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As the start of the school year approaches, we would like to maintain open lines of communication especially given the current state of the circumstances that we are experiencing. The safety of our staff and students weighs heavy on all that we are doing to prepare for the start of the 2020 – 2021 school year.


First week of school will be through distance-learning

In reviewing Joseph City Unified School District’s plan to start the school year, we will ask students to log in to their school accounts starting August 10th.  Students will receive instructions to take pretests and to get started in their classes and content areas online for the first week.  Online attendance is required for the first week of classes so we are requiring that all enrolled students log in to their accounts as directed so that they will be documented for attendance.


If you need help getting online

If during the first week of school, August 10 – 13, your student needs access to the internet and a computer or needs assistance with online learning, the school will have facilities open for this purpose. Please contact the school office to provide your child’s name so that we can make preparations and provide adequate space for the requests that we receive.  Transportation during this first week of school for those who need it may be arranged.


School will start on campus August 17

Our schools will open in the traditional sense on August 17th. In the case of a substantial increase of the virus, or in the event that the Governor should extend the time that schools must remain closed, we will be prepared to transition back to a Distance Learning Plan for all students.


Safety precautions

We are taking several precautions in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus.  Some of these precautions were listed in the previous letter.  On the issue of face masks and facial coverings, the school district is not requiring that masks be worn by staff or students.  Masks will not be required for students being transported on a school bus.  Students may wear masks on the buses if they choose to do so.  We encourage staff and students to consider wearing masks while at school.  If a student or teacher would like to wear a mask during the school day, a procedure will be in place to accommodate this request.


Students who are sick or under quarantine

Students who are sick should not come to school.  We will make accommodations to provide instructional materials and resources for sick students and/or students who are quarantined.

School principals will be sending out communications and more information regarding the first week of school in the upcoming days.  Please reach out to the school offices if you have yet to register your student or need to update your contact information.    Elementary School  928-288-3329  |  Jr/Sr High School  928-288-3361


Thank you,

Bryan Fields, Superintendent

July 21, 2020



Joseph City Schools will be offering “Grab and Go” meals every day, Monday through Friday, while the school closure is in effect. Grab and Go meals are available to all kids age 18 and under. They are free of charge to all kids, even those who are not students at Joseph City Schools.


A lunch and cold breakfast will be included in each Grab and Go bag. You can pick them up at the Joseph City Elementary School cafeteria by car or on foot at the drive-through on the south side of the cafeteria on Second North Avenue any time between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Your kids do not need to be with you to pick up their bags. We hope this will be of help to our Joseph City families in these uncertain times. (This institution is an equal opportunity provider).


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