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Governor Ducey Announces Clarity For Arizona Schools, Including Future Guidelines For An In-School Return

Governor Doug Ducey tried to provide some clarity Thursday for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. The “Arizona: Open for Learning” plan invests $440-million dollars into Arizona schools and gives local school leaders flexibility and public health guidance to make the best decisions for their students. Governor Ducey said “the Arizona Department of Health Services will develop and release public health benchmarks for the safe return of in-person, teacher-led, classroom instruction.” Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says she understand some districts have decided to start classes online in August and not go back to in-school learning until October. She says “what we are committed to doing is creating a framework that identifies different data points they can use, with their county health officials, to determine whether or not schools should be open for in-person instruction.” The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board unanimously decided last week to start school via remote learning or distance learning. Students could return to class on October 9th. Upon the news from the governor, FUSD says they will be “reviewing the information out of today’s (Thursday’s) press conference and the additional benchmarks that will be provided by the state on August 7th.” Prescott schools will begin online learning on August 6th and have held off in-person until August 17th.