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Tempe Elementary School District pushes back start date for upcoming school year

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Posted at 9:20 PM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-13 00:20:36-04

TEMPE, AZ — The Tempe Elementary School District will now have its first day of school on August 17, two weeks later than the initially planned August 3 start date. The district also clarifying in its plans a "later re-entry date" may be required if determined to be safe for students and staff.

Governor Doug Ducey recently delayed in-person instruction until at least August 17 due to the rapid spread of coronavirus in Arizona.

Once in-person instruction can resume, the district will offer three instructional models for students on its two dozen campuses. Parents can choose full-day on-campus instruction, blended learning or fully remote digital learning.

Safety measures for the in-person option include face coverings, with the district ready to provide two cloth masks for every student, one cloth mask for every employee, plus a face shield for every Pre-K through first-grade student, medically fragile students and all classroom employees. Other measures include physical distancing when possible on campus and only allowing one student per seat on a bus at a time.