COVID-19 Updates

03/30/2020 2:20 PM

Good afternoon N.U.S.D. PARENTS AND N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY : 

THE GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA HAS EXTENDED THE SCHOOL CLOSURES THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR. HOWEVER, SCHOOL DISTANCE LEARNING WILL CONTINUE TO BE PROVIDED THROUGH THE END OF THE OFFICIAL SCHOOL CALENDAR TO THE EXTENT THAT WE CAN. THIS WILL BE EVALUATED ON A DAILY BASIS. 

ADJUSTMENTS AND LEARNING OPPORTUNITY CHANGES WILL BE MADE AS WE MONITOR AND ADJUST THROUGH THIS PROCESS AND AS WE ARE PROVIDED FURTHER OFFICIAL GUIDELINES FROM STATE OFFICIALS. 

AT THIS TIME IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY FOR N.U.S.D. IS AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY/HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS, OUR FAMILIES, ALL ENTIRE N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY AND COMMUNITY OF NOGALES...

N.U.S.D. IS REMINDING OUR PARENTS, STUDENTS AND SCHOOL COMMUNITY TO CONTINUE TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND ALL THE SAFETY/HEALTH GUIDELINES. 

ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH EXPERTS THE VIRUS PEAK WILL BE HITTING ARIZONA IN MID APRIL AND END OF APRIL FOR SANTA CRUZ COUNTY AS THE DATA IS CHANGING RAPIDLY EVERYDAY.

AT THIS TIME OUR SCHOOLS HAVE REACHED OUT TO OUR PARENTS/STUDENTS REGARDING THE DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS AND WE CONTINUE TO UPDATE YOU ON THESE PROCEDURES AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR AND ADJUST ACCORDINGLY; CONTINUING TO WORK THROUGH THIS CHALLENGING HEALTH CRISIS...

THE DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITY PACKETS ARE GOING OUT TODAY DISTRICT WIDE FOR ALL K-8 STUDENTS AND THE HIGH SCHOOLS HAVE SUBMITTED DIRECTION AND PICK UP SCHEDULES FOR LEARNING PACKETS FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WILL BE DOING LEARNING PACKETS. FOR OTHER STUDENTS DOING ON LINE LEARNING THEY HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED DIRECTION AND INSTRUCTION FROM THE SCHOOL AND GRADE SUBJECT TEACHERS. THIS COMMUNICATION WILL BE ONGOING...

WE APPRECIATE YOUR UNDERSTANDING, SUPPORT, COOPERATION AND PATIENCE AS WE WORK TOGETHER IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR N.U.S.D. STUDENTS/ COMMUNITY AND OUR ENTIRE NOGALES COMMUNITY. 

AS MENTIONED, WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE UPDATES AND DIRECTION REGARDING SCHOOL LEARNING, ACCOUNTABILITY AND SCHOOL BUSINESS MEASURES. THE DISTRICT WILL BE USING FLEXIBILITY REGARDING LEARNING MEASURE ACCOUNTABILITY SUCH AS STUDENT GRADES AND OTHER SCHOOL POLICIES. 

WE ARE PERFORMING AND ACTING DURING A VERY CHALLENGING SITUATION UNPRECEDENTED TIME. 

PLEASE BE SAFE, PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCE AND FOLLOW ALL THE SAFETY/HEALTHY HYGIENE GUIDELINES.

THANK YOU!

SUPERINTENDENT PARRA 



03/20/2020 5:45 PM


Good afternoon Parents, Students, and ALL N.U.S.D. School Community: 

WE WANTED TO REACH OUT WITH A NEW UPDATE TO ADVISE THAT SCHOOL CLOSURE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO APRIL 10, 2020.

THE DISTRICT IS CURRENTLY IN AN ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION WORKING ON A DISTANCE LEARNING PLAN THAT WILL BE IN PLACE TO PROVIDE POTENTIAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS TO START MONDAY, MARCH 30, 2020 DISTRICT WIDE. WE WILL BE PROVIDING/EXPLORING DIFFERENT METHODS AND OPTIONS FOR POTENTIAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS. 

AT THIS TIME THE DISTRICT'S NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS THE SAFETY, SECURITY- HEALTH OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, FAMILIES, AND ALL OF OUR N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY AND WILL CONTINUE TO ENSURE AND PRIORITIZE A SAFE AND ORDERLY PROCESS FOR POTENTIAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL STUDENTS AT N.U.S.D. 

