LIST: Arizona districts announce return to school plans

On June 29, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced all schools shall delay the start of in-person classes for the school year that begins July 1 until August 17, but schools may begin the school year on their regularly planned start date prior to August 17 through distance learning. 

Ducey's executive order states:

  • If a school chooses to begin the school year on its regularly planned start date through distance learning, a diestirct or charter school shall submit a distance learning plan as required by the Arizona Department of Education no later than the start date of the distance learning program or August 14, 2020, whichever is earlier.
  • A school district or charter school may delay benchmark testing until the first six weeks after in-person classes are allowed to begin.
  • District or charter school students shall be considered as an AOI (Arizona Online Instruction Program) student for purposes of school funding calculations while participating in distance learning.

Gov. Ducey orders closure of bars, gyms, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing; delays first day of school

In an effort to stop a massive surge in new coronavirus cases, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, nightclubs, gyms, movie theaters and water parks around the state to be closed for at least 30 days starting at 8 p.m. on June 29.

Statement from Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman:

"Today’s announcement from Gov @dougducey delays in-person instruction until August 17th but allows schools to offer distance learning per their regular schedules. This will allow all of us to continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and plan appropriately.

In the meantime, @azedschools will continue to help districts develop their distance learning plans and advocate that our schools receive all necessary resources to keep students and staff safe upon a return to school facilities.

What Arizona’s numbers will look like by August 17th remains unclear. But one thing is for certain: if efforts are not taken across the entire state to curb the spread of this virus, our schools will only continue to face complications in re-opening their facilities."

Arizona Department of Education - Important links:

State of Arizona COVID-19 Hotline: 1-844-542-8201 

Schools in Maricopa, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Navajo, Pima and Pinal Counties have posted frequently asked questions and information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) on their websites and social media platforms.

Maricopa County:

Agua Fria Union High School District #216

"The board also took action last night [June 28] to adopt a plan for opening schools remotely in August and moving to a flex hybrid schedule (on campus) as soon as advisable. Part of the process for reopening schools is to see trend data decreasing for the number of positive cases over a four to five-week period. While we are not seeing this presently in Arizona, we are hopeful to continue planning in July. The board adoption last night allows students and teachers the chance to start learning about this plan leading up to school restarting," stated Superintendent Dr. Dennis Runyan.

Alhambra Elementary School District #68

"Many individuals are hard at work developing the ACT Return to School plan. To ensure that questions are directed to the appropriate design groups for consideration, please submit questions to"

Avondale Elementary School District #44

"In an effort to save money and go green, we will observe summer hours from June 1st through July 17th. The district office will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and closed on Fridays. Please note, you may register your child online by clicking on the registration tab on our website. School offices will re-open on Monday, July 20th to serve you."

Balsz Elementary School District #31

"Balsz School District has continued to monitor all news and activity regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). In alignment with Governor Doug Ducey’s declaration of a public health emergency for the State of Arizona, Balsz has been proactively planning for all possible scenarios for our schools."

BASIS Charter Schools

As of June 16, families choose the way their children learn at BASIS Charter Schools in 2020–21. 

Cartwright Elementary School District #83

"The Cartwright School District will be returning to school August 3rd, 2020. We will be begin the year with Distance Learning. Parents classes will be provided to help you understand how to utilize distance learning platforms."

"After August 17, and if the Governor’s order is lifted, parents will continue to have the choice for in-person school or distance learning. We will also be moving to a 4-day school week with Fridays off. Fridays will be designated a deep cleaning day; however, we will do everything possible to ensure student and staff safety by disinfecting daily," stated Superintendent Dr. LeeAnn Aguilar-Lawlor.

Cave Creek Unified School District #93

At this time, we are still considering starting on August 5th with online school to begin learning for our students. As we get more information, we will continue to update you. Thank you for understanding as we try to digest and figure out this latest news and situation," stated Superintendent Debbi Burdick.

Creighton Elementary School District #14

"Creighton School District remains in close communication with the Governor’s office and the Arizona Department of Health. As the pandemic situation changes, we are prepared to modify our return to school plan accordingly. Visit our website for the latest updates"

Deer Valley Unified School District #97

DVUSD has listed their return to school plans regarding on campus, on flex and online learning.

