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What can families expect while learning in a five-day modified in-person environment? Students will participate in typical classroom learning with enhanced health and safety measures. However, students and families should be prepared to transition to remote learning in case of rolling closures.

Families selecting this model when available are asked to remain in a five-day modified in-person environment for the duration of the school semester. Students new to the district will first need to register at one of our 82 schools and then may opt-in for this choice following their completed enrollment.

All students are welcome in this model, even those who reside outside of our district boundaries, following the completion of our open enrollment process.

The opt-in process for this model will be communicated with families when available.

Please note, elements of our plan may be subject to change based on new information and guidance from the state and health agency partners. We will continue to share relevant updates with our community. 

The in-person student experience

ON THE BUS

  • To provide a safer environment for our bus riders, drivers, monitors and students, everyone will be required to wear a mask during transport.
  • Each bus will be equipped with extra personal protection equipment (PPE) and cleaning equipment.
  • Daily inspection requirements will include sanitizing procedures after each school run and at the end of the day.
  • Buses will be loaded from back to front and unloaded from front to back when possible. Members of the same household will be asked to sit together, with kindergartners remaining in front.
  • Seating charts are required for all routes once ridership is established.
  • Air conditioners will be used with a few windows slightly open to allow airflow. Air conditioners will be turned to the fresh-air cycle when possible. This will result in an increase in the temperature on the bus on hot days.

ELEMENTARY (preK-6)

  • Students will be marked present when they arrive at class daily and on time.
  • Students will follow their daily schedule with enhanced health and safety measures.
  • Classroom desks will face the same direction. If tables are used in the classroom, students will sit at opposite ends of the table.
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop to take home and back to school.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Teachers will provide office hours, and live individual and/or small group sessions will be available.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities following health and safety guidelines when available.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Supports for special education students.

JUNIOR HIGH (7-8)

  • The student will be marked present when they arrive at class daily and on time. 
  • Students will follow their daily schedule with enhanced health and safety measures.
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop to take home and back to school.
  • Students will not dress out for PE, and locker rooms will be closed.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as band, following health and safety guidelines when available. Junior high athletics will not be offered first quarter.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year. District benchmark assessments will be implemented.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Supports for special education students.

HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)

  • Students will report directly to first hour when arriving on campus.
  • Students will be marked present when they arrive at class daily and on time.
  • Students will follow their daily schedule with enhanced health and safety measures.
  • Students will have a district-provided laptop to take home and back to school.
  • Students will not dress out for PE, and locker rooms will be closed.
  • Teachers will provide ongoing feedback and district grading practices will be used.
  • Parents are encouraged to actively participate in student learning to assist school with ensuring student participation and completion of courses.
  • Students will be able to participate in extracurricular activities such as band and high school athletics, following health and safety guidelines when available.
  • Information on state testing will be shared with students and families after the start of the school year.
  • Field trips have been canceled for fall semester.
  • School events (assemblies, concerts, etc.) will be modified or rescheduled. Virtual events will be held whenever possible.
  • Supports for special education students.

Health & safety protocols

ENROLLMENT

CALENDAR

  • Every Wednesday during first semester will be early release (two hours earlier than normal release).

EXTENDED-DAY PROGRAMMING

Tuition-based Xplore extended-day programming is available at 33 elementary schools. The programs will follow CDC health and safety protocols, including required face masks for staff and students, and physical distancing. Register online at mpsaz.org/xplore.

MEAL SERVICE

  • All children 18 and under receive free meals until winter break. 
  • Modified in-person learners will eat lunch on site. 
  • Breakfast and lunch protocols vary by school.
  • Free weekend take-home meals will be available on Friday.
  • Learn more at mpsaz.org/food.

FAMILY SUPPORT

  • Daily and weekly social-emotional learning lessons are embedded in the curriculum to support the unique needs students are facing during this pandemic.
  • Each school has an identified outreach team to support family needs including technology, food security, supplies, and mental and behavioral health. Families may submit needs via a "Help" button on their school's website.
  • Counselors and social workers will be available to directly support families' social and emotional wellness.
  • The MercyCare Behavioral Health referral system will continue for families requiring additional support.
  • Students will have access to teachers and staff for technical support, office hours, small group or individual instruction and more. Videos and tutorials will also be available,
  • Parents will have access to teachers and staff for technical support and professional learning, including boot camps, videos, phone help, in-person appointments as needed for device set-up and WebEx video conferencing.

VISITORS ON CAMPUS

  • No outside visitors will be allowed on campus, 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.
  • Essential visitors to facilities will be required to wear face masks and will be restricted in their access to campuses as a whole.
  • Visitors must follow all safety protocols.

TRANSITIONING TO REMOTE LEARNING

Families who wish to transition to remote learning will be able to do so at semester break, however, there is a chance their teacher(s) may change.

More information and instructions about transitioning to remote learning option will be communicated when available.

Supports for special education students

Technology information

Device distribution, internet options and more.

Expectations

for students and parents