August 6, 2020
Dear Phoenix Union Families:
We are excited to welcome you back for the 2020-21 school year! We hope your student has successfully connected virtually with his/her teachers and classes. If you are experiencing any difficulty getting your student connected, please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s school for immediate support. We are here for you and happy to serve our students and families.
As you may be aware, on July 23, 2020, Governor Ducey released an Executive Order for all school districts to offer a safe and productive on-site learning environment for students with the greatest need beginning August 17, 2020. PXU will offer this service at every comprehensive campus across the district to those specific students identified with the greatest in-person needs per the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or by our Student & Family Services Division.
Phoenix Union staff will reach out directly to parents/guardians of students that have been identified as needing additional support inquire about interest in having their child attend in person at their home school. With current group size limitations, identified families are expected to confirm their student’s attendance prior to the upcoming week they will be on campus.
While on site, students are not with a teacher in-person but instead, in a supervised designated study space. To ensure the safest environments possible, spaces are designed to adhere to social distancing as well as frequent sanitation routines throughout the day. Campuses will open daily at 7:30am. Students may arrive any time between 7:30 and the start of class at 9:00am. Breakfast and lunch is provided to students attending on-site. Students will be dismissed daily at 3:00pm. Bus passes will be provided to all eligible students. Students identified as needing transportation per their IEP or the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act will receive this service.
Upon entering campuses, students and staff are required to respond to a brief set of questions focused on identifying known COVID-19 symptoms and/or receive a temperature check. Per CDC guidelines, any student with responses coinciding with known COVID-19 symptoms, or with a temperature of 100.4 or greater, will remain in an isolated area until a parent of guardian is able to pick them up from school. Any student that is sick or not feeling well is asked to stay home. Staff or visitors will follow the same guidelines and will be asked to stay home if sick, or leave campus if displaying symptoms or a fever. Please note that visitors to campus beyond the administration building will be very limited.
If your child is identified as needing on-site support, please be aware of the following:
- Parents will be asked to sign a COVID-19 acknowledgement form in order for their student to attend an on-site learning space.
- Students will be expected to physically distance using a minimum of 6ft between others.
- Students and staff will be expected to wear face masks (unless it has been determined the student cannot wear a face mask for medical reasons). If a student does not have a face mask, one will be provided.
- Students will be expected to bring school assigned laptops with them each day and when interacting virtually with live instruction, and wear headphones to minimize noise and disruption to other students. Schools have a limited number of headphones available for those in need.
- Students will be expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct while on campus.
A separate letter from the District’s Exceptional Student Services Department will follow to address on-site learning opportunities for students eligible for special education and related services.
As Phoenix Union continues to monitor COVID-19 in our communities, please know we are committed to using Arizona Department of Health Safety’s (ADHS) public health benchmarks and guidance from our county health officials to determine when and how we will reopen fully for in-person learning opportunities. As always, please reach out directly to your student’s school if you should have additional questions or concerns and please, visit our website at www.pxu.org to learn more about on-site learning opportunities.
Chief Achievement Officer
Phoenix Union High School District