PHOENIX — On Monday, in keeping with the updated guidance from the CDC and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year.
On March 27, Ducey signed legislation suspending statewide testing requirements, and ensuring school days are not extended into the summer. The legislation, passed unanimously by the Arizona Legislature ensures that teachers and school staff see no disruption in pay as a result of COVID-19.
“In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. 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. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities,” said Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman in a joint statement.