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FLORENCE — Florence Unified School District, which began its second week of a two-week spring break on Monday, announced Sunday that schools would remain closed for a third week in keeping with the state’s directive.

District administrators were scheduled to meet Monday to arrive at a plan to provide food service to students as needed.

“We will also develop a plan for the provision of educational services beyond March 27 should the schools remain closed,” stated a letter to students and families posted Monday on the district website.

Arizona’s governor and school superintendent on Sunday ordered a statewide closure of schools through at least March 27 as authorities rush to contain the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said her department and staff officials will work with health officials to decide whether schools should remain closed longer.

“We understand that you may have questions about how this will affect you. We will continue to do our best to communicate those plans on a timely basis.

“We care about our FUSD family and we will continue to take the necessary steps to address the needs of everyone during this fluid situation,” the district’s statement continued. “We are grateful for your understanding during this unprecedented time. Let us face and overcome this challenge together.”


Mark Cowling is the county reporter for PinalCentral and covers the town of Florence, San Tan Valley and the surrounding area. He can be reached at