ELOY — Following Gov. Doug Ducey’s announcement of keeping schools closed through the remainder of the school year, districts are navigating their way through the unplanned situation of closing out the school year.

“Our entire school staffs are saddened that the school year has come to an abrupt end and we certainly miss our opportunity to finish out the 2019-2020 school year with our students,” Eloy Elementary School District Superintendent Ruby James stated in a press release.

The press release stated that food service will continue to provide meals from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

Additionally, school personnel are clearing out personal belongings left behind at the schools and will make them available for pickup on April 9 at each school.

Times for pickup are:

  • 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. for kindergarten, third grade and sixth grade
  • 11 a.m. to noon for first grade, fourth grade and seventh grade
  • 1 to 2 p.m. for second grade, fifth grade and eighth grade

At that time teachers will also have information regarding academic work to do at home, and report cards will be available.

In order for students to receive their report cards, all school district equipment must be returned, including band instruments, athletic uniforms and library books.

“To clarify, under the circumstances, all students will be moving on to the next grade level,” James said.

The Toltec School District also issued a press release stating it will not provide a summer school program this year as a precaution on the coronavirus pandemic.

“Even though we will remain closed to the public, please call or email if you need assistance,” Toltec School District Superintendent Denise Rogers stated in the press release. “Your call will be returned when you leave a message. Please make sure that your current phone number is on file at the school your child attends so you can receive messages and updates form the school or district.”

The district will continue providing curriculum to students until the last day of school, which is May 20.

Paper packets are available for students without internet access and can be picked up every Monday or Tuesday at the locations where the district is providing breakfast and lunch meals.

The meals will be distributed until the last day of school, Monday through Thursday. Meal pickup begins at 10 a.m. and runs for two hours or until meals run out.

“This pandemic situation was unexpected, but we are doing the best we can to provide continued learning opportunities for our students and meals as well,” Rogers said.

Here’s an updated list of where the Toltec School District is distributing food and where the students can pick up their work packets:

  • Arizona City Elementary School
  • Buena Vista/Mission Drive: Arizona City
  • Lamb/Coloma: Arizona City
  • Amado/Del Rio: Arizona City
  • Saxon/Monaco: Arizona City
  • Ventage/Concordia: Arizona City
  • Chuichu/Sparrow: Casa Grande
  • Toltec Elementary School
  • Estrella Community Church: Toltec
  • Estrella/Shedd: Toltec