COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update)

COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update) Updated 4/24
Posted on 04/24/2020

Nadaburg Unified School District Parents, Guardians, Staff and School Community:

As of Monday, April 27, teachers will be introducing new standards and/or providing targeted instruction regarding previously taught standards.  School is in session and we are providing learning that is important for student success next school year. Weekly assignments and assessments are so important that not completing them could put a student at a disadvantage going into next school year. Grades do matter although differently during this time. Teachers will be grading weekly assignments and providing feedback in preparation for fourth quarter report cards. Students who participate in their learning have an opportunity to improve their grade from third to fourth quarter, as letter grades and report cards will be administered.

Teachers have dedicated time daily to support students in ZOOM sessions, instructional videos and assignments that will enhance student learning. During distance learning, an emphasis will be placed on providing student feedback that is specific, timely, and aligned to the AZ standards. Our goal is to support student learning through feedback in small group or one-on-one support. All teachers have a Google Voice phone number and can be reached for support over the phone, should online access not be available. The district is working to support families with access to technology and internet. (Please see attached document.)

Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you need additional support.



NUSD Learning Guide for Parents


As of  Friday March 30, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all Arizona schools through the end of the current school year.

The health, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff remains our top priority.NUSD has plans in place for various actions that may be required in response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and will take immediate action, as needed, to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year. The extension follows updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and an announcement from the White House extending physical distancing guidelines until April 30, 2020. 

Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement:

“In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities.”

On March 27, Governor Ducey signed legislation to support schools during closures, ensure school letter grades are held harmless, suspend statewide testing requirements, ensure school days are not extended into the summer, require learning opportunities for students to continue, and ensure teachers and staff see no disruption in pay as a result of COVID-19.

That same week, the Governor joined Superintendent Hoffman to launch Arizona Enrichment Centers, which will offer childcare for first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.

Additional information about meals for kids, childcare, special education considerations, learning resources for families and educators and more can be found at azed.gov.

Today’s announcement applies to Arizona public schools, both district and charter. Private schools are required to remain closed in alignment with federal guidance recommending closures through at least April 30, 2020. School leaders have the option of announcing closures through the end of the year, or waiting for additional guidance.



 Previous official statement below:

March 20, 2020

Open Letter To Arizona Families, Educators, School Leaders, And Education Community Members

Governor's Office

Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,

We want to provide you the most up-to-date information on the status of Arizona’s school closures. Over the last week, we’ve worked side-by-side to keep parents and educators informed and provide resources to families to mitigate the impact of school closures.

We’re grateful for the continued partnership of our school administrators and education leaders around the state. And we thank the Arizona Department of Health Services for their continued coordination so we can keep kids safe and healthy.

Today, we are jointly announcing the extension of school closures through April 10, 2020. Our goal is to get kids safely back in the classroom as soon as possible while providing parents and educators certainty so they can plan and make decisions. We will continue to work together to determine what’s best for Arizona kids and schools in the face of COVID-19.

It’s important for families and parents to know that while this extension will continue to address operational issues, school closures will not stop the spread of COVID-19.

The safest place for children during this time is at home. They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members. We’ve teamed up with leaders in the non-profit, faith-based and business communities to make childcare available for those who need it. A list can be found on azed.gov.

We also appreciate the partnership of our state legislature in order to provide continued assistance and flexibility to our schools. On Thursday, legislators passed legislation to waive requirements related to educational assessments and ensure teacher and school staff pay is not disrupted, legislation that will be signed as soon as it is received by the Governor’s Office. 

Daily meals continue to be provided at schools throughout our state to any child under 18. To view a list of meal sites, visit azed.gov. There you can also find additional information, such as special education considerations and learning resources for families and educators. 

As it relates to graduation, the Arizona Department of Education is working with education leaders at the local, state and federal level to provide guidance to schools regarding high school graduation. We will provide additional information to schools in the coming days and weeks.

We are asking schools to continue to please adhere to the following measures during this period of closure:

  • School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home. 
  • School administrators should work with the Arizona Department of Education to provide breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students. 
  • As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should consider expanding child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure. 
  • When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize election equipment and common surfaces. 

We are unified in our efforts to address COVID-19, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding. Our number one priority is the health and safety of all our residents, especially our kids, and as facts and guidance change, we will monitor them closely and keep you updated.

For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit azhealth.gov. This website is updated daily with new information.  

Sincerely,

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman

 

They will continue to work together and assess this situation on a 24/7 basis. During this time, the Arizona Department of Education will continue to develop and share guidance to schools regarding instructional time, statewide testing, provision of special education services, school meals, and more.


You can learn more about the discussion and recommendations here: https://www.azed.gov/communications/2020/03/10/guidance-to-schools-on-covid-19/

As recommended by health officials and the ADE, we are asking that students and staff stay home when they are sick and everyone should be practicing healthy hygiene habits. We are sanitizing our schools and buses regularly as a precaution. We have purchased and installed hand sanitize dispensers in main hallways on both campuses and central office.

 

Currently, there have been several confirmed cases in Maricopa County. The immediate threat to our community is low and we are currently actively monitoring the situation.  Should this change in the future, NUSD is prepared with appropriate control measures. 

 

In an effort to stop the spread of illnesses, the CDC recommends that all sick employees refrain from coming to work. Staff members are also instructed to follow healthy habits and teach students to do the same:

 

1.      Wash hands frequently and follow proper handwashing techniques as outlined by the CDC, https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/when-how-handwashing.html

2.      Cover cough or sneeze with sleeve or elbow

3.      Use a tissue, discard immediately and wash hands.

4.      Avoid touching eyes, nose & mouth

5.      Avoid people who are sick

6.      Disinfect frequently touched surfaces

 

We are currently in the Actively Monitoring & Cleaning phase of alert as shown below:

Actively Monitoring & Cleaning

 

Reported Cases in County

Increase Communication & Cleaning

Community Spread Cases

Potential Closures and Cancellations

 

Confirmed Cases amongst Students & Staff

  • Communicate to all staff and families the precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19.
  • More frequent cleaning of common areas and vehicles
  • Communicate to families to keep sick children home
  • Communicate to staff to stay home when sick
  • Monitor attendance
  • Review Emergency Response Plans
  • Update communication to all stakeholders frequently
  • Follow guidance of ADE, Maricopa County Health Department and CDC

Continue Actively Monitoring procedures and:

 

  • Increase cleaning efforts to multiple times a day
  • Potentially limit unnecessary travel
  • Potentially limit activities and postpone events
  • Potentially limit/restrict outside visitors and guests
  • Report any communicable disease or significant increase in absenteeism to local health authorities and follow their guidance
  • Follow guidance of ADE, Maricopa County Health Department and CDC

Continue Monitoring, Communication and Cleaning procedures and:

 

  • Communicate regularly with local health authorities
  • Potentially cancel all school events and building rentals
  • Potentially cancel all school related travel
  • Potentially close campuses or entire district
  • Communicate to staff who will report to duty to maintain services
  • Perform a deep clean of all areas
  • Follow guidance of ADE, Maricopa County Health Department and CDC

 

Regarding guidance on Spring Break travel, please visit www.cdc.gov for recommendations on international or local destinations.

 

Please remember that at this time there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus in our district.

 

Please know that we are closely monitoring the situation and adhering to recommendations from Governor Ducey, the ADE and DHS Department of Health Services.

 

Updated information will be sent out via email, robocall and the district and school websites.

 

 

Thank you,

 

Dr. Aspasia Angelou

Superintendent

Nadaburg Unified School District No. 81