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.
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. Remote classes will continue as the district looks at possibly bringing students back to the classrooms at the end of March. The district has posted an online survey to get input from parents.
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
The superintendent says Alhambra will continue its distance learning model through the end of the third quarter on March 5. Starting with the fourth quarter, parents can choose whether send their kids back to schools for in-person learning or keep them in a distance learning program. There are three target dates for getting students back into the classrooms.
- March 18 - First try
- April 1 - Second try
- May 8 - Last try
The superintendent said parents will get about a week to prepare if they have chosen the in-person learning option. When schools reopen, 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.
The governing board is scheduled to meet on March 4.
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
All students are continuing in remote learning.
The district plans welcome students who did their second quarter in person back to school the Monday after spring break. That will be Monday, March 15.
"The only variance for the restart date of in-person instruction will be if the top two metrics shift to yellow for two consecutive weeks prior to that date," explains the district's benchmarks for reopening web page. "It is crucial that you monitor your emails in the weeks prior to Spring Break as we share our metrics."
Balsz Elementary School District
Balsz says it's ready for students to return to schools for in-person learning on Monday, March 15. Teachers will go 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 through the Valley and Arizona, will not open for in-person learning until the third or fourth weeks of February. 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 has 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 in-person.
Buckeye Elementary School District
The school district is planning to resume in-person classes on March 15, 2021. If Maricopa County metrics allow for a hybrid return before March 15, the school district will do so. The metric will not impact the March 15 date of a full return.
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 for the period of February 8 through March 5.
Cartwright School District
The Governing Board voted unanimously to remain in distance learning for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year. Summer school for small groups will begin on June 1. 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
All Fowler Elementary School District (FESD) students will continue with virtual/online instruction through March 12, 2021.
Metrics will be reviewed by the Governing Board at their regularly scheduled meetings in January, February and March. At each meeting the Board will discuss and determine if our students will continue with virtual/online instruction for the next month or transition to hybrid model of instruction.
Gilbert Public Schools
In a board meeting Monday, Jan. 4, board members voted that all students in Gilbert Public Schools will remain in hybrid-learning model until Jan. 29. On Monday, Feb. 1, all schools will return 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
As of Feb. 19, 2021 the health benchmarks released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) show a slight improvement. However, the overall risk level is still substantial. GESD will remain in the virtual learning model and continue to monitor the benchmarks.
Public health officials are still recommending continued diligence with all mitigation measures. 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
The GUHSD Reopening Task Force says that based on the latest COVID-19 benchmark updates, schools in the district will remain under remote learning until metrics indicate it is safe to return to in-person learning. GUHSD is working this week to determine a target date for students to return to in-person learning as metrics continue to decline.
The decision is based on the current COVID-19 numbers released on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website.
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
As of Feb. 23, the overall risk level for the Isaac Elementary School district was substantial, which is recommended virtual learning with onsite support. 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 has 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 will welcome some students back to in-person learning on every campus on Tuesday, March 16. Kyrene will continue 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
Litchfield Elementary School District will continue distance learning until February 16th. The governing board voted on January 25th to return to in-person learning with the guidance of the Maricopa County Public Health.
Litchfield Elementary School District
Students in grades K-2 can return to in-person learning Monday, Feb. 22. Grades 3-5 can return Monday, March 1. Grades 6-8 can return to hybrid format (A/B schedule) Monday, March 1 (This applies to Thomas Heck, Verrado, Western Sky and Wigwam Creek middle schools.) Grades 6-8 at Belen Soto and Verrado Heritage Elementary schools will remain in distance learning until March 15. White Tanks Learning Center can also return Monday, March 15. More information here.
Littleton Elementary School District
Students will remain in full-time distance learning through March 12th. 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 January 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 ton 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
In-person schooling is delayed until further notice. The school district states families will be notified well in advance of any changes. 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
With statewide health benchmarks on the rise, the Governing Board voted to postpone the reopening of schools until further notice. Benchmarks will continue to be monitored and the district will tentatively plan to reopen for in-person learning if approved benchmarks are met. A return to school plan 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 Monday, March 15. 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 district started online learning for all students on August 3. As a result of a thorough review of the Maricopa County COVID-19 health data for the South Phoenix community, the district has made the decision to remain in a virtual learning setting at least after spring break. The district has 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 school students and high school students returned Tuesday, Jan. 19. The District's website has the latest information.
Tempe Elementary School District
Classes will remain online until at least Monday, March 5, 2021, or earlier if metrics improve.
Tempe Union High School District
The superintendent announced the district plans to return to in-person learning for four days a week on Monday, March 15. Wednesday will saved for out-of-the-classroom learning.
Tolleson Elementary School District
Students remain online. The district plans to return to in-person learning on March 22.
For more information visit the district website.
Tolleson Union High School District
The district says remote learning will continue until March 12. You can find more information on the district website.
Union Elementary School District
Students started the new semester with a remote learning, but returned to a five-day modified (hybrid) in-person learning on Monday, January 11.
Washington Elementary School District
Students remain online. The district hopes to resume in-person learning by March 22.
Wilson Elementary School District
Virtual instruction resumed on January 5, 2021. The district says students will not be returning to in-person learning until the metrics indicate it is safe to return. The district has sent a survey for parents to fill out to determine their preferences for the last quarter.
The district's website has more information.
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