Once the number of coronavirus cases starts to trend down, Phase 2 will start where students will transition to in-person learning two days a week and continue remotely two days a week. Wednesday will be used for deep cleaning of the campus, interventions (tutoring), and teacher professional development. There is also a full online option. Students and staff will be required to wear a mask. More information here.
  • Tolleson Union High School District
    • Students will begin online learning on August 4th. Once deemed safe, the school will provide parents will various options on having their child return to school (In-person options and two different online platforms will be available for students. More information here.
  • Prendergast Elementary School District
    •  All students will start school on Aug. 5 through distance learning. Once deemed safe, the school will provide parents will the option to send their children back in-person. A comprehensive plan will be shared soon. More information here.
  • Avondale Elementary School District

    The school year starts on Monday, August 3, 2020. All students will start with their choice of model. However, students who chose in-person instruction will start the year in the flex model. This will continue until the Governor’s Executive Order is lifted and schools are able to offer in-person instruction. Once the Governor's Executive Order is lifted, we will start with in-person for families who selected that option. For students who chose flex and Digital Academy, they will continue in this model. Face masks will be required for all students and faculty once in-person learning resumes. Students with IEPs will be assigned a special education teacher to specifically monitor their progress and update parents on their achievement of learning goals. Click here for more information.
  • Legacy Charter Schools

Students will return to school on August 5th. On August 17th, per state guidance, the school will allow students to return to in-person learning or continue online. Students will be required to wear masks on campus, wash their hands every 2 hours, and parent visitors will not be allowed on campus. More information here

  • BASIS Charter Schools

They will begin the school year doing online learning, starting on August 15th until at least September 7th. Following government orders, parents will have the option to send their child back to school in person or continue to do online after the September 7th deadline. Masks will be required on campus, and sanitation stations will be utilized frequently. More information here

  • Great Hearts Charter Schools

School will begin on August 12 and will be online until at least September 8th. Afterwards, parents will have the option to send their child back for in-person learning and allow them to continue online. For in-person learning, masks will be required in accordance with the government orders. More information here.

  • Imagine Charter Schools

Students will return to school on August 5th, and continue with remote learning until at least September 8th. Following the month of online learning, parents will have the option to choose in-person, online, or hybrid for their children. They are currently working on a sanitation health plan for all students and teachers who decide to return for in-person learning. More information here.

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


See below Frequently Asked Questions about the Educational Impacts of COVID-19 as well as additional educational resources. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Governor Ducey announced on March 30, 2020 that all Arizona schools are closed for the remainder of the 2020 school year. What does that mean for my family and children?

A: Both the federal and state government have taken numerous actions regarding school closures.

  • The U.S. Department of Education is providing waivers for federal testing requirements to states that have had to close schools. 
  • The White House worked with the private sector to launch a central website where families, students, and educators can access online education technologies.   
  • Governor Ducey recently signed legislation that provides flexibility and guidance on graduation requirements and continued learning opportunities.

Q: I am a teacher at an Arizona public school. Will I be able to continue to be paid during the school closures?

A: A public school will continue to pay all its employees, including hourly employees, for the duration of the statewide closure if employees: (1) commit to being available during work hours and (2) are able to perform tasks remotely. If an employee is unable to work remotely, schools shall re-assign the employee other tasks they can perform. Legislation recently passed by the State of Arizona allows for schools to continue paying contract workers. Contractors should talk with their contract company and schools to ensure continuity in pay.

Q: Are my students required to make-up school days missed due to school closures?

A: Schools are not required to extend the number of school days or add additional instructional hours after the statewide closure ends.

Q: Will my student still be required to taake any of the mandated statewide tests this school year?

A: All statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year are cancelled.

Q: My student receives special education services, what do the school closures mean for my student?

A: During the 2019-2020 school year, public schools may deviate from the statutory requirements relating to special education programs. Public schools shall attempt to ensure that each student who has a section 504 plan or who receives special education services through an individualized education program (IEP) has access to these educational opportunities. For more information on providing special education services during school closures, visit the Arizona Department of Education Special Education COVID-19 webpage by clicking here.   

Q: With schools being closed, what does this mean for students who received free or reduced priced lunch at school?

A: Congress recently passed additional funds and flexibilities for schools to continue to provide meal services to students. In partnership with the AZ Health Zone, meal service locations can be accessed through a mapping tool here. You can also access the same information by texting the word FOOD to 877877. For a complete list of school meal services you can click here.

Q: With schools being closed, are there learning resources available for parents to use with their students?

A: The Arizona Department of Education’s Virtual Learning Hub is a resource for teachers and families to assist them as they plan for non-traditional home instruction and should be used with discretion and in the way that best fits with their families’ or student’s needs. You can access these resources through the Arizona Department of Education by clicking here or here.

Q: I am a veteran using GI benefits to pay for my education. What flexibility exists for me to ensure that I am compliant with my program?

A: President Trump recently signed legislation to provide continuity in educational benefits for veterans and their families who attend schools that have had to switch to online learning. The law enables the VA to continue providing the same level of education benefits to students having to take courses online due to the coronavirus outbreak. GI Bill students will continue receiving the same monthly housing allowance (MHA) payments they received for resident training until December 21st, or until the school resumes in-person classes. Students receiving GI Bill benefits are not required to take any action. Benefits will continue automatically. Students with specific questions can contact the Education Call Center at: 888-442-4551.

Q: I am a student at a college or university. How will my graduation or continuation of classes be impacted?

A: The Department of Education has given broad approval to colleges and universities to allow them to more easily move their classes online. You should reach out to your college or university for more information about adjustments being made.  

Q: I have student loans and I am having trouble paying them due to the coronavirus. What resources are available to help with this?

A: The U.S. Department of Education has set interest rates on all federally-held student loans to 0 percent for at least the next 60 days. No action is required for student borrowers to take advantage of this interest rate. The Department of Education announced borrowers will have the option to suspend their payments on federally-held student loans for at least two months. You should reach out to your federal student loan servicer for more information on how to take advantage of this or go to https://studentaid.gov/announcements-events/coronavirus.

Q: My current employer pays a portion of my federal student loans. Are there any new benefits associated with the passage of the CARES Act?

 A: Yes. The CARES Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Trump, allows for all payments for federal student loans payed by an employer to be tax free up to $5,250 for the 2020 tax year.

Click HERE for a downloadable and printable FAQ. 

 

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.

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

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