CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Union High School District board has decided to return to virtual learning only beginning Monday.

On Tuesday Superintendent Steve Bebee had a virtual conference call with Pinal County Public Health and received a recommendation to close down school buildings to students.

“The school district ZIP code has a 11.2% positivity rate for PCR testing (active disease) along with 215.3/100,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, reflecting the magnitude of COVID-19 community spread,” said a letter from Pinal County Public Health.

According to weekly reports by both schools, Vista Grande High School had 84 students and four staff members in quarantine while Casa Grande Union High School had four students in quarantine.

“Their recommendation at this time would be that we as a school district would consider the temporary closure of onsite and in-person learning at both campuses beginning Monday, Dec. 7, and remaining in a virtual environment through Friday, Jan. 16, 2021,” Bebee said.

“If we make a decision today, we have flexibility as a district on how we operate from now until we come back,” Bebee told the board in a Tuesday meeting.

The board unanimously voted to close down schools and return to virtual learning.

During the meeting, the board swore in continuing board members Jack Henness and Chuck Wright and newly elected Kelly Herrington and Taylor Kerby.

The board also accepted donations.

The next board meeting is scheduled on Jan. 12 due to winter break.


Gabrielle Olivera is the Casa Grande reporter at PinalCentral, covering government, schools, business and more.