Return to School 2020-2021


July 9, 2020

Dear Combs Families:
As a follow up to our recently released Pandemic Response Plan, I’m writing to share additional information regarding our plans for a safe and healthy return to school. Due to Governor Ducey’s recent directive to delay the start of in-person instruction until August 17, 2020, the District has proposed several changes to the calendar to ensure quality instruction is still available for students. 

At last night’s Governing Board meeting, these proposed changes were unanimously approved, and include:

  • Pushing the original start date of school back one week to begin on August 3, 2020. This start date will commence virtual learning for all students until in-person instruction begins on August 17, 2020.
  • The delayed start date will impact Spring Break, which will only be one week long and take place from March 8-12, 2021.
  • In order to ensure continuity of learning for all students, virtual learning from August 3, 2020 to August 17, 2020 will be required of all students. Those who wish to learn in-person once schools are able to re-open will then make that transition. Those who wish to continue virtual instruction will be given additional details at that time.
  • Families who do not have access to technology will have the opportunity to borrow laptops for use during virtual instruction.

As we proceed with next steps, it is crucial that we hear from every family regarding their desired learning option for the upcoming year. All families must complete this online form by Friday, July 17, 2020 so that the District may properly plan for a safe and healthy return to school. Please note that submission of this form is not only important to select your child’s learning option, but also to ensure that we may properly support your family in the areas of technology, meal service, and transportation. When accessing the form, you will note that it is also available in Spanish via the drop down menu on the top right. 

Upon completion of this form, the District will then share detailed information with each family regarding their selected learning option which will include expectations, schedules, access information, and more.  

We also encourage our families who have not yet done so to review our comprehensive Pandemic Response Plan, which outlines our processes and policies to ensure a safe and healthy return to school. 

As always, we appreciate your patience and support, and will continue to work diligently to prioritize the well-being of our students, families, and community.


Dr. Gregory A. Wyman

June 30, 2020
Dear Combs Families:
We know the last several months have been challenging, and that many of you continue to face uncertainty and questions regarding the safe return to school. For this reason, we are pleased to announce two options for our educational model for the new school year: in-person and virtual learning. These options have been established to ensure consistency and quality in instruction, while also empowering you to have flexibility when selecting the option that best serves your needs and comfort level. 
We truly appreciate your patience and feedback as we've worked diligently to establish these options for the new year, and develop our initial Pandemic Response Plan to ensure a safe return. This comprehensive document incorporates feedback from nearly 3,000 families, as well as key recommendations from health and government officials to prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.
Key decisions outlined in this plan include:
  • Providing families with the option of in-person or virtual learning for their student. Families will have the ability to change their selected option throughout the year. Details and instructions on how to make your selection will be shared via email on July 9.
  • Delaying the start of in-person instruction until August 17, 2020 per Governor Ducey’s Executive Order. Virtual learning may be made available prior to this date, but details will be shared following the approval of a modified calendar at the July 8, 2020 Governing Board meeting.
  • Additional health and safety measures to include social distancing, daily temperature checks, social distancing, and increased sanitization for those who do attend in-person. 

You may click here to access the Pandemic Response Plan and learn more about the instructional options for your family, as well as important updates regarding the school calendar, health and safety measures, communication, social and emotional learning, special education, technology, transportation, and more. You may also click here to view a one page snapshot summary of the plan.

In the coming days, your child’s school will also be reaching out to see how you are doing and how we can help transition this return to school. We truly have missed the connection with our students during these challenging times, and look forward to welcoming our families back in an environment that is safe and comfortable for everyone.

We appreciate your patience and support, and will continue to work diligently to prioritize the well-being of our students, families, and community.

Dr. Gregory A. Wyman