More school districts buck state COVID-19 metrics in favor of fully reopening

By Lily Altavena | Arizona Republic

Most metro Phoenix school districts are at a “yellow light” on the road to reopening schools for in-person instruction. 

Maricopa County uses three stoplight colors to categorize districts in its map using local COVID-19 data to help guide decisions to reopen for face-to-face instruction.

Districts shaded in green meet criteria to open. Districts in red do not.

The districts in yellow straddle both of those realities: COVID-19 is at a level widespread enough that health officials recommend schools open in a “hybrid model,” where students alternate what days they attend school in-person, leaving campuses less crowded.

For students, this means yet another version of school to adjust to — another version of school that doesn’t look like it did in 2019. 

More than 30 districts in Maricopa County are in the yellow.

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