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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information

 

 

Update from Superintendent Kamerzell:

 

April 3, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Families,

We are pleased to announce that a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch food service will begin on Monday, April 6, 8:00-10:30am, for any children 1-18 years of age. Please refer to this flyer for additional information.

Families will receive the food bags curbside. No student ID, student number, or student name is required. 

Three locations for pickup:

 

Orange Grove Middle School

1911 E Orange Grove Road

 

Catalina Foothills High School

4300 E Sunrise Drive

 

Canyon View Elementary School

5725 N Sabino Canyon Road

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent

 

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March 30, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Families,

Governing Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Hoffman announced today that Arizona schools will be closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. This is an excerpt from the announcement:

"In alignment with yesterday's updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the year. Today's announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn't the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities."

As you know, in CFSD we will do a soft rollout this week of our remote learning plan with a deadline for all teachers to connect remotely with their students no later than Monday, April 6.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent

 

The links below will provide you with current information about COVID-19:

Pima County Resources for Families Impacted by the Corona Virus

Pima County Health Department

Arizona Department of Health Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization

 

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March 25, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Community,

All Catalina Foothills School District students will transition to remote learning using Google Classroom on April 6, 2020. 

During the week of March 30, CFSD’s teachers will be hard at work adapting lessons and preparing for a well-organized launch of Google Classroom. Although some teachers may activate Google Classroom as part of a soft rollout during this week of preparation, it is not expected of all teachers until April 6. Students and/or parents/guardians will receive communications from their teachers when they are ready to activate their remote “Classrooms.”  If you have any questions or concerns, please email your child’s teacher.  

As a reminder, all school campuses are closed through Friday, April 10, so we will not be requesting students or parents to pick up materials for remote learning. 

For more specific information about CFSD’s plan for remote learning, please read Remote Learning: Information and Guidelines for Families.

An email was sent to families yesterday to survey the need for loaner devices in order to actively participate in remote learning. Families that need devices need to complete this form to reserve a Chromebook. 

Parents/Guardians can pick up the reserved Chromebook(s) at their school sites on Wednesday, April 1 from 8:00-11:00am or on April 2 from 3:00-5:30pm. Parents will need to bring their student’s school ID number and sign an equipment checkout form.

Families that will be picking up more than one Chromebook should plan to pick them up at the school with the highest grade level of attendance. For example, if a Chromebook is needed for both an elementary and middle school student, pick-up will take place at the middle school. We want to ensure that we have enough devices for families, so this option is intended for families that do not have any devices to access Google Classroom or for families with multiple students that need an extra device. 

CFSD is committed to delivering the high-quality instruction that our families have come to expect even in this extraordinary circumstance. We know that many of our students are anxious to connect with their teachers and get back to their studies. Thank you for your patience and support as we work together during the upcoming remote learning days to provide our students with purposeful and engaging educational experiences.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent

 

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March 20, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Community,

Now that we know that schools will not reopen before April 13, we are ready to let you know about our plans for remote learning.

Our families have come to expect that CFSD delivers a thorough, high quality education to all of our students. As we shift to remote learning, that goal remains the same.  

To that end, we are interested in creating remote classes that are reliable and meaningful. At the same time, we must address the diverse needs of our entire community of learners. While we are working around the clock to implement this new system, it will take time to roll out a program that meets our standards. We are not going to launch remote learning until we have defined all expectations for instruction for teachers and learning for students. 

Here is what we can tell you now:

  • CFSD will use Google Classroom as our remote learning platform at all schools.
  • Google Classroom will be utilized by individual teachers or grade levels to communicate about instruction and educational activities that are specific to a subject or class/course. Teachers are to wait until their Google Classrooms are ready for implementation before initiating formal communication and instruction with students and families. It is important to be consistent with our implementation efforts regarding instruction and educational services to ensure that we are meeting our obligations to serve the needs of all of our students.
  • We know that monitoring a remote learning program puts an additional burden on our families. For that reason, we are concentrating on delivering the most essential lessons that our students need.
  • Next week during Spring Break our planning will continue. Our teachers are at different proficiency levels in the use of Google Classroom, and we are creating a variety of training options that will begin after spring break on March 30. Many of our teachers are using Google Classroom, but there are others for whom additional training must occur.
  • We anticipate a soft rollout during the week of March 30 as some teachers begin activating Google Classroom. By April 6, ALL teachers will provide remote learning.
  • In the interim, we have compiled suggested enrichment resources here.

As our planning progresses, we will continue to send you updates. In the meantime, be well and enjoy your break. 

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent

 

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On Friday, March 20, 2020, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman announced a two-week extension of school closures through Friday, April 10, 2020. Going forward, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman will continue to provide updates and guidance about the need for continued school closures beyond that date.

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March 15, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Families,

Thank you for reaching out to me regarding your concerns about COVID-19 and the decision to keep our schools open. I have heard from about two dozen families, but I am sure that many others have the same questions and concerns.

If you do not want to send your students to school tomorrow, and you have the capacity to keep them at home with alternative child care, please do so. Absences will be excused, and makeup work can be done at a later date.

