Return to Learning Update - August 18, 2020

Dear Tanque Verde District Parents/Guardians,

 

The TVUSD Governing Board and Superintendent are closely following guidance from the Pima County Health Dept. related to school reopenings. We want to provide you with an overview of the most recent guidance, and how it affects the Tanque Verde Unified School District Return to Learning 20-21 Plan. 

 

Pima County Back-to-School Committee Meetings

A Pima County Back-to-School Committee has recently been established. The Back 2 School Committee’s mission is to develop local public health guidance for the safe return to in-person classroom instruction. The Committee is led by Co-Chairs Pima County School Superintendent, Mr. Dustin Williams, and Pima County Health Dept. Director, Dr. Theresa Cullen. Members include: all Pima County School District Superintendents, Pima County Chief Medical Officer Dr. Francisco Garcia, and Pima County Administrator, Mr. Chuck Huckleberry. The committee meetings will allow Pima County a means of direct support and communication with school districts, and will afford local school districts the opportunity to provide specific feedback. Committee information is available at www.pima.gov/backtoschool 

 

The recording of the Monday, August 10th Pima County Back-to-School Advisory Committee Facebook Live Meeting may be found here:

https://www.facebook.com/pimacountyarizona/videos/2712252175689648/

 

Pima County COVID-19 Assessment

At the August 10th meeting, Dr. Theresa Cullen, Director of the Pima County Health Department, updated school leaders with an assessment of the current Pima County metrics. “The county's nine COVID-19 criteria all need to be yellow before schools should even consider a hybrid model of in-person learning, defined as in-person, face-to-face instruction - just not for everyone at once,” she stated. “It's hard to know when that will happen, but it will likely be six to seven weeks at the earliest.” 

 

For Tanque Verde District Schools, this means in-person learning would not resume until after Fall Break, at the earliest.

 

Local health officials to schools: Safe, in-person classrooms are weeks away

https://www.tanqueverdeschools.org/protected/ArticleView.aspx?iid=6GBAPAB&dasi=3002

 

 

Return to In-Person Learning

There is a three step process wherein certain metrics must be met before the district starts reopening our schools for in-person classes. As noted by the Arizona Dept. of Health Services, “the level of COVID-19 transmission in the community is an important factor in determining when it is safe to begin in-person instruction. What each school decides must be specific to its needs and circumstances.” 

 

The process of reopening requires a careful, thorough and detailed analysis of state and local conditions. First, the qualifications of the Arizona State Metrics must be met. Second, the Pima County Metrics must be at an appropriate level for schools to reopen. Third, local school boards must make a determination for their individual district schools.

 

  1. State Metrics Page

https://www.azdhs.gov/preparedness/epidemiology-disease-control/infectious-disease-epidemiology/index.php#novel-coronavirus-schools

 

  1. County Metrics Page

https://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=568644

 

  1. Board Determination 

 

Once these thresholds are met, we will advise the community of our specific plans to return to in-person instruction on our school campuses. We look forward to that time when we can regain some normalcy, however, the safety of our staff and students remains our first priority.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Scott Hagerman, Ed.D

Superintendent

 

 

More detailed information is available on the district website, at the following locations:

Return to Learning Plan

https://www.tanqueverdeschools.org/ReturnToLearning.aspx

On-Site Learning Support Services

https://www.tanqueverdeschools.org/On-SiteLearningSupportServices.aspx

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