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District leaders said the decision to extend closures was based on the state’s COVID-19 health benchmarks for reopening schools.
Arizona has consistently been ranked as one of the lowest in the US for school funding as well as teacher salaries.
Arizona schools are not required to provide in-person instruction for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Maricopa and Pima Counties have met the requirements for hybrid learning, while more rural counties can begin full-time, in-person classes.
University president Michael Crow also rejected the notion of refunding tuition, citing costs associated with online learning.
Over 300 students have already been put into quarantine since the university’s fall semester began on August 20.
Opinion: Schools that reopen before meeting state health benchmarks are putting educators, students, and their families at-risk.