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Roosevelt School District pushes in-person start date to October

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Posted at 2:51 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 18:04:19-04

PHOENIX — The Roosevelt School District in Phoenix is joining a growing list of school districts that are delaying in-person instruction until fall break, which ends October 9. That is well past Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order that delayed in-person instruction to August 17.

In a message on Monday, the district's Superintendent, Dr. Quintin Boyce told families: "We understand the importance of students being physically in the classroom with their teachers. However, we must protect and prioritize the health and well-being of our students, their families, and our staff. "

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The district plans to open additional learning settings, including a full-time in-person and hybrid option "when it is safe to do so," the message said.

The district has more than 8,000 students and 1,400 employees, 19 schools, an early childhood education center and a Neighborhood Technology Resource Center.

Monday's announcement comes as several other districts in the Phoenix area have made similar decisions. Phoenix Elementary School District, Phoenix Union High School District and Alhambra have all chosen to continue remote learning for the first quarter of the school year.

The Osborn, Paradise Valley Unified, Scottsdale Unified and Washington Elementary School Districts will delay in-person instruction through Labor Day, Sept. 7.

View a more comprehensive look at the Roosevelt District's reopening plan, here.