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Safe. Strong. Ready.
A forward-thinking plan for opening schools

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(updated July 24, 2020)

Hello Mesa Public Schools community,

I hope this message finds you and your family well. As you prepare for the first day of school on August 4, I'd like to share yesterday's update from Governor Doug Ducey. Governor Ducey announced a new executive order regarding COVID-19 and education. Instead of issuing a new start date for in-person learning, he announced that Arizona schools and school districts will receive public health benchmarks for determining the safe return of in-person, teacher-led classroom learning. We expect to receive this data from state and county health and education agencies by August 7.

Our leadership team will review the executive order, and we will update our community on how it affects the district. Once we receive and analyze the public health benchmarks in August, we will develop an in-person learning recommendation to discuss with our Governing Board. Our goal is to get students back on our campuses, because we know our schools are the best place for learning. We also remain committed to providing safe learning and working environments for our students and staff.

As a reminder, school starts August 4 with remote learning for all students. Remote learning will continue until public health data determines it is safe to transition to modified in-person or in-person learning. Your child's school will contact you directly regarding a schedule and student-specific details for remote learning.

Please take a moment to complete your child's re-enrollment. If your child is new to Mesa Public Schools, please log in to confirm your information. You may complete the process on any internet-connected device. The online re-enrollment system is open to returning students who completed the 2019-20 school year at Mesa Public Schools. If you need assistance with online re-enrollment, contact your school and they will be glad to help you. At this time, school offices are open by appointment only.

Visit mpsaz.org/reopen to learn more about remote learning, technology and internet access, and find frequently asked questions. Please join us at facebook.com/mpsaz starting Monday, July 27, for Safe.Strong.Ready. LIVE! Every day at 4 p.m., district leadership will cover topics including remote learning, special education, technology and family support. These events will occur daily July 27-August 7, then weekly starting August 12. Recordings of these events will be posted to mpsaz.org/reopen.

We are here to support you in any way we can. Thank you for your continued support in these unusual times. Feel free to email us at reopen@mpsaz.org with any questions or concerns.

​​​​Safe.Strong.Ready.

Dr. Andi Fourlis
Superintendent

 

(updated July 15, 2020)

Hello Mesa Public Schools families,

We hope you and your family have had an enjoyable summer. We have missed you and are looking forward to welcoming our students back to learning.

COVID-19 has disrupted our learning community, forcing us to make complex decisions often with sparse information and conflicting guidance. Our community has been patient and resilient as we've endured starts and stops, and navigated moving targets. As parents, educators, community members and leaders, we know every decision we make includes risks and rewards. We do not have every answer and we may not get everything right the first time, but we are committed to learning and improving together.

Our community relies upon us to restore a continuity of learning while calming fears and reducing trauma caused by school closures and the global pandemic. I assure you, we want nothing more than to get back to our core business of learning because we know this will allow us to increase equitable access for students, and provide social, emotional and academic experiences that bring students and staff together safely.

Our plan took a village to create, and it will take a village to implement. We are all in this together to return to learning SAFE, STRONG and READY.

On June 29, Governor Doug Ducey postponed in-school learning until at least August 17, due to COVID-19. Mesa Public Schools will begin our school year August 4 with structured, remote learning for all. Remote learning will continue until it is safe to transition into modified in-person learning and ultimately in-person learning. Parents will always have the choice to remain in the remote learning model.

The health and safety of our students, our staff and their families is our top priority. We want students and employees to feel comfortable and safe returning to school campuses. Our plan incorporates recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona and Maricopa County health departments, Arizona Department of Education, and state and local guidelines.

In Mesa Public Schools, we are committed to:

  • The safety and wellness of our students, employees and community.
  • Successfully transitioning to the new year by offering choices to our community.
  • Instilling confidence in our families by providing safe learning environments.
  • Instilling confidence in our employees by providing safe working environments.
  • Personalized learning for every student to deliver on the Mesa Public Schools Promise of knowing every student by name, serving them by strength and need, and ensuring they graduate ready for college, career and community.

It is possible that we may need to alternate between in-person and remote learning throughout the year due to recommendations and guidance from our partnering agencies, and stay-at-home orders from the Governor. The level of infection, the spread of the virus and response to the disease in our community will be at the forefront of our decision making as we move to open our schools.

Please review our comprehensive plan, and feel free to email us at reopen@mpsaz.org with any questions or concerns.

Safe.Strong.Ready.

Dr. Andi Fourlis
Superintendent