2020-21 Reopening Plan

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Message from PVSchools

PVSchools has been diligently planning and preparing for students to return to school campuses for the 2020-2021 school year, while ensuring the health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and community.

Countless individuals have invested their time and expertise to develop a plan which provides educational choices for our families and safe learning environments. In addition to increased health and safety measures for full-time in-person instruction, the plan includes contingency scenarios should we need to transition back to full-time distance learning. 

Our decisions guiding our reopening plan have been guided by the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH), state and local governments, and input from PVSchools families, educators, staff, and community members. We recognize that circumstances and guidance related to COVID-19 may continue to evolve, and we will continue to adapt our plan to respond to those changes.

Thank you again for your patience and support as we collectively navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.

View the Full PVSchools Prepared Plan

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Factors for Transitioning from In-Person Learning to Virtual Learning

Following recommendations from public health officials, on February 4, 2021, the PVSchools Governing Board revised criteria and approved a plan for transitioning from in-person learning to virtual learning due to COVID cases. The plan shifts from the previous district-wide approach to a criteria that calls for individual school assessments to determine transitions from in-person learning to virtual learning. Employee vaccinations is another important component in our mitigations strategies (e.g. wearing cloth face masks, frequent hand washing, social distancing where possible) for creating a safe in-person learning environment for our students and staff. 

Several factors will be evaluated when determining the need to shift from in-person learning to virtual learning due to COVID-19:

  • Multiple Cases within a Cohort (e.g. classroom, club, team)

  • Suspected Outbreak across a School

  • Student Social and Emotional, and Academic Factors

  • Classroom Impact (e.g. staff and student absenteeism)

  • Effectiveness of Mitigation Strategies

Read the full "Factors for Transitioning from In-Person Learning to Virtual Learning" one-page document.

Factores para Cambiar del Aprendizaje Presencial al Aprendizaje Virtual.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health's Schools COVID-19 Dashboard

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has an online data dashboard for reviewing COVID-19 data by ZIP code, city, unified school district, high school district, or elementary school district. The dashboard can be accessed by visiting the following link/button:

View the Maricopa Schools
Reopening Dashboard

Digital Support for Parents and Students

PV Assist, an Information Technology support site, will help students and their families navigate logins/passwords, issues with Chromebooks, Google Classroom, and much more.

PVSchools Learning Pathways

Families electing to not have their child(ren) return for in-person learning will be able to remain in distance learning using PVConnect or PVOnline. Schools will be working with families to confirm their desired learning options.

Each Wednesday our schools will follow their early release schedule. Schools will be reaching out to families directly with more specific information.

In-Person Learning

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PreK-12 students will follow the school’s full-day, in-person schedule.

Enhanced safety measures will be followed (see details beginning on page 6 of the PVSchools Prepared document). Students will be required to wear cloth face masks while at school and on the bus. Teachers will be working with students both in-person and online.

Should there be a need for a student to self-quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19, the student can continue to learn with their teacher and class from home through the PVConnect model.


PVConnect

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PreK-12 students participating in PVConnect will follow the school’s full-day, in-person schedule.

In most cases, students will view the classroom teachers’ instruction from Google Meet or WebEx using their computer device, while teachers are instructing students in-person. The lesson may include times of direct instruction, classroom discussion, and independent work. PVConnect students are expected to join the live instruction at designated times and remain in the virtual classroom until the teacher has directed otherwise.

The PVConnect teacher remains the same for students, when possible. There may be variations of this model for some programs.


PVOnline (Virtual Self-Paced)

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Students in grades K-12 will participate in full, online learning that is self-paced with the expectation of meeting monthly progress goals. 

Students are enrolled in PVOnline rather than a brick and mortar school. PVOnline is an approved Arizona Online Instruction provider through the Arizona State Board of Education and is fully accredited as an extension of the school district. All PVOnline teachers are highly qualified and certified in their area of instruction. 

