To contact Dr. Welsh or learn more about the Paradise Valley Unified School District, call 602.449.2000 or visit

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While the opening of school this year did not look the same as it typically would, our teachers have done an amazing job of working with students online so that learning is continuing while COVID-19 remains present in our community. Having a solid plan in place, we were prepared and adapted to online learning to maintain the safety of our students, staff and families. We know that supporting students online from home has been tough for working families. To all of our parents, thank you for working with your children to help them online with learning and your support and patience.

Over the last few months, we have been seeing some positive trends in the health data for our community in response to COVID-19, which give us hope that we will be returning back to in-person learning soon. When we open for in-person learning, it will be with additional measures in place; sanitizing of surfaces, increased hand washing and sanitizer stations, health precautions and other safety measures. While guiding students on their journey of learning continues to be our goal, our focus for this fall must also be on ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff, to the greatest extent possible.

We will remain vigilant and plan for multiple scenarios based on whatever may happen. Much like the 1918 Flu Pandemic, we cannot be sure if there will be a “second wave” of COVID-19 cases as schools and businesses continue to open up to increased activity.

Even if you don’t live in our boundaries, you can still attend one of our schools through open enrollment. Applications for 2021–22 for in- and out-of-district families will be accepted through January. We have several innovative programs for students at all grade levels, including bilingual education, International Baccalaureate, gifted education, fine and performing arts, career and technical education and much more.

To learn more about these incredible opportunities, award-winning programs and enrollment options, visit or call 602.449.2000.

This editorial was published in the OCTOBER 2020 print issue of CITYSunTimes.

Superintendent, PVSchools

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