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Responsible Reopening
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By Marisela Felix
Director of Public Info
JUNE 15, 2020 / MODIFIED APR 20, 2021 09:17 AM


On April 19, Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services rescinded orders that direct K-12 schools to require masks. Please know that SUSD will continue to follow the health and safety recommendations set forth by the CDC which include universal masking in schools to ensure safe learning environments. Thank you for helping to make SUSD a safe and healthy learning environment for all.

On April 6, 2021, all elementary schools in our district will be required to open five days a week. All students who are currently in hybrid will be allowed to return to school for full in-person, teacher-led instruction, five days per week, if families choose to do so. Students who are in remote learning may continue to learn remotely.

On Monday, April 12, all middle schools and high schools in our district will be offering full-time, in-person learning. Hybrid students will be able to attend in-person Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesdays continuing to be a remote learning day. Remote learning students will continue to be remote 5 days/week.


Parent Choice

SUSD parents have been given the option to select between a hybrid in-person model, or to remain in remote learning for Semester 2. To view the details for each model, please click below.

All student(s) will remain in their current track(s), unless a change is requested. Please contact your school directly if you are requesting a change.

On-Site Learning Acknowledgement Form

Parents/guardians, please fill out and sign this form as soon as possible and prior to your student(s) beginning hybrid in-person learning.

Responsible Reopening - Frequently Asked Questions

Responsible Reopening Mitigation Plan

Our Responsible Reopening Mitigation Plan is developed as a guidance for students, staff and parents returning to school for the 2020-2021 school year. The information provided in this plan is based on guidance from local and state public health agencies. SUSD is committed to maximize the educational opportunities while keeping the safety and well being of our learning community at the forefront. This is a living document that is subject to change based on current information.

View our Mitigation Plan

Districtwide Covid Cases

A dashboard was developed to provide the SUSD community with a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases by school.

View Dashboard

Everything you Need to Know About Remote Learning

We are prepared to welcome students through remote learning on August 5th! Our teachers and curriculum staff have been working all summer to ensure that we can remotely deliver the same rigorous curriculum that would have been offered in person. This online experience will be different from what you experienced during the initial school closures. Click below for more information and resources!

Meal Distribution

For information regarding school meals, please click HERE.

Distance Learning Plan

On June 24, 2020, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-41 Prioritizing Kids and Schools During COVID-19 regarding the reopening of schools for school year 2020-2021. School districts are required to submit a Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) prior to implementing distance learning. School districts may begin operating their DLP upon submission of the plan to ADE. 

View Our Distance Learning Plan

Governor's Executive Order

On July 23, 2020, Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order which states, “each school district and charter school shall begin offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the day required by Executive order 2020-41 and shall begin August, 17, 2020, as prescribed in the Executive Order 2020-44”.

View Full Order

We recognize the importance of bringing students back for in-person support. However, on-site support starting August 17th is not teacher led instruction. We are offering a physical space where students will continue to be provided online instruction support by classified staff such as monitors, teacher assistants, and other support staff. There are health and safety guidelines along with staffing limitations that we must consider in order for us to provide the safest environment possible for all. For this reason, we are operating under the following guiding principles:

Student and staff safety- Due to the current concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19 we will have a ratio of no more than 9 students for 1 adult. This will allow us to implement our mitigation efforts in the classrooms. Our full mitigation plan can be found on our website.

Prioritization of students based on need and staffing capacity- Since classrooms teachers are all occupied with providing online instruction during the day, we will be utilizing current classified staff to provide supervision during on-site support. This means we will be limited to the amount of students that we can support at this time. Therefore, we have set up a prioritization process to ensure we have the space to accommodate. 

Partnerships with outside agencies- The district is currently exploring possible partnerships with KIDCO, Boys and Girls Club, YMCA and possibly other community organizations to provide additional support for parents. More information will be provided once we have solidified these partnerships. 


If you meet the criteria of Priority 1, please call your child's school to determine availability and space for your child's unique needs. A waiting list will be created and families will be contacted if space becomes available for each of the criteria listed above. Please note that at this time we will not provide transportation to students; therefore, families will be responsible for transporting students to and from school.

Priority 1: K-12 families in need of internet access, K-1st grade families who are struggling to access the curriculum, self-contained Exceptional Education students whose IEP can only reasonably be implemented at a school site, mainstreamed Exceptional Education students to the extent that their IEP provides for related services that can only reasonably be implemented at a school site, students in Foster Care, Youth on their Own (YOTO) and other students that face unique living/housing challenges, English Language Learners who are struggling to access the curriculum, and students who are currently pre-registered in the District Tuition Based Childcare Program

Priority 2: 2nd through 5th grade families who are struggling to access the curriculum (as capacity permits)

Priority 3: 6th through 12th grade families who are struggling to access the curriculum (as capacity permits)

Priority 4: a situation other than those referenced in Priorities 1, 2 or 3 (as capacity permits)

Using the guiding principles stated above, beginning August 17th, the in-person support services will be prioritized as follows:



Letters to Families:

Parent Survey Results

Thank you for your feedback, families! We have received over 4,000 survey responses to date. This data is important as we meet with the various committees throughout our planning process.

Survey Results