Arizona Superintendents: Schools May Change After COVID-19

By Rocio Hernandez
Published: Thursday, April 23, 2020 - 6:54pm
Updated: Friday, April 24, 2020 - 9:16pm

Arizona schools remain closed through the end of the school year. But superintendents of schools serving the Chandler area offered a glimpse of what reopenings might look like during a Facebook live event Thursday with City Councilman Mark Stewart. 

Chandler Unified School District Superintendent Camille Casteel said students and teachers are anxious to get back to school, but she’s not exactly sure what their new normal will be. 

Some questions she has right now are, how to keep kids socially distanced, especially when they cram into a cafeteria for lunch? And how to serve students whose parents don’t want to send them back? 

“We are brainstorming options. We are an online provider so pretty confident we’ll have an online option for parents that are uncomfortable sending their children back," she said. 

Casteel said some ideas that her district is exploring are partial school days and reducing the number of kids per classroom.

Kyrene School District Superintendent Jan Vesely said many unknown remains as they wait for more guidance from federal officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

"It's very hard to be in this position because we're planners and we want to get things set and done and organized for the opening of school, but it's sort of a wait and see at this point," Vesely said. 

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