Dysart Unified School District #89

"As we are preparing for the start of the 20-21 school year, there are many unknowns. Dysart has been hard at work creating a flexible, responsible and comprehensive plan for returning to school that focuses on safety and high quality education. We will be opening our schools in August, and providing both in-person and online choices to meet the various needs of each of our students and families."

Fountain Hills Unified School District #98

"The school reopening task force will continue to meet weekly into July, reviewing proposals for the instructional models and how to meet the social/emotional needs of students and staff for the start of school. The goal is to present the district school reopening plan to the governing board in mid-July."

Fowler Elementary School District #45

"Please review the options for the 2020-2021 school year beginning on August 17th. Fowler will have 3 models for students: 100% online, all-day in person M-F, and a hybrid option of half-day in person M-F. Go to to learn more and select the option you want for your child(ren)."

Gilbert Unified School District #41

"Following a review of the Executive Order and guidance from our Governing Board and district leadership, Gilbert Public Schools plans to move forward with a start date of August 5th, with online learning for all students. On August 17th, students that have chosen our in-person Campus or Flex options will transition to their chosen learning model."

Glendale Elementary School District #40

"We hope that everyone is healthy. School will begin August 10th with distance learning. Please visit for more information."

Glendale Union High School District #205

"Beginning August 10, 2020, students will begin the 2020-2021 school year learning remotely from home."

Grand Canyon University

"We learn more about the impact of COVID-19 every day and will know even more in the coming weeks. We also know there will be some level of risk and it is inevitable that some students will come in contact with the virus. We intend to mitigate those threats to the extent we can by layering the above strategies along with frequent handwashing, increased sanitization protocols and physical distancing. Within those guidelines, we hope to maintain the same culture and community atmosphere that GCU is known for."

Higley Unified School District #60

"The Higley Unified School District created a new online page with all information for families regarding the opening of school for the 2020-2021 school year. Families can find communication, health & protocols information, instructional model information and more."

Isaac Elementary School District #5

J. O. Combs Unified School District #44

The district is delaying the start of in-person instruction until August 17. Virtual learning may be made available prior to Aug. 17, but details will be shared following the approval of a modified calendar at the July 8, 2020 Governing Board meeting. 

"As we've developed these plans over the last several weeks, the health and safety of our students and staff continues to be paramount," said Dr. Greg Wyman, Superintendent. "We anticipate that as the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, as will our response to ensure we're continuing to provide a safe learning and working environment for our community."

Kyrene School District #28

"In-person and Flex Distance Learning will begin August 17. Kyrene Digital Academy (full-time online learning) will begin July 30. All students will attend school for the same number of days, but the calendars are staggered. Information is evolving and our response along with it. It is critical that families and staff check back often for updates."

Laveen Elementary School District #59

Laveen's Governing Board approved recommendations for full-year online, flexible distance and daily on-site learning.

Legacy Traditional Schools (Avondale, Goodyear, Laveen)

"This afternoon, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order delaying the start of in-person learning until August 17, 2020, in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state. The order impacts the opening of all Legacy schools in Arizona. Legacy Summer will continue to be offered until further notice. If you have any questions about Legacy Summer, please contact us at or visit Learn more about this reopening update here:"

Liberty Elementary School District #25

"At the June 26, 2020, Governing Board meeting, the Governing Board approved three options from which parents may choose for their children to learn. On July 7, 2020, the Governing Board voted to maintain the August 5th start date. Due to Governor Ducey's Executive Order, all Liberty District students will begin school with either Distance Learning or On-Line. Students who have opted for In-Person Learning will be able to shift to In-Person on August 17th or when the State allows."

Litchfield Elementary School District #79

"In light of Governor Ducey’s Executive Order, we have adjusted our school start date. All students will begin school in a Distance Learning format on August 5, 2020. In-person learning will resume when it is safe to return to classrooms. We will send you a Fall 2020 Learning Model Commitment Form so that you may choose which learning model is best for your child. Your options will be In-person Learning, Digital Learning Academy, or Hybrid Learning."

Littleton Elementary School District #65

"On June 30, the Governing Board voted to approve a school-based dynamic distance learning plan with three instruction models: full-time in-person learning, flexible distance learning, and full-time distance learning for the 2020–2021 school year."

