Safford classrooms re-opening full-time starting Monday

Safford High School - David Bell Photo/Gila Valley Central

SAFFORD — Safford Unified School District announced Friday that all students will resume in-class instruction full-time starting Monday, Sept. 21.

The resumption of full-time classroom instruction is the result of a decline in both the number of new COVID-19 cases in the area, as well as a reduced positivity rate.

“We believe in-person learning is the most effective way to instruct students and build social skills. We are very excited we are at a point where we can start this mode of learning and look forward to keeping it going,” Superintendent AJ Taylor wrote in a letter to parents.

The district announced that hybrid and distance learning will no longer be an option for students in the district; however, the high school did announced that HDPA remains an option.

Face coverings are mandated to be worn on school campuses and parents must take their children’s temperatures before the children come to school each morning. Any child with a temperature of 100.4 or higher must stay home.

In addition, parents are asked to keep their children home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms:

● shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

● muscle aches

● sore throat

● headache

● fatigue

● congestion or runny nose

● cough

● vomiting 

● diarrhea

● new loss of taste or smell