TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Coronavirus cases have not slowed down since the start of 2021, however, Gov. Doug Ducey is not accepting a request to keep children at home.
On Saturday, December 2, Ducey rejected state education officials request for him to order public schools to use only distance learning for the next two weeks unless they have waivers from health officials.
“Given the severity of our state’s situation and the virus’s trajectory after the holiday period,” schools need a “two-week quarantine period” for education leaders and local officials to use local health data “to decide the appropriate instruction model for their communities,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said in a Twitter thread.
According to an Associated Press article, Ducey spokesman C.J. Karamargin said the governor “will not be considering this request or issuing this kind of mandate. This is a local decision. The online option is already available, and the governor has repeatedly made his preference clear: Kids have already lost out on a lot of learning, and he wants schools opened, safely.”
During the 2020 fall semester, Gov. Ducey allowed students to attend in-person classes despite warnings from the CDC and other government entities.
Many Arizona school districts, including those in Southern Arizona, have provided hybrid learning options that include socially distanced and in-person instruction.
Many schools are set to resume classes in the coming week after the winter holidays.
Here in Southern Arizona, several districts have already stated they will be participating in online learning upon their return to the school year.
We will continue to keep you updated on all back to school information.