Madison School District #38

"A virtual town hall was held June 29 to discuss the district's re-opening plan. Click here to view the documents. A replay of the event is available at"

Maricopa County Community College District

"While our lives are different and normal feels far away, Maricopa Community Colleges is here for you. Our online classes and resources will help you stay connected and safe, so while we wait for normal to return, we will adapt and learn – together."

Mesa Public Schools #4

Superintendent Dr. Andi Fourlis stated, "On July 14, we will release our refined final plan, with details about the following: Meal service, Child enrichment programming for working parents, Device distribution, Options for internet access, Teaching & learning information, Transition plans to modified in-person and in-person learning models, And much more."

Murphy Elementary School District #21

Nadaburg Unified School District #81

"Return to learning for all students will be August 17, 2020. Nadaburg Unified School District students and families will have options for learning. We are asking all families to please read the description for each learning pathway, fill out the form and select the pathway that best fits your student’s needs and the needs of your family: NUSD Back To School Form."

Osborn Elementary School District #8

"Click here to learn more about our new virtual school, which will be an option for all K-8 families for the 20-21 school year."

Palo Verde Elementary School District #49

Paradise Valley Unified School District #69

"We believe that it is important that learning begins for students and that families have stability and clarity regarding the upcoming school year. We also believe that our students need and deserve a full academic year. Citing these factors, last night the Governing Board voted unanimously to begin classes online on our regularly scheduled first day, Wednesday, August 5, and to commit to remaining online through Labor Day weekend, Friday, September 4. We will be following the PVConnect model for real-time, online instruction. This will allow for a smooth transition to face-to-face learning without disruption or changes to staffing or student schedules once in-person learning is permitted to resume. We recognize that circumstances, guidance, and directives related to COVID-19 may continue to evolve, and we will continue to adapt our plan to respond to those changes" stated Superintendent Dr. Jesse Welsh.

Pendergast Elementary School District #92

"Governor Ducey has declared through an Executive Order that schools will delay the start of in-person classes for the school year until August 17th or until further notice, however, online learning is permissible and encouraged. For all Pendergast students, school will begin on Wednesday, August 5, through online Distance Learning," stated Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Superintendent.

Peoria Unified School District #11

Peoria Unified School District will begin on Wednesday, August 5 with an all-virtual format. Additional details will be released on July 1.

Phoenix Union High School District

The district announced it would start full remote learning on August 3, not August 17.

Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson penned a letter to teachers and staff saying Phoenix Union plans to move forward with a start date of August 3 for virtual learning.

Queen Creek Unified School District #95

"On June 29, Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order delaying the opening of school buildings until August 17, 2020. The order impacts the opening of all schools in the Queen Creek Unified School District. In light of this announcement, our schools will not physically open on July 22, 2020. However, we are working to determine if we can still begin the school year (via distance learning) on July 22 so that students can continue their learning activities."

Riverside Elementary School District #2

Roosevelt School District #66

"Our district staff and Return to School Task Force will continue working diligently during this next month to adjust and refine plans, as necessary, in response to this Executive Order and the ever-changing circumstances caused by this pandemic.  We are committed to providing our families, staff, and community with timely communication as we prepare to launch the 2020-2021 school year," said Superintendent Dr. Quintin Boyce.

Scottsdale Unified School District #48

"Scottsdale Unified's back-to-school recommendations will be presented at the July 7 Governing Board meeting that you can watch on SUSD's YouTube channel here:"

Tempe Elementary School District

"Our goal is to safely welcome all of our students to a safe, healthy, and engaging learning environment, whether it is in person, blended or remote learning environment on August 17, 2020."

Tempe Union High School District #213

"In light of Governor’s Ducey announcement and subsequent Executive Order on 6/29/20, we want to reassure you that we continue to assess and plan for a safe, productive 20/21 school year for our students, teachers, and staff. There are still many unknowns about how the Governor’s order will affect the details of our current planning efforts. One thing that we know for certain is that in-person instruction will be delayed until at least August 17, 2020. We will continue to keep you informed and update this page as information becomes available."

