• FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

    MUSD Grading Statement

    Beginning April 1, Maricopa Unified School District launched a Distance Learning Plan monitored and facilitated by teachers.  Our goal is to provide home learning activities to keep children engaged and academically on-track.  Please see grade-level specific details regarding grading below.

    We encourage parents to require their children to engage in the Distance Learning opportunities with all seriousness and purpose. Efforts made now will pay off when regular schedules can safely resume.  Teachers are available and ready to help ensure you and your children receive the support and guidance necessary to make progress during this time. 

    While the expectation is that our scholars participate in the activities to maintain and strengthen their skills, we understand that the pandemic has impacted every family differently and some of our scholars may be dealing with variables beyond their control, like consistent access to technology for academic purposes.  

    In MUSD, a significant number of students do not have the ability to access and submit assignments through an electronic format.  Asking students to physically submit paper documents to be graded and  returned places students, their families, and teachers in circumstances that could compromise their health and safety.  For this reason and because of disparities in electronic access, we cannot offer a grading system for students in K-8 that is equitable while preserving the safety of families and staff.   

    When you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher for customized support specific to your child’s needs. 

    MUSD Distance Learning Program

    Students in grades K-8

    • Students receive printed materials and a calendar to help pace their activities. Teachers provide consistent instructional support and guidance through email or phone.  
    • While no fourth quarter grades will be calculated for K-8 students, teachers will provide regular feedback and document progress to keep scholars academically on-track.

    Students in grades 9-11

    • Students have the opportunity to improve their semester grade by creating a plan with their teachers to redo assignments from prior to the closure. 

    Students in grade 12

    • Seniors may choose to improve their semester grade by completing assignments during the school closure which are graded by their teachers.  If seniors choose not to complete assignments during this time, their semester grade will be calculated on work completed prior to the school closure.  

    When will school resume?

    Currently, state-wide school closures are planned through the end of the school year.  We understand this creates some uncertainty; we will provide regular updates to keep you informed and will share new information as it becomes available.

    How do I get regular updates?

    The district will communicate regularly with parents and families through email, text, and our website at musd20.org.  The District has also created a page, musd20.org/coronavirus, that includes all outgoing communication, important links, and other resources.  

    What has been canceled to date?

    All in-person and school sponsored events have been canceled through the end of the school year.  Additional cancellations include:  

    • Kindergarten Round Up - April 7 - At All Elementary Schools
    • Early Kindergarten Screening for 4-year-olds - April 18, May 27 and 28
    • District Art Walk - April 28
    • Copa Kids before and after school program until further notice
    • All facility usage rentals for outside organizations district wide until further notice
    • All in-state and out of state field trips for the remainder of the school year
    • Indoor and outdoor athletic practices and events for the remainder of the school year 
    • All performances including band, theatre, choir, etc. until further notice
    • Clubs and extra-curricular activities until further notice
    • All preschool programs until further notice

    What does an extended closure mean for the school calendar and days/minutes that students have to complete?

    District leaders are working with local and state leaders to determine how extended closures will affect all Arizona school districts.  If the closure is long enough to impact the school calendar, we will communicate next steps with families and employees.

    How will MUSD continue to provide education, if schools are closed?

    How will this impact ESS students?

    Special Education teachers and staff are looking forward to continuing instruction and support for your children’s education during the school closure. Maricopa Unified School District Exceptional Student Services (ESS) staff will continue contacting families to schedule appointments during previously recognized school hours.  Teachers and staff will provide support focused on Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals during scheduled appointments. 

    At the guidance of the U.S. and Arizona Departments of Education, the Maricopa Unified School District will continue to provide a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), working within the current government recommendations for health and safety, to the greatest extent possible. In light of this unprecedented national emergency, special education regulations allow for flexibility in determining how to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities. Maricopa is continuing to provide services for students, but services will look different during the school closure.

    Teachers will continue to monitor progress of students throughout the school closure and upon reopening of schools, IEP teams will be making individual student determinations regarding the potential need for additional services.  

    Since all in-person events, including meetings, have been cancelled through the end of the year, staff will be working to hold necessary meetings in a virtual format. 
     
    Are sports, arts or other extra-curricular activities still taking place?

    No. All school-sponsored, in-person events and meetings are canceled.

    What about events later in the school year, such as prom and graduation?

    We will review upcoming events and provide families with notice as the situation evolves.  We encourage you to be proactive in your planning. Be sure to save receipts for items purchased for special events.  If you have family planning to attend graduation from out-of-state, opt for refundable ticket options and review cancellation policies for hotel and car rentals.

    Will food services still be provided for families?

    Yes, Maricopa Unified began curbside meal distribution on March 30th.  Locations will be set up at all nine schools and will be available from 9 AM- 11 AM, Monday – Friday. We also offer a mobile location at Mountain View Community Church where meals will be available from 10:30 AM - 12 PM.  Breakfast and lunch to-go bags will be given at the same time to provide lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next morning.   Meals are free for any child 18 years-old, or younger. Adults 19 years of age and older may purchase a breakfast for $2.50 and a lunch for $3.50. 

    I have already paid for preschool, CopaKids, field trips or class pictures. Will I receive a refund?

    We will begin the refund process the week of March 30. Due to the limited staff available and large number of refunds, we ask for your patience as we ensure accuracy. 

    Will this closure impact school registration for next year?

    Online registration for the 2020-21 school year are proceeding. For questions email us at covid19@musd20.org.

    My child has personal items or medications at school. Will I be able to retrieve them?

    District health assistants and principals are coordinating medication pick-up times at each site.  We will update this page when it is available. We will send a parent notification when personal items are available for pick-up. 

    What can I continue to do to protect myself and my family from COVID-19?

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. 
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. 
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Visit the CDC site for additional recommendations

    If my family has questions, how can I reach someone?

    While our phone response is limited, please email us at covid19@musd20.org with questions or concerns and we will return your message within 48 hours. In addition, a hotline will soon be available for students and parents and we will update our FAQ when that is available.

    What do I do if I don't have an Internet connection?

    We are currently compiling resources for online support for those families that do not have access to the Internet at home.