Glendale Elementary School District

While some Glendale Elementary School District schools will reopen classrooms Oct. 19, those in ZIP Code 85303 will continue in remote learning mode.

Peoria Unified School District has opened all of its schools in Glendale and Peoria.

Glendale Union High School District plans to reopen classrooms after fall break, according to an Oct. 9 letter to families:  “Our teachers, support staff, principals and district leadership have been focusing on preparing for a safe return on Oct. 19.

“From the district and school campuses to transportation, efforts to implement new protocols and procedures have been ongoing. While doing this, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 data,” according to the GHSD letter.

At its nine high schools, GUHSD will ease into “live” classrooms via a hybrid model, with half of students in classes Mondays and Thursdays and the other half Tuesdays and Fridays. 

Glendale Elementary School District also planned to have its 10,500 students back in classrooms after fall break.

After less-than-favorable data, the GESD plan hit a bit of a delay.

At its Oct. 8 meeting, the GESD governing board decided to keep eight schools in the 85303 ZIP code in online-only mode.

Schools in 85301 (Landmark, Sine, Imes, Smith, Jack, Mensendick and Burton) and  85302 (Horizon, American) ZIP codes will reopen classrooms Oct. 19, noted GESD Superintendent Cindy Segotta-Jones.

“After looking at the health metrics for both the school district and the ZIP codes in which our schools are, Maricopa County Department of Public Health listed that we have two weeks worth of data in the 85301 and 85302 ZIP codes to return to school in a hybrid model,” Segotta-Jones noted in a letter to families posted at gesd40.org.

GESD families also have the option of continuing remote learning via the GEO Learning program through the school year.

“The 85303 ZIP code does not have two weeks of favorable data and in fact, increased in percent positivity. Maricopa County Department of Public Health listed all schools in 85303 as virtual. The schools in 85303 will continue the virtual model until the metrics are favorable.”

The schools in ZIP code 85303 are Sunset Vista, Desert Spirit, Coyote Ridge, Discovery, South, North, Challenger and Desert Garden.

Changes are not expected until the week of Oct. 26, as “the metrics are good for two.”

For updates and more information, visit gesd40.org or the GESD Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages at @gesd40.