Tolleson Elementary School District #17

"We would like to thank you for your patience while we very carefully analyze every detail to ensure a well-prepared plan to have a seamless and safe return to school for all of our students, families, and staff.  Governor Doug Ducey announced today that the start of the school year will be delayed until Monday, August 17, 2020 for on campus learning. This target date will continuously be re-evaluated for health and safety purposes."

Union Elementary School District #62

"Governor Doug Ducey delays start of school. New tentative date is August 17, 2020. Check back for more information here later this week about evolving plans. Please help slow the spread, stay at home, wear your mask!"

Washington Elementary School District

"We are preparing multiple plans for our WESD families including virtual and face-to-face learning opportunities. We continue to be guided by our state and county health officials, the Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction.  We expect to announce our plans the early part of July," stated Superintendent Dr. Paul Stanton.

Wickenburg Unified School District #9

"Wickenburg Unified School District is planning to open all schools for 2020-2021 school year the first week of August.  A task force has been established to develop templates, guidelines and procedures for different school scenerios. The group consisting of parents, teachers and administrators, will recommend plans to the governing board for a safe and healthy environment for our students and staff."

Xavier College Prepatatory

Apache County:

Alpine Elementary School District #7

Chinle Unified School District #24

"Based on feedback from our stakeholder meetings, we will present a refined plan by July 15. Changes due to the community situation or changes within the Navajo Nation, State of Arizona and/or the Center for Disease Control will be posted on an ongoing basis. Check back regularly for updates!"

Concho Elementary School District #6

Ganado Unified School District #20

McNary Elementary School District #23

Red Mesa Unified School District #27

"Currently, as a district, we are trying to process change and figure out how to plan effectively for the upcoming school year. Currently, the health of public safety of our staff and students is our number one concern, and we are working hard as a team on a weekly basis and will share our proposed plans with all stakeholders very soon," said Superintendent Andre’ L. Ponder.

Round Valley Unified School District #10

Saint Johns Unified School District #1

Sanders Unified School District #18

Vernon Elementary School District #9

Window Rock Unified School District #8

"As the district continues with strategic planning and being prepared for the start of the 2020-2021 school year, it is vital we receive parent feedback on the last quarter of the 2019-2020 school year and the new school year."

"Hard copies of survey have been sent to all current enrolled families via US postal service. Online Survey will be available on the WRUSD webpage - Please go to Survey Monkey Survey Link:"


Cochise County:

Apache Elementary School District #42

Ash Creek Elementary School District #53

Benson Unified School District #9

Bisbee Unified School District #2

"The school start date has been changed to August 18th, 2020. This moves the last day of school to June 3, 2021. Fall break is eliminated and Thanksgiving will be a two-day break, other breaks and holidays will remain the same and Memorial Day will be a school holiday," stated Tom Woody, Superintendent.

Bowie Unified School District #14

School starts August 17

Cochise County Community College District

Cochise Elementary School District #26

Double Adobe Elementary School District #45

Douglas Unified School District #27

School starts August 17. The board approved the Revised 2020-2021 district calendar on June 30.

Elfrida Elementary School District #12

"Well, just when we think we will open on time, we have to postpone opening school until August 17th," stated officials on June 29.

Fort Huachuca Accommodation District

McNeal Elementary School District #55

Naco Elementary School District #23

Palominas Elementary School District #49

"In today’s press conference Governor Ducey announced a delay for the start of school with a target date of August 17th. This date will be subject to change. We will be adding this new information into our ongoing planning process."

Pearce Elementary School District #22

"Unfortunately, we will not be starting in-person classes on July 30th as previously planned. Governor Ducey issued an order cancelling all in-person classes until at least August 17th. What does this mean for us? This means we will not be having summer school. This also means we will not be seeing all of your smiling faces on July 30th on campus. This is new information for us, so the administration will continue to explore options for the district and as soon as we have a NEW plan, we will let you know!"

Pomerene Elementary School District #64

St. David Unified School District #21

"On June 29, 2020, Governor Ducey announced the first day of school for in-person learning is delayed until August 17, 2020. We appreciate your understanding and will communicate in the coming week more about our plan to reopen and the adjustments that will be made," said Principal Andrew Brogan.

San Simon Unified School District #18

Sierra Vista Unified School District #68

Tombstone Unified School District #1

"We are looking at adjusting our calendar," said Superintendent Robert Devere. "As soon as we've made a decision, we will let you know."

