Safely Forward
  • Information on this page is subject to change based on COVID-19 and direction from the Governor, Arizona Department of Health Services, and the Arizona Department of Education.


Important Updates
  • FUSD Governing Board reaffirms, continues face masks requirement while indoors

  • Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board votes to require masks when indoors

  • 2021-2022 COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies

  • Instructional Model Plan and Face Mask Requirements for 2021-2022 School Year

  • Return to School Plan Update and Governor EO 2021-04

  • Dates Confirmed for Phased Return to In-Person Learning

  • FUSD Approves Targeted Calendar Dates for a Phased Return to In-Person Learning

  • Return to School Update

  • Health Benchmarks and Framework for a Return to In Person Learning Approved

  • FUSD Governing Board Approves Criteria for Return to School Plan and Athletics

  • Special Education Update

  • English Language Learner Update

  • Flagstaff Unified School District to Start School Year with Remote Learning

  • Return to School Plan for the 2020-2021 School Year


Commitments and Guidance
  • FUSD is committed to fulfilling its mission and vision so that all students are provided a high-quality education that prepares them for future success regardless of the instructional model they are served in during the next school year.   

    The Return to School Plan 2021-2022 is based on the following commitments:

    • Provide continuity of learning that is engaging to students
    • Prepare safe learning environments for students and staff, which mitigates their risk of exposure to COVID-19 in our schools and worksites
    • Communicate with students, families, and staff
    • Address challenges to social emotional health of students and staff caused by isolation and disruption due to COVID-19
    • Offer students and families flexibility and choice
    • Support staff with resources, training, and guidance

    FUSD values the input of its team members and obtains information regarding employee working conditions in a variety of ways including: meetings and discussions, committees, surveys, directly from individual staff, and from the elected liaisons for certified, classified, ancillary, and administrative employees.  COVID-19 presents challenges and requires procedural changes to ways schools have operated in the past.  Continued collaboration and problem solving among the caring and committed Team FUSD will be critical as this situation remains fluid throughout the 2021-2022 school year. 

    Since the beginning of COVID-19, FUSD has held regular team meetings composed of leaders from across the District to prioritize and coordinate next steps and review guidance from the following sources:

    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • State and Local Health agencies
    • Arizona Department of Education Roadmap to Reopening Schools
    • General Guidelines for Re-Opening Schools on the Navajo Nation
    • Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, Inc. (the Trust)
    • Udall Shumway, LLC

Executive Orders
  • Executive Order 2021-04: Open for In-Person Learning

  • Governor Ducey Executive Order - 2020-2021 School Year Prioritizing Kids and Schools During COVID-19

  • Governor Ducey Executive Order - Protecting Public Health for Students and Teachers

  • Governor Ducey Executive Order 2020-51 Arizona: Open for Learning


Reopening and Closure Decisions
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) recommend that reopening and closure decisions be driven by the current prevalence of COVID-19 in the community.  FUSD will operate In-Person Learning when it is safe to do so or will transition to Flexible Remote Learning when the need arises due to COVID-19 at the classroom, school, or district levels.  Decisions will be made in collaboration with the Governing Board, Superintendent, and in coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Coconino County Health and Human Services.

    On August 6, 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), released guidance to be used in conjunction with the Roadmap to Reopening Schools released in June 2020 to support the safe reopening of schools while reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19 among students and staff.

    Both the District’s mitigation plan and degree of community spread of COVID-19 are equally important in determining when it is safe to reopen or close a school building/district.  The 2021-22 FUSD Mitigation Plan, outlining health and safety mitigation measures, as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intended to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 to students and staff prior to the opening of its school buildings for on-site support services or in-person instruction was approved by the Governing Board on July 13, 2021, and is posted on the District’s website.

  • School Decision Tree from CDC and ADE Roadmap for Reopening Schools