Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Schools Kathy Hoffman announced Monday the extension of school closures the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes after President Trump’s announcement Sunday that extended the physical distancing guidelines until April 30th. A joint statement was released by Ducey and Hoffman saying: “today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students.” They add: “These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay.” FUSD officials say their schools are closed as well, but classes will remain online the rest of the semester. FUSD launched a digital hub to help parents and students get through the rest of the year.