July 6, 2020
Thank you for your patience as we continue to grapple with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We hope that your family is well and enjoying the summer. On Monday June 29, Governor Ducey signed an Executive Order delaying in-person learning until August 17th. However, based on the continued increase in COVID-19 cases in Arizona, we are anticipating this date to be moved even further into the future.
We want to thank everyone who participated in our survey regarding the reopening of our campuses. Over and over you expressed your desire that we move forward in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety of all while moving ahead with the quality student learning to which we are accustomed. Finally, many of you wanted a sense of normalcy and routine to help tie it all together.
It is for those reasons that the Academy of Tucson is announcing that we will be starting school as planned via distance learning on ?Thursday August 6, 2020?. When it is determined safe and prudent to return to campus we will transition to a model which will incorporate distance and in-person learning while abiding by the most current CDC guidelines.
We understand that starting the school year via distance learning is not ideal however, our certified and highly qualified teachers are preparing quality lessons in accordance with state standards that offer the rigor for which the Academy of Tucson is known. Teachers will be using Google Classroom for live and recorded instruction as well as offline homework. Instruction will be conducted utilizing teacher zoom lessons, as well as, some recorded lessons and offline homework.
Information will follow regarding school registration and a survey to help us plan for the transition back to campus once that option is available. Physical distancing will play a significant role in our return to campus which will make reserving your child’s preferred setting critical. In that effort, we request that you not delay in responding to future communication from your school principal or other personnel.
Please contact your school’s office if you should have any questions and again, thank you for your continued patience and understanding.
Jose E. Garcia M.Ed Superintendent
Academy of Tucson Schools