LIST: Arizona school districts provide in-person and distance learning plans

Schools in Maricopa, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Navajo, Pima and Pinal Counties have posted information about their remote learning and in-person learning plans during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on their websites and social media platforms.

Arizona Department of Education: 

Maricopa County:

Agua Fria Union High School District #216

“Due to the resurgence of positive Covid 19 cases in our community, the Agua Fria Union High School District School Board voted last night [Nov. 4] to return to virtual teaching and learning for the remainder of the second quarter. With this determination, classes will move from the current hybrid format to virtual learning starting Monday November 9, 2020 through the close of the second quarter December 18, 2020,” stated Superintendent Dr. Dennis Runyan.

Alhambra Elementary School District #68

“The 2020-2021 school year began virtually on Monday, August 17. All students are participating in district-wide Distance Learning.”

Avondale Elementary School District #44

“The most recent update from ADHS and MCDPH includes having all three metrics in the red for two consecutive weeks to consider planning for school closures. As this is our first week of having some of our metrics in the red, we remain in our current instructional model for all of next week.”

Balsz Elementary School District #31

“Please have your students prepared to work in a virtual environment from November 23, 2020 until January 4, 2021,” stated Dr. Arleen Kennedy, Balsz Superintendent.

BASIS Charter Schools

Buckeye Union High School District #201

"At this time, keeping the health and safety of our students and staff at the forefront, we are making the difficult decision to transition back to Distance Learning beginning Monday, November 23rd. This decision was not made lightly as the Governing Board and District recognize the impact that this has on families and students," stated Interim Superintendent, Rob Roberson.

Cartwright Elementary School District #83

As of Oct. 16, the district says they will continue distance learning until January 2021.

Cave Creek Unified School District #93

"Although some communities may have COVID spread, with the mask mandate and cleaning protocols, we are not seeing that in our CCUSD schools. Thank you for helping us keep our students who have chosen in-person school-- in our schools," stated Debbi C. Burdick, Ed.D., Superintendent.

Creighton Elementary School District #14

Deer Valley Unified School District #97

"DVUSD Administration has been and continues to be in communication with Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). At this time, they are not recommending that we change to all virtual learning. Nonetheless, we are moving forward with contingency planning in the event that MCDPH recommends a change."

Dysart Unified School District #89

"Dysart continues to work with state and local health officials to develop best practices for safety, cleaning, and reporting processes for COVID-19. Full-time classroom and full-time online options are available so families can make the educational decisions that are best for them. Remember to mask up, wash your hands frequently, and help keep our community safe."

Fountain Hills Unified School District #98

"Our ability to keep our schools open is dependent on COVID infection rates of the entire community. What happens outside of school directly effects what happens in school. It is true that people under the age of 22 have less susceptibility to extreme symptoms to COVID, but we have MANY students and families and community members that are within the highly vulnerable population of people with whom COVID poses significant health threats. If our teachers contract COVID, we do not have enough substitutes to cover classes at any of our schools. We would have to completely stop instruction if we have a significant rate of illness within our staff," stated Kelly Glass, Superintendent.

Fowler Elementary School District #45

“All Fowler Elementary School District students will continue with virtual/online instruction through December 18, 2020. Metrics will continue to be reviewed. The governing board will meet in December to discuss metrics and determine if hybrid "in-person" instruction will start in January."

Gilbert Unified School District #41

“As of today, Wednesday, December 2, our district has two of the three benchmarks in red and one in yellow. Per the approved motion, if two of the three benchmarks remain in “red” for two consecutive weeks GPS will move to a hybrid learning model district-wide.  Based on the current trends of the data, it is anticipated that GPS will meet those criteria this Thursday, December 4th, when the new benchmark data is released by ADHS and MCDH.  If that is the case, Gilbert Public Schools will follow the approved Governing Board motion and switch to a hybrid learning model district-wide on Monday, December 7th, for the remainder of the first semester," stated  Shane McCord, Ed.D., Superintendent.

Glendale Elementary School District #40

"Due to the increasingly high number of COVID-19 metrics in our communities, we will remain in the Virtual Learning Model," stated Superintendent Cindy Segotta-Jones.

Glendale Union High School District #205

Grand Canyon University

Higley Unified School District #60

Isaac Elementary School District #5

“As of November 12, 2020, Isaac School District's overall risk level is: Substantial. Recommended learning scenario is: Prepare for Virtual w/ onsite support.”