OUR SCHOOLS WILL BE REACHING OUT AT A LATER TIME TO PROVIDE FURTHER DETAILS, INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION REGARDING POTENTIAL DISTANCE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR STUDENTS/FAMILIES.

OUR FOOD SERVICE MEAL PROGRAM HAS SERVED OVER 1,200 MEALS THIS WEEK AND AN ADJUSTED NEW MEAL CALENDAR WILL BE IN AFFECT FOR BETTER ACCESSIBILITY FOR OUR FAMILIES AND SAFETY/HEALTH PROTOCOL STARTING ON MONDAY,  MARCH 23rd. THE NEW CALENDAR HAS BEEN POSTED AND SHARED WITH OUR N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY AND FAMILIES. N.U.S.D. IS LOOKING FORWARD TO CONTINUING PROVIDING MEALS FOR OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES. 

WE WANT TO THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR YOUR PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT AS WE ALL WORK TOGETHER IN THE BEST INTEREST, SAFETY AND HEALTH OF ALL OF OUR STUDENTS, FAMILIES AND N.U.S.D. COMMUNITY.

BE SAFE AND PLEASE FOLLOW THE HEALTHY HYGIENE GUIDELINES.

WISHING THAT ALL OF OUR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES ARE DOING WELL AND STAYING SAFE THROUGH OUT THIS UNPRECEDENTED HEALTH SCARE AND SCHOOL CLOSURE.

THANK YOU!
SUPERINTENDENT PARRA 


03/20/2020 2:00 PM

Beginning Monday N.U.S.D. will have a new schedule for the Grab and Go meals.  Please see attached the meal schedule and menu items.

menu

3/15/2020  1:40 PM


Nogales Unified School District #1 will be providing FREE MEALS during the school closure for children 18 years of age and under. Meals will be served at different locations throughout Nogales during this time. Attached you will find the flyers for the school closure meal schedule.   

meals 


Thank you!



03/18/2020 2:09 PM

Dear NUSD Community,

As we were forwarding to you a current update, we received the following News Release from the Arizona State Legislature. Please review the attachment. Thank you again.

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State





03/18/2020 2:00 PM


Good afternoon NUSD Community,

I hope that everyone is doing well and that you are following safety guidelines and staying healthy.

This corona virus pandemic is creating a great deal of stress and anxiety within our community and across the nation. The virus has several of the same symptoms as the flu virus and there are a number of people dealing with the common cold, flu and allergies at this time in our community. This creates a very difficult situation, as we do not know who may be infected with the corona virus and who is at risk of exposure. We continue to understand more each day about the COVID-19 virus, but we are all experiencing an unknown situation that is affecting all of us directly. 

As you already know, if you have been following the news regarding the latest data for COVID-19 in Arizona (as last updated on 3/18/2020 by the Arizona Department of Health Services), the data is changing quickly. The current numbers indicate that there are 27 total COVID-19 cases; 11 in Maricopa County, 8 in Pinal County, 1 in Graham County, 2 in Navajo County and 5 in Pima County. So far, zero tests have come back positive in Santa Cruz County. Thankfully, there are no deaths reported at this time in Arizona. Unfortunately, even as we write this update, we know that the numbers are changing.

This health crisis makes this school closure unique in comparison with all past school closures that have occurred locally or across the state and nation. This means that ALL NORMAL SCHOOLING MATTERS including  but not limited to instructional calendar, programs, events, small/large group gatherings for traditional teaching/learning, state accountability measures, testing, funding, and ALL related school business COME TO AN END UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THIS UNPRECEDENTED SCHOOL CLOSURE.

This morning NUSD district administrators and school leaders met to discuss the current situation and to review the state guidelines/information provided including the plan for potential learning opportunities. We are working together and will be reaching out to all of you as we formulate a learning plan that is in the best interest of all of our students and NUSD. At this time, we are waiting for legislative changes within the Senate Education Bill being drafted.

As you can understand, over the last 72 hours we have been continually receiving different information and recommendations from the AZ State Department of Education, but we have not received any concrete guidance or direction on how we will be proceeding during an extended school closure. Decisions regarding an extended school closure will be decided and determined by State officials by no later than Sunday, March 22, 2020.

These are the facts that are currently known at this time. As we have been, we will continue to keep you informed and provide direction as we receive updated information and have more specific guidance to share.

