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TOLTEC — With the state currently experiencing a winter surge of COVID-19 cases, the Toltec School District has made a decision to temporarily move to remote learning for students at both Toltec Elementary and Arizona City Elementary schools.

District Superintendent Denise Rogers released a letter to parents about how the school will be handling the surge that the omicron variant has created for the school, making the move to go remote to help keep both students and faculty safe from the virus.

“In the letter I composed on Monday, January 10, 2022 I alerted you to the situation we have had with several students and staff members testing positive for the COVID-19 virus recently,” Rogers said in the letter. “According to the health experts, the number of positive cases is high throughout Pinal County, and we are at the peak of this outbreak. It is becoming extremely difficult to ... supervise all students appropriately with the amount of employees who are either isolated or quarantined. Unfortunately, that number continues to increase, leaving us very short handed.

Both Toltec Elementary and Arizona City Elementary will be closed until Jan. 20. The school sent out work packets to students for use while the closure is in effect.

Rogers went on to mention in the letter that the decision was a tough one to make, but to her and her staff, it was a necessary decision in order to keep all who go to school and go to work at Toltec School District safe from contracting the virus.

“We realize returning to remote learning for instructional days can be difficult and disruptive to your schedules, so the decision was not made lightly,” Rogers said. “With many factors considered, including health expert consulting, this is necessary for the health and physical safety of all students. If this change leaves your family in a dire situation, please call the school your children attend and leave a message to receive a call from the principal.”

Students are slated to return to in-person learning at both schools starting Monday, Jan. 24.

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David Church is a reporter covering Eloy, Arizona City and sports. He can be reached at dchurch@pinalcentral.com.

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