Morenci students start July 29 online, register this week

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: The Class of 2020 ran through the halls on the first day of classes in July but did not on their last day in May last year. The Day One tradition will not be followed on the first day of the 2020-21 school year classes. The school is opening with a distance learning model on July 29, similar to what it used during the fourth quarter last spring.

By Raymundo Frasquillo

MORENCI – The 2020-21 school year will have the first day of classes July 29 announced Morenci Superintendent Dr. David Woodall on the school’s website July 10.

It is the originally scheduled start date. However, it will be in a distance learning model, the same as the fourth quarter last spring. The difference is it will be more rigorous, have more accountability, and more engagement by teachers, as per comments received from a recent district survey taken he said.

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Morenci Class of 2019 members Destiny Chavarria and Kayla Cueto listen to high school secretary Amy Ciriello during their registration for classes in July 2018.

Students can start registering for classes in the high school office and pick-up individual computers on Monday, July 13, with freshmen at 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Registration for sophomores, juniors, and seniors are scheduled for the same times on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, respectively. Facial coverings and social distancing are in effect.

Distance learning will be followed for at least two weeks until the Aug. 17 state-mandated allowable start of in-class learning date, or otherwise changed by the current global health crisis.

Raymundo Frasquillo File Photo/Gila Herald: Twana Mathis asks specific questions during her senior daughter Alyssa Pacheco’s registration in 2018.