September Showcase Magazine

Posted by Dr. Scott A. Menzel on 9/1/2020

Dear SUSD Families,

Scottsdale Unified School District is committed to the education of your children with rigorous, relevant and engaging instruction. The current school year has started like no other in history. Eighty-five percent of our families chose the option for Enhanced Distance Learning (EDL)/full return; the other 15% chose Scottsdale Online through the first semester. Navigating school during a pandemic is challenging, and each family has had to wrestle with the best options in a less than optimal situation.

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, approved by our Governing Board and available in full at, reflected our best thinking at the time, and serves as an important starting place for meeting the educational needs of our students as we begin the school year. However, the landscape is ever-changing and it is important for the district to remain nimble and flexible in response to changing conditions. The Arizona Department of Health Services has provided a set of recommendations to guide districts in determining when it is safe to return to in-person instruction. SUSD is working closely with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to ensure that as we take steps to welcome students back on our campuses that we are doing so in a way that mitigates risk and supports a healthy and safe learning environment.

Our dedicated educational professionals continue to work diligently to find meaningful ways to engage our students, build relationships and find academic success. The partnership with our families is critical and has never been more important. 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.



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