LIST: Arizona districts announce return to school plans

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

School Begins August 3/4, 2020, from home, in an all-remote or virtual learning environment.

Alhambra Elementary School District #68

"The 2020-2021 school year will begin virtually on Monday, August 17. All students will participate in district-wide Distance Learning starting August 17 for the duration of the first quarter."

Avondale Elementary School District #44

"In working with the guidelines set forth from the AZDHS, the metrics indicate that we have not met the benchmarks as of now. Therefore, Avondale Elementary School District will not resume in-person classes on August 17th. All students will continue learning remotely and we will be monitoring the metrics weekly. Please check your emails periodically for any further updates."

Balsz Elementary School District #31

"The first day of school for the Balsz School District’s four schools will be Monday, August 17, 2020. Parents will have two choices for sending their children to school: 1) In-person learning in the classroom with public safety measures in place. 2)  Online distance learning, which will be provided as an option at least through the end of the first quarter."

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."

Cave Creek Unified School District #93

"As you have probably heard, the AZ Department of Health Services presented their Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction Metrics yesterday [Aug. 6]. We have had many questions about what this means for our CCUSD in-person start date of Sept. 8th. I wish I had a crystal ball to predict the future metrics, but at this time, we are hoping and planning for returning physically to our classrooms on Sept. 8th. We are all hearing that the metrics are improving. However, if they are still not as they should be in 3 weeks, there is the chance that this date could be moved back further. We miss our students and are hoping that September 8th is a viable return date. Thank you for listening," stated Superintendent Debbi Burdick.

Creighton Elementary School District #14

"..we will begin the school year with enhanced, structured remote learning on August 3. After great consideration regarding the health and safety of our school communities, we are announcing that the soonest we will transition to in-person learning on our campuses is after fall break on October 13."

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

"Dysart is proud to announce that the health benchmark data for the district is trending in the right direction. If the trend continues, beginning September 14, students in Kindergarten through 4th grade, and 9th grade students, will resume in-person learning in the classroom. Sundown Mountain students will also return to school on September 14. On September 21, 5th grade through 8th grade and 10th -12th graders will return to in-person classes. Students enrolled in iSchool will continue to learn online."

Fountain Hills Unified School District #98

"This is an unusual start to the school year with many unanswered questions and needs. We have learned much about district processes and procedures as we worked through them. We realize this has not been easy on anyone, and thank you for your questions, suggestions, and patience as we continue to navigate through the numerous changes for our staff, students, and families. Please visit the August 9 Superintendent's Falcon Focus for more detailed information about online learning starting on Tuesday, August 11."

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

"At this time school remains online.  Please visit for the most up to date information and to view all the plans for reopening schools as soon as is safely possible. Beginning August 17, we are offering Onsite Learning Support services as per the Governor's Executive Order."

Glendale Elementary School District #40

"Glendale Elementary School District (GESD) will postpone the reopening of in-person learning until after Labor Day. Once the health benchmarks meet the recommended thresholds, GESD will use those guidelines to determine when GESD will reopen for on-site learning. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health School Reopening Dashboard can be found at:"

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

"To create the safest environment possible and also better replicate the on-campus experience that GCU is known for, classes will begin Sept. 8 in an online modality for the first three weeks of the semester. Students will then return to campus for an in-person blended model of instruction beginning Sept. 28 through the end of the semester, which will culminate on Dec. 18."

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

"Our teachers have been preparing and are ready to lead your children in learning online.  We are excited about the learning opportunities we have for the children of the Isaac community.  The first day of school is this Monday, August 3rd.  

For the start of the year, your child will participate in an online classroom with lessons taught in real time by an ISD certified teacher using the district adopted and standards-based curriculum. 

If you have not yet received communication from the school regarding your child’s schedule and information to login to the online classroom, contact your child’s school directly."

J. O. Combs Unified School District #44

"Our Superintendent continues to engage in ongoing conversations with the Combs Education Association as well as our families to address concerns regarding the return to school. We’re sensitive to the feedback of our staff, as well as our community, and are working nonstop to find solutions to the polarizing and challenging issues currently facing school districts throughout the state and country. 

