Parent Letter 11.13.20 - Update on COVID-19 from Superintendent Mendivil

Dear TUHSD Parents & Families,

Based on concerns we are receiving from families and others in our community, I would like to reassure you that we are committed to our current model of hybrid learning. Throughout this pandemic, we have ensured that our decision making is guided by the public health metrics made available by both Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Although many of our surrounding communities are facing situations where they are “in the red” with the latest round of updates, we are fortunate that the areas where our students reside are still considered “yellow”, and safe to continue with the hybrid learning model that we have implemented. We will continue to be guided by these metrics, and although cases are on the rise in Arizona overall and two benchmarks have gradually increased for TUHSD, we consider ourselves fortunate that we have not yet had to consider a return to fully remote learning.

Recently, the State updated their guidelines which will allow us to continue in hybrid until we have hit “red” in all three tracked metrics, for two consecutive weeks. While we can’t be certain what the future holds, we are committed to continuing in our current model until the metrics dictate otherwise, and continuing to ask our families and community to be mindful of the safety measures that we have in place that protect us all.

TUHSD remains committed to implementing and following the safety measures in our Health Mitigation Plan to protect students and staff from exposure to COVID-19. We feel that the adherence to this plan is what has kept our community “yellow”. Our protocols include reminding students and staff to stay home when they are sick and mandating wearing face masks. Physical distancing rules are in place and high-touch surface areas are disinfected regularly. We also encourage frequent hand washing and hand sanitizer is readily available to students and staff.

Last month, in an effort to be transparent with our community, we launched a TUHSD COVID-19 dashboard (available here), which lists current, active COVID-19 cases by school. The dashboard is updated on a rolling basis as information becomes available. We hope that this has been an informative resource for you. It is also worth noting that the overwhelming majority of our current, active cases are a result of off-campus exposure, which indicates that the protocols in our Health Mitigation Plan have been successful in keeping our students and staff safe during this time.

In addition to the COVID-19 dashboard, we have a wide variety of resources available to you at this time, including a video outlining safety protocols (available here), a list of frequently asked questions (available here), and a list of social-emotional wellness resources (available here).

Next Wednesday, November 18, our Governing Board will hear an important COVID-19 update from our administrative team. The meeting will be live-streamed on our YouTube channel starting at 7 PM.  I hope you are able to join us.

Thank you for your continued support,
Dr. Kevin J. Mendivil