Maricopa County updates COVID-19 metrics for school districts each Thursday.

After the Dec. 10 update, Avondale Elementary School District—one of the last West Valley public school district to keep classrooms open—announced it, too, will temporarily close classrooms.

“We will begin remote learning with all in-person students returning to (the) distance flex model next Monday, Dec. 14,” the district announced via a post on the district’s website Dec. 10.

The decision comes just before the district’s winter break, Dec. 21 through Jan. 3.

At this point, the district expects classrooms to remain closed to begin the next semester.

According to the AESD website, “We will be having a work session and board meeting the week we return from winter break to determine the metrics needed for returning to in-person. While we had hoped to have this finalized prior to break, we want to ensure we have all of the information needed for this important decision.

“If by chance there is a shift to yellow in the metrics, we will ask for an emergency meeting prior to Jan. 4. In the meantime, we are planning to return after break in the virtual model.”

Littleton Elementary District will remain online through Jan. 15, per a Dec. 11 letter from Superintendent Dr. Roger Freeman to families.

“At our board meeting this week, the governing board voted to continue with distance learning using our dynamic digital platforms through Jan. 15,” Freeman wrote. “This means that after the winter break, students will continue to be learning online. The board will review this decision again at their regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 12, when they will determine whether a new start date of Jan. 19 is possible for hybrid-in-person learning, or if there is reason to delay that even further.”