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Sahuarita Unified School District discusses distance, in-person learning for upcoming school year

Posted at 5:25 PM, Aug 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-08 20:25:01-04

SAHUARITA, Ariz. — Sahuarita Unified School District leaders held a special board meeting Saturday to discuss distance and in-person learning for the upcoming school year, which starts August 10.

The district plans to keep classes entirely virtual through the Labor Day holiday, September 7, 2020. After the holiday SUSD schools plan to transition to a form of in-person learning.

Schools will be following the state's health bench marks to determine when campuses will reopen, according to SUSD.

All students on the Sahuarita Digital Pathways Academy (SDPA), will start Monday and essentially remain in the program for the remainder of the course of the year.

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In the meeting earlier today, the superintendent and the board, agreed that there could be some form of in-person instruction when the county's data lined up with the recommendations set by the state.

Superintendent Manuel Valenzuela said "I do recommend that at this point your approval of the return to school plan steps as outlined."

The school board also clarified the three phases of reopening include; red is all online, yellow is a hybrid of online and in-person classes, and green is all in-person learning.

According to SUSD, before the board makes any changes, parents will be given a two weeks notice.