July 12, 2021
Dear Balsz Elementary School District Families,
Thank you to our students, staff, and community for working hard to follow health and safety protocols that helped us keep classrooms open for students to learn in person.
On June 30, 2021, Governor Ducey signed a budget that includes many provisions that will affect schools and school funding throughout Arizona. One such provision has an immediate impact on students and staff in our District. Effective June 30, 2021, counties, cities, towns, schools and school districts are prohibited from requiring students or staff to wear face coverings during school hours and on school property. Schools are also prohibited from requiring a vaccine for students and staff to participate in in-person instruction.
While this decision means that students and staff are no longer required to wear face coverings in Balsz Elementary School District, we encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to follow the guidance of health officials by wearing a face covering. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering for any reason has the option to do so at any time.
Zeek Ojeh, Acting Superintendent