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TUSD tentative re-entry on Oct. 19

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Posted at 9:46 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-10 01:16:54-04

TUCSON, Ariz. -- The Tucson Unified School District Governing Board has decided it's tentative re-entry plan will start Oct. 19. That's the earliest teachers and students would be able to return to in-person traditional learning.

TUSD Superintendent Dr. Trujillo did not specify how students would return, only that the board would be working on a hybrid model.

“This is all going to be based upon the continued positive trajectory of COVID-19 according to the recommendations of the health department,” he said in the meeting.

If COVID-19 cases continue going down, the Board has agreed to plan for a phased-in return for teachers that could start as soon as October.

“This is all going to be based upon the continued positive trajectory of COVID-19 according to the recommendations of the health department,” added Dr. Trujillo.

The Superintendent says the first hybrid return will start with district office employees on September 21st followed by support staff at a non-teaching level on Sept. 28.

“We think this is the most cautious approach that still allows us to take a step forward but still be able to implement our mitigation strategies,” he added.

As for sports, conditioning is allowed. Games and meets are still on hold, but if all goes well...

“It is possible for a post-fall break authorization of games and matches...that that could be likely,” Dr. Trujillo said during the virtual meeting.