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    NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and MUSD's Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan and Safety Protocol will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, guided by local, state, and national authorities.


     

Safe & Thoughtful Return to School

  • Health and Safety. Choices for Families. 
    Updated June 18, 2020

     

  • MUSD Task Force 

    The Marana Unified School District has established a MUSD Return to School Task Force to develop a Safe & Thoughtful Return to School Plan.

     

    As the Task Force plans for the 2020-2021 school year, their work is: 

     

    • Focused on safety and on providing families a choice for their student’s education.
    • Based on guidance from the Arizona Department of Education Roadmap for Reopening Schools, local public health authorities, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the input of MUSD families and employees.
    • Inspired by the District's Five Commitments of strong relationships, equity, collaboration, deeper learning, and innovation.
    • In collaboration with parents/guardians and school-based parent organizations, Marana Education Association and teacher leaders, Marana Education Support Professionals and employees. 

     

    MUSD has a long history of high-quality education in the Marana community. The District takes pride in the strong partnerships that exist between schools and families. MUSD wants nothing more than to welcome students back to a supportive learning environment that focuses on social, emotional, and academic needs. Students miss their teachers, friends, and their school, and the District misses their students.

      

    By working together and continuing to stay connected, MUSD plans to provide students with the quality educational experience that the Marana community has come to expect from the District.

  • Return to School

     It is the District’s intent to begin the school year on Monday, August 3, 2020.
    August 3 aligns with the District's regular school calendar and with the majority of the feedback received from the Parent/Guardian June 4 Survey and Employee June 4 Survey. As of now, Governor Ducey has stated that schools will be allowed to open on time. This continues to be a fluid situation and public health restrictions at that time may alter the District’s plans or prevent the District from opening in-person. The Task Force is outlining contingency plans in order to adjust quickly based upon the most up-to-date information from health, state, and national authorities.

     

    MUSD is committed to providing families choice to make the decision that is best for their student’s learning
    MUSD recognizes that these are unprecedented times and each student and family has different needs. The District also recognizes that parents have a choice when it comes to education, and MUSD parents have voiced a need for both classroom learning and online learning.

     

    MUSD is planning to offer three high-quality learning models in the 2020-2021 school year to provide choice for students and families:

     

    Classroom Learning

    Flexible Learning

    Full-Time Distance Learning

     

    Families are asked to view the highlights of each option in the menus below. Families do not need to choose a learning model right now

     

    As the finer details of each learning model develops with a focus on school connectedness and high-quality instruction, this page will be updated and the District will share information with families. 

Classroom Learning

  • Classroom Learning
  • All MUSD schools will plan to open, as normal as possible with reasonable health and safety measures. You will find information regarding new health and safety measures in the Safety Protocol Plan.

    • Five full-days per week
    • MUSD teachers and curriculum 
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Social-emotional support
    • Physical Education, Music, and other electives 
    • Accommodations and support services available
    • In the event of health concerns, illness, or personal reasons, a student can transition to Flexible Learning or Distance Learning.   

     

Flexible Learning

  • Flexible Learning
  • Designed around the unique and individual student learning needs. Learning will consist of online learning at home delivered by MUSD educators, with the opportunity to transition to in-person classroom learning as determined to meet individual student learning needs

    • Five full-days per week
    • Provides opportunities for students to stay connected to their school of enrollment while learning remotely due to health concerns, illness, or personal reasons 
    • MUSD teachers
    • Curriculum aligned to MUSD classroom learning 
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Social-emotional support
    • Physical Education, Music, and other electives 
    • Accommodations and support services available  

Distance Learning

  • Distance Learning
  • Offers full-time online learning experiences designed around the personalized learning needs of student. Students considering MDL for grades 5-12 should carefully consider their academic skills and learning style.

     

    MDL courses suit learners who prefer to work independently and are able to prioritize and complete tasks on their own. Students who need support services to access grade level content may require additional consideration before enrolling in MDL, or may consider Flexible Learning for their academic needs.

    • Available for grades 5-12
      • Grades K-4 can choose the Flexible Learning Model for online learning at home.
    • Five full-days per week
    • Mesa Distance Learning Self-Paced Curriculum - more than 80 courses offered.  
    • Mesa Distance Learning or MUSD teachers 
    • Chromebook provided by MUSD
    • Social-emotional support
    • Physical Education, Music, and other electives 
    • Accommodations and support services available