COVID-19 Information and School Communication

COVID-19 Information and School Communication
Posted on 2020/07/09
COVID-19 Information and School Communication

July 9, 2020  The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are grateful for the work of the GUHSD Reopening Task Force, GUHSD Scheduling Committee, and for all the parents/guardians, students, and faculty/staff who participated in our reopening survey, which helped guide the development of a plan to reopen our schools.

On Monday, June 29, Governor Ducey announced that all schools shall delay the start for in-person instruction until August 17, 2020. However, the Executive Order permits schools to begin the school year on their previously scheduled start date by using remote learning. In order to have students begin their classes without a delay, GUHSD has decided to begin the 2020-2021 school year remotely from home on our scheduled start date of Monday, August 10, 2020.

Our plan for the safe reopening of schools has been guided by the latest recommendations from the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Education, the GUHSD Reopening Task Force, the GUHSD Scheduling Committee and your input. Based on this guidance and recommendations, we will implement the following approved plan as we begin the 2020-2021 school year, which includes three possible approaches to learning:

Beginning August 10, 2020, students will begin the 2020-2021 school year learning remotely from home.

The hybrid learning approach would involve students being assigned to an A or B group. Half the students (Group A) would be at school and the other half (Group B) would be learning remotely from home. 

This model would allow students to be in classrooms while still adhering to current social distancing guidelines. Mondays are scheduled for remote learning from home for all students. The shortened class periods on Monday would be focused on support for students as well as enrichment activities/assignments.   

The A and B groups would alternate being on campus and learning from home Tuesday through Friday. Group A would be on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays as Group B learns remotely from home. Group B would be on campus Wednesdays and Fridays as Group A learns remotely from home.

All students are back on campus learning in classrooms.

Various factors will be considered to make a decision to move from one learning approach to another. The health of our students and our staff is of primary importance in the decision-making process, and any decision will be made with up-to-date information and guidance from the following agencies:

  • Arizona Department of Health Services
  • Maricopa County Department of Public Health
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Arizona Department of Education
  • Regional Information or Zip Code Data

In addition to up-to-date information and guidance by these agencies, moving from Remote Learning to the Hybrid Learning would involve the following criteria:

  • Moderate community spread of COVID-19 - steady, consistent downward trend in new cases
  • Communication from the Arizona Department of Health Services that schools can safely reopen 

Up-to-date guidance from the aforementioned agencies and the following criteria would be used to make a decision to move to full-time, in-person learning:

  • Minimal community spread of COVID-19 - steady consistent downward trend in new cases
  • Communication from the Arizona Department of Health Services that schools can safely reopen 

For any of the possible learning approaches planned for the 2020-2021 school year, a block schedule will be utilized. In a block schedule, the length of classes are extended to allow a year-long course to be completed in a semester. The six classes that students are scheduled to take in the 2020-2021 school year will be divided so that they are taking three classes in the fall semester and three new classes in the spring semester, allowing students to earn the six credits they would earn in our traditional schedule. 

Due to the difficulties some students experience when learning remotely, the block schedule will provide the opportunity for them to focus on half the number of classes at once. Additionally, this model will allow teachers to provide additional support to students. 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE 2020-2021 beginning August 10, 2020

Schedule in English

Schedule in Spanish


For families and students who choose to learn remotely for the semester, or even the entire school year, a full online option is available. More information on how to enroll in the GUHSD online learning option is forthcoming.

Students with disabilities will have their accommodations and modifications in place and/or an adjusted schedule based on individual needs. Additional information is forthcoming. 

ELL students will be provided with additional support, and there is a possibility that there could be some adjusted schedules in order to accommodate the needs of all our students.

Whether in person or remotely, the social worker on each of our campuses will be available to provide social-emotional support to students.   

There are numerous health and safety protocols GUHSD schools will be following once students are allowed to return to campus. These protocols will include:

  • regular announcements and messaging about hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • stay at home when feeling ill or exposure to COVID-19 announcements
  • consistent, district-wide requirement for all faculty, staff, students and visitors to wear face masks/face shields while on campus
  • that all faculty, staff, students and visitors use appropriate social distancing while on campus
  • a district-wide commitment to high standards of cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing
  • procedures to limit the sharing of items between students 
  • a plan for student safety while on buses

We recognize you may have questions regarding our school reopening plan. We will be developing a Frequently Asked Questions document that should answer many of your questions. Be on the lookout for this information, which will be posted on our website within the next few weeks.

We appreciate your continued patience as we prepare additional communication regarding Chromebook checkout, registration, student schedules, athletics, extracurricular activities, transportation, food service, and other important information associated with the start of school. 

We will continue providing regular updates. As well, our schools will be sending out school-specific information by the end of next week. In the meantime, if you have an urgent question, please email us at

We look forward to continuing to serve our GUHSD students/families as we prepare for another new school year.

Additional updates can be found at:

Please click the boxes below for several helpful resources during our school closures. Scroll further down for additional resources and detailed information.


COVID-19 Updates
-Principal's Message
-District Updates

Remote Learning Schedule & Resources
-Class Schedule
-Expectations for Students
-Enrichment Resources

Supports for Students
-Technical & Computer Support: For technical support with district-issued computers, please call 623 915-8915. Students who need a computer can arrange for pick up from the school by contacting Chris Francis at 623 915-8909
-Internet Resources
-Academic Support: Please email your teacher for academic support.
-Social/Emotional Support: Please contact Ms. Laura Ilardo at 623 915-8924 or You can also contact these crisis support agencies.

Grab-and-Go Meal Service
-Grab-and-Go Meal Service Schedule & Information

Supports for Parents
-Parent Resources
-School Directory

COVID-19 Resources
-Maricopa County Department of Public Health
-Arizona Department of Health Services
-Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
-Healthy Practices