TUCSON (KVOA) - Tucson Unified School District announced Thursday that it plans to start its 2020-21 school year remotely as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Arizona.
On Monday, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order that required schools in Arizona to delay their first day of classes to Aug. 17. In that order, the governor said that schools that wish to start earlier must "be able to conduct distance learning."
TUSD shared with its families its plans for how it will approach the upcoming school year on Thursday after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the district to offer its classes remotely last spring.
The plans, dubbed "Next Steps 2020" said classes will "begin all students via Remote Learning on Monday, August 10, 2020 and then transition those interested in an on-campus learning experience when it is deemed safe."
The district said similar to the year prior, its teachers will utilize zoom lessons, recorded lessons and offline homework for the upcoming semester. They said the instruction will be "consistent with real-time classroom
instruction and will utilize approved online programs with assessment tools."
In a letter sent to parents Thursday, the district advised parents they will be given two options for instruction once schools are given the go-ahead to return to in-person instruction.
In accordance with this plan, TUSD parents will be able to reserve their child's spot for either "In Classroom" instruction or "Remote Learning" from home starting Aug. 1.
For more information, visit tusd1.org.