While we continue to work diligently on this matter, we also continue to receive a high volume of staff absences, and in turn will have to cancel all classes on Tuesday [Aug. 18] as well as Wednesday [Aug. 19]. A Governing Board meeting will be scheduled for Wednesday evening at 6:00pm to discuss next steps and options for a return to school. We are fully aware that a timely resolution to this matter is critical, and are committed to providing updates to our families as soon as they are available.

The provision of quality instruction for our students is our highest priority and we will continue to work day and night to find a resolution to this issue so that we can minimize the disruption to our families and students."

Kyrene School District #28

"Kyrene School District will provide free, on-site learning opportunities and support services, beginning August 17, so that students with specific needs are well-supported, and schools are enabled to continue effective distance learning for all students. For full details on Kyrene's Serving Our Students (SOS) plan, visit our on-site services page."

Laveen Elementary School District #59

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

"Laveen does not have a date for starting the option of in-person, teacher-led learning.  Once the data shows safety benchmarks are met, families will be provided with the opportunity to select again from the Four Schooling Options.  We plan to provide families with at least two week’s advance notice of reopening. Families who wish to continue online learning may elect to do so."

Legacy Traditional Schools

"In-person learning will start on Monday, Aug. 24 at all Legacy campuses in Arizona. Students who chose the in-person learning option may return to campus starting Monday, Aug. 24. Students who selected online learning for the beginning of the school year may still continue to learn 100% online. All students, both online and in-person, will have one week from Aug. 24 to change their learning option selection for the quarter."

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

"The health and safety of our staff and students remain at the forefront of all conversations. Our definite start date for In-Person Learning is not yet determined. Our decision about when to resume In-Person Learning is guided by the three measurements (cases, percent positivity, and COVID-like illnesses) that are now being reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) on Thursdays."

Littleton Elementary School District #65

"In working with the guidelines set forth from the AZDHS, the metrics indicate that we have not yet met the benchmarks as of now. Therefore, Littleton Elementary School District will not resume in-person classes on Monday, August 17. All students will continue learning remotely, and we will be monitoring the metrics weekly. Please continue to monitor for additional communications for further updates."

Madison School District #38

"The 2020-20201 school year will begin online this year! All students will participate in online learning that is structured and has been scheduled to mirror the school day. Students will participate in live instruction as well as independent work. During the school day, students will learn core content areas and participate in electives and signature programs."

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

"As you know, Mesa Public Schools is participating in remote learning until we can return for modified in-person learning and ultimately in-person learning. The Governing Board will meet next week to outline a plan to return to modified in-person learning as soon as possible. To comply with Governor Ducey's Executive Order 2020-51, the district will open on-site support centers at 24 district schools starting Monday, August 17," stated Dr. Andi Fourlis, Superintendent.

Murphy Elementary School District #21

"Murphy Elementary School District (MESD) started school virtually on August 3,
2020. Students in all grades have been provided instructional packets and/or loaned
Chromebooks to support their learning."

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

Distance learning began on August 11.

"Pending guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we will set a projected date to begin in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction. This date is only an estimate and may be revised by the District at any time."

Paradise Valley Unified School District #69

"We had previously advised online learning would continue through at least Labor Day weekend, and that has not changed. Moving forward, this data will guide the date we reopen for in-person learning. We will provide updates regarding trends and as we approach a “Green Light.” In the coming weeks, we will be providing details on what can be expected once in-person learning resumes in alignment with the safety measures outlined in our reopening plan,
as well as information about learning options that will be available to best accommodate all of our families," stated Superintendent Dr. Jesse Welsh.

Pendergast Elementary School District #92

"As a reminder, school is occurring virtually for all Pendergast students until further notice. When we do feel it is safe to reopen for in-person learning, you will be notified well in advance," stated Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Pendergast Superintendent.

Peoria Unified School District #11

Peoria Unified School District started classes on Wednesday, August 5 with an all-virtual format. 

