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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

The Arizona Education Association believes that the health and safety of Arizona students, educators and families should be the top priority of Arizona leaders. The AEA is recommending that public schools in Arizona close in order to support the containment of the COVID-19, coronavirus.

Furthermore, the AEA is committed to work with state leaders and local school districts to ensure that all students and staff are in a healthy and safe environment, as we grapple with the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. It is imperative that there are plans in place to limit the disruption these closures will have on Arizona students. Plans to keep our students fed, to deep clean our schools, and to ensure safety measures are in place for staff are needed now. The AEA believes that local union leadership should be part of these discussions, the creation and the follow through of these plans.

Educators are keenly aware the responsibilities of keeping our children safe, it is not only our professional responsibility, but the core of our mission as educators.

Please use the following materials to help guide you with questions you may have, and please use our social media channels to keep up to date.

You can find more information concerning the disease, including information concerning the extent of the outbreak in Arizona, at the following websites:


AEA Advisories

AEA Advisory: Employment Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bookmark to access latest updates. Below are additional AEA advisories on different topics:

If after reading the AEA Advisory, you still have questions, please enter them here.



School Board Resolutions

Some districts have already worked with their school boards to approve resolutions that allow the continuation of staff-pay as well as flexibility in staff roles. Here are some examples of what school districts in Arizona have already passed with board approval: 


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Guidance on School Closures

AZ Dept. of Health Services (ADHS)

AZ Dept. of Education (ADE) Guidance to Schools

Letter from Superintendent Hoffman and Governor Ducey


AEA Advisory: Employment Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic

AEA Advisory: Student and Worker Safety

AEA Advisory: Pay, Earned Paid Sick Time, and Contracts

AEA Advisory: Certified Evaluations and Pay for Performance Plans

AEA Advisory: Negotiations and Retirement

AEA Advisory: Remote Learning / Distrance Learning

AEA Letter to Governor Doug Ducey

AEA Statement on Reopening Schools Safely

AEA Communication to Districts Regarding AZ COVID-19 School Closures Act

AEA Facebook Group


NEA: Schools and Coronavirus

Things to think about when your school is closing

Online learning resources

Teaching with Technology during COVID-19



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