Chandler USD board to meet Sept. 2 to make decisions on returning to in-person school

The Chandler USD governing board will meet Sept. 2 to take action on students and staff returning to in-person school for instruction. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Chandler USD governing board will meet Sept. 2 to take action on students and staff returning to in-person school for instruction. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Chandler USD governing board will meet Sept. 2 to take action on students and staff returning to in-person school for instruction. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Chandler USD governing board will meet Sept. 2 to take action on students and staff returning to in-person school for instruction.

According to the meeting agenda, the board is expected to take action on in-person instruction—though as of Aug. 31, there were no attachments indicating an in-person instruction plan.

The board previously decided Aug. 5 to keep students online for the entirety of the first quarter.

According to data from Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Chandler USD has met the COVID-19 benchmarks to have a hybrid model of instruction with on-site support. The benchmarks include cases per 100,000 people, the percentage of positive COVID-19 test results and the number of people with COVID-19-like illness arriving to hospitals. According to the county, the overall risk level is moderate. Moderate community spread is considered "sustained transmission with high likelihood or confirmed exposure within communal settings and potential for rapid increase in cases," according to the county website.

The board held a study session last week with Maricopa County Public Health Director Marcy Flanagan, where board members and staff had a chance to ask questions and Flanagan briefed the board on the reopening benchmarks.


"The state and every other organization and office, they are saying we have hundreds of people who have decades of experience in public health—they are experts on it, but we can't get any guidelines or recommendations for what we should do," board member David Evans said during the Aug. 26 meeting with Flanagan. "But everyone says, 'You're the governing board, you're the school board members, so you make the decisions for, in our case, 46,000 students plus all their families.' So we are talking 150,000 people that we are expected to make the decisions for, but nobody here is one of those people who has decades of public health experience. So we are just supposed to read between the lines. This is really hard."

During the Sept. 2 meeting, the governing board will also be provided an update on social-emotional learning from the last six weeks, according to the agenda.

The Sept. 2 meeting will be available to watch online via the Chandler USD YouTube channel. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. after the board returns from an executive session that begins at 4 p.m.