J. O. Combs Unified School District #44

"As the COVID-19 case numbers continue to increase statewide, our District is not only monitoring the county data shared by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AzDHS), but also zip code and District specific data. We continue to see a reported increase in both metrics, which prompt us to remind all students, families, and staff that we need your help to reverse these trends. We know that our community is experiencing pandemic fatigue, and that we are all anxious to return to some sense of normalcy in our schools and everyday lives. It is an unfortunate reality however that in order to do so, every member of our Combs community must continue to consistently practice mitigation strategies to protect the health of our students, staff, and community, as well as our ability to provide in-person learning," stated Dr. Gregory A. Wyman, Superintendent.

Kyrene School District #28

“Circumstances and guidance related to COVID-19 may continue to evolve throughout the coming school year, and Kyrene School District has built a plan flexible enough to respond to those evolutions. These are extraordinary times, but Kyrene is committed to delivering excellence in education under any circumstance.”

Laveen Elementary School District #59

"At the November 12 Governing Board meeting, the Board approved criteria for moving back to virtual learning based on levels of community spread: if the community health benchmarks, provided by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health for the Laveen Elementary School District, show that Cases per 100K and Percent Positivity are both in the Substantial category for two consecutive weeks, the District will move back to virtual learning for all students."

Legacy Traditional Schools (Avondale, Goodyear, Laveen)

Liberty Elementary School District #25

"The District will continue traditional delivery until a new threshold is met for three consecutive weeks. At this time, December 3rd is the soonest a change in delivery model would occur. In the event of an outbreak, one or more schools could be closed based on guidance from Maricopa County Department of Public Health at any time and without prior notice."

Litchfield Elementary School District #79

Littleton Elementary School District #65

“We know you have questions regarding when we will be able to return to the hybrid in-person learning model. At the Tuesday, November 10 board meeting, our governing board voted to remain on full time dynamic distance learning through winter break. This means we will not have in-person learning prior to January 4. This decision was made in the best interest of our students, staff, and community’s health and safety.”

Madison School District #38

"All students will return to at-home, online learning beginning Monday, November 30, with the exception of preschool and some special education programs. The school day schedule will follow the TCT Day school hours."

Maricopa County Community College District

Mesa Public Schools #4

"Community metrics for COVID-19 continue to move in the wrong direction. I am deeply concerned that we will not be able to keep our schools open if this trend continues. The education of our children must be a top priority in our community," stated Dr. Andi Fourlis, Superintendent.

Murphy Elementary School District #21

"At our November 9th Governing Board meeting, the Murphy School District Governing Board voted to remain in Phase 2 of our Return to School Plan until at least January 19, 2021. We will also reevaluate our status weekly as the Maricopa County metrics/benchmarks are released."

Nadaburg Unified School District #81

Osborn Elementary School District #8

Palo Verde Elementary School District #49

Paradise Valley Unified School District #69

"In consultation with local health officials, PVSchools students will return to online learning beginning Monday, November 23."

Pendergast Elementary School District #92

“The data from Maricopa County shows that the number of cases have increased in our zip codes and school communities and show the overall risk is substantial and we need to remain in a distance learning mode,” stated Superintendent Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux.

Peoria Unified School District #11

"..we are bringing back our COVID Taskforce and working directly with principals to begin planning for the potential to move back to a virtual only learning environment. In addition to the state of Arizona benchmarks we are also tracking the availability of substitute teachers and staff and each day we look closely at the active student and staff cases that are occurring in our schools. These cases are a direct reflection of the spread we are seeing in our community. We are fighting hard to keep our schools open. Our teachers and staff are working overtime to ensure that we have a safe learning environment for our children," stated Superintendent Dr. Jason Reynolds.

Phoenix Union High School District

Queen Creek Unified School District #95

Riverside Elementary School District #2

Roosevelt School District #66

"..we have made the decision to remain in a virtual learning setting at least until Winter Break. We are continuing to monitor Maricopa County health data and currently the data is showing that the COVID-19 positivity rate is not only increasing in our community but also in our city, our state and across our nation," stated Quintin Boyce, Ed.D., Superintendent.

Scottsdale Unified School District #48

"As the health conditions change in our area, SUSD will reopen campuses in a phased approach."

Tempe Elementary School District

"We will continue to keep you updated with any potential developments that could impact our families or schools due to COVID-19. Updates will be sent to you via email or text and will also be available on social media as well as here on our District website."

