Dr. James P. Lee and Dr. Scott A. Menzel

Joint Statement from Paradise Valley Unified School District and Scottsdale Unified School District Superintendents

Monday , March 01 , 2021

Dr. James P. Lee and Dr. Scott A. Menzel

The superintendents of the Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) and Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) are joining together to praise local healthcare provider HonorHealth. As part of the Maricopa County Phase 1B vaccination roll-out, the districts partnered with HonorHealth to provide school employees with the opportunity to receive their first and second COVID-19 vaccinations at events in January and February.

Dr. James P. Lee and Dr. Scott A. Menzel are deeply appreciative of their organizations’ collaboration with HonorHealth, an effort that began being forged last fall. Having vaccinated employees, combined with other public health and safety mitigation strategies, are a critical component, they said, in their districts’ ability to offer safe, in-person learning to students.

“Our school community is the proud beneficiary of the tremendous partnership we have with HonorHealth. The vaccination of school staff has allowed us to open our doors to students with another layer of safety. Our partnership with HonorHealth serves as a model for school districts and health providers across the country,” said PVSchools Superintendent Dr. Lee.

More than 2,000 employees of each district received first and second doses of the vaccine at the combined-PVSchools/SUSD HonorHealth events that took place January 22-24 and February 12-14. Many other employees have received the vaccine through other means. 

The superintendents of the neighboring districts in the near-north Valley praised the tremendous work by the numerous HonorHealth employees and volunteers, which resulted in a well-organized and smooth, drive-thru vaccination process in the parking lot of a north Phoenix HonorHealth facility. Many of the employees and volunteers went above and beyond with their compassionate, warm demeanor and comforting conversation, helping put school employees at ease as they were being vaccinated. School nurses from both school districts volunteered to administer the vaccinations at the clinics.

“Last fall, as we looked beyond the public health recommendations for additional ways of being able to keep our doors open to in-person learning and then, with multiple vaccines becoming a reality, HonorHealth was our go-to community health partner,” said SUSD Superintendent Dr. Menzel. “Our early, deep collaboration with HonorHealth made it all possible, and our students, teachers and staff are the grateful recipients.”

About the Paradise Valley Unified School District

For more than 100 years, Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) has consistently represented the best in Pre-K-12 education. PVSchools serves approximately 30,000 elementary, middle, and high school students in 44 schools located in northeast Phoenix and Scottsdale. PVSchools boasts a wide, diverse array of Signature Programs to help students gain knowledge, skills, and experience toward their unique academic interests and career aspirations.

About the Scottsdale Unified School District

Scottsdale Unified School District serves the educational needs of students and families of 22,000 students across 29 campuses. The District’s award-winning academic, arts and athletic programs, led by highly experienced, professionally certified teachers, draw students from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Tempe and Scottsdale, fostering a diverse and rigorous educational environment that develops the potential in every individual learner.