ARIZONA CITY — The Toltec School District had just kicked off its two-week spring break when the COVID-19 pandemic led to the state’s decision to cancel the remainder of the school year.
Since then the district has attempted to find a way to keep students engaged with their school work, which started off with decent results, but as the months have passed, those results have decreased.
Superintendent Denise Rogers provided the Governing Board with an update on the students’ progress during last week’s monthly meeting.
Teacher communication between the families and students began at around 65% for both Arizona City Elementary and Toltec Elementary School in late March. Since then the rate has slightly dropped for Arizona City to nearly 52% and 31% for Toltec Elementary.
Student participation in learning went from about 34% at Arizona City Elementary to just over 22% and it dropped from 43% at Toltec Elementary to 32%.
“Things have kind of trailed off a little bit,” Rogers said. “I don’t think it’s for lack of effort on the teachers’ part but I’ve been told that some parents said, ‘You know, you’re contacting us too much.’ When you’re not being graded, sometimes it is easy to get lazy, but there is an effort being made.”
The last day of school marked on the district’s calendar was May 20, but the state government has offered to continue providing school closure meal availability until the end of June.
Due to the lack of employees willing to work past the last day of school, the district has reduced meal pickup locations.
Breakfast and lunch meals will be available for kids from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at the following five locations:
• Arizona City Elementary School
• Amado and Del Rio
• Estrella Community Church
• Toltec Mini Park