TEMPE, AZ — The Tempe Union High School District Governing Board discussed plans to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year during a study session Wednesday night.
The district has more than 14,000 students on seven high school campuses. As part of a "FLEX Model" of blended learning, students would only have in-person instruction with a teacher one or two days a week, depending on the size of their school. They would learn remotely the remaining days.
The district will also offer a full-time online option.
Preventative measures include social distancing protocols throughout the day, increased hand washing and sanitization, face masks will be required for students and employees when social distancing is not possible, classrooms will allow no more than 12 students and there will be temperature checks, among other things.
The board also reviewed community feedback. The more than 6,200 parents who responded were nearly split on feeling safe about their child returning to school.
Forty-five percent said they felt "Very safe" or "Somewhat safe," while 46 percent said they were "Concerned" or "Very concerned." Nine percent responded as "Neutral."
A majority of teachers and classified staff said they were "Concerned" about returning to school and favored an alternating days learning model.