Introduction and Background

In order to develop recommendations regarding reopening of school for 2020-2021, the Superintendent’s Committee on Reopening (SCoRe) was formed through a formal committee call. The group consists of representatives from key stakeholder groups:

View the SCoRe Membership
  • Mitch von Gnechten, Ed.D., Director Student Services - Secondary - Facilitator
  • Lori Berman, Parent - UPC
  • Kea Carota, Parent - UPC
  • Susan Chubrich-Seep, Teacher at Horizon High School - PVEA
  • Michelle Courtright, President of PVSEA - PVSEA
  • Brandon George, Director of Transportation - COA
  • Lora Herbein, Director of Student Services - Elementary - COA
  • Leah Knaeble, President of PVEA - PVEA
  • Melissa Molzhon, Principal of North Canyon High School - PVP
  • Melissa Schwartz, Parent - UPC
  • Jessica Wani, President of UPC - UPC
  • Shawn Webster, ESP Shadow Mountain High School - PVSEA
  • Jerry Withers, Principal of Campo Bello Elementary School - PVP
View SCoRe's Guiding Principles
The guiding principles of SCoRe were to ensure:
  • The safety and well-being of all students, staff, and community.
  • Meaningful teaching and learning for all students and staff.
  • Fidelity of the continued operations of the district.
SCoRe was tasked with developing recommendations for parameters and guiding principles to implement based on three scenarios:
  • Schools begin on time and need to close due to a second wave of COVID-19 cases.
  • School opening is delayed due to increases in COVID-19 cases.
  • Schools begin on time and remain open.
The recommendations for parameters and guiding principles were aligned with the information provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona health experts, and guidance from the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

SCoRe reviewed a variety of resources in the development of their recommendations, including, but not limited to:
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) K-12 District Reopening Checklist, Hanover Research
  • Schools Decision Tree, Centers for Disease Control
  • Considerations for Schools, Centers for Disease Control
  • PVSchools Pandemic Flu Protocols, PVSchools
  • Return to School Roadmap, Opportunity Labs
  • Guidance on Return to the Workplace, Gust Rosenfeld
  • Roadmap for Reopening Schools, Arizona Department of Education
  • Protocols for Reopening, Udall Shumway

Health and Wellness Measures

PVSchools partnered with HonorHealth and Scottsdale Unified School District to provide the first doses of COVID-19 vaccinations for our Pre-K-12 school staff at the end of January, with the second dose in mid-February. We are fortunate to have had this opportunity, as it was a critical addition for a return to in-person instruction. 

HonorHealth operates a drive-through location in North Phoenix to serve 19 assigned North East Valley ZIP codes. As Maricopa County moved to Phase 1B, law enforcement, school personnel, as well as adults age 75 and older were prioritized for vaccination.

Face Masks

  • All persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers, shall wear a cloth face mask while on any district property, in any district facility, at any district event, whether indoors or outdoors, and in any district vehicle, including district busses or vehicles rented or leased by the district.

  • Cloth face masks are to fully cover a person’s nose and mouth fitting snugly, but comfortably against the sides of the face and under the chin. Masks are to be of a solid material and double layered (for example, a double layered cotton mask or a surgical mask). They are to remain affixed in place without the use of one’s hands and are to not have holes or valves. Face masks are to be laundered regularly at home or disposed of appropriately. The PVSchools requirement to wear a cloth face mask supersedes the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) requirement of a “face covering” unless a covering, such as a gater, is deemed more appropriate for the athlete while in competition.

  • A cloth face mask does not replace the need for frequent hand-washing, covering coughs and sneezes, and practicing physical distancing (6 feet away).

  • Students may remove cloth face masks during times specifically determined by the school's administrative team as designated "face mask breaks" including, but not limited to, times for actively eating and drinking and at times of vigorous exercise or activity. Elementary recess is not considered vigorous activity. "Face mask breaks" will require appropriate physical distance (as recommended by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health) from others while the cloth face mask is removed.

  • Cloth face masks should not be worn by students with a health condition and medical documentation establishing that they cannot safely wear a mask. These students will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine whether there are additional accommodations that may be made to provide them and others with the greatest possible protection.

  • Students who refuse to comply with the safety protocols adopted for in-person learning will be assigned to an online learning program pursuant to A.R.S. 15-841(F).

Hand Hygiene

  • Frequent hand washing/cleaning will be encouraged at regular intervals throughout the day with both soap and water or hand sanitizer. Instructions for hand washing include:
    • Using soap and water, scrubbing for 20 seconds, and rinsing.
    • Using paper towels to dry hands, turn sink handles, and open doors, then safely discarding.
  • Using alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  • Additional hand-washing sinks will be installed at all elementary and middle schools. 

