COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

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Over our spring break, PVSchools announced schools would be closed indefinitely. On March 30, 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced the closure of all Arizona schools through the end of the school year. While this is disappointing for all of us, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19.

Latest COVID-19 Information from PVSchools

Superintendent Dr. Jesse Welsh's Wednesday, May 20 message shares information on meal distribution changes for this week and during the summer, the cancellation of Mascot Club and Camps and Community Education enrichment classes during May and June, a survey going out to you in the coming days, and a change in message frequency from the District from every week to every two weeks.

You can view Dr. Welsh's full message by opening up one of the following two documents:

Read Dr. Welsh's Wednesday, May 20 weekly update.

Lean la carta del Dr. Welsh del miércoles, 20 de mayo de 2020 Información Actualizada de la Semana.

Summer School

High school students may be wondering how COVID-19-related closures are going to affect their potential summer school plans. PVSchools now has a clear idea of how summer school will operate for high school students looking to get ahead or caught up in their coursework.

Virtual High School Summer School

High school summer school through the Community Education department has been moved to a virtual format for this summer. This adapted model will combine online learning with virtual face-to-face instruction. Course fees begin at $199 per course, per session (there are two sessions over summer).

Learn more about Community Education High School Summer School and view course offerings.

PVOnline Summer School

Please note that Community Education's summer course offerings differ from those of PVOnline; the methods of learning and instruction differ, as well. Students currently enrolled in grades 9 through 12 in the Paradise Valley Unified School District are eligible to take one free online semester course through PVOnline.

Learn more about PVOnline Summer School and view course offerings.

Meal Distribution

District leadership has developed a plan to ensure our students who participate in our nutrition program will continue to be able to access meals: PVSchools Nutrition & Wellness will provide free meals to any child 18 years of age or younger, regardless of application status or school enrollment. If a parent wishes to pick up food without their child present, documentation must be provided for their meals, such as student ID(s) or other photo ID(s), report card(s), and/or child’s name with date of birth.

Locations and details are included in the following two documents:

Learn about our Summer Meal Program (PDF).

Programa de Alimentos para el Verano (PDF).

Please note: Starting Tuesday, May 26, we will:

  • Condense serving sites to four locations (please see the flyer attached above).
  • Serve meals Monday through Thursday at the four sites from 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday's meal packs will include Friday's meals, as well – a cold to-go item that won't require cooking, just storage. There will be no distribution on Fridays.

Also note: If you are in need of assistance with providing your family with meals beyond what we distribute during the week, you are invited to reach out to the Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank (PVEFB): Visit the PVEFB website.

Pandemic-EBT School Meal Replacement Funds

The state is issuing funds to all households with one or more students eligible for Free/Reduced Price Meals during the normal school year under the National School Lunch Program.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) helps families with children who would receive free or reduced-price meals if schools were not closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT can be used to purchase groceries. Families can use P-EBT and get free grab-and-go meals at participating locations.

P-EBT is led by the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). View this flyer from the DES to learn more about the P-EBT program.

Online Continued Learning

School may be out for the 2019-20 year, but our Curriculum Department would like to offer some resources for students to use to stay academically engaged and challenged during the summer:

Visit the PVSchools Distance Learning Website

Social and Emotional Resources

While we have been sharing information regarding distance learning and student learning, we don't want to ignore the social and emotional health of our students and families. Here are some links to several sources that can guide you in working with your children and provide assistance with some of your family's critical needs. We hope that you and your family are staying safe, both physically and emotionally, during this time.

Childcare

Our district has partnered with both Desert Springs Bible Church and Shiloh Community Church, which are offering childcare for children of first responders and health care professionals. Visit Desert Springs Bible Church's website to learn more details about this childcare option.

The State of Arizona has also advised it is coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based, and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.

We understand the hardship school closures create for many of our families and are continuously working on options to meet those needs.
 

Mascot Camp

Due to current health and safety guidelines for gatherings, Mascot Clubs and Camps and Community Education enrichment classes will not be held during May and June. We will continue to monitor guidelines in anticipation of beginning services again in July.

Our first priority is always the safety and well-being of our students and staff. If we find we are in the position of reopening programming, we will reach out to families with specific information. Please reference the Community Education FAQ page for details pertaining to billing and refunds.

Information from Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH)

  • COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads – through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. 
  • People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about 6 feet) with someone who has the disease.
  • People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest). 
  • Because protection from all respiratory viruses is similar, this is a good time to review strategies to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Contain your cough, e.g., coughing into your bent (V position) arm or pulling up the collar of their shirt and coughing into that. 
    • Stay home if you have the flu or flu-like symptoms or temp of 100 degrees or higher. Do not return until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication.
  • MCDPH’s position on closing schools for COVID-19:
    • MCDPH examined the use of school closures to prevent disease spread during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic and ultimately decided that the strategy was not warranted. MCDPH was one of the first health departments in the nation to disagree with the federal recommendation to shut down schools and the rest of the US quickly followed suit.
    • Careful consideration for school closure recommendations will take into account the severity of disease, benefits to public health, impact on student learning, families, childcare, school staff and the economy.
    • Because most people with COVID-19 have mild disease, the likelihood that MCDPH will recommend closing schools is very low, but not zero. Should that change, MCDPH will notify school districts.
    • Closing schools is not always the most effective strategy to slow disease transmission, particularly if children congregate outside of school.
 
We encourage our families to visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health's coronavirus page for the most current and accurate information.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 
 

View Related Resources (PDFs, Websites, and More)

Browse the CDC's Latest Print Resources – English and Spanish handouts available (copias disponibles en inglés y español)

Learn the Symptoms of COVID-19 (PDF)
Conozcan los Síntomas del COVID-19

View the CDC's Talking with Children About Coronavirus Guide

Visit the Arizona 2-1-1 – Maricopa County Website – local resources for food assistance, bill paying, housing, domestic violence help, disability services, employment, mental health support, and more

Read the Arizona Department of Child Safety's Top 10 Tips for Parents (PDF)

Browse School Psychologists' Health Crisis Resources
Echen un vistazo a los Recursos de los Psicólogos Escolares sobre la Crisis de Salud

Read 'The Flu: A Guide for Parents' (PDF)

View Emergency Planning Information for Parents
Información para padres acerca de nuestro estado de preparación en caso de emergencia

See Our Emergency Preparedness Summary
Resumen de nuestro estado de preparación en caso de emergencia