When Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman ordered state schools to open for some type of in-person instruction on Aug. 17, they gave school administrators the flexibility to design a plan that best suits their districts.
What they didn’t give them were directions on how to plan for what one educator called “pandemic schooling.”
Guidance from health officials on safe school reopenings in the face of Covid-19 may not be released until Aug. 7, leaving school districts, many of which will already be holding classes by then, to figure it out on their own.
“It hasn’t been easy,” said Tucson Unified School District Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo of the struggle to balance the conflicting desires of parents, teachers and students.