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 Friday, April 3 message explains how communication from the district will scale back starting April 6, so that families can turn more focus to messages from their teachers and school until the school year ends. Dr. Welsh's letter also highlights our new COVID-19 FAQ webpage. You can view the full message by opening up one of the two following documents:

Read Dr. Welsh's Friday, April 3 update.

Lean la carta del Dr. Welsh del Viernes, 3 de abril de 2020 Información Actualizada.

Online Learning

Beginning March 30, teachers will monitor and facilitate online learning using Google Classroom, GSuite, and other tools as necessary. Students and families will receive instructions and more details directly from their school.

So that parents can continue learning with their children during school closures, our Curriculum Department has published supplemental and educational resources available on a new website:

Visit the PVSchools Distancing Website

Meals

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. Per USDA regulations, children must be present at the time of pick-up for meals to be provided. Locations and details are included in the following two documents:

Learn more about free meals for students (PDF).

Sirviendo Comida Durante el Cierre del Distrito (PDF).

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.
 

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As of Monday, March 30, we will not continue to provide childcare for students during the day. We have worked to provide services as we value the opportunity to serve you and your family and regret that we cannot continue at this time. 

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

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)

Emergency Preparedness Information for Parents

View Our Emergency Preparedness Summary