Phoenix Union High School District

"We are excited to welcome all students back to school virtually beginning August 3, 2020 and will continue with distance learning for the duration of the first quarter. Phoenix Union is committed to the health and safety of all students and staff so we will not re-open schools to in-person instruction until it is safe, responsible, and reasonable to do so."

Queen Creek Unified School District #95

"QCUSD has created a responsible and reasonable Return to School action-plan that provides a safe and positive learning environment with the typical structures and routines that children thrive in. In staying true to our mission, this plan ensures that your student(s) will continue to receive the high-quality learning experiences that you have come to expect from Queen Creek Unified."

Riverside Elementary School District #2

"Based on the current rate of infection and our own assessment, we have determined that a realistic date to allow students to return to in-person instruction will extend beyond August 17 or even September 8. Therefore, as of this date, we have decided that October 12, or until further notice, will be the time frame for students to safely return to the school for in-person instruction. These dates are fluid and may change as we receive additional guidance from the governor, Arizona Department of Health, Arizona Department of Education, and the Centers for Disease Control."

Roosevelt School District #66

"While we understand the importance of students being physically in the classroom with their teachers, we will protect and prioritize the health and well-being of our students, their families, and our staff. Therefore, as a district, Roosevelt will provide all students remote learning only beginning Aug. 3, 2020. This decision will help ensure the safety of our families, staff and community," said Superintendent Dr. Quintin Boyce.

Scottsdale Unified School District #48

"At this time, no Arizona county meets the established criteria for returning to learn in person. While the trend data is moving in a positive direction as evidenced by two of the three categories we are tracking, we are still not at a place where public health officials recommend reopening for in-person learning in any capacity. We will provide updates in each of these weekly communications so you are informed on how things are trending. For those who like even more detail, the MCDPH has a weekly COVID update you can subscribe to here."

Tempe Elementary School District

All K-8 Tempe Elementary students will began instruction 100% online on August 17.

"October 13, 2020 - In-person instruction begins at all school sites. Parents will have the option to continue online learning for their child(ren)."

Tempe Union High School District #213

"Beginning Monday, August 17, our campuses will welcome students in need of on-site support services (services that cannot be provided virtually). These support services are part of Governor Ducey’s most recent Executive Order for schools and are for students who have a critical need for a specific service or resource. There will be limited space available on each campus due to the importance of optimizing the use of available staff and limited resources, as well as the critical health mitigation protocols that need to be implemented and maintained for safety."

Tolleson Elementary School District #17

"At our governing board meeting on July 28, the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board voted to delay in-person student learning through the first quarter of the school year, which is October 9 on our school calendar. This means that online learning will begin on the first day of school for all TUHSD students, August 4, and continue until October 9. The governing board made this decision with the well-being and health of our students and staff members in mind and in response to Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 issued on July 23, 2020."

Union Elementary School District #62

"Thank you for your focus on safety during this pandemic and for your patience as we overcome some of the challenges of On-Line learning. At our Governing Board Meeting tonight [August 13], we looked at data regarding the spread of COVID-19 throughout our Union Elementary School District Community, and the Arizona Department of Public Health Benchmarks for reopening. Because COVID-19 is still substantial in the community, the Governing Board, in the interest of safety, voted to continue Distance Learning through Friday, October 9th," stated Superintendent Kristine Morris.

Washington Elementary School District

August 10 was the first day for online learning.

Wickenburg Unified School District #9

"Wickenburg Unified School District is beginning educational learning for 2020-2021 school year on August 3.  Parents may choose remote learning until in-classroom learning is open or online learning through Wickenburg Virtual Academy."

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Apache County:

Alpine Elementary School District #7

"Due to Covid-19 Alpine school will be distance learning thru the first nine weeks. Begining August 17, 2020."

Chinle Unified School District #24

Concho Elementary School District #6

"Due to all of the continued uncertainty surrounding when we can open for actual classes, the Board also approved continuing distance learning through the end of the first quarter which ends on Friday, October 9, 2020," said David Embrey, District Administrator.