Valley Union High School District #22

Willcox Unified School District #13


Coconino County:

Flagstaff Unified School District

“This plan should provide more certainty about how FUSD will continue quality learning and support for students while prioritizing student and staff safety.  We appreciate the stakeholder input and guidance from the Arizona Department of Education, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local health agencies, and other sources which this plan is based. This plan will guide our continued work throughout the summer as we prepare to welcome students back in August,” said Superintendent Michael Penca. 

Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District

Grand Canyon Unified School District #4

"More information will be coming from the School Board and Administration. Please keep a look out for future surveys and school anouncements about the upcoming school year," stated Principal Matt Yost.

Maine Consolidated School District

Northern Arizona University

"NAU will resume in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester, with an early start date of Aug. 12."

Page Unified School District #8

On the district's Facebook page, officials stated they are working on a school re-opening plan with three options: regular open with teachers and students in the classroom; hybrid re-opening with half the students learning in brick and mortar classrooms, and the other half learning online; 100% virtual learning, with all curriculum and learning happening online.

Tuba City Unified School District #15

TCUSD says the re-opening of school scenarios are being explored and they have four option to choose from on

Williams Unified School District #2

The WUSD Governing Board developed guidelines for re-opening schools in August.

"There has been a lot of input and thought put into this plan. We have taken recommendations from the appropriate governing bodies and health departments. Everyone involved has taken the current situation with the pandemic very seriously. We know that there is no 'perfect plan,' but have tried to come up with a plan that emphasizes safety for all students and staff, while still building a good learning environment for all," stated Superintendent Rick Honsinger.


    Gila County:

    Globe Unified School District #1

    Hayden-Winkelman School District #41

    The district is asking parents to complete a 10-question survey about students returning to school at

    Miami Unified School District #40

    "Our initial plan includes three excellent learning possibilities for our students: in-person learning, hybrid in-person, and remote learning. Based on feedback from parents and staff, and meeting all CDC, District, local, state, and federal guidelines for the safety of our students and staff, the Return to Learn Task Force has submitted these possibilities to the Board to review. We are expecting further guidance regarding funding from Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman in order to make final recommendations to the Governing Board regarding our Return to Learn plan," stated Superintendent Dr. Sherry Dorathy.

    Payson Unified School District #10

    "The PUSD Leadership team will continue to review and implement daily guideline changes provided from the CDC, state and local officials to establish the best educational environment possible which supports our students, staff and community needs. We will continue to provide information as it becomes available, through the office of the Superintendent and postings to our website,," stated Dr. Mark Tregaskes, Interim Superintendent and Linda Gibson, Incoming Superintendent.

    Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District #12

    "The goal of the reopening plan is to practice, observe and modify as needed. I understand that as with everything right now, things are constantly changing and the school plans to adapt the plan as State and Federal requirements are shared.  We are pleased that due to the student enrollment and overall size of the school, we are planning to keep the reopening as close as we can to “normal” for our students, families and staff," stated Superintendent Kathlene Thomson.

    San Carlos Unified School District #20

    "We do have good news: your child will have the opportunity to continue to learn and to grow academically. We strive to continue to provide students with an education that reflects academic excellence with special consideration to the unique community needs and possible barriers that may occur throughout the year. Communication will be key leading up to school in the Fall and we want to provide up to date information along the way so that we can combat fear and panic, as well as help you make well-informed decisions for your family," stated Superintendent Dr. Deborah Dennison.

    The district is asking for input regarding your child's education plan for the 2020-2021 school year at

    Tonto Basin Elementary School

    "Per Governor Ducey schools will not re open till at least August 17th 2020 please stay on the look out for any new or updated information that we may post."

    Young Public School


    Graham County:

    Pima Unified School District #6

    Superintendent Sean Rickert says parents were sent a survey asking for their thoughts on the district's reopening plan.

    Safford Unified School District #1

    The district is asking parents to fill out the SUSD Planning Forward Survey.

    "We hope to discover what worked and what didn’t last quarter as well as what you would like to see done for the new school year."


