Peoria School District Extends Remote Learning As It Awaits State Guidance

Published: Friday, July 24, 2020 - 5:48pm
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Peoria Unified School District Superintendent Jason Reynolds says the earliest his schools will open for in-person learning will likely be after Labor Day.

The Peoria Unified School District's governing board voted on Thursday to extend distance learning to Tuesday, Sept. 8, following Gov. Ducey's press conference as it awaits state guidance on safe school reopenings. Peoria students will begin the school year with distance learning on Aug. 5 and will stay in that format at least until Labor Day. 

Ducey's new executive order allows districts to set their own reopening dates based on public health benchmarks by the Arizona Department of Health Services which will be released in two weeks. The district is forming a medical advisory team to help guide it. 

“This way we’ll be able to analyze the data, we’ll be able to make decisions based on what is the very best for our Peoria students," said Jason Reynolds, the district’s superintendent. 

The district is hoping to begin in-person learning after Labor Day but said it may be delayed based on data and direction from the state and the district’s medical team. 

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