Some school districts won't return to in-person classes after Thanksgiving. Here's what they've announced
This week might wrap up the last in-person classes until 2021 for some metro Phoenix school districts.
Because of rising COVID-19 case numbers, a growing number of districts have announced a move back to virtual school after Thanksgiving. School officials fear Thanksgiving gatherings could push COVID-19 case numbers to dangerous levels after the holiday, prompting more outbreaks in schools.
State officials have not mandated any closures. The choice to close or stay open is up to school leaders.
Here's what Maricopa County school districts have announced so far:
Agua Fria Union High School District
Agua Fria returned to remote learning on Nov. 9 because of rising cases and will stay in distance learning through the end of the second quarter.
Aguila Elementary District
The district is "optimistic" that classes can remain in person, according to a Facebook post on Nov. 20.
Alhambra Elementary District
The west Phoenix district remains in virtual learning, as it has since the beginning of the year.
Avondale Elementary District
The district does not appear to have announced plans for after Thanksgiving and is holding classes in person.
Balsz Elementary District
Balsz returned to virtual school on Nov. 23 and does not plan to reopen for in-person classes until Jan. 4.
Buckeye Elementary District
Citing health data in Maricopa County, Buckeye Elementary returned to virtual learning starting Nov. 23. The earliest the district would reopen is January 2021.
Buckeye Union High School District
Buckeye Union returned to virtual school on Nov. 23.
Cartwright Elementary District
The district has remained in distance learning since the beginning of the school year and announced in October that students would continue learning from home until January.
Cave Creek Unified District
Cave Creek has not announced any plans to halt in-person instruction after Thanksgiving.
Chandler Unified District
Chandler is monitoring health data but has not announced any changes in the learning model. The district has promised to give families 48 hours notice before any switch.
Creighton Elementary District
The Phoenix district returned to virtual learning on Nov. 13 and will remain virtual through the new year.
Deer Valley Unified District
So far, Deer Valley plans to reopen for in-person classes after Thanksgiving on Nov. 30.
Dysart Unified District
The district has not announced any closing plans.
Fountain Hills Unified District
The district has not announced any closing plans.
Fowler Elementary District
Fowler students will remain in distance learning through the end of the year.
Gilbert Unified District
The district is moving schools in and out of in-person learning individually. Some schools have switched to the hybrid model.
Glendale Elementary District
Glendale will remain in virtual learning.
Glendale Union High School District
Glendale Union students moved back to virtual learning on Nov. 20.
Higley Unified District
Higley has not announced any changes.
Isaac Elementary District
Isaac does not appear to have announced any changes.
Kyrene Elementary District
Students will return to virtual learning on Nov. 30 in Kyrene and remain virtual until further notice.
Laveen Elementary District
Pending a decision from the district's board, Laveen students will return to virtual learning starting Nov. 30.
Liberty Elementary District
The district is monitoring data and will continue in-person school until at least Dec. 3.
Litchfield Elementary District
Students will remain in distance learning through Jan. 4.
Littleton Elementary District
Students will remain in virtual learning through Jan. 4.
Madison Elementary District
Schools will switch to virtual learning from in-person starting Nov. 30.
Mesa Public Schools
Mesa students will learn online on Nov. 30, as a buffer day, before resuming in-person learning on Dec. 1.
Murphy Elementary District
Murphy will stay in distance learning until at least Jan. 19.
Nadaburg Unified District
Nadaburg does not appear to have announced any changes.
Osborn Elementary District
Osborn will remain in distance learning through the end of the year, according to a video message posted by the superintendent.
Paradise Valley Unified District
Students returned to distance learning on Nov. 23.
Pendergast Elementary District
Pendergast students continue to learn in a virtual model.
Peoria Unified District
Peoria has not announced any changes for after the holiday.
Phoenix Elementary District
Phoenix Elementary has set a target date of Jan. 14 for reopening in-person. The district continues virtual learning while monitoring COVID data.
Phoenix Union High School District
Students will remain in distance learning.
Queen Creek Unified District
The district, which remains in-person, has not announced any changes.
Riverside Elementary District
The district does not appear to have announced any changes.
Roosevelt Elementary District
Roosevelt will remain in a virtual setting.
Saddle Mountain Unified District
In a letter posted to Facebook, Superintendent Paul Tighe wrote that the district plans to monitor data but continue in-person learning.
Scottsdale Unified District
Scottsdale will continue in-person learning after Thanksgiving break. Board members said in a meeting on Nov. 23 that they would continue to monitor the data.
Tempe Elementary District
Tempe Elementary will return to virtual learning from Nov. 23 through Jan. 4.
Tempe Union High School District
Students will return to virtual learning starting Nov. 30.
Tolleson Elementary District
Tolleson recently moved back to distance learning and expects to reopen for in-person on Jan. 19.
Tolleson Union High School District
Tolleson Union will remain in distance learning through the end of the year.
Washington Elementary District
Students switched back to virtual learning on Nov. 23 and anticipate that in-person classes won't resume until 2021.
Wickenburg Unified District
Wickenburg does not appear to have announced a change in plans.
Wilson Elementary District
Students will remain online through the end of the year.
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