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Return to School Update from Superintendent - March 5, 2021

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March 5, 2021

Hello MUSD families,

I wanted to take a moment to provide you with an update on the District’s plan to return to a full five-days of in-person learning. Over the past few weeks, District leaders have worked with school leadership groups and our health services team to plan and prepare in anticipation of this transition. We have been visiting schools, looking at all indoor and outdoor spaces to maximize physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, and developing creative strategies to safely return students to campus. At this point, we are confident in moving forward with the following plan upon our return from Spring Break.

Please note that we are continuing to provide a remote learning option for our families who prefer that model.

Beginning March 22:

  • Pre-K through 8th grade students will return to a full five-days of in-person instruction.
  • PAL Preschool will return to its three-day format (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday) of in-person instruction.
  • MCAT High School students will also return to a full five-days of in-person instruction.
  • Marana High School and Mountain View High School, due to the limitations of the synchronous instructional model being implemented, these two sites will return to four days of in-person instruction (Monday-Thursday) with Fridays being reserved for remote learning activities to ensure time is available for teachers to support remote learners.

I am fully aware of the change fatigue that exists throughout our District, and I know that some of the logistics surrounding this return pose larger impediments than others. However, I also know that we all want to have our students back full-time in a safe environment. As a result, we are proceeding with this plan based on specific considerations that improve our ability to provide safe environments, including:

  • Improved countywide health metrics and transmission rates
  • Effective layered mitigation strategies including continued mask wearing, physical distancing to the greatest extent possible, effective hygiene practices, and consistent cleaning and disinfecting protocols
  • Decreasing quarantine and isolation cases within our District
  • Continued support from Pima County Health Department for the District’s return to school plans
  • Effective, ongoing contact tracing and case investigation efforts
  • Continued success with parent and staff communication around COVID cases with our health services team, helping to minimize risk of exposure and spread
  • Continued low rates of transmission in our schools

I know that we are all looking forward to welcoming our students back and our priority continues to be ensuring the safety and well-being of our teachers, staff and students. I am thankful for your incredible efforts and creativity in making this transition a success.

Thank you,

 

Daniel Streeter, Ed.D.
Superintendent