PHOENIX — Schools across Arizona are dealing with a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
Hundreds of students and even staff members are now in quarantine, as districts are forced to close schools or prepare for a potential return to in-person learning because of substantial community spread.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman, telling ABC15's Danielle Lerner she is "very concerned" about the uptick in cases and her office is watching the data closely.
She also says she is meeting regularly with state and county health officials and reminding people to stay vigilant when it comes to following safety guidelines and the state's recommended benchmarks.
She also spoke about the need for transparency, concerns surrounding high school sports, and what is being done to make sure districts have the guidance they need.
Watch the full interview in the player above.