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Governor Extends Arizona School Closures Throughout Academic School Year

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman extended the closure of all Arizona schools through the end of the school year Monday. 

The decision comes as the Centers for Disease Control and the White House extend physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020.

"Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students," said Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman in a statement. 

Information on meals for kids, childcare, special education considerations, and learning resources from the state can be found here.

The legislation, H.B. 2910 was recently signed into law by the Governor March27th.

It allows schools to continue to get support, leave letter grades unharmed, temporarily halt statewide testing requirements, won't allow school days to be extended into the summer, provides on-line learning opportunities for students, and doesn't harm the pay of teachers or staff. 

The decision to close all schools for the remainder of the year applies to Arizona public schools, and  both district and charter. Private schools are required to remain closed in alignment with federal guidance recommending closures through at least April 30, 2020. 

Arizona Enrichment Centers was recently launched and offers childcare for first responders, critical health workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety children.