Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman on March 15 announced a statewide closure of Arizona schools from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19.
Gov. Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman will work with education officials and public health officials to reassess the need for the school closures and provide further guidance through March 27, according to a release.
“Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19,” Gov. Ducey said in the release. “As more schools announce closures and education administrators express staff shortages within their schools, now is the time to act. A statewide closure is the right thing to do. While this measure will not stop the spread of COVID-19, it will bring certainty and consistency in schools across Arizona.”
“The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open --- schools provide important services and many families rely on them for nutrition, access to health care and in order to do their own jobs,” Superintendent Hoffman said in the release. “I am in close contact with school superintendents, teachers, and parents and will continue working closely in partnership with schools to ensure that our families needs are met.”
The Governor’s Office and the Department of Education are working to implement directives to minimize the impact of the closure for Arizona kids during the closure, including access to healthcare and nutritional meals, and sanitary precautions schools can take upon reopening of schools, the release states. These directives include:
Additionally, Gov. Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman are committed to working together to minimize the impact of these closures, the release states, including:
Continued guidance will be provided to schools regularly by the Department of Education and at azed.gov. Go to azhealth.gov/COVID19 for continued updates, facts and to learn about the measures you can take to remain healthy, the release states.