PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - School districts in the Phoenix-area are starting to alter in-person learning plans as COVID-19 cases decrease in Maricopa County.
On Wednesday March 3, Gov. Ducey issued an executive order that says schools should offer in-person, teacher-led instruction by March 15.
Arizona's Family has compiled plans from Phoenix-area school districts. Please check back regularly as the information on this page changes often.
Agua Fria Union High School District
Teachers and staff returned to their schools full time on Wednesday, Feb. 24. In-person learning will begin on March 15, the first Monday after spring break. "Parents and students will have the option to continue remote learning or finish the school year with in-person learning," explained the district's website.
The district also says that graduation ceremonies are on track to happen at State Farm Stadium on May 15, but there might be some restrictions.
COVID-19 Information Line: 623-932-7090
Alhambra Elementary School District
March 15-19 schedule
- Monday - All students will participate in asynchronous distance learning
- Tuesday - First day that in-person students report to campus; Distance Learning students will attend virtually
- Wednesday - All students will participate in asynchronous distance learning
- Thursday - On-campus students will report to campus; DL students attend virtually
- Friday - On-campus students will report to campus; DL students attend virtually
The superintendent said masks will be required and students will not switch classrooms. He said the schools will do their best to maintain social distancing but cannot guarantee that kids will be 6 feet apart from each other all day. He also noted that not all teachers and staff will have been vaccinated and class sizes will not be reduced.
Apache Junction Unified School District (Pinal County)
The district voted to return to in-person learning on March 22, which is after spring break. There will still be an online learning option.
Avondale Elementary School District
AESD will start in-person learning on Monday, March 15. "We will welcome families who choose the in-person learning model for the rest of the school year," the district's website explains. Students planning to be on campus will need to complete a daily health checklist.
Balsz Elementary School District
Balsz says it's ready for students to return to schools for in-person learning on Monday, March 15. Teachers went back on Monday, March 1, to get ready for students.
Face masks will be required, and Plexiglass dividers will separate students at their desks. Students will have their temperatures checked when they get to school, and social distancing will be observed whenever possible. Frequent hand washing will be encouraged, and classrooms, buses, and public areas will be disinfected regularly.
"I truly believe that the final months of this school year will go smoothly," Dr. Arleen Kennedy, the district superintendent, said.
BASIS Charter Schools
BASIS.ed, which operates 22 charter schools throughout the Valley and Arizona, has reopened for in-person learning. BASIS.ed follows the health guidelines and mandates of local, state, and federal health officials, and is in touch with its families about current conditions. For the 2020-21 school year, the network implemented a 'Families Choose in 2020-21' program, with parents indicating whether they would prefer to have their students receive instruction via distance learning, or return to in-person.
Buckeye Elementary School District
The school district resumed the option for in-person classes on March 15, 2021.
A COVID-19 dashboard is being provided by the school district. Click here to see any confirmed cases.
Buckeye Union High School District
BUHSD returned to in-person learning for those who choose to do so. Families can choose in-person learning or distance learning.
Cartwright School District
Teachers returned to prepare for in-person learning on March 15. Students who are returning to in-person learning will report on March 16. Families have the choice to continue online learning or return to in-person instruction. Uniforms for in-person learning are not required. More information here.
Cave Creek Unified School District
The district will continue to offer both in person and virtual options at this time.
Chandler Unified School District
After being in virtual learning following winter break, the Governing Board decided students will resume in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 19. The district will also have additional staff for Chandler Online Academy for students who don't feel comfortable going back in person.
Creighton Elementary School District
Because of the noticeable increase in COVID-19 cases in the district, the schools resumed with remote learning-only on Nov. 13 and it'll continue through at least the third quarter. They'll continue through winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 1). In-person learning for students in self-contained special education and developmental preschool programs will continue, according to the district. For more information, click/tap here.
Deer Valley Unified School District
During a board meeting on Dec. 8, the district said it plans to continue in-person teaching and learning through Dec. 18. However, board members are concerned about a post-holiday spike in cases so they approved a short-term virtual plan for all starting in the second semester.
K-8 students and Early Childhood
- Virtual learning: Jan. 4-15
- In-person starts: Tuesday, Jan. 19 (Monday, Jan. 18 is a holiday)
High school students
- Virtual learning: Jan. 4-22
- In-person starts: Monday, Jan. 25
Dysart Unified School District
All students started online learning in August but by the end of September, all grades were allowed to return to campus. Students who were doing full-time distance learning through Dysart iSchool were able tp continue that.
But as COVID-19 cases soared, about 160 teachers in the district planned to stage a "sick out" on Monday, Jan. 11. However, the district said schools would remain open. "We will continue to monitor the situation and notify parents if any changes are made," read a statement from the district on Jan. 10.
For more information, visit their website.
