Governing Board Chooses Two Back-to-School Options for SUSD Families; Delays Campus Returns Until September

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 9, 2020) – The Governing Board of the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) voted to provide families with two instructional choices for student learning when its 28 schools reopen.

At the recommendation of Superintendent Dr. Scott Menzel, the Board decided to delay the return of students to SUSD school campuses until at least Sept. 8, the day after Labor Day, if permitted to return in person at that time.

As a result of feedback since the Board’s July 7 meeting, District leaders recommended eliminating from consideration a hybrid model of learning that would have combined on-campus instruction with distance learning. Menzel reported widespread concern among parents, teachers, counselors and principals with the complexities involved in making that proposal workable for families and staff.

Next week, SUSD families will receive additional information about the two instructional choices the District will offer. Families will be asked to select from these options:


  1. Full-Time, On Campus: On a Scottsdale Unified campus five days a week, with enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols. In accordance with the June 19 Maricopa County regulation, face masks will be required of all students and staff while on campus. Face masks will also be required on all SUSD school buses.


  1. Full-Time Online: Online five days a week through Scottsdale Unified’s fully accredited, age-appropriate, distance-learning program, Scottsdale Online (SOL), and its robust and academically rigorous learning management software. Classes will be led by SUSD’s state-certified teachers.


In accordance with Governor Doug Ducey’s current Executive Order, SUSD’s 2020 – 2021 school year will begin on time on Aug. 10 with all students taking part in a virtual, enhanced distance-learning program also directed by District teachers, who will instruct, supervise and assess student learning until public health conditions permit students who chose on-campus learning to return to campus, currently planned for Sept. 8.

In other action, the Governing Board approved the purchase of Florida Virtual School Global’s eLearning Management System that will provide the Kindergarten to 5th grade curriculum for online instruction. Last month, the Board approved the purchase of the online curriculum for grades 6 – 12 from the same vendor.

Members of the public, students, parents, community members and staff are invited to provide their thoughts on the ‘Return to Learn’ plan through Scottsdale Unified’s new ‘Let’s Talk’ online comment-collection system. A link to the new SUSD Let’s Talk portal is available in the row of icons at


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