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Isaac School District will use distance learning indefinitely for upcoming school year

Posted at 12:14 PM, Jul 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 15:17:56-04

PHOENIX — The Isaac School District in Phoenix will start the year on time August 3 with distance learning online. It will stay in that mode indefinitely, despite Governor Doug Ducey's executive order delaying in-person instruction until August 17.

In an email to parents, the district's Superintendent Mario Ventura says, "After careful consideration, this model was chosen in order to promote the safety of all Isaac Community members. Depending on the level of health risk within our community, we may be able to transition to a hybrid model or possibly even a traditional model of learning later in the school year."

A district spokesperson confirmed to ABC15 there is "no definitive date to reopen for in-person learning."

Back on June 11, the district's governing board reviewed the initial "Return to Learn" plan, which included a traditional model of face-to-face instruction, a hybrid model and a virtual model.

The traditional model had four options. They included having all students on campus all day, dividing students into a morning and afternoon session, implementing a four-day school week with one deep cleaning day each week, and having one cohort on campus each alternating day.

Even back in June, the district's reopening committee could only recommend a hybrid or virtual learning option, given the CDC School Decision Tree and Guidelines/Recommendations.

Mesa Public Schools has also said it will start the year August 4 with remote learning, and continue that model "until it is safe to provide modified or in-person instruction."