    Greenlee County:

    Blue Elementary District

    • No district website available
    • 928-865-2822

    Duncan Unified School District #2

    Morenci Unified School District #18

    "The District is receiving many questions about what the future looks like in regards to a return to school. Morenci School District is currently planning to open school doors for the 20-21 school year on Wednesday, July 29. Our goal is to provide your student a quality education without compromising their health and safety," said Superintendent Dr. David Woodall.


    La Paz County:

    Bicentennial Union High School District #76

    "During the best of circumstances, students generally have some learning loss over the summer. We also do not know at this point what day students will actually be able to return to campus. Therefore, at this time, Salome High School is preparing to start school on time (August 3rd) with distance learning. We have spent time this summer learning from last years experience with distance learning. We are preparing to deliver content online that we hope is more meaningful and accessible to our students. We are also preparing to work with parents to deliver Chromebooks and Internet access as best as we are able. We are also preparing to work with a new communications platform to be able to communicate with our parents and students in the means that best works for them," stated Andrew Kauffman, Superintendent.

    Bouse Elementary School District #26

    Parker Unified School District #27

    Quartzsite Elementary School District #4

    "We considering several scenarios to provide a safe and productive learning environment for students. Your input is crucial to the next phase of our planning. We need to hear from families to gauge the feasibility of implementing these ideas. If you are a parent attending our schools please click on the link to respond to a quick survey.

    Salome Consolidated Elementary School District #30

    Wenden Elementary School District #19

    "As we prepare to re-open school for the upcoming year, the state requires that we meet certain requirements leaving us with three options to think about," said Superintendent Gloria Dean. "Your input as parents is important to us as we plan for the upcoming school year, scheduled to begin August 17, 2020."

    The district says a survey was sent to parents and guardians.


    Mohave County:

    Kingman Unified School District #20

    "During this difficult time, Kingman Unified School District is approaching the new school year with the safety of our staff, students, and community as our primary concern. In an effort to continue the quality education of our students, our district is providing regular news updatesonline learning options, and a 'Return to Learn' Reopening Guide."


    Navajo County:

    Blue Ridge Unified School District

    "Blue Ridge is planning to reopen on August 3, 2020, incorporating physical distancing and daily health evaluation, including temperature checks, hygiene protocols, and the frequent cleaning of our facilities. However, given the rapid spread of the virus, we must also prepare alternative educational settings," said Superintendent Michael L. Wright.

    Heber-Overgaard Unified School District #6

    Holbrook Unified School District #3

    "The district is working on a reopening plan and will release a "Back to School" plan in early July."

    Joseph City Unified School District #2

    Show Low Unified School District #10

    In a Facebook comment, offiials stated, "We are planning to open school on August 17th with as much normality to a regular school year as possible. As you are aware the situation with COVID and guidance from the State continues to evolve. We are making every effort to formalize our plans as soon as we can so that we can meet the needs of all students. We do know we will offer in class options, a hybrid option (mixture of online and live lessons delivered through technology and completely online). More details to come. Please continue to follow our Facebook Live events for updates."

    Winslow Unified School District #1


    Pima County:

    Ajo Unified School District #15

    Altar Valley School District #51

    "On Monday June 29, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order that delays the return of in-person education until August 17, 2020. It is AVSD’s intent to begin in-classroom learning on Monday August 17."

    Amphitheater Public Schools #10

    "The Amphitheater School District will be evaluating what the [executive] order means and how the District can best serve the needs of our students, employees and community."

    Catalina Foothills School District #16

    On Facebook, officials stated "For us, this is a one week delay to the start of the school year." regarding Gov. Ducey's executive order.

    Continental Elementary School District #39

    "School Closure/Reopening due to COVID-19, we will update parents regularly via Website, robocalls, and the District’s Facebook page."

    Tanque Verde Unified School District #13

    Tucson Unified School District #1

    "Yesterday afternoon, Governor Ducey announced the delayed start of the school year until August 17th for Arizona school districts. For TUSD this means that the opening of the school year originally set for August 6th has now been delayed. Our new first day of the new school year has been scheduled for Monday, August 17th," stated Superintendent Dr. Gabriel Trujillo.

