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

(Updated July 2, 2020)

In response to Governor Ducey's executive order issued June 29, Mesa Public Schools will begin the school year on August 4 with enhanced, structured remote learning for all students. Remote learning will continue until it is safe to provide modified or in-person instruction.

This decision was not made lightly, however, we believe it is in the best interest of our students, families and staff. Along with the importance of continuing student learning, our community relies upon our other services, such as meals and counseling.

Based on feedback from parents, students and staff, we know many found remote learning challenging last spring. Our Opening of Schools Task Force and staff have devoted countless hours toward improving the remote experience for our teachers and families. This includes a new online curriculum for elementary students, and additional training for our staff and families.

Remote learning will include daily attendance and schedules for students. Teachers will provide feedback on student work and issue grades. We know the importance of student and teacher interaction. Therefore, teachers and staff will be accessible to students in a variety of ways. Students with special needs will receive specially designed instruction and other related services as appropriate.

On July 14, we will release our refined final plan, with details about the following:

  • Meal service
  • Child enrichment programming for working parents
  • Device distribution
  • Options for internet access
  • Teaching & learning information
  • Transition plans to modified in-person and in-person learning models
  • And much more

Thank you for your continued support. Please visit mpsaz.org/reopen for updates, and reach out anytime via email at reopen@mpsaz.org.

Safe. Strong. Ready.

Dr. Andi Fourlis
Superintendent

Remote learning

  • PreK-12
  • Five days a week
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop
  • All classes led by district teachers
  • Florida Virtual School (FLVS) curriculum and teacher-created content will support students grades K-6. 
  • MDLP courses and teacher-created content will support students grades 7-12.
  • Access to virtual "specials" throughout semester (K-6)
  • Students may choose to transition to in-person or modified in-person learning when available
  • May participate in extracurricular activities and high school athletics, following in-person guidelines and safety measures when available
  • Special education team will work directly with families to schedule required in-person or telephonic therapies
  • Social and emotional support to promote student and family well-being
  • Learn more.

Learn more about MDLP

Mesa Distance Learning Program has been Arizona's leader in online instruction for more than 20 years.

MDLP offers top-quality, interactive online semester courses taught by highly-qualified, certified teachers. It provides a multimedia-rich curriculum aligning to state and national standards as well as numerous online tools for both parents and students.

Mesa Public Schools brings distance learning to a higher standard of education for students and families. A high school diploma may be earned upon successful completion of our program.

School districts throughout the state partner with MDLP to provide quality instruction to their students. Online courses are available for both in-state and out-of-state students. Learn more.

Modified in-person learning

  • PreK-12
  • Five days per week
  • Blended model that provides both in-person and remote learning experiences
  • Allows for physical distancing by reducing the number of students in the classroom
  • While on campus, students will adhere to all in-person learning experience protocols
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop
  • Students may choose to transition to in-person or remote learning periodically
  • May participate in extracurricular activities and high school athletics, following in-person guidelines and safety measures
  • Social and emotional support to promote student and family well-being
  • Community education and partners to provide extended day programming and programming on days students are not on campus
  • Learn more.

Additional safety measures

Hand hygiene 

  • Frequent hand washing will be encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water, and hand sanitizer

Face coverings

  • The City of Mesa and Maricopa County have issued proclamations regarding face coverings. The Mesa Public Schools plan will adhere to stated guidelines and modify as needed for specific student circumstances.

Visitors on campus

  • No outside visitors or volunteers except for the safety and well-being of students
  • Parents will report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child
  • Must follow all safety protocols

Training and signage

  • Training will be provided for all employees, students and parents on the expected safety protocols
  • Signage will be posted and visible throughout the campus

In-person learning

  • PreK-12
  • Five days a week
  • Physical distancing expected
  • Enhanced cleaning and safety protocols
  • Face coverings may be required, per city and county mandates
  • Elementary classrooms stay together at recess
  • Materials will not be shared
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop
  • Students may choose to transition to modified in-person or remote learning periodically
  • Electives/specials will observe physical distancing and safety protocols
  • Modified breakfast and lunch
  • May participate in extracurricular activities and high school athletics, following safety measures
  • Social and emotional support to promote student, staff and family wellness
  • Learn more