Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Under direction of Governor Ducey and State Superintendent Hoffman, all Peoria Unified schools will remain closed for the remainder of the school year. School and District offices will be closed to the public throughout the closures. Read the statement from Governor Ducey and State Superintendent Hoffman.
On this Site:
- Video Message from our Superintendent and Board President
- Message from the District
- Learning at Home
- Meal Service
- Frequently Asked Questions
Additional information and resources will be added to this page as they become available.
(March 25, 2020)
March 24, 2020
We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our families in many unique ways. Our goal is to provide you with flexible options so your student has access to continued learning at home through guidance and support. We will provide this through direct access to our teachers, content experiences and online instruction to support individual student needs. Of course, if you have a graduating senior, your concern is amplified and we have a solid plan to ensure your child is where they want to be with their classwork, and graduates on time.
You will soon begin hearing from your teachers who will offer an individualized plan and resources to support learning at home specific to your student’s needs and the class or subject area.
Your teacher may be using a variety of resources to support learning, including paper and pencil, a collaborative learning site, online resources or assigning work through Synergy. Please recognize that this may look different for each class/course. What the teacher will provide are recommendations, but you and your student will have the ability to work at your own varied pace.
For many of you, we recognize that this learning will require access to technology and we are distributing laptops to those students without access to a computer at home. If you have a student that does not have access to a computer and needs to check out a laptop, we will be distributing additional laptops through our Cholla Annex by appointment only. Please email us and we will set up a time for you to pick up a laptop at Cholla.
Additional resources and sample schedules are available on our Learning at Home page
Again, the learning resources we’re providing are not to overwhelm you, but to provide support during this unique time. Teacher assigned work may improve your child’s grade, but will not harm it. We are hopeful that it will keep them engaged and focused on their educational path so they are prepared for the time we return to our regular school schedule.
We understand this can be a trying and stressful time for families. We have created a Student Support Line that your child may find useful. We’ll have a counselor available to take questions or listen from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday at 623-412-5262.
If there are questions or concerns we may have missed, please share them with us via email. We will return your message within 24 hours.
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Learning at Home
Peoria Unified's Curriculum & Instruction team has compiled a list of online resources and guidelines for at-home learning activities. Our instructional team encourages you to see the opportunity for learning in everyday activities and to think outside the the box and keep your children mentally active and engaged.
View the guidelines, resources, and more on our Learning at Home page.
The Peoria Unified School District will continue free breakfast and lunch service to children through the summer. Meals will be available for curbside pick-up from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at most sites, Monday – Thursday beginning Tuesday, May 26.
All meals will be served in a bag with a lunch and cold breakfast for the next day. Lunch will include a hot or cold entrée, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Breakfast will include an entrée, fruit, juice, and milk. Additional meals will be included on Thursdays.
Those 18-years and younger are eligible for free meals and they will be distributed one per child on a first come, first served basis. Lunches for adults will be available for purchase for $3.00.
Meals are also available for drop-off on select bus routes and some apartment complexes. Click here to learn more about the summer meal program.
More Options for Meal Service
Our Food and Nutrition Department now has more options for meal service to better meet the needs of our community. Meal service is available for pickup at our school sites, delivery to apartment and housing complexes, and drop off at select school bus stops.
As per ADE requirements, all children must be present in the vehicle to receive their free meals.
The funding for meal distribution is available through the USDA National School Lunch Program. Those with accessibility needs should email our Food & Nutrition Department.
Frequently Asked Questions
Governor Ducey announce on March 30, 2020 that all Arizona schools would remain closed through the end of the school year. The district will continue to provide instruction and support for students and their family. More details are available on this page as well as on our Learning at Home page.
On March 27, Governor Ducey signed HB 2910 into law which states that public schools are not required to extend the number of school days or add additional instructional hours to make up for the days missed after the statewide closure ends.
The district has posted a document with grade-appropriate online resources. Teachers are in communication with families and have begun sharing learning activities with students. If you have questions on how to use the online resources that are provided, please email us.
Please note student accounts were temporily disabled on March 17, but are now operational.
Technology support is available for parents and students through our IMT Help Desk, however, we ask that you please only use this line for general questions related to school assigned work or technology. Our team cannot assist with third party apps or technology needs specific to non-district software, sites or equipment. Please call 623-486-6138 or email the team for support. Due to high call volumes, you may be required to leave a message, but your call will be returned.
Visit our Learning at Home page for information about your options for connecting to the Internet.
We have made the difficult decision to cancel all school events taking place on our campuses as well as any district-sponsored events scheduled to take place at other sites through the duration of our school closures, with the exception of graduation. We understand how heartbreaking it is for our students to miss such significant milestone events, like eighth grade promotion and prom. Recognizing the significance of the culminating experience of high school graduation, we are making every effort to post-pone this event. We will share additional updates from each school site once those details are available.
No. All school-sponsored, in-person events and meetings have been canceled.
Peoria Unified will be providing curb-side daily meals between 10:30 a.m. – noon, Monday – Friday for any child 18 years-old and under and meals for purchase for adults. Each bag will include a breakfast and lunch entrée. Students must be present in the vehicle to recieve free meals. You may visit any location that is providing meals regardless of where your child is enrolled. Additional information on meals is available here. If you have accessibility questions, please email Food & Nutrition
School offices will be open from 10:30 a.m. – noon on March 23 and 24 so families can pick up medication from our school nurses. Please stay in your car when you arrive and we will send someone out to you. All other non-medication related personal items will be available at a later date. We will send another parent notification once they are available for pick-up.
We will begin the refund process the week of March 23. Due to the volume of refunds and the minimal number of staff in our buildings this process may take longer than normal. We will provide a timeline once it's available.
Field trip and activity refunds may take longer to process as we contract through third-party vendors (zoos, water parks, etc) that are not currently in operation due to the Coronavirus. We appreciate your patience.
While our phone response is limited, please email us with questions or concerns and we will return your message within 24 hours. In addition, a hotline will soon be available for students and parents and we will update our FAQ when that is available.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
•If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
•Visit the CDC site for additional recommendations
President Trump announced that the U.S Department of Education will not require standardized testing for the current year for all students, elementary through high school. With that, we anticipate students will not be required to take the AzMERIT at all grade levels and high school students will not be required to take the ACT this year. We will share additional information as it is communicated.
Withdrawal requests are handled at your student's current school. While our school offices are currently closed, you may call the school and leave a message requesting more information about withdrawing your student and the school will call you back as soon as possible. We are striving for a 24-hour return time for all communications if possible. Visit our About Our Schools page for directory information for all of our campuses.
We have established a new Support Line for students who are in need of someone to talk through what they may be experiencing through the school closure. We know many of them may be experiencing an array of feelings and we want them to have a place to call in and speak with someone who can talk them through it or connect them with resources.
The Support Line phone number is 623-412-5262 and it is answered Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Industry Certifications and Work Based Learning are being adjusted to meet the industries’ needs. Dual Enrollment is being delivered electronically per the partner college/university. CTE Mastery of Subject Area Graduation Endorsements will be added to Seniors’ transcripts by the beginning of June.
CTSO conferences, live and virtual, Technical Skills Assessments and the CTE Awards Ceremony have been cancelled.