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TUSD postpones vote on early re-entry

Posted at 11:18 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 02:18:42-04

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The wait continues in the Tucson Unified School District.

Parents, students and staff still don't know exactly when in-person learning will start.

Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo recommended the start date be pushed back to November 12th, and even considered a stand-by date of October 27th.

He said the district is worried about the six schools that lie in the University of Arizona COVID-19 hotspot.

Board members all weighed in tonight.

Racheal Sedgwick and Adelita Grijalva don't want students to return until January, to give teachers more time to prepare and ensure students and staff are safe.

Board President Kristol Foster and Trujillo objected to a third quarter delay, saying students could go to different districts and the loss would be financially crippling.

“We can see what our four sister districts are doing. We can learn from the areas that will be challenges for them over the next couple of weeks. We can also learn from what they do well,” said Superintendent Trujillo

Trujillo said a recent parent survey shows 45% of parents want hybrid learning.

So, the board decided to delay a vote on an re-entry date.

During the meeting parents, students, and teachers also voiced specific concerns regarding safety protocol in schools.

Trujillo says there is a detailed safety plan for each TUSD school, on its website.

The district also approved it's hybrid model.

Students who return to campus will attend 4 days a week, rather than 2.