Following the guidance from Franklin County Public Health, all students in the school-based pathway will begin the school year on Wednesday, August 19 in the Enhanced Distance Learning model. We will continue in that manner through at least Friday, September 18.
Students who choose to begin the school year in the UA Online Academy will also begin their school year on Wednesday, August 19 and will follow the school year calendar.
From now through mid-September, Franklin County Public Health officials will be evaluating all of the available surveillance data and communicating its observations with us weekly. If health officials feel it is safe/appropriate to transition to our in-person hybrid learning model, we would do so no earlier than Monday, September 21 and we would give families, students and teachers advance notice in order to prepare for that change.
Again, to be clear, we are guaranteeing that we will stay in the Enhanced Distance through at least September 18 to allow families and staff members the ability to plan ahead. We are not guaranteeing that we will be able to return to school in person on September 21. We will follow public health guidance and make a decision about a return to the in-person hybrid schedule based upon that recommendation. We will provide updates to families and staff members as we continue to learn more from public health officials.