COOLIDGE — In-person learning will begin Tuesday for students at the Central Arizona Valley Institute of Technology, the Governing Board learned Wednesday during its monthly meeting held remotely.
The school has been on fall break since Sept. 25, and Monday there are no classes with teachers having an in-service day. So the second quarter opens using a hybrid-learning schedule in which a portion of students will attend live classes Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays under A and B schedules. On Wednesdays, the remote and in-person schedules will alternate.
In addition, 59 students have indicated they prefer to use the remote-learning system for the entire year and will be granted that, Superintendent Mike Glover said. Those students and their parents do have the option to reverse their decisions, he added.
“Essentially, we’re saving their seats,” Glover told the board.
Despite COVID-19 numbers reducing in Arizona, the state health department is recommending Pinal County schools use the hybrid-learning system, Glover said. He said all classrooms have been sanitized and a system of temperature and health checks is ready to use.
The school at 1789 W. Coolidge Ave. will be adding seven career and technical education programs for the school year beginning next fall as approved unanimously by the board, bringing the total of CTE programs to 18.
The new programs approved Wednesday are:
- Behavioral health aide
- Criminal justice
- Drone technology
- Forensics/crime scene investigation
- Medical records technologies
- Pharmacy technician
- Physical therapy technician
During the summer, the board approved adding automated industrial technology as a program.
For a third consecutive four-year block, CAVIT has received an A+ School of Excellence award from the Arizona Educational Foundation. Two previous awards for CAVIT were bestowed for 2012-16 and 2016-20, and the most recent award cycle runs through 2024.
Schools must apply to AEF to be considered for one of the 44 awards presented statewide.
CAVIT is one of two schools in Pinal County to receive the award — Palo Verde Elementary in Casa Grande is the other — and is the only CTE school in Arizona awarded.
“It sets us apart. It shows that we not only meet but exceed expectations for our school,” Glover said.
A team of four administrators representing AEF visited CAVIT for two days in February and spoke with teachers, staff and students during the evaluation process, he said.