Fountain Hills Unified School District
All schools within FHUSD as of February 19, 2021, McDowell Mountain Elementary School, Fountain Hills middle School, and Fountain Hills high School will be following these guidelines.
Our COVID numbers have decreased significantly over the past several weeks with very few instances of COVID in our schools. We would like to encourage you to bring your children back to school for in-person learning. With the vaccines and precautions that we follow, we are confident that we will be able to continue on the right path of wellness for everyone.
FHUSD COVID-19 updates and information can be found here.
Fowler Elementary School District
Fowler Elementary School District (FESD) welcomed hybrid learning platform students to in-person learning for their direct instruction time on Monday, March 22, 2021.
FESD percent positivity on March 18, 2021, was 5.20 percent. The Maricopa County transmission level is substantial. Thank you for sticking with us through the past year. We know it's been a challenge, but we couldn't have done it without your support. Please visit our School Re-Entry page for more information on COVID-19 updates, metrics, and benchmarks.
Gilbert Public Schools
On Monday, Feb. 1, all schools returned to full-time in-person learning five days a week.
Gilbert Schools has a full dashboard now listing individual cases for every school in their district. Click HERE to see the dashboard.
Glendale Elementary School District
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order relaxing COVID-19 restrictions across the state. It does not, however, rescind the order requiring school districts to require mask-wearing. AZDHS Emergency Measure 2020-04 is still in effect, requiring masks in all K-12 schools.
Mask-wearing remains a requirement in all GESD school buildings, school buses and offices. Masking is one of the top mitigation strategies for safe in-person learning as recommended by the CDC.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue to follow mitigation practices to keep our GESD students, staff and families safe and healthy.
It is critically important to follow all safety precautions as the spread of COVID-19 is still in our community.
Glendale Union High School District
Schools in the GUHSD returned to in-person learning on March 22. Parents who don't want their children returning to in-person learning will be able to have them remain in the remote learning model.
Higley Unified School District
Classes resumed in-person on Jan. 4. The district also released a video detailing the changes at school campuses. The district asks that parents keep their students home if they exhibit any symptoms or signs of COVID-related illnesses. More information here. HUSD COVID-19 dashboard.
Isaac Elementary School District
Students returned to in-person learning on March 15, per Governor Ducey's executive order. The district is operating under its Hybrid Learning Model. Online learning remains available for families who indicated that as their preference. The district recommended for students and staff returning to in-person learning environments to review protective measures for a safe return. More information here.
J.O. Combs Unified School District
The J.O. Combs Unified School District returned to in-person learning Sept. 8. The district added a dashboard to track the number of active cases on their website. Schools considered to have an 'outbreak' means there are at least two cases of confirmed COVID-19. More information here. Curbside meal program.
Kyrene School District
The district welcomed some students back to in-person learning on Tuesday, March 16. Kyrene continues to offer a flex distance learning option through the end of the school year, to ensure continued family choice. Only families that selected in-person learning for Quarter 3 will return to campuses. More information here | Kyrene COVID-19 dashboard.
Laveen Elementary School District
The Laveen Elementary School District has voted to return to hybrid learning on March 1st or until community metrics fall within moderate risk category for two consecutive weeks whichever comes first.
The school district has released their own COVID-19 case dashboard and community resting resource for the public, students, staff and parents. You can see the dashboard here.
Liberty Elementary School District
Liberty Elementary School District returned to in-person learning on March 15. More information here.
Litchfield Elementary School District
Students return back to campus on March 15 for in-person learning. More information here.
Littleton Elementary School District
Students will remain in full-time distance learning starting on March 22 after spring break. This means all students who have chosen to return to in-person learning can. More information here
Madison Elementary School District
On Jan. 19, the Governing Board voted to push back the date to return to hybrid learning to Feb. 22. That's based on the downward metric trends and having staff being vaccinated.
On Jan. 12, the board changed how they decide if everyone can go back to in-person learning. The district will now use data from the City of Phoenix and two of its benchmarks will have to be in the "yellow" range before everyone can come back.
The data on the dashboard reflects the active and recovered cases reported during in-person learning. The data will be updated every Friday by 5 p.m.
The district has also released its comprehensive plan that outlines protocols on how it plans to keep everyone safe when in-person school begins. More information here | Start of School Information Chart
Mesa Public Schools
The superintendent said on Dec. 3 that for the remainder of the first semester, changes in learning models will be made on a classroom-by-classroom, program-by-program or school-by-school basis.
The district hopes to return to five-day modified in-person learning on Tuesday, Jan. 19. The district dashboard that displays current active COVID-19 cases in the district will update weekly.
On Jan. 14, families and staff were notified whether their school will open in a remote, two-day or five-day modified in-person learning model on Jan. 19, based on school and department metrics.
