Back to school background with school supplies.

For most Glendale schools, next week is back to school—but hardly back to normal.

After previously ordering schools not to open classrooms for in-person teaching until Aug. 17, Gov. Doug Ducey said at a July 23 press conference that start dates are being left up to individual districts and a safe opening date for in-person learning is left to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

“Arizona will be open for learning,” Ducey said. “And our priorities are going to be public health and safety.”

The benchmarks for opening schools have not yet been released from ADHS; however, most districts plan to start school in a distanced format on their originally planned date.

Despite the possibility of in-person classes still not being in session, Ducey announced that districts must have a location ready to open Aug. 17 for parents who need supervision for their children.

“Children deserve a safe learning environment,” he said. “So our schools must provide free on-site learning”

Ducey explained that once schools are open, all adults in the building will be required to wear masks, but children will have some freedom to go without a mask when social distancing is possible.

Many districts are offering options for families, once classrooms are open for in-person learning. Many districts plan to offer “distance learning,” a remote learning model that is led by a live teacher and set to a schedule. 

Here are what Glendale school districts plan as of July 27.


Glendale Union

High School District

This district includes Apollo High School, Glendale High School and Independence High School in Glendale as well as an online learning academy.

GUHSD will begin with remote learning Aug. 10 and plans to continue with remote learning until at least Sept. 4, according to the district’s website.

Once it is deemed safe to reopen schools, the district will move to a hybrid in-person model.

The district is also offering a fully online learning academy.

Glendale Elementary

School District

This district includes 16 elementary schools and one middle school in Glendale.

GESD will start classes Aug. 10 in a remote learning format, and the district plans to continue with this format until at least after Labor Day.

Families also have the opportunity to participate in full-time online learning and must register by July 26.

When the schools reopen, the in-person learning will happen within a condensed school day, according to the district’s website.


Deer Valley

Unified School District

This district includes 14 elementary schools, three middle schools and eight high schools in Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix.

DVUSD plans to begin classes in a remote learning environment Aug. 3.

Families have been given the option to choose between in-person learning and full-time online.

Those in the in-person model will continue with virtual remote learning until the end of the first quarter.

Once schools are open, families will have the option for students to transition between in-person and the online academy at the end of the semester.


Peoria Unified School District

This district includes 32 elementary schools and seven high schools in Peoria and Glendale, with 37,000 students.

PUSD will start the semester in a remote format Aug. 5 and plans to continue with this until after Labor Day unless it is deemed safe to return sooner, according to a press release.

Families can choose between in-person and fully online. If a family chooses online, their children must stay with this format until the end of the semester.


Legacy Traditional Schools

This charter district includes schools in Avondale, Glendale, Goodyear, Peoria and Surprise.

LTS will begin classes in an online format on Aug. 5 and plans to allow in-person classes to return on Aug. 17.

However, students who chose the online option will continue with this option through at least the first quarter.