Ganado Unified School District #20

McNary Elementary School District #23

Red Mesa Unified School District #27

"RMUSD applied for a waiver for onsite students services based on the public health order from the Navajo Department of Health - Navajo Office of Environmental Health & Protection Program dated August 6, 2020, Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-019. The Arizona Department of Education approved the waiver. This means that RMUSD campus buildings will remain closed to students until at least Monday, September 21. If you were contacted by the school for services on campus beginning on Monday, August 17, that will be delayed until September 21. We are committed to providing services and support to our students. Please contact the schools if you have questions or need additional support. Thank you!"

Round Valley Unified School District #10

Saint Johns Unified School District #1

"Last night [August 11] the School Board approved the return of In-Person School starting August 17th. Yes, that means school will take place in the classroom. The District is also providing Distance Learning to those who do not feel comfortable returning to the classroom at this time. If you are planning to have your child attend In-Person School you don’t need to do anything different than previous school years. If you are planning on having your child enroll in the District’s Distance Learning option, please contact your school to make those arrangements. For information on the District’s Distance Learning Plan, click here."

Sanders Unified School District #18

Vernon Elementary School District #9

Window Rock Unified School District #8


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

Pearce Elementary School District #22

"Just a quick update regarding school opening plans. After receiving the guidelines and benchmarks from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we have opted to remain distance learning through the month of August. The board will reevaluate this decision in early September to determine if we will continue with distance learning, move to a hybrid option or be able to open fully. We understand that distance learning is difficult for our students and families. However, we want to ensure that our students and staff can also return to a safe situation at school. We are also hoping to mitigate having to open and close our school frequently."

Pomerene Elementary School District #64

St. David Unified School District #21

San Simon Unified School District #18

Sierra Vista Unified School District #68

"On Thursday, August 6, 2020, Arizona Department of Education and Arizona Department of Health Services provided benchmarks to assist school districts in reopening for in-person instruction. After careful consideration and a thorough review of the data, the Administration of the Sierra Vista Unified School District # 68 will ask the Governing Board to discuss and approve a delay of in-person academic instruction until September 14, 2020."

Tombstone Unified School District #1

"The Governing Board has voted, and all TUSD schools will be opening their doors for in-person instruction on Monday, August 17, 2020. Parents have the option of in-person/on-campus instruction, remote/online instruction, or hybrid instruction (a combination of both)."

Valley Union High School District #22

"After discussion and consideration, they've [school board] put off the 'in person' reopening of VU until at least September 8.  (That's the Tuesday after Labor Day.)  Until then, we will continue our distance/online learning offerings to our students."

Willcox Unified School District #13

"The governing board recently voted to resume in-person class instruction on Monday, August 17. We know this is a relief for many parents but raises concerns for others. We want to address all questions and concerns but cannot do that in one letter. Please contact your school, email teachers or principals with questions, or you can always contact the superintendent. We can accommodate most learning scenarios should you not feel comfortable sending your student back just yet."


Coconino County:

Flagstaff Unified School District

“The Flagstaff Unified School District looks forward to the start of the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, August 17, 2020.  Your patience and partnership is much appreciated as we move Safely Forward together to strike a balance between the health concerns posed by COVID-19 and the needs of our students." 

Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District

Grand Canyon Unified School District #4

"We are taking steps to ensure we meet the standards set by the Centers for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Education, the National Park Service and State and local health departments for safe reopening. At the same time, we recognize that even this may not be adequate to meet the needs of your particular family situation, and so we are providing alternate learning options."

Maine Consolidated School District

"School will begin on August 17, 2020, both face to face and/or remote.  The school will continue increased environmental disinfecting and personal hygiene for students. We will also be taking measures to increase social distancing. The safety of students and staff remains the districts primary concern. The State of Arizona and the CDC are in the process of issuing school guidance for re-opening. MCSD is using those guidelines to address needed issues or concerns to allow a smooth re-opening of school. These initial plans for reopening are linked: Physical reopening,  Remote Distance learning."

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

Tuba City Unified School District #15

"The newly adopted calendar for the school year will begin August 12, 2020 to prepare for distant learning for our students who will begin school on August 17, 2020," stated Dr. Risha VanderWey, Superintendent.

