Q&A: Chandler USD superintendent says school districts are 'navigating unchartered territory'

Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the school district is planning for its upcoming year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the school district is planning for its upcoming year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about how the school district is planning for its upcoming year. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

In March, governors across the country began ordering schools and school districts to shut down due to concerns surrounding slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, students, teachers and families have been adjusting to remote learning from home.

Chandler USD Superintendent Camille Casteel answered questions about education during and after COVID-19.

What does education look like post-COVID-19?

We are navigating unchartered territory. CUSD created a task force to explore all options for the 2020-2021 school year, ranging from return to classroom instruction with advanced safety measures in place, continuation of distance learning, to a hybrid system that includes both. Information changes rapidly and we will prepare for all possibilities.

What feedback has your district received from families and teachers?


The most recurring message we hear is that students miss their teachers and teachers miss their students. This has been very difficult for everyone. Parents report that it is challenging sharing technology among adults working from home and students accessing online instruction.

What contingencies are you planning for through summer and fall?

Our commitment to student health and safety is a priority. Due to our continued focus upon student wellness, the Chandler Unified School District will not be offering brick and mortar Summer School options this summer. However, we are pleased to announce that the Chandler Unified School District will offer tuition-free, virtual academic opportunities for our K-12 students during the summer months. Details are being posted on our website at www.cusd80.com/summerschool

Will virtual learning continue for families who may be anxious about returning to school?

As stated above, we are exploring all options moving forward for 2020-2021. Our task force is developing options moving forward and what distance learning would like in Chandler Unified.
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