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Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update

Novel Coronavirus - COVID-19 Update

Letter sent to parents March 5, 2020 - 
 

Dear DVUSD Parents and Guardians:

With the increased information and questions circulating about COVID-19 (previously referred to as the Novel Coronavirus), we want to provide updated information that we received from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH). We also want to share with you the actions we are taking to protect the health of our students and employees.

It is important to know we do not have any reports of confirmed exposures within our school district. There has been no community spread of COVID-19 in Maricopa County. There is currently one presumptive positive case and one recovered case in Maricopa County.

In the case of COVID-19 or other communicable diseases, DVUSD follows the directives provided by MCDPH and ADHS. Should there be updated developments that would impact our families or schools, DVUSD will send out communications to families and employees as soon as we are able.

What DVUSD is doing:

  • DVUSD is one of the few districts in the Valley with a nurse at each of our schools. Our nurses help provide a first-hand report on the health of our students and employees. They will continue to monitor students and staff.
  • Information regarding flu protocol has been provided to all school nurses as COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the flu spreads – through respiratory droplets that are produced when someone coughs or sneezes. We are working to ensure our schools are properly stocked with necessary supplies.
  • At all of our schools, the custodial staff has been directed to pay extra attention to cleaning “high touch” areas, such as doorknobs.
  • We are monitoring reported absence rates at schools due to colds and flu and will take action if we see a pattern of high absence rates.
  • Our district’s leadership team has been and will continue to make preparations if the disease would become widespread throughout our county and/or District. Topics include: making sure schools continue preventative measures (washing hands, staying home if not feeling well, etc.), preparing for extremely deep cleaning of schools, and planning ongoing communication to families and employees if we would need to close a school or schools.
  • Our district continues to communicate with MCDPH to ensure we have the most accurate information available.

Information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • The CDC does not recommend that people who wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. A facemask should be used by people who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
  • Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
  • For more information from the CDC about COVID-19 visit www.cdc.gov/covid19. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health has also provided tips and information, which is attached. COVID-19_letter_to_parents_MCDPH.pdf

Thank you in advance for keeping your student(s) home from school when showing symptoms of the cold or flu. We are grateful to our parents for your partnership in keeping our students healthy and safe. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families and schools.

Sincerely,

 

Curtis Finch, PhD
Superintendent

 
February 28, 2020 -
We want our parents to know that every day, the Deer Valley Unified School District Staff, including our Director of School Operations, is monitoring COVID-19 and the spread of the illness.
 
We have and will continue to follow all guidelines from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Arizona Department of Health Services, and CDC.
 
DVUSD staff and nurses monitor our students' health daily.
 
If the illness spreads to an unmanageable level, DVUSD would follow all state and local directions. We would close schools if that is what is needed to keep our students and staff safe. DVUSD would notify our parents through phone calls, emails, and texts with as much advance warning as possible.
 
 

Please see attached for the latest information from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.