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be installed in lobbies and campus main entries.

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.  

  • Each student’s belongings will be separated from others’ and 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, playgrounds.

  • Students will be encouraged to bring their own water bottle to minimize use and touching of water fountains. 

  • 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.

  • Where possible, adjustments to drop-off and pick-up routines will be made to facilitate social distancing. Staff will escort young students into and out of the building. Families are asked to remain in their vehicles or wait outside.

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.

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 respiratory 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.

Visitors on Campus

  • All visitors and volunteers will be required to wear cloth masks and must follow all posted safety protocols. 

  • To the extent possible, access on campus for outside visitors or volunteers except for the safety and well-being of students will be limited.

  • 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.

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.
  • Students who had a 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 and 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 full days.
  • 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 for 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 and 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 and 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 for 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 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 and 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.

Read 10 things you can do to prepare for returning to school (PDF).

Diez cosas que pueden hacer para prepararse para el regreso a la escuela (PDF).

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
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat 
  • 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.

Download the COVID-19 Acknowledgement and Disclosure Form (PDF).

Formulario para los Padres de Concientización y Descargo de Responsabilidad acerca del COVID-19 (PDF).

View the Screening for COVID-19 Flowchart

Evaluación de COVID-19

Additional Protocols

The following health and wellness measures are in addition to the ones previously mentioned. Click on the following departments and topics to read their protocols:

Nutrition and Wellness Department Protocols

  • Cafeteria entries and service lanes will be marked for social distancing.
  • ID scanners will be implemented to reduce or eliminate use of keypads.
  • When possible, procedures for lunch will be adjusted to allow for social distancing, greater spacing, and to reduce interactions, including possibility of adding additional lunch periods at middle and high schools and staggering lunches at elementary schools.
  • Schools will continue to follow practices and procedures that comply with public health guidelines such as food handling, food preparation, cleaning and disinfecting, and food and drink dispensers.

Transportation Department Protocols

  • Bus staff and students are required to wear cloth 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.
  • There will be 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.

View Protocols Related to Students' 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.

View Protocols for Events and Field Trips

  • Large group gatherings, such as school assemblies, fall festivals, dances, and book fairs will be suspended until further notice and resumption will be reevaluated regularly. This includes school sponsored and PTA/PTO sponsored events.
  • Field Trips will be suspended until further notice and resumption will be reevaluated regularly. Opportunities for virtual field trips will be explored.
  • Determinations regarding possible resumption of athletics programs will be made in collaboration with the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA), including whether public attendance at events may be possible due to restrictions on large group gatherings.

View Fine Arts Protocols

Art Classes 

  • The sharing of arts supplies or equipment will be minimized and discouraged when possible. Any shared supplies or equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • Students’ own art supplies will be separated from others’ in their own individual containers.

Vocal Music, Choir, Band, Orchestra

  • The sharing of instruments will be minimized and discouraged. Any shared instruments or equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • Sharing of mouthpieces or other such items will not be permitted.
  • Instrument covers, such as bell covers, should be used on all wind instruments, including recorders.

Theatre and Dance 

  • The sharing of makeup, costumes, wigs, props and accessories will not be permitted. Costumes and wigs will be sanitized after each rehearsal.
  • Students will not share any voice amplification equipment when possible. When not possible, equipment will be sanitized after each use.
  • Dressing rooms, green rooms, and production areas will be sanitized before and after rehearsals.
Please see the Fine Arts Operational Plan for more details.

Operational Plans

View the PVSchools Prepared Plan (ver PVSchools Preparado) and scroll to the Appendix past page 24 in order to read the following operational plans:

  • Career and Technical Education Operational Plan

  • Community Education Operational Plans
    • Child Development Centers
    • Mascot - School Year
    • Preschool Programs
  • Facilities Operational Plan
  • Fine Arts Department Operational Plan

  • Gifted Education Operational Plan

  • Health Office Operational Plan

  • Language Acquisition Operational Plan

  • Nutrition and Wellness Operational Plan

  • Physical Education (P.E.) Operational Plan

  • Social-Emotional Support Operational Plan

  • Special Education Operational Plan

  • Transportation Operational Plan