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10/22/2020 6:50 p.m.

Dear NUSD Students, Parents/Families, and Community


Wishing everyone is safe and in good health following all the safety guidelines.


As you are aware NUSD started the Hybrid Model of Instruction on Monday, October 19, 2020, and approximately 45% of our students/families district-wide have been attending in-person instruction. Our numbers are very small with the majority of our students/families choosing to stay and participate in our Online Model. In monitoring the ADHS School Benchmark Data and in consultation with our local medical experts on whose advice we rely, NUSD will be returning to the Online Model for all students starting Monday, October 26, 2020, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. 


This recommendation and decision are being made out of an abundance of caution after reviewing the data and in accordance with our local health experts reporting that, for the past two to three weeks, our county has been seeing an increase of new cases. The ADHS School Benchmark Data, which shows the positivity rate and other factors, was once again going up above 6% back in late September and is currently dipping back down as of early October. However, this latest benchmark data is only a snapshot of the early week of October and does not reflect the most current data for the past two weeks of October in which positive cases are increasing.


As of this morning, the overall positivity rate of Santa Cruz County is at 16%. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) updated guidance has also changed. Previously it defined "close contact" as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes of a confirmed positive person to now close contact being a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Locally the data indicates the percentage of youth ages 0-19 makes up 14% of all cases, exceeding the percentage of cases now for adults aged 65 and older (11%). There is also a shift from adults aged 45 to 64 to now only comprising 32% of all cases in Santa Cruz County to adults 20 to 44 accounting for the greatest percentage of cases at 43%. 


NUSD will continue to make recommendations and decisions based on the data and in consultation with our local health experts who are supporting this recommendation to return to the Online Model for all students starting on Monday, October 26, 2020. 


Please note that the schedule for self-contained students receiving on-site services will not change nor will the process and procedures for high school students in the athletics program, including weekly testing.


We understand the difficulties of confronting this ongoing and difficult situation. Once again, this recommendation and decision are being made with the best and safest interest in mind for the NUSD community and the Nogales and Santa Cruz County community. The safety and security of all stakeholders are the priority and above anything else. 


Your support, patience, and understanding are appreciated.  May all of our students, families, and the entire school community be safe and healthy. Please continue to practice personal responsibility and follow all the safety guidelines including social (physical distancing), avoidance of large gatherings, wearing a mask at all times while in public or around other people, and washing your hands often.


Thank you,


Superintendent Parra



Estimados estudiantes, padres / familias y comunidad del NUSD


Deseando que todos estén seguros y con buena salud siguiendo todas las pautas de seguridad.


Como saben, NUSD inició el Modelo Híbrido de Instrucción el lunes 19 de octubre de 2020, y aproximadamente el 45% de nuestros estudiantes / familias en todo el distrito han estado asistiendo a instrucción en persona. Nuestro número es muy pequeño y la mayoría de nuestros estudiantes / familias eligen quedarse y participar en nuestro Modelo en línea. Al monitorear los datos de referencia escolares del ADHS y en consulta con nuestros expertos médicos locales en cuyos consejos confiamos, NUSD volverá al modelo en línea para todos los estudiantes a partir del lunes 26 de octubre de 2020, HASTA NOTIFICACIÓN ADICIONAL.


Esta recomendación y decisión se toman con mucha precaución después de revisar los datos y de acuerdo con nuestros expertos en salud locales que informaron que, durante las últimas dos o tres semanas, nuestro condado ha estado viendo un aumento de nuevos casos. Los datos de referencia escolares del ADHS, que muestran la tasa de positividad y otros factores, volvieron a subir por encima del 6% a finales de septiembre y actualmente están bajando a principios de octubre. Sin embargo, estos últimos datos de referencia son solo una instantánea de la primera semana de octubre y no reflejan los datos más actuales de las últimas dos semanas de octubre en las que los casos positivos están aumentando.


