Please review our RETURN TO SCHOOL GUIDANCE MANUAL to learn about the instructional models we are offering after August 17th, the tentative school in-person return date issued by Governor Ducey. We've also provided detailed guidance on protective protocols, student services, and schedules for upcoming events like Open House and Kinder Meet & Greet.
If you're a Parent/Guardian and would like to ask a question or submit a comment, please use the following link.
We will be providing responses to Frequently Asked Questions on this page: FALL 2020
The Crane Elementary School District is committed to offering virtual instruction to the students in our community on the regularly scheduled date of July 30, 2020. Though Governor Ducey’s Executive Order postpones the in-person school start date to August 17th, he provides districts with discretionary decision-making authority to offer distance learning, which Crane District is equipped to do at ALL Crane schools, as well as through the established iLearning Academy, an Arizona Online Instruction Program.
Our plan is to leverage the considerable technology available to us to create a robust and engaging learning experience for our students. As a district, we’ve had the opportunity to assess and refine the virtual learning landscape through our 21st Century Community Learning Centers as well as our pilot virtual Summer School Program. An added incentive of these programs is the creativity and innovation that students and teachers alike have demonstrated while exploring this new learning modality.
Virtual learning is a flexible, feasible, and safe option that will ultimately benefit our students while we work to transition into the traditional format to which we are all accustomed. Our goals in the implementation of this learning system are to 1) reinforce and expand the skills our students have acquired in the previous school year; 2) provide students with much-needed social interaction with their peers and teachers, albeit virtually; and 3) create a foundation of learning that we can build on once the Governor and federal/state healthcare professionals deem that it is safe and prudent to return to in-person instruction in physical class spaces.
The decision to reopen schools is not an easy one, and we are diligently working with multiple stakeholders to ensure that we can safely return to school. We will distribute our approved reopening plan by mid-July via email, social media, and our website. We would like to thank our community members, especially our Crane parents and students, educators and staff members for their continuous support as we move forward. COVID-19 is a health crisis but has created unexpected ramifications in many other fields, including education. Our community has been patient and resilient, and we appreciate their understanding of the difficult decisions we’re facing at this time. Thank you.
Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19
We are taking our lead from Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, Director of Arizona Department of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ, and local agencies to inform our decisions. Governor Ducey has issued a statewide directive for school closures through May 29, 2020.
We recognize that you have very valid concerns about the health of your school community so we are providing you with the following important information. As this situation develops, we will continue to update this page. We assure you that Crane School District is taking measures to encourage prevention and promote student health. Your child's health and safety are our highest priorities.
Q: Where can I find distance learning information for my child?
A: DISTANCE LEARNING PAGE
Q: Where can I get the most accurate facts and up-to-date information about COVID-19 (coronavirus)?
A: Yuma County Public Health Department
Arizona Department of Health Services
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Q: What is Crane School District doing to encourage prevention and promote student health during this public health situation?
A: Crane School District has a multi-tiered plan in place designed to:
- Monitor the situation in a responsible and effective way
- Take necessary precautions within the classroom & public areas
- Provide distance learning opportunities.
- Maintain open communication with parents and families
Currently, the Superintendent and the Crisis Management Team are meeting regularly to keep up-to-date on the situation. All district health assistants and lead custodians attended trainings that provided information and recommendations for additional safety processes. Every precaution is being taken to ensure a healthy environment for your children.
Q: What can we do at home to be proactive during this time?
A: Everyday preventative measures are simple, yet effective tools to help avoid illness. Parents and caregivers can help immensely by doing the following:
- Keep children home when they are sick, have a fever, or diarrhea.
- Teach children to cover coughs/sneezes with a tissue or elbow.
- Encourage children to wash their hands with soap and water.
- Wash hands after eating, going to the restroom, or touching objects/surfaces.
- Encourage children to avoid touching their mouth and nose to avoid the spread of germs.
- Clean frequently-touched surfaces and objects around the house.
For additional useful tips, visit the Yuma County Public Health Department website.
Q: What information is available for travelers as it relates to the COVID-19 situation?
A: For official recommendations as pertains to travel, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website to access frequently asked questions, travel alerts, and other important information.
*This document will continue to be updated as more information becomes available.