Tempe Union High School District #213

“As of October 13, TUHSD is operating in a hybrid learning model. This means that students are divided into two groups - A and B. Students from ‘A’ group will attend in-person on Monday & Tuesday. Students from ‘B’ group will attend in-person on Thursday & Friday. Students will learn in a virtual setting on the days they are not on campus, in addition to Wednesdays, which will be virtual and asynchronous for all, in order to allow for cleaning in between the cohort groups. All class schedules will remain intact for students learning in the hybrid model.”

Tolleson Elementary School District #17

"On October 19, 2020 TESD students began a hybrid learning model.  Students can attend school in person or learn from home following the Distance Learning Plan approved by the Arizona Department of Education.  Please know this decision was made with great thought as the District continues to monitor COVID-19 data, listen to expert advice from physicians and review updated information from the Center for Disease Control, Maricopa County Health Department, Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Department of Health Services," stated Dr. Lupita Hightower, Superintendent.

Union Elementary School District #62

“The rise in the percent of positivity rate throughout our community is concerning. We consulted with Maricopa County Public Health to determine if we should return to virtual learning and close our schools to on-site instruction,” stated Superintendent Kristine Morris.

Washington Elementary School District

"Due to the substantial increase of cases and positivity in our district, the WESD will be moving to online learning only beginning November 23," stated Dr. Paul Stanton, Superintendent.

Wickenburg Unified School District #9

Xavier College Prepatatory

Apache County:

Alpine Elementary School District #7

Chinle Unified School District #24

Concho Elementary School District #6

Ganado Unified School District #20

McNary Elementary School District #23

Red Mesa Unified School District #27

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


Cochise County:

Apache Elementary School District #42

Ash Creek Elementary School District #53

Benson Unified School District #9

Bisbee Unified School District #2

Bowie Unified School District #14

Cochise County Community College District

Cochise Elementary School District #26

Double Adobe Elementary School District #45

Douglas Unified School District #27

Elfrida Elementary School District #12

Fort Huachuca Accommodation District

McNeal Elementary School District #55

Naco Elementary School District #23

Palominas Elementary School District #49

Pearce Elementary School District #22

Pomerene Elementary School District #64

St. David Unified School District #21

San Simon Unified School District #18

Sierra Vista Unified School District #68

Tombstone Unified School District #1

Valley Union High School District #22

Willcox Unified School District #13


Coconino County:

Flagstaff Unified School District

Fredonia-Moccasin Unified School District

Grand Canyon Unified School District #4

Maine Consolidated School District

Northern Arizona University

Page Unified School District #8

Tuba City Unified School District #15

Williams Unified School District #2


    Gila County:

    Globe Unified School District #1

    Hayden-Winkelman School District #41

    Miami Unified School District #40

    Payson Unified School District #10

    Pine-Strawberry Elementary School District #12

    San Carlos Unified School District #20

    Tonto Basin Elementary School

    Young Public School


    Graham County:

    Pima Unified School District #6

    Safford Unified School District #1


    Greenlee County:

    Blue Elementary District

    • No district website available
    • 928-865-2822

    Duncan Unified School District #2

    Morenci Unified School District #18


    La Paz County:

    Bicentennial Union High School District #76

    Bouse Elementary School District #26

    Parker Unified School District #27

    Quartzsite Elementary School District #4

    Salome Consolidated Elementary School District #30

    Wenden Elementary School District #19


    Mohave County:

    Kingman Unified School District #20


    Navajo County:

    Blue Ridge Unified School District

    Heber-Overgaard Unified School District #6

    Holbrook Unified School District #3

    Joseph City Unified School District #2

    Show Low Unified School District #10

    Winslow Unified School District #1


    Pima County:

    Ajo Unified School District #15

    Altar Valley School District #51

    Amphitheater Public Schools #10

    Catalina Foothills School District #16

    Continental Elementary School District #39

    Tanque Verde Unified School District #13

    Tucson Unified School District #1

    University of Arizona


    Pinal County:

    Apache Junction Unified School District #43

    Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District

    Maricopa Unified School District #20

    Oracle Elementary School District #2

    Ray Unified School District #3

    Red Rock Elementary School District #5

    Stanfield Elementary School District #24

    Superior Unified School District #15


    Santa Cruz County:

    Nogales Unified School District #1

    Patagonia Public Schools

    Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District #35


    Yavapai County:

    Ash Fork School District #31

    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

    Clarkdale-Jerome Elementary School District #3

    Congress Elementary School District #7

    Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District #6

    Crown King Elementary School District #41

    Hillside Elementary School District #35

    Humboldt Unified School District #22

    Kirkland Elementary School District #23

    Mayer Unified School District #43

    Mingus High School District #4

    Prescott Unified School District #1

    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.

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