For the latest information on COVID-19 precautions and school closures/reopenings, please visit our Reopening page.
COVID-19 Summer Information from PVSchools
Superintendent Dr. Jesse Welsh's Wednesday, July 1 message shares our district's plan in response to Gov. Doug Ducey's announcement that schools cannot open until at least August 17 for in-person instruction. As a district, we still plan to start on time, August 5, via a model we call PVConnect. We have also committed to keeping instruction solely online through at least Friday, Sept. 4 (Labor Day).
More details and other district updates are featured in Dr. Welsh's weekly message. Please open up one of the following two documents to view it:
Summer Meal Distribution
Meal service will resume on Monday, July 6, available to families with children 18 years old and younger, regardless of application status or school enrollment. Each child will receive ONE breakfast meal for the current day and ONE lunch meal for the current day, for a grand total of TWO meals per child, daily. We will have three sites open for meal distribution.
Locations and details of meal distribution through Friday, July 24 are included in the following two documents:
If your family, or a family you know, is in need of food assistance, please visit the AZ Health Zone website to find the closest sites offering meals.
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:
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.
- Read the Arizona Department of Child Safety's top 10 tips for parents (PDF).
- View contacts and resources for Social Workers (PDF).
- View links and resources for social and emotional learning (SEL) during COVID-19 (PDF).
- View the United Parent Council's resource list (PDF).
- Browse the National Association of School Psychologists' health crisis resources.
- Explore resources from Teen Lifeline.
On June 29, 2020, Gov. Ducey spoke about the incidences of COVID-19 in Arizona and issued an executive order to delay the start of school until August 17. Based on this announcement, Community Education has canceled all in-person summer programming for July. This includes the Summer School Enrichment Programs at Grayhawk Elementary School and Desert Trails Elementary School, as well as Mascot Camp scheduled for Boulder Creek Elementary and Whispering Wind Academy.
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)
We encourage our families to visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health's coronavirus page for the most current and accurate information.
- 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.
- 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