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Pima JTED makes COVID-19 safety changes for upcoming school year

Posted at 7:53 AM, Jul 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-09 20:11:44-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Pima JTED invests in new safety changes to welcome students back for new semester.

Superintendent Kathy Prather said the school district invested a lot of money to make sure their students were safe this fall.

Upon arriving at school, students will see a sign on the door saying "if you're feeling sick, stay home."

In the front office, where staff greets guests, there will be a arcyical barrier up. Everyone's temperature will be checked, and masks will be required at all times.

Each classroom will only be filled to half capacity, with some students working online and some in-person.

"I think it has never been more important than before right now for our students to leave high school and know they can earn a living wage and continue to purse their education if they wish," Prather said.

She said Pima JTED is also giving students the option of all online classwork for more programs, if the student chooses.

Staff called every student individually, instead of a survey, and found only less than 10% of them wanted this option.

"With the data that we’re seeing, there are concerns that there is a lot of virus out there so that may continue, so wherever possible we want to differentiate our instruction," Prather said.

Prather said they're trying to start online work on August 10, and then in-person the 17th.