Agua Fria high schools

Agua Fria high schools may start the fall semester with a hybrid schedule.

 Agua Fria, Canyon View, Desert Edge, Millennium and Verrado high schools may start the fall semester like they left off in the spring—online.

Last week, in addition to canceling graduation, the Agua Fria Union High School District Governing Board approved “a learning model for the fall 2020 semester that will include starting the school year with enhanced remote learning and then implementing a flexible combination of a hybrid learning schedule.”

The key word is “flexible,” as plans are still being determined before the start of the school year in August, said Dennis Runyan, district superintendent.

“It will be similar to the spring but with some enhanced tools,” said Runyan, adding he hoped for  “a return to campuses as soon as possible given the current increasing rate of infections in our community.”

The board’s vote is in line with Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent proclamation approving funding for schools even if they create hybrid online/in-school schedules.

“This decision would allow us to train teachers in July and help keep parents informed of our planning,” Runyan said.

“Part of the process for reopening schools is to see trend data decreasing for the number of positive cases over a four- to five-week period. While we are not seeing this presently in Arizona, we are hopeful to continue planning in July,” Runyan said, in a June 25 letter to parents.

He said details on “what a flex hybrid schedule looks like” will be coming soon.

Agua Fria freshmen are scheduled to start school Aug. 3, with other students to return to class Aug. 4.