Superintendent's Message, September 11, 2020
CUSD Staff and Families,
Dr. Camille Casteel, Superintendent of Chandler Unified School District, provides some information for parents as we approach the reopening of schools in the next few weeks. Please see her video message below. A link to the CUSD Safety and Mitigation Protocols video is found at the end of the video (starting at 3 minutes, 18 seconds).
UPDATE: Transition from Virtual to In-Person Learning, 9/3/2020
After a comprehensive review of options to reopen schools in-person, the Chandler Unified School District Governing Board voted to welcome students back to campus in the following manner:
Elementary students (preschool to sixth grade) will begin in a staggered start.
- Preschool to second grade and self-contained special education classes will begin fully in-person September 14, 2020.
- Third to sixth grade classes will begin fully in-person on September 21, 2020.
- Sixth graders at ACP-Oakland, Andersen Junior High, and Basha AMS will follow the secondary schedule.
Secondary students (7 – 12) will begin fully in-person on October 13, 2020.
Chandler Online Academy and Elementary Connect students will remain in their current instructional setting and may choose to 1) change to in-person learning effective October 13, 2020 or 2) remain in Chandler Online Academy.
The health pandemic is a complex issue. In recent weeks, there have been two noteworthy changes in the data that led the Governing Board to revisit in-person instruction. First, the numbers of cases in Arizona and the City of Chandler have significantly decreased over the last several weeks. Secondly, the Maricopa County Health Department benchmarks for Chandler Unified School District have steadily improved. The reopening plan approved by the Governing Board is contingent upon the benchmarks remaining stable or improving. Safety and mitigation practices will be a priority including, but not limited to, the requirement for staff and students to wear face coverings when on campus. Schools will be providing further information over the next week.
We look forward to greeting our elementary students in person in the next few weeks joined by our secondary students as well as the Chandler Online Academy students who choose to move to in-person learning on October 13th.
Thank you for your input, your patience and your continued support. Please refer to the district website for more information.
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