A partir de esta mañana, la tasa de positividad general del condado de Santa Cruz es del 16%. La guía actualizada del Centro para el Control de Enfermedades (CDC) también ha cambiado. Anteriormente, se definía "contacto cercano" como estar dentro de los 6 pies durante 15 minutos de una persona positiva confirmada hasta que ahora el contacto cercano es un total acumulativo de 15 minutos o más durante un período de 24 horas. A nivel local, los datos indican que el porcentaje de jóvenes de 0 a 19 años representa el 14% de todos los casos, superando el porcentaje de casos ahora para adultos de 65 años o más (11%). También hay un cambio de adultos de 45 a 64 años que ahora solo comprenden el 32% de todos los casos en el condado de Santa Cruz a adultos de 20 a 44 años que representan el mayor porcentaje de casos con 43%.


NUSD continuará haciendo recomendaciones y decisiones basadas en los datos y en consulta con nuestros expertos en salud locales que apoyan esta recomendación de regresar al Modelo en línea para todos los estudiantes a partir del lunes 26 de octubre de 2020.


Tenga en cuenta que el horario para los estudiantes autónomos que reciben servicios en el lugar no cambiará ni el proceso y los procedimientos para los estudiantes de secundaria en el programa de atletismo, incluidas las pruebas semanales.


Entendemos las dificultades de afrontar esta difícil y actual situación. Una vez más, esta recomendación y decisión se toman con el mejor y más seguro interés en mente para la comunidad del NUSD y la comunidad del condado de Nogales y Santa Cruz. La seguridad y protección de todas las partes interesadas es la prioridad y por encima de cualquier otra cosa.


Se agradece su apoyo, paciencia y comprensión. Que todos nuestros estudiantes, familias y toda la comunidad escolar estén seguros y saludables. Continúe practicando la responsabilidad personal y siga todas las pautas de seguridad, incluidas las sociales (distanciamiento físico), evitar grandes reuniones, usar una máscara en todo momento mientras está en público o cerca de otras personas y lavarse las manos con frecuencia.


Gracias,


Superintendente Parra

Arizona Parental Rights Handbook Open Book 

In the 2020 Arizona Legislative Session, the Legislature established ARS § 15- 249.16 which requires the ADE to establish and post a statutory handbook of parental rights, which has been done. Additionally, each school district and charter school must prominently post a link to the statutory handbook of parental rights on a publicly accessible portion of their website. 
The statutory handbook can be accessed at the following link:

https://www.azed.gov/sites/default/files/2020/09/Final%20Draft_2020_Parental%20Rights%20Handbook_%2809.10.2020%29.pdf


SCC
Aug 25, 2020 3:18 PM
Mask Use in Schools and Required Reporting
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued additional clarity on the use of masks in schools. The key takeway:
In Executive Order 2020-51, Governor Ducey required all school districts and charter schools to develop and implement a policy to require face coverings, such as face masks or face shields, for all staff and students over the age of 5 and to develop and adopt a COVID-19 mitigation plan prior to opening a school building for on-site support services or in-person instruction. These two critical requirements combined with the guidance provided in the Arizona Department of Education’s Arizona Roadmap for Reopening Schools and the Arizona Department of Health Services’ Guidance for Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction provide a framework for all schools to prepare for a successful and safe re-entry. 
Mask Use in Schools
Arizona Department of Health Services issued an emergency measure requiring Arizona schools, child care centers, and shelters to report outbreaks of COVID19 to their local health departments.
This new emergency measure aimed at improving the public health response to outbreaks applies to:
  • public schools
  • charter schools
  • private schools with students from kinder-12th grade
  • child care establishments and shelters
ADHS Emergency Measure
ADHS Emergency Measure Press Release


Nogales


NUSD #1 is located about an hour south of Tucson in the beautiful mountains of Southern Arizona. The City of Nogales is a fantastic place to live and work. It is a progressive city that has successfully maintained its small town charm, rich traditions, and vibrant culture. The city is the county seat for Santa Cruz County and shares the international border with Nogales-Sonora, its sister city in Mexico.

Our school district serves approximately 6,200 students in 10 schools which include a preschool program, six elementary schools, two middle schools, and two high schools. Located in the southern part of Santa Cruz County, our students and families bring to our school community a rich cultural background that reflects life on both sides of the border.

Most importantly, Nogales is the type of city where “a kid can be a kid.” Far removed from the hustle and bustle of big city life, Nogales is a place where parents can feel safe with nurturing schools and caring neighbors. Come join us here at Nogales Unified School District #1. We can’t wait to meet you!

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