Currently, we are fortunate that we are able to provide continuation of pay and benefits to all full-time NUSD employees.  I appreciate your understanding, trust and support at this time as we continue to work in the best interest of NUSD.

Please stay safe and thank you.
Fernando Parra, Superintendent




03/14/2020 4:40 PM


GOOD AFTERNOON PARENTS AND NUSD COMMUNITY, 
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT:

NUSD WILL BE IMPOSING SCHOOL CLOSURE FROM MARCH 16Th- MARCH 27TH TO RETURN ON MARCH 30TH! 

* ALL AIA/ATHLETIC PROGRAM, EXTRACURRICULAR PROGRAMS, SCHOOL EVENTS AT ALL LEVELS INCLUDING ALL SCHOOL TRAVEL HAS BEEN CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM WILL BE PROCEEDING WITH PROVIDING MEALS FOR OUR STUDENTS/FAMILIES WITH FOOD SERVICE STATIONS ACROSS THE DISTRICT AS WE DO WITH OUR SUMMER MEAL PROGRAM. THEY WILL BE FOLLOWING ALL FOOD SERVICE SAFETY AND PROCEDURES PROTOCOL.  PLEASE VISIT OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE FOR SCHEDULE AND LOCATIONS. WWW.NUSD.K12.AZ.US.

AS WE MENTIONED AND COMMUNICATED EARLIER THIS WEEK THAT WE WOULD BE MONITORING THIS HEALTH CRISIS ON A DAY TO DAY BASIS AS WELL AS COMMUNICATING WITH STATE OFFICIALS AND HEALTH SERVICES EXPERTS. 

AT THIS TIME I AM RECOMMENDING SCHOOL CLOSURE BASED ON THE HEALTH CRISIS WE ARE BEING CHALLENGED WITH AT THIS TIME/WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST, SAFETY/HEALTH OF OUR STUDENTS AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES. WE ARE DEALING WITH AN UNKNOWN HEALTH CRISIS SITUATION AND WE DO NOT KNOW HOW SEVERE THIS WILL BE OR WILL GET. THIS IS THE RECOMMENDATION AT THIS TIME AS WE CONTINUE TO MONITOR THIS HEALTH CRISIS SITUATION AT THE LOCAL, COUNTY AND STATE LEVELS. 

WE APPRECIATE ALL THE FEEDBACK AND UNDERSTANDING WE HAVE RECEIVED IN THE BEST INTEREST OF NOT ONLY OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITIES, BUT OF OUR NOGALES COMMUNITY.

WE UNDERSTAND ALL THE CONCERNS THAT THIS HEALTH CRISIS HAS BROUGHT TO OUR COMMUNITY.....WE ARE ACTING IN THE BEST INTEREST AND SAFETY- HEALTH OF OUR COMMUNITIES. 

THANK YOU!
FERNANDO PARRA, SUPERINTENDENT



03/13/2020 10:30 AM


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COVID-19




03/12/2020 7:25 PM

A letter to our educators regarding COVID-19
March 12, 2020
Dear Arizona Educators, 
Today, Governor Ducey, Director Dr. Cara Christ, and I held a conference call with district, charter, and private school leaders regarding guidance on COVID-19. 
Like many other states, Arizona is following the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s Mitigation Strategies in responding to novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Our state and local health officials are using the most up-to-date information to make data-driven and evidence-based recommendations, including guidance around school closures. The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) shares these recommendations with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) who then works with our schools and communities to provide accurate guidance and support.  
School Closures
Right now, the question of whether or not a school will be asked to close is top-of-mind for our school communities. In Arizona, school closures can occur if/when:
  1. The Governor declares a State of Emergency and State & County Health Departments provide direction to counties and schools to close in order to mitigate potential damage of an epidemic;
  2. County Health Departments provide direction to some or all schools to close based on data/evidence in their county;
  3. Charter Operators choose to close one or more of their charter schools under A.R.S. § 15-183;
  4. School Districts or Charter Operators choose to close one or more of their schools under A.R.S. § 15-806 B. 
While some school districts are making the decision to close, the Arizona Department of Health Services does not currently recommend school closures at this time.  
In today’s conversation, Dr. Christ shared with school leaders that school closures could potentially lead to an increase in community spread if students were to be placed in a different congregate area outside of their regular communities for childcare purposes. Importantly, when community spread is minimal, keeping our schools open also provides children with a regular routine that helps reduce panic and fear in the midst tense times. 
Should ADHS and county health departments’ recommendations change regarding school closures, ADE will work with our school leaders and state officials to help schools in the process. ADE is committed to keeping families, students, and educators as healthy and safe as possible. 
To be proactive, we shared information with district and charter leaders today on how they can continue to provide school meals, special education services, and alternative instruction, should their local county health department recommend a school closure. That guidance can be found on our website here.
I know that our schools have very valid concerns about the health of their communities. We encourage all schools to be in close contact with your county departments of public health who are the foremost experts in your community’s health and who can provide the most appropriate guidance on whether or not your school should remain open.  
Impact on Students, Teachers, Communities
Lastly, I want to acknowledge the impact of the fear surrounding this new virus on our students, teachers, families, and communities. Our students have important questions about the global outbreak of COVID-19, and we know you want to respond with great care. The CDC has shared resources for talking to children about COVID-19, and in the coming week, ADE will be posting more resources on our website for teachers to use in their classrooms. 
We will continue to communicate with you, our educators and school leaders, as this situation develops. And we are grateful for all you are doing to keep your school, your students, and yourself healthy & safe.
Sincerely,
Kathy Hoffman, MS, CCC-SLP
Superintendent of Public Instruction