    University of Arizona


    Pinal County:

    Apache Junction Unified School District #43

    Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District

    Maricopa Unified School District #20

    "The Maricopa Unified School District is hard at work developing a plan to safely return to school for the 2020-2021 school year. Our task force is working on a plan to meet the diverse needs of 7600+ students from logistics and funding to the physical and emotional needs of staff and students. We look forward to providing updates as they become available."

    Oracle Elementary School District #2

    "Our Governing Board will meet Monday, July 6 to review our plans to reopen Mountain Vista PreK-8 School. This meeting will include discussion regarding the updated start date for the 2020-2021 school year. We will continue to communicate important news with our community on this Facebook page, on our website, and by mail with families."

    Ray Unified School District #3

    "Ray Unified School District has been working diligently to prepare a comprehensive Reopening Plan, which will be released July 20th, outlining our safe and healthy educational plan for the 2020/2021 school year. This document has been developed with anticipated changes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve."

    Red Rock Elementary School District #5

    "We understand that there are many questions and concerns in regards to Governor Ducey’s delay in the start of the school year. As soon as we get more information, we will get it out to our community."

    Stanfield Elementary School District #24

    Superior Unified School District #15

    "Governor Ducey has postponed the start of school until August 17th. We will update you with more information as it becomes available."


    Santa Cruz County:

    Nogales Unified School District #1

    "NUSD  will be meeting with our Reopening of Schools Committee who are tasked with determining the flexible plan that will be used to resume school. We will be taking into consideration your input and feedback (such as through the parent survey) as we coordinate and work together with the ongoing plan. Please know that all available options regarding student instruction (e.g. distance learning, in-person, and hybrid-remote- online) will be included within the plan that will be adapted as needed throughout this crisis. All Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations will be guiding the plan in the best interest, safety, and health of our students, families, teachers, staff, and the entire school community."

    Patagonia Public Schools

    "Patagonia Public Schools will use the CDC guidelines in order to decide when we can open the school buildings. We will also be prepared with the 5 plans outlined in this packet for the first day of school. We have not yet made a decision on which plan will be implemented, and we will be making that decision as close to the school opening as possible," stated Superintendent Kenny Hayes.

    Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35

    Superintendent Verdugo will discuss the reopening plan for all SCV35 schools on June 30 at 5 p.m. Live video will be available at


    Yavapai County:

    Ash Fork School District #31

    "Ash Fork Schools will begin the 20/21 school year on-line July 22 and resume on campus tentatively on August 17th! Stay tuned for more details."

    Bagdad Unified School District #20

    Beaver Creek Elementary School District #26

    Camp Verde Unified School District #28

    Canon Elementary School District #50

    Chino Valley Unified School District #51

    "This afternoon, Governor Doug Ducey delayed the start of in person instruction for all Arizona schools until August 17th. At home learning can begin at any time. Chino Valley Schools were scheduled to begin on August 5th. School administration is working on plans for the beginning of the school year that take into account this new information. We want to provide instruction that is safe for both our students and staff while being as rigorous as possible."

    Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School District #3

    "Planning is ongoing on strategies for re-opening our school for the 2020-2021 school year with our priorities being a safe and comprehensive education experience for all."

    Congress Elementary School District #7

    Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District #6

    "COCSD is continuing to monitor changes and continues to meet to finalize plans for school to begin. We will be sending out a parent questionnaire Wednesday, July 1st and will keep you informed as decisions are made."

    Crown King Elementary School District #41

    Hillside Elementary School District #35

    Humboldt Unified School District #22

    Kirkland Elementary School District #23

    "Governor Ducey has delayed the opening of school buildings until Aug 17th. We are working on a Kirkland plan. Stay tuned! Thank you all for your support during this time!"

    Mayer Unified School District #43

    Mingus High School District #4

    "Our Task Force has developed instructional options to include both in-person and distance learning. Calls and emails are going out to families to provide detailed instructions regarding enrollment in either option by July 10. The two options presented are based upon current conditions and subject to change with updated health information," stated Superintendent Mike Westcott.

    Prescott Unified School District #1

    "While PUSD had a calendared start date of August 6th, we will be adjusting our planning accordingly. As we, too, are just seeing this change, it does look like distance learning may begin prior to August 17th. We will look into the feasibility of this option," stated Superintendent Joe Howard.

    Sedona-Oak Creek Joint Unified School District #9


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