If you don't want to or can't keep your students at home, for whatever reason, send them to school. We will be there. We continue our heightened disinfecting procedures and will keep a lookout for anyone exhibiting illness. If so, they will be sent home by our health professionals.

I will join other superintendents on a conference call Tuesday with Governor Ducey and public health officials. In the meantime, I have sent a request to the Governor asking that he close all AZ schools, instead of permitting the patchwork of non-closures and closures across the state. 

We are still working on how we will deliver instruction, food, and any other services that our families need, if closure should occur. 

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent

 

As of 4:00 PM on Sunday March 15, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all Arizona schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020.

Joint Letter from Governor Ducey & Superintendent Hoffman

 

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March 12, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Community:

As you know from our previous communications, we’ve been closely tracking public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

With each new headline, we receive calls from families seeking answers and guidance.  Our overall message continues to be: Prepare, don’t panic.  We will sum up our specific responses in this FAQ.

Will CFSD close schools?

We will not close schools unless public health, the Arizona Public Health System (APHS) and Pima County Health Department (PCHD), recommends closure.  According to PCHD officials, “We have been preparing for this for several weeks. We are not recommending closing school or canceling events. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s transmission rating for Arizona remains low.” We know that closing schools presents a real hardship on our families, and we are committed to staying open while it is safe to do so.  Providing a dependable school routine for students is important for their well-being, too. However, we have to consider the possibility that schools may close.  We are now planning for what that will look like in CFSD. 

Should my student attend school?

In CFSD, we trust our families to make the decision that is right for their students. If your student or someone in your home is considered to be in an at-risk category, please assess the risk and make a decision based on guidance from your own healthcare provider.

Will my student be penalized for not attending school?

No, we will not penalize for absence from school. Your student’s health comes first.  But be sure to notify your student’s school regarding any absence. In addition to an excused absence, we will not require a doctor’s note to return to school, in order to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system. Please carefully follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations.

Remember, if your student is showing flu-like symptoms (fever, coughing, or shortness of breath), please stay home.  Students may return to school after they are symptom-free (without a fever-reducer) for 24 hours.

Will public events, athletics, and school trips continue?

CFSD’s school-sponsored activities will continue, but we will review them on a case-by-case basis if circumstances change. A few state and national competitions have already been canceled. When that occurs, we will communicate directly with the families who are affected by these decisions.
 
Our CFSD community prides itself on pulling together in challenging times.  We appreciate all that you have done to support our schools. Truly, we could not do this without you.

APHS’s website is updated daily at azhealth.gov  Please stay informed by checking it regularly.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent

 

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March 8, 2020

 

Dear CFSD Community,

As many of you prepare for the next two weeks before Spring Break, I want to provide you with information on CFSD's response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), and what you can do at home to help.

Your student's health, safety, and success remain our primary focus as we adjust to the outbreak. Beginning Monday, March 9, we are implementing the following common-sense practices.

  • Our cleaning vendor, ProCleaners, will add hours to the daily work schedule everywhere to clean all cleared spaces to disinfect desktops, tables, countertops, bookcases, and high-touch surfaces like railings, doorknobs, keyboards, light switches, water fountains, pencil sharpeners, and chair arms/backs.
  • By the end of the day on Monday, "disinfecting kits" will be placed in each classroom, library, locker room, and weight room. The kit includes a 32-ounce spray bottle of disinfectant, a roll of white paper towels, and a ziplock bag of gloves. The disinfectant is safe for students and staff. ProCleaners will check the kit daily to replenish, where needed.
  • Lysol wipes will be placed in all libraries and computer labs. There is a limited supply for now, but more are to be delivered by the end of the week and will be placed in all rooms with computers. Students may be asked to use the wipes on keyboards; don't use the spray disinfectant. Since every keyboard will need to be wiped down every day, it's a community job. Teachers will be directing new classroom practices, and we expect that our students will help out as needed.
  • Proper and frequent hand washing is already a part of our culture, but we will offer frequent reminders, visual step-by-step guides, and the time necessary for every student to practice it.
  • Shared school supplies, like classroom pencils and markers, will no longer be offered.
  • Our school buses will be disinfected on a daily basis.

What you can do to help:

  • Please keep sick children at home. We cannot stress this point enough.
  • Please make sure you practice the 20-second hand-washing rule at home.
  • Talk to your children about avoiding hand-to-hand gestures like high fives and handshakes.
  • Check that your child has their own pencils, pens, and other school supplies, reducing their need to borrow from their teacher or a neighbor.
  • Follow public health recommendations like getting plenty of rest and staying hydrated.
  • Schools may be in need of donated supplies, like pencils, new markers, and boxes of tissues. Check with your school to see how you can help.

During Spring Break, ProCleaners will install Ecolab hand sanitizer dispensers on the walls near high-traffic entrances and exits on our campuses. The gel for the dispensers is scheduled for delivery on Monday, March 23.

Thank you for being our partners in keeping our students healthy.

 

Sincerely,

Mary Kamerzell, Superintendent 

 

 

 

 

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