Kathy Hoffman asks Gov. Doug Ducey to keep Arizona schools online for 2 weeks

Arizona schools’ Superintendent Kathy Hoffman called for Gov. Doug Ducey to order all schools to remain in distance learning for two weeks after winter break as the state weathers its worst surge in COVID-19 cases yet.

“I can’t stand by when we see that we’re losing Arizonans by the thousands,” Hoffman said in an interview with The Republic Saturday. 

The state’s health metrics designed for schools recommend virtual learning in every county while the COVID-19 spread is substantial. But the metrics are optional, and the decision to remain in virtual learning is up to the individual school. 

Hoffman’s call to return to virtual learning for two weeks came in a series of tweets Saturday.

 C.J. Karamargin, a spokesperson for Ducey’s office, said the governor “will not be considering this request.” 

“This is a local decision, the online option is already available, and the governor has repeatedly made his preference clear: Kids have already lost out on a lot of learning and he wants schools opened, safely,” Karamargin wrote in a text message.

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