COVID-19 Mitigation

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A Message from PVSchools

"PVSchools will continue to require face masks for students, staff, and visitors while indoors at all school sites. There will continue to be an opt-out option for students and staff on the basis of religious, personal, and medical reasons. Face masks are also strongly recommended while on other PVSchools properties. Read the full Sept. 27, 2021, message from Dr. Troy J. Bales.

PVSchools COVID-19 Dashboard

In an effort to provide families with information regarding positive COVID-19 cases, the PVSchools COVID-19 dashboard was developed. Positive cases are listed in the dashboard by school and include all students and staff members attending in-person learning. Students enrolled in PVOnline will be included in the dashboard if they are participating in on-campus extracurricular activities at their home school.

Individuals who test positive are excluded from participation in any in-person/on-campus activity until the school’s registered nurse verifies the individual meets the return criteria set by state and local health authorities. In accordance with public health guidelines, cases included in the dashboard have been reported to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).

MCDPH guidelines do not stipulate that all families be notified when there is a positive case; however, PVSchools does send out email notifications to the entire school when there is a positive case.

Tablero de Datos de COVID-19

En un esfuerzo por proporcionar a las familias información acerca de los casos positivos de COVID-19 se desarrolló el Tablero de Datos de COVID-19 de PVSchools. Los casos positivos se muestran en el tablero por escuela e incluyen a todos los alumnos y personal que participan en el aprendizaje presencial. Los alumnos inscritos en PVOnline serán incluidos en el tablero en caso de que participen en actividades extracurriculares en el plantel de la escuela que les corresponde.

Los individuos que den positivo serán excluidos de toda actividad presencial o en el plantel hasta que la enfermera escolar verifique que la persona cumpla con los criterios establecidos por las autoridades de salud locales y estatales para regresar. En apego a los lineamientos de salud pública, los casos incluidos en el tablero han sido reportados al Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Maricopa (MCDPH).

Los lineamientos del MCDPH no estipulan que todas las familias sean notificadas cuando exista un caso positivo. Sin embargo, PVSchools envía un comunicado electrónico a todas las familias de la escuela cuando hay un caso positivo.

This dashboard, including new positive cases, will be updated twice a week on days when the district office is open. PVSchools makes every attempt to have updates on Monday and Thursday mornings. This dashboard refers to reported COVID-19 cases from Saturday, Oct. 9, through Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021.

Este tablero, incluyendo los nuevos casos positivos, será actualizado dos veces por semana. PVSchools hará todo esfuerzo para publicar las actualizaciones los lunes y jueves por las mañanas. El presente tablero hace referencia a los casos de COVID-19 reportados del sábado, 9 de octubre al miércoles, 13 de octubre de 2021.

View Elementary School Numbers | Primarias

Elementary School Name /
Primarias 
New Confirmed Cases / 
Nuevos Casos Confirmados 
Cumulative Total Since Aug. 10 / 
Número total de casos desde el 10 de agosto 
Boulder Creek 0 23
Cactus View 2 31
Campo Bello 0 11
Copper Canyon 0 14
Desert Cove 0 18
Desert Shadows 0 15
Desert Springs Preparatory 0 8
Desert Trails 1 25
Eagle Ridge 0 6
Echo Mountain Primary 1 4
Echo Mountain Intermediate  0 3
Fireside 3 10
Grayhawk 2 12
Hidden Hills 0 14
Indian Bend 1 21
Larkspur 0 6
Liberty 1 1
Mercury Mine 2 33
North Ranch 0 13
Palomino Primary 0 6
Palomino Intermediate 0 10
Pinnacle Peak Preparatory (K-8)  1 44
Quail Run 0 29
Sandpiper 0 7
Sky Crossing 3 32
Sonoran Sky 1 18
Sunset Canyon 1 18
Whispering Wind Academy 0 13
Wildfire 0 12

View Middle School Numbers | Secundarias

Middle School Name / 
Secundarias 
New Confirmed Cases / 
Nuevos Casos Confirmados 
Cumulative Total Since Aug. 10 / 
Número total de casos desde el 10 de agosto 
Desert Shadows  0 30
Explorer 0 3
Greenway 0 4
Mountain Trail 0 11
Shea 0 5
Sunrise 0 9
Vista Verde 0 26

View High School Numbers | Bachilleratos

High School Name / 
Bachilleratos 
New Confirmed Cases / 
Nuevos Casos Confirmados 
Cumulative Total Since Aug. 10 / 
Número total de casos desde el 10 de agosto 
Horizon 4 102
North Canyon 3 52
Paradise Valley 2 67
Pinnacle 3 53
Shadow Mountain  0 38

View Additional Schools and Sites | Instalaciones y Escuelas Adicionales

School or Site Name / 
Instalaciones y Escuelas Adicionales 
New Confirmed Cases / 
Nuevos Casos Confirmados 
Cumulative Total Since Aug. 10 / 
Número total de casos desde el 10 de agosto 
James P. Lee Early Childhood
Learning Center 
0 1
Roadrunner 0 7
Sweetwater 0 1

Dashboard Disclaimer

*Data is subject to change based on reporting of positive COVID-19 testing results. This dashboard is a point-in-time and may not reflect current numbers. If a positive case for the listed time period is not included in the current update, it will be added to the next possible update. This means that positive case notification letters to families may reflect a different number than the dashboard displays because that dashboard is only updated twice per week.

