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22 July . 2020

What To Expect Coming Back to School in Arizona (K-12)

Back to School Anxiety & the COVID-19 Pandemic

The last few months have presented new obstacles for students, parents, and teachers, along with anyone working in the education field. Today, COVID-19 has completely changed the educational experience for K-12 grade levels, and overall learning and teaching approaches. Summer is coming to an end, which means it’s back to school season in Arizona. When students return to the classroom, there will be contingency plans for schools in place. K-12 students and their parents need to be prepared for changes regarding the new normal, and even back to school anxiety.

Here’s What To Expect Coming Back to School (K-12)

In order to prepare for the upcoming school year, education officials are hard at work, figuring out plans for schools to ensure maximum health and safety for students and teachers alike. Although every school district will be different, many of them are taking measures for this upcoming year. These are a few general precautions that K-12 schools will be following:

In order to prepare for the upcoming school year, education officials are hard at work, figuring out plans for schools to ensure maximum health and safety for students and teachers alike. Although every school district will be different, many of them are taking measures for this upcoming year. These are a few general precautions that K-12 schools will be following:

  1. Social Distancing - Assume that desks will be spread out at least six feet apart and that lunch and recess times will be staggered.
  2. Cleaner Classrooms - Teachers, staff, and students will all take part in maintaining a cleaner classroom environment. This will mean more hand sanitizer stations and regular disinfecting for any shared surfaces like desks and doorknobs.
  3. Face Masks - Students and teachers should expect to wear a face mask when they are on school property.
  4. Isolation For Those Showing Symptoms - If a student or teacher begins to show symptoms of illness while they are at school, anticipate they will be put into an isolated area until they can leave or be picked up. The isolation space will undergo deep cleaning and disinfecting after each use.

 

Estrella (Liberty & Buckeye Union) School Districts Plans:

The Liberty School District, which operates both Estrella Mountain Elementary and Westar Elementary, as well as Buckeye Union High School District, which operates Buckeye Union High School, Youngker High School and Estrella Foothills High School in Estrella, recently announced their plan for the upcoming school year. Due to Governor Doug Ducey’s order, schools will begin with either distance learning or online. Students who would prefer in-person learning will switch to that on August 17th, or when the state allows. Read on to learn about the different types of learning experiences students can opt for during the upcoming school year, as of right now.

Distance Learning: This option is for students who need more flexibility at the beginning of the school year. They will start the school year from home, then transition back to in-person learning throughout the year by following scheduled intervals. Families can opt for this at a later date as well.

Online Learning: If students opt for online learning, they will have access to their assignments at any time of the day, and go at their own pace when reviewing lessons or videos. Teachers will monitor and support each student’s progress. For online learning, students must have a reliable support system at home to keep them motivated and on track. Online schooling will begin on August 5th and is designed for full-year enrollment.

In-Person Learning: As of the date of this blog, in-person learning will begin on August 17th. These dates are subject to change depending on the circumstances at the time.

Schools in the Estrella community value students’ and teachers’ health and safety. They want to make the transition to the new normal for this upcoming school year as seamless as possible. Students should expect their learning experiences to look different compared to last year, but equally as important. Social distancing, face masks, and cleaner classrooms are just a few of the health precautions being taken this year, among many others varying from school to school.

Learn more from the CDC on how schools can help protect students, teachers, and staff this upcoming school year.

We hope you have a safe and healthy start to the school year! For more information about educational options in Estrella, please visit our website.