December 31,1969 |
July 23, 2020
Arizona is Open for Learning
Today, Governor Ducey joined by Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced a third executive order outlining new actions for the reopening of public schools. This announcement comes in response to increased pressure from education and health officials asking Governor Ducey to abandon the idea of setting a firm date for schools to start in-person classroom learning and instead demanded the use of public health benchmarks to determine when is safe for schools to resume in-person learning.
On June 29, Governor Ducey set the aspirational start date of August 17 for in-person learning. Today he announced that regardless of when in-person classroom learning begins, every school must start teacher-led distance learning by the first day of their traditional instructional calendar. Additional resources were provided in an attempt to add clarity for the start of the new school year and new data-driven benchmark tools will be given to schools to help them determine when it is safe for them to resume in-person instruction.
Below are the key components from today’s executive order:
Learning Starts Immediately:
Public Health Benchmarks for Resuming In-Person Classroom Learning
Schools are Required to Provide Free On-site Learning
$170 Million in Additional Financial Support:
The Arizona Department of Education announced the current guidance around school facilities:
You can find today’s Executive Order HERE
You can access details on the Arizona: Open for Learning plan HERE
You can find the Arizona Department of Education's School Reopening FAQ HERE
Business Closures Are Extended
This afternoon, Gov. Doug Ducey extended an executive order to continue the closure for gyms, bars, movie theaters, water parks and tubing operators. The order was set to expire on July 27, today it was extended indefinitely, and it will continue to be reviewed for repeal or revision every two weeks. The order also continues the ban on large gatherings of more than 50 people and enables local governments to take immediate enforcement action to ensure compliance with the order.
You can find the executive order HERE.
Tougher than COVID
Governor Ducey today announced a new statewide public education campaign called Tougher Than COVID to encourage Arizonans to wear a mask. The Governor is partnering with the state’s top advertising and public relations firms in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 and he is dedicating $3 million for English and Spanish marketing materials to be distributed across media platforms statewide.