Remote learning continues to be a choice for the families who made that selection earlier this fall.
Murphy Elementary School District
On Nov. 9, the district's governing board unanimously approved to have the district remain in Phase 2 of their Return to School Plan until at least Jan. 19, 2021. This means that they will have a limited number of students on each of their three campuses. While the district remains in Phase 2, they will continue to provide breakfast/lunch and meals for the weekend (Friday distribution) during regularly scheduled school days.
The district is required to adhere to the benchmark metrics from Maricopa County Public Health Department to determine if they are ready to move forward with their plan on having students on our campuses full time. This data is released every Thursday morning and can be accessed here.
Phase 2 offers resources for students who need a place to continue with virtual, online learning in a safe environment. All students and staff who are on campus attend voluntarily and during the hours of 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Monday through Friday. The district will remain in Phase 2 until the benchmarks are met to begin a hybrid learning environment.
Parents will still have the choice to have their child either return to classroom instruction or continue with virtual instruction. More information here
The district released their plan for safety protocols when they decide to return to in-person learning.
Osborn Elementary School District
Officials say students will return to the classroom on March 30. Superintendent Dr. Michael Robert said on Feb. 24 that 90% of teachers and staff have been vaccinated in the district and that was a key contributing factor for the reopening date. The area also only has a COVID-19 positivity rate of 11.5% as of Feb. 24.
Dr. Robert said about 60% of students will return to the classroom while the rest will stay virtual.
Paloma Elementary School District
The school year will start on August 3rd with everyone participating in distance learning. Parents will have the option to continue with their child in distance learning or attend in-person classes as soon as face-to-face learning is allowed. Please monitor the district's COVID-19 link for the most up to date information: palomaesd.org/
Paradise Valley Unified School District
The district has returned to in-person learning. Elementary students went back to campus Tuesday, Feb. 16. Middle and high school students returned Monday, Feb. 22. Parents still have the option to keep kids at home through PV Connect. Latest info here.
Pendergast Elementary School District
The school district will offer an in-person learning option after Spring Break on Monday, March 22. The district will still offer virtual learning and follow a COVID-19 mitigation plan for any in-person instruction. More information here.
Peoria Unified School District
Peoria Unified School District is offering in-person and virtual learning - giving parents/students the option which learning environment they would prefer.
In-person learning, athletics and activities is paused on Ironwood High School due to health data on campus. The decision was made using this framework.
Phoenix Elementary School District
The school district will make an in-person learning option available on March 17. Virtual instruction is still an option for students if parents choose to pick that route. More information can be found here.
Phoenix Union High School District
PXU continues to diligently plan for the return to in-person learning. The new target date for in-person learning is the week of March 30. The district also announced they will be launching PXU Remote Learning 2.0. If state and county data reaches minimal spread in November, the district will consider even more on-site options to end the quarter. Employee return-to-work dates will also remain the same. The district announced on Nov. 12 that it will formally end the fall sports season on Monday, Nov. 16 and suspend the start of the winter sports season.
During a district board meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 22, district officials began looking at new ways to keep kids safe on campus, now that the district has cut school resource officers. District's website.
Queen Creek Unified School District
QCUSD started online schooling on August 3, 2020 via the Queen Creek Virtual Academy. On August 17, 2020, QCUSD started in-person learning for all students. Students also have the option of continuing online schooling via the Queen Creek Virtual Academy. More information here | Frequently asked questions
Riverside Elementary School District
The district started their Stem2 Distance Learning program on July 27, 2020. In-person learning will not begin until further notice. These dates are fluid and may change as the district receives additional guidance from the governor, Arizona Department of Health, Arizona Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control. District's website | Frequently asked questions
Roosevelt School District
The in-person hybrid learning model started on Mar. 22 for those families that choose that option. The district developed three learning settings to meet the student and family needs for the 2020-2021 school year when it is safe to introduce them. Those options will include a full-time virtual academy, a full time in-person option and a flexible combination of the two. More information on the return-to-school plan here.
Scottsdale Unified School District
Elementary and special education self-contained students returned for in-person learning on Jan. 4. Middle and high schools returned to full day, in-person learning on March 15. The District's website has the latest information.
Tempe Elementary School District
Tempe Elementary schools returned to in-person learning on March 15.
Tempe Union High School District
TUHSD returned to in-person learning on March 15, 4 days a week with asynchronous Wednesdays.
Tolleson Elementary School District
The district returned to in-person learning on March 22.
For more information visit the district website.
Tolleson Union High School District
Students returned to in-person learning on March 22.
You can find more information on the district website.
Union Elementary School District
Students have been on a five-day modified (hybrid) in-person learning since Monday, January 11.
Washington Elementary School District
The district resumed in-person learning March 22.
Wilson Elementary School District
Students returned to in-person learning on March 15.
The district's website has more information.
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