03/12/2020 6:50 PM

ADE COVID-19 Response and Webinar
ADE Webinar: Tuesday, March 17th at 2:00 PM (Arizona Time)
Dear Superintendents, Charter Leaders, and Stakeholders,
The Arizona Department of Education and our partners at ASBA will be hosting a webinar to provide guidance and updates to district and charter schools on contingency planning for COVID-19 and its effect on our school communities. We encourage all district superintendents, charter leaders, and stakeholders to tune into this webinar to learn about the steps ADE is taking to provide guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 Webinar Registration
To support district and charter leadership during this COVID-19 pandemic, the Arizona Department of Education has issued updated guidance regarding pandemic preparedness.
To view this document on our website, please visit: http://www.azed.gov/communications/2020/03/12/pandemic-preparedness/ 
ADE Pandemic Preparedness - PDF






03/12/2020  06:30 PM
UPDATE COVID-19 CONFERENCE CALL/FOLLOW UP 

Good evening


I along with many other state leaders and superintendents had a conference call earlier this afternoon with Arizona Governor Ducey, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Hoffman and Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ.
At this time there are 9 confirmed cases/3 in Maricopa, 5 in Pinal and 1 in Pima County. But as you know this can rapidly change. 

At this time the Governor, State Superintendent, and Health Services Director ARE NOT RECOMMENDING SCHOOL CLOSURES STATEWIDE. This is based on the recent data/due to the minimal cases (clusters)and the situation being monitored by the Department of Health Services State Wide. Dr. Christ, health expert in this area has concluded that at this time all normal functions and daily routines with schooling and other community functions should continue. No restrictions are in place at this time only recommending senior citizens, students, cohort self-contained students or individual teachers- staff members who are at high risk with underline medical conditions should be monitored or not participate in large group settings. This recommendation might change due to any future increase of cases or outbreaks statewide. The Department of Health Services Director also stated that young adults/children are not being affected severely when exposed or contracting this virus. 

As I mentioned, the health experts are recommending for school districts to continue as routine/normal schedules with classes, after-school programs, and extra-curricular activities. We will continue to monitor and check the following website for daily updates and reports. Please check this website as there are special webinars for educators- school personnel and parents. (azdhs.gov)

This website is being updated daily and anyone can find the latest information regarding the Corona Virus. There will also be a special guideline for schools posted later this evening. 
A follow-up webinar is scheduled for next Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM. 

The Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) is not officially canceling any AIA athletic events at this time but is leaving this at the discretion of the individual school districts. The AIA Executive Board is meeting this coming Monday to further discuss and make final determinations- recommendations. Mr. Colgate, Nogales High School Principal has been in constant communication with the executive director and AIA officials to make final decisions and determinations in the best interest and health-safety- of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. He will also be keeping all coaches and staff informed of any event cancelations or changes. The Department of Health Services Director is not recommending these athletic/extracurricular events to be canceled as I mentioned earlier. 

* Regarding if school closures will need to be made in the near future, State Superintendent and ADE are stating that the Department will be flexible and understanding with school districts in the areas of schooling; adjusting school calendars if necessary (not having to make up instructional days/flexibility), working in partnerships and working through these