Los datos se encuentran sujetos a cambios en base a los casos reportados de resultados positivos de COVID-19. Si un caso positivo para el período mencionado no es incluido en el reporte actual, será agregado a la siguiente posible actualización.

All COVID-19 data shared by PVSchools is for informational purposes only. The district confers with MCDPH to track COVID-19 cases and trace close contacts. 

PVSchools takes every step possible to provide accurate and up-to-date information, while also respecting student and staff medical privacy rights. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and other privacy protection laws prohibit PVSchools from disclosing any personally identifiable information.

Visit the Maricopa County Epidemic Curve dashboard for more COVID-19 dashboard information.

Descargo de Responsabilidad

Todos los datos de COVID-19 compartidos por PVSchools tienen solamente un propósito informativo. El distrito escolar colabora con el MCDPH para rastrear casos de COVID-19 e identificar los contactos cercanos.

PVSchools toma todas las acciones posibles para proporcionar información actualizada y veraz al mismo tiempo que respeta los derechos de privacidad médica de alumnos y empleados. La ley HIPPA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) y otras leyes de protección a la privacidad, no permiten que PVSchools comparta información que identifique a un individuo.

Pueden visitar la página Maricopa County Epidemic Curve dashboard (con opción en español) para más datos estadísticos de COVID-19.

Choose Your Journey, Learning Options to Meet Changing Needs in PVSchools

*Due to meeting the current maximum capacity, some PVConnect and PVOnline programs may no longer be accepting enrollment. These programs will be accepting students to a waitlist. For more information, to register, or to be put on a waitlist, visit the Choose Your Journey webpage.

We are pleased to announce that for the 2021-2022 school year you will have the ability to select one of three learning options designed to meet the ever-changing needs of students and their families. These options include:

  • A traditional school experience with in-person learning at the student’s assigned school

  • PVConnect, a structured online school experience, through Sweetwater Community School (learn more about Sweetwater Community School)

  • PVOnline, a self-paced online learning experience, allowing students to work independently (learn more about PVOnline)

Explore the In-Person and Online
Learning Options for 2021-22

PVSchools Prepared Plan

PVSchools remains committed to ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community. PVSchools continues to maintain a multi-layered approach to mitigation protocols.

View the Full PVSchools Prepared Plan | Ver PVSchools Preparado

Face Masks

  • During the period of August 19, 2021, through September 28, 2021, cloth face masks, covering the nose and mouth, are required to be worn by all vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers while indoors and at any school site. A limited opt-out option for students and staff is available, by contacting the school office and requesting the appropriate form.
  • All vaccinated and unvaccinated persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers, are required to wear a cloth face mask, covering the nose and mouth, while in any district vehicle, including district buses or vehicles rented or leased by the district.
  • Face masks are not required during rigorous physical exertion.

Hand Hygiene

  • Frequent hand washing/cleaning will be encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water or hand sanitizer.

School Campuses and Classrooms

  • Where possible, student seating will be arranged to maintain social distancing. Desks will be faced in the same direction, rather than facing each other, or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart.
  • Where possible store belongings in individually labeled containers, cubbies, or areas.
  • Assigned seating in classrooms will be implemented to assist with contact tracing.
  • Where possible, social distancing will be maintained in open areas, such as hallways, stairwells, gyms, and playgrounds.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle to minimize use and touching of water fountains. Water bottle filling stations are being added to each site.
  • To limit exposure to other students and staff, recess will be separated by classes and grade-level cohorts.
  • Signage will be posted in all rooms and common areas explaining hygiene practices to prevent spread.

Health Screening

  • Students should stay home if they feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19-like symptoms.
  • Parents and guardians should assess their child’s health daily prior to heading to school or the bus stop. See Health Screening Checklist below.
  • At the beginning of each day, as students enter the classroom, teachers will informally screen students for COVID-like symptoms. If the teacher has concerns, they will contact the school nurse prior to sending the student to the Nurse’s Office.
  • Students will be reminded of proper respiratory hygiene, including:
    • Avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Covering the mouth when coughing.
    • Covering the nose when sneezing and safely discarding tissues.

Health Screening Checklist for Home

We all must work together to make our school campus as safe as possible for students, teachers, and staff. While PVSchools is taking measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we need our families to do the same.
  1. Take your child’s temperature every day prior to coming to school and conduct a daily screening of your child for COVID-like symptoms prior to your child arriving at school.
  2. Keep your child home from school if they have any of the following symptoms that are not related to an already diagnosed condition or illness:
  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
Please make sure you have read the Maricopa County Department of Public Health's (MCDPH) guidance if your child is sick.

Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Visitors on Campus

  • Access on campus by visitors or volunteers will be limited to those supporting the educational program.
  • All visitors or parents/guardians are required to report to the front office and not go beyond unless it is for the safety or well-being of their child.
  • All vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors and volunteers are required to wear a cloth face mask, covering the nose and mouth, while at any school site.

Enhanced Cleaning

  • Additional cleaning staff at each campus will be hired for routine cleaning of classrooms, restrooms, drinking fountains, lunchrooms, and common areas throughout the school day.
  • Continued air quality will be maintained by cleaning all HVAC unit coils and changing air filters as scheduled.

Reported Positive Case of Student/Staff Member

  • If the school is notified of a student who has tested positive the school nurse will inform the parent that the student must remain isolated and be 24 hours fever free without the use of fever reducing medication and have improved symptoms and had 10 days elapsed since the student first had symptoms before returning to school.
  • The school nurse will contact MCDPH per the ADHS Emergency Measure Reporting Cases protocol.
  • MCDPH may follow up with the family and school regarding contact tracing and secondary measures.
  • Principals will send notifications to the entire school when there is a positive case on the campus. In addition, if a student had a close contact with a person who has tested positive those families will receive a separate notification. Per MCDPH, close contact is within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 while infectious for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period or had physical contact with a person with COVID-19 while infectious.
  • Under the authority and direction of the MCDPH, students that had close contact with the positive case are to quarantine themselves for 10 days at home and monitor for symptoms before returning to school. If they become symptomatic or are to test positive, they are to isolate themselves for 10 days at home, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have had symptoms improved before returning to school. Should they test negative 5 full days after exposure and have had no symptoms the student is to quarantine for 7 days. More information on quarantines can be found on the MCDPH website.
  • Facilities will conduct hydrostatic cleaning of exposed areas.
  • If a staff member tests positive, the staff member will work with the Benefits Department (Human Resources) to follow protocols for when they may return to work and for MCDPH contact tracing.

Student/Staff Presenting COVID Symptoms at School

  • If a student presents COVID symptoms at school, the student will be placed in an isolation room in the Health Office away from the general population.
  • The school nurse will utilize personal protective equipment and make an assessment of the student.
  • The parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student. The student is to isolate themselves for 10 days at home and be fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication and have had symptoms improved before returning to school.
  • COVID-19 testing is recommended:
    • If the test result is positive, the student is to isolate themselves for 10 days at home, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have had symptoms improved before returning to school.
    • If the test result is negative, the student is to isolate themselves, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have had symptoms improved before returning to school.
  • Staff members presenting symptoms will go directly home and will work with the Benefits Department (Human Resources) to follow protocols for when they may return to work and for MCDPH contact tracing.

Report of Student/Staff Having Had Close Contact with a Person Testing Positive

(Per MCDPH, close contact is within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 while infectious for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period OR had physical contact with a person with COVID-19 while infectious.)
  • The student will be placed in an isolation room in the Health Office away from the general population.
  • The school nurse will utilize personal protective equipment and make an assessment of the student.
  • The parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student whether symptomatic or asymptomatic.
  • The student is to quarantine themselves for 10 days at home and monitor for symptoms before returning to school. If they become symptomatic, they are to isolate themselves for 10 days at home, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have had symptoms improved before returning to school. Students do not need to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated for 14 or more days, have had COVID-19 within the past 90 days, or the contact was 3’ to 6’ and both students were correctly wearing well-fitted masks.
  • COVID-19 testing is recommended:
    • If the test result is positive, the student is to isolate themselves for 10 days at home, be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and have had symptoms improved before returning to school.
    • If the test result is negative and was administered 5 full days after exposure and there have been no symptoms, the student is to quarantine for 7 full days.
  • Staff members presenting symptoms will go directly home and will work with the Benefits Department (Human Resources) to follow protocols for when they may return to work and for MCDPH contact tracing.

Transportation

  • To comply with federal guidelines and better ensure federal funding, bus staff and students are required to wear cloth face masks on buses.
  • Visible signage will be placed at the entry to each bus and students will be reminded not to ride if they are symptomatic.
  • Students will be asked to comply with social distancing guidelines when waiting at the stop, during boarding, and while exiting the bus.
  • Seating charts will be utilized, seating siblings together and implementing “neighbor” seating to provide consistency in seating and minimize movement within the bus.
  • Designated cleaning time in route to ensure buses are disinfected twice daily.
  • Families are encouraged to transport their children to school to reduce the number of students on a bus.

Social-Emotional Well-Being

  • Students’ social-emotional well-being will be assessed when schools reopen, with additional support provided for students showing signs of mental health concerns, including trauma.
  • Schools will incorporate trauma-informed practices and social-emotional learning into classroom instruction in a manner that supports equity and inclusion and reflects cultural responsiveness.

Additional Departmental Protocols

  • Please refer to the PVSchools Prepared plan to see operational checklists by department.