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

    "As we move into another time period of remote and distance learning, I want to let you know that I am going to do everything I can to have our staff do what they do best, stay connected to your students and help them learn. This scenario is not what I had hoped for, I wanted our kids back in classrooms. As I mentioned earlier, we had planned for an August 17th return to school. The AZ Department of Health Services metrics for safely returning to school do not allow for that. I must make safety the first priority. Having said that, we will be in contact via Facebook, our website, robocalls, and other methods to try to make the beginning of school as good as possible for our students," stated Jerry Jennex, Superintendent.

    Hayden-Winkelman School District #41

    "HWUSD will begin virtual remote instruction on Tuesday, September 8, 2020. If you haven’t returned your registration packets please do so ASAP. You can return them in the prepaid return envelope or drop them off at the school offices Monday-Thursday 8-4. Please follow our Facebook page and website for more information in the upcoming weeks regarding device and backpack pick up dates. Thank you to our HWUSD Lobo families for your patience and support during these unprecedented times."

    Miami Unified School District #40

    "On Monday [Aug. 10] the Board voted to not set a date to open school. It will be easier to hold a special meeting when we meet all the criteria to safely open schools for hybrid and announce the date a week in advance to give everyone notice.  This will give parents and teachers time to adjust for students.  Using the Arizona Department of Health metrics, we are not ready to open in any form. I am working closely with the following agencies: Arizona Department of Health Services, ADE, Gila County Department of Health, and the CDC guidelines to ensure a safe reopening."

    Payson Unified School District #10

    "At this time, ‘in-person’ instruction will begin Monday, October 12, 2020. We all know that getting back to ‘in-person’ instruction is the goal, but not at the risk of staff, students and the community’s health and safety. Please share your questions with us so that we can address them as quickly as possible. I am hopeful that we can remain positive and open-minded to support the success of our students," stated Linda Gibson, 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.

    Tonto Basin Elementary School

    Distance learning began Monday, August 3.

    Young Public School


    Graham County:

    Pima Unified School District #6

    "We are doing our best to ensure we continue to provide a quality education for all students in a safe and nurturing environment, in partnership with parents and our community. Your assistance is much appreciated."

    Safford Unified School District #1

    "School districts are urged to consider county-specific data when determining when in-person learning can resume. Given the fact that Graham County didn’t meet all three benchmarks, the Safford Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board voted to not open campuses on August 17th and to use the weekly data to determine when school will open for in-person learning. This means that instruction will continue through the Distance Learning Model until we meet the state and county metrics. ADHS will issue new data every week on Thursday. SUSD will continue to monitor the data. Once all three benchmarks have been met, a date to resume in-person learning will be announced," stated A.J. Taylor, Superintendent.


    Greenlee County:

    Blue Elementary District

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    Duncan Unified School District #2

    "We will begin school on Wednesday, August 5.  Our Teachers will be reaching out to you to set up a classroom visit. Since we are not able to have our “Meat and Greet” activity, and the in-person learning is pushed back to August 17, we feel it is important to begin the year with this Parent/Teacher/Student meeting.  These meetings will take place during the first and second full weeks of August as we begin our year with remote learning.  With these meetings taking place one student at a time, we will be able to follow the social distancing requirements," stated D. Eldon Merrell, Superintendent.

    Morenci Unified School District #18

    "..instruction will continue through the Distance Learning Model until at least August 28th and through the Morenci Digital Pathway through the first semester. We will be providing more information as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact your child's principal," 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

    "Parker Unified will be using Distance Learning to start the 2020-2021 school year. The start date is August 3. AZDHS will be sending benchmarks to school that will help schools determine when we can open up to in-person schooling safely."

    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

    July 21 was the first day of class for students at the Apache Junction Unified School District. 

    Students in Apache Junction Unified School District return to class amid ongoing COVID-19 pandemic

    It’s not the typical first day back to school for students in Apache Junction.

    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


    Statement from Arizona's Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman on June 29:

    "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."

    Ducey's executive order states:

    • If a school chooses to begin the school year on its regularly planned start date through distance learning, a district 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.

    Continuing Coverage

    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.

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    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.