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.

    The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) has established targeted calendar dates for a phased return to in-person learning for this school year.  The Governing Board will further discuss these dates in relation to current health data, COVID-19 risk thresholds and adopted benchmarks, implementation of mitigation strategies, and student and staff needs at the next Governing Board Meeting on February 23, 2021. 

Important Updates
  • 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 2020-2021 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

    Team FUSD has reviewed feedback received from staff, students, and families through the remote learning surveys sent out in May.  Based on this feedback, FUSD was able to take away some key pieces of information.  They include:

    • Enhance access to digital learning offerings for all students
    • Utilize a video conferencing application to allow for group/class interaction of students and educators
    • Create a clear system for teacher to parent communication that is universal between all schools
    • Increase expectations for student attendance, engagement, consistent grading, and address learning loss from this spring
    • Provide additional training for staff on digital instructional strategies
    • Bolster resources to support students’ social emotional needs

    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 2020-2021 school year. 

    Since the beginning of school closures, 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 solely to Flexible Remote Learning and Distance 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 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 August 11, 2020 and is posted on the District’s website.

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

Instructional and Operational Models at a Glance
  • FUSD is prepared to welcome students back, in-person, to all its elementary, middle, and high schools in the 2020-2021 school year when community health conditions allow.  Every site will follow preventive measures to prioritize student and staff safety. FUSD has developed plans for three instructional and operational models which prioritize quality learning experiences for all students and safety:  In-Person Learning, Flexible Remote Learning, and FUSD Distance Learning with Northern Arizona Distance Learning (NADL). 

    On July 16, 2020, the FUSD Governing Board unanimously approved the recommendation to begin the 2020-2021 school year on August 17, 2020 in Remote and Distance Learning options only and to delay the start of In-Person Learning at school sites at least through the First Quarter (October 9, 2020) or when it is deemed safe to return students to school facilities based on clear data and criteria regarding the transmission of COVID-19 in our District communities.  This decision was reaffirmed by the approval of resolution regarding COVID-19 on August 11, 2020.

    Information about the instructional and operational models offered by FUSD and the process for families to select the preferred instructional model for their students will be available. 

    All families intending to register their children in Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) schools can do so by either verifying enrollment or registering new students online.  This opportunity will be critical for the upcoming school year as all FUSD schools will be in remote learning through the first quarter and will need updated information to work with families.  

    Parents of students who were enrolled and completed the previous year in a FUSD school can update information and complete annual forms by using the back to school verification process on ParentVUE by visiting Families who have not yet established their ParentVUE account to access the verification portal will need to contact their child’s school office to receive an activation key.

    Families who are registering their child in an FUSD school for the first time will need to create a new account at to begin the registration process.  New accounts will require that families submit a number of documents including required forms and student records.

    For students returning to FUSD but did not complete the previous school year or complete the semester in a FUSD school, please call the school for assistance to re-enroll.

    FUSD schools sites are hosting online family forums and have scheduled specific dates for iPad and curriculum materials distribution.  Information regarding these events will be sent to the families of registered students and be available on individual school websites.

  • In-Person Learning

  • Flexible Remote Learning

  • FUSD Distance Learning with Northern Arizona Distance Learning (NADL)