In keeping with Gov. Doug Ducey’s order to delay the start for in-person instruction until Aug. 17, the Glendale Union High School District “has decided to begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely from home on our scheduled start date of Monday, Aug. 10,” according to information on its website.
Even after schools reopen, students may continue to learn remotely for the semester or even the entire school year.
The district said its plan for the safe reopening of schools has been guided by student and family input as well as recommendations from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Education, the GUHSD Reopening Task Force and the GUHSD Scheduling Committee.
Once schools are cleared to reopen, a potential hybrid learning approach would involve students being assigned to an A or B group. Half the students (Group A) would be at school and the other half (Group B) would be learning remotely from home, according to the posted information.
“This model would allow students to be in classrooms while still adhering to current social distancing guidelines. Mondays are scheduled for remote learning from home for all students. The shortened class periods on Monday would be focused on support for students as well as enrichment activities/assignments,” said the posting.
“Various factors will be considered to make a decision to move from one learning approach to another. The health of our students and our staff is of primary importance in the decision-making process.”
The district noted moving from remote learning to the hybrid learning would require: moderate community spread of COVID-19 (“steady, consistent downward trend in new cases”) or communication from the Arizona Department of Health Services that schools can safely reopen.
GUHSD noted social workers will be available to provide social-emotional support to students.
Founded in 1911, Glendale Union High School District serves the communities of Phoenix and Glendale with nine high schools and nearly 17,000 students.