Return to Learn Plan

Posted by Dr. Scott A. Menzel on 7/23/2020

Dear SUSD Families,

Scottsdale Unified School District is committed to the education of your children with rigorous, relevant and engaging instruction. We look forward to welcoming your students on Monday, August 10, when all students will begin learning from home through either our Enhanced Distance Learning program or through Scottsdale Online. On Sept. 8 (or other future date when it is safe to reopen schools), students will either transition for the remainder of the first semester to school campuses or continue their education with Scottsdale Online, based on the planning model you selected as the best fit for your student and family.

Throughout all of the planning for the  2020-2021 school year, our top priority has been, and continues to be, the safety, health and well-being of our students, teachers, staff and school communities. SUSD’s “Return to Learn” plan, endorsed by our Governing Board and presented here, is the culmination of the best thinking, experience, and creativity contributed over many weeks by devoted teachers, guidance counselors, nurses, school psychologists, principals, administrative staff, parents, and students. These committed groups worked diligently through the broad range of academic, social-emotional, and logistical and operational challenges the likes of which public school districts have never encountered all at the same time.

Decisions resulting from this collaborative process were reached with the understanding that the constantly changing public health scenario may require them to pivot at almost any point. We appreciate the extreme patience you have shown as we have developed what we believe are the two most flexible and high-quality learning models to accommodate your students and families’ needs.

We will build school schedules and staff each option based on your commitments. Students for whom no selection is made will be placed in the model that returns them to school campuses when they open.

Should you have questions about how either of these models will work for your student, please contact your school principal. And to share your thoughts with the District anytime, please use our new ‘Let’s Talk’ app. These are trying times, but I am convinced that by working together, we can and will find a way forward that ensures our Scottsdale students receive the education they need and deserve.


Scott A. Menzel, Ph.D.



For more on the superintendent's office, visit