State closes schools through end of school year

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Playgrounds will be empty as schools are to remain closed in Arizona through April 30. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Playgrounds will be empty as schools are to remain closed in Arizona through April 30. (Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Doug Ducey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced March 30 that the state is closing schools for the remainder of the year because of continued coronavirus concerns.

The closure goes beyond President Donald Trump’s March 29 announcement that social distancing guidelines would remain in effect through April 30.

The announcement said it was to give schools enough time to plan and make decisions.around the state,

"While this isn't the outcome any of us wanted, we are are grateful for the partnership of who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home opportunities for our students," the pair said in the announcement. "These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every possible effort to continue providing instruction during closures."

Ducey and Hoffman previously announced March that schools would be closed through March 27, then announced March 20 they were extending the closure through April 10.


Chandler USD, Gilbert Public Schools and Higley USD are beginning remote learning programs March 30.

They thanked legislators for making sure teachers would see no disruption in pay.

"Our number priority will continue to be health and safety," the announcement said.
By Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.


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