*UPDATE: Gov. Ducey has announced that all schools and school related activities are cancelled until at least March 27. However, the special Board Meeting Tuesday 3/17/2020 will proceed as scheduled.
Attention Blue Ridge Community:
The situation regarding COVID-19 is evolving quickly, requiring daily adjustments affecting virtually every aspect of our lives. Recent direction from the Federal and State governments encourage everyone to reduce community spread through the implementation of common-sense approaches, including avoiding large gatherings and limiting travel.
Therefore, a Special School Board meeting will be held Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 9:00 AM to consider the closure of all Blue Ridge schools and cessation of all school-related activities until it is safe to resume school operations.
The District will also seek authorization to compensate all Blue Ridge employees throughout school closures for a duration not to exceed the 2019-2020 School Year.
While it is true all have a legal right to attend the Special Board meeting; we respectfully request attendance be limited to only school board members, administration, a small number of PTSO representatives (10 or less), and local media. Minutes of the meeting will be posted for public access on BRUSD.org immediately following the meeting.
Moreover, beginning March 23, 2020, meals will be provided for everyone under 18 years of age, Monday-Friday, for the duration of school closures. Blue Ridge Elementary will serve as the point of food preparation and distribution. Details concerning the administration of this program will soon follow.
Lastly, while it is true, challenging days and even months may lie ahead, such problems will surely be temporary.
With all that said, as BR stakeholders centered on doing what’s best for our students, staff, and community, we will press past this crisis, emerging even stronger and more closely connected. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Dr. Mike Wright Superintendent Blue Ridge Unified School District