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Arizona aiming to reopen camps this summer, schools this fall

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The marquee at Centennial Middle School tells the story early March 16 the first day all schools in Arizona were ordered closed for two weeks by Gov. Doug Ducey due to the coronavirus outbreak. /Randy Hoeft/Yuma Sun 

By Maria Polletta and Lily Altavena | Arizona Republic  

Gov. Doug Ducey is working with education leaders to develop an “aspirational” plan to get Arizona kids safely back in classrooms later this year, he said during a Wednesday news conference. 

“We are thinking ahead of what is next,” he said, praising Arizonans’ handling of the state’s phased reopening so far. “Our goal is: We want to open up summers camps, schools and youth activities. … It is responsible and prudent to plan ahead.”

The Republican leader stressed that he would consider input from school leaders and the broader “education community” going forward. 

K-12 schools have been closed for in-person classes since March to help curb the spread of COVID-19, with officials mandating schools offer alternative learning formats. 

The state Department of Education has convened a task force to prepare for safe school openings, assuming classes resume as expected in July and August. But what those preparations may look like remains unclear — the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hasn’t released detailed guidance yet, either.

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