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By Hilde Kate Lysiak
Gov. Doug Ducey has announced that Arizona schools will be closed for the rest of the year due to the coronavirus.
Ducey released in a statement: “In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities.”
Originally Arizona schools were set to be off until April 10th, but to stop the spread of the virus, Arizona public schools are continuing online schooling for the rest of the year.
“The safest place for children during this time is at home,” Ducey and Hoffman wrote in a letter. “They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members.”
Patagonia Assistant Superintendent Kenny Hayes released this statement about the shutdown to the OSN when schools were first closed: “I would like to reinforce the fact that student, staff, and community safety is our first priority. …I want to encourage parents to contact me either through email or by using my cell phone number to inform me of their needs for education and food services.”