Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19. See more state education news here

| June 30, 2020

By Lisa Irish • AZEDNEWS  • Arizona Education News Service • Arizona School Boards Association

Gov. Doug Ducey delayed the re-opening of schools’ in-person classes until August 17 due to the increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases during a news conference this afternoon.

“We also want to bring as much certainty as possible for Arizona schools. Of course, our objective is to educate our kids as best as possible in the safest environment,” Gov. Ducey said.

“It is an unfortunate, but necessary decision to delay students’ return to their classrooms,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “But with Arizona’s COVID cases hitting new highs every week, it is clearly not yet safe for students and teachers to return to school facilities.”

“We’ll continuously re-evaluate this target date working closely with Supt. Hoffman with the objective to educate our children safely and successfully,” Gov. Ducey said.

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