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Pendergast Elementary District considering two instructional models when schools reopen

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Posted at 9:49 PM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 14:56:28-04

PHOENIX — The Pendergast Elementary School District Governing Board discussed the district's proposed reopening plans during a special work study session Tuesday night.

The west Phoenix district is considering offering two instructional plans for their 9,000 students. One is a full time in-person model with preventative safety measures in place. Those measures include face coverings, keeping students in cohort groups and modifying recess and lunch breaks. The other option is a full time distance learning program.

Members also discussed the potential annual costs associated with providing students and staff with PPE.

-The district projects the cost of providing cloth masks, disposable masks and face shields would top $1.2 million.
-The cost of hand sanitizer and stands could top $413,000.
-No contact thermometers would cost nearly $25,000
-Plexiglass barriers could cost $140,000
-Cleaning supplies for Teachers/Bus Drivers are estimated at more than $186,000
-Contact tracing software could cost $36,000

Results of a recent districtwide survey show 40 percent of families want a full time in-person option when schools reopen, while just more than 41 percent want a flexible online learning option.

Board members expect to vote on the proposed plans during their next meeting on Tuesday, June 30.

Click here to see the full presentation.