Ten Counties Now Meet Beneficial College Benchmarks for In-Particular person Studying | Sedona.Biz
Six counties join those where hybrid teaching may be considered
Phoenix az (Sep 3, 2020) – Given the ongoing decline in the COVID-19 community across much of Arizona, eight counties have now met the recommended benchmarks in the ADHD guidelines for safe return to face-to-face teaching for schools in order to revive a hybrid learning model incorporate combination of face-to-face and online learning. Two other districts, Greenlee and La Paz, met the recommended benchmarks to resume full face-to-face teaching. The benchmarks were set in accordance with Governor Ducey’s Ordinance of June 23, 2020-51, Arizona: Open to Learning, and in conjunction with the School Reopening Roadmap developed by the Arizona Department of Education, which is gradual by the Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and the Headmasters will responsibly reopen schools.
In today’s update to the ADHD Schools Dashboard, the following counties, along with Apache and Yavapai, have met the state benchmarks for beginning personal learning through a hybrid model:
After reaching these benchmarks, ADHD recommends schools to consider moving from virtual teaching to a combination of virtual and face-to-face learning while taking mitigation measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The following districts have reached the minimum ADHD recommended categories that should be met before resuming full face-to-face classes:
The benchmarks allow principals the flexibility of when and how to resume face-to-face classes and encourage consultation of the county health authorities as the best source of information about local conditions. Some county health departments have recommended stricter guidelines based on local broadcast.
“When it comes to Arizona’s children, our focus is on ensuring that students and teachers have a safe and successful school year while regaining the immense benefits of personal learning,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Now schools have a path to safe return to class, guided by public health data.”
“The main goal is to keep our children, employees, and their families safe and healthy throughout the school year,” said Kathy Hoffman, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I urge every member of the Arizona school community to exercise caution and consult the School Reopening Roadmap as we begin the return to face-to-face learning in our state.”
“Schools offer our children so much more than just education,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health. “Key components such as diet, physical activity, access to health services and counseling, and social interactions ensure that our children are educated, safe and healthy. We appreciate all of the steps Arizonans have taken to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities so our children and staff can return to class safely. ”
The School Reopening Roadmap calls for these stringent requirements to minimize the spread of COVID-19, including:
- The use of masks during hybrid personal lessons for all staff and students over 5 years old,
- Physical distancing from students,
- Coordination of classrooms,
- Improved cleaning and disinfection,
- Closure of common areas and
- Symptom screening.
Less mitigation measures are required for schools in rural districts of the minimum category. A recent ADHD Emergency Ordinance requires schools to report COVID-19 outbreaks to their health authorities and keep students, teachers, staff, and parents and guardians regularly informed of their efforts.
To ensure that every student and employee has access to face masks, ADHD has partnered with Hanes to provide five free cloth masks for school staff and families in Arizona. You can have free masks sent to your home or school at azhealth.gov/ordermasks. Additionally, ADHD is working with the United States Department of Health (HHS) and the county health department to bring 3 million cloth masks to school children across Arizona.
The ADHD Schools Dashboard, available at azhealth.gov/schoolsCOVID19, indicates whether the districts meet the recommended benchmarks for reopening in-person learning in schools for the first time. ADHD recommends that all three benchmarks fall within the moderate or minimum transmission range before schools in a county consider a hybrid approach of virtual and face-to-face learning. If one or more benchmark categories are in the range of significant transmission, ADHD recommends that schools work with their local health departments and prepare for virtual learning. The data in the dashboard is updated weekly on Thursdays.
In addition to community-level data, parents should review their school’s mitigation plans to determine whether it is right for their family to send their students back for face-to-face study. ADHD materials developed for children and their families, including instructions on how to wear masks, wash hands, exercise physical distancing, and understand COVID-19 symptoms. Important steps, like keeping your child at home when they are sick, wearing a mask properly, and getting influenza and other required vaccinations, can help keep children healthy as they return to face-to-face learning.
For more information on schools and COVID-19, please visit www.azhealth.gov/schoolsCOVID-19.