Peoria Unified School District working on reopening plans

By Foothills Focus Staff

The Peoria Unified School District is readying a plan to restart school after the Arizona Department of Education released its own Roadmap for Reopening Schools.

“Peoria Unified has been working for months on our own plans, which take into account multiple variables for a safe start to the new school year,” according to district literature. “Depending on data from state and local health agencies, our start may include: a normal schedule with increased sanitation and cleanliness measures; a modified schedule so fewer students are present on campus each day; or an online remote learning schedule with grading and assessment that mirrors the traditional classroom expectations.”

According to PUSD, flexibility will be crucial with whatever plan moves ahead.

“For now, we want parents to know that we want nothing more than to have our students safely back in school on August 5, learning in an environment that is most conducive to their individual needs. We are doing all that we can to ensure our campuses are clean, our staff are trained and comfortable with new sanitation procedures, and that we are developing a school model that can sustainably protect the safety of our students and staff.”

The district said it will submit a CARES Act application, “as well as other reimbursable grants, that will allow us to secure funding for increased safety measures, like masks, hand sanitizer, sneeze guards and machines that deep clean our facilities.”

The district office was scheduled to reopen last week, with visits by appointment only.

Also, according to the website, “This summer we are reopening our buildings to host our KidZone Summer EdCamp as well as the city of Peoria’s summer programming and our high school athletic programs. These activities will serve as a gauge for how we will have safe interactions with students and staff on our campuses once we fully reopen and will provide a vital training ground for our health care professionals.”

More details will follow in early July, according to the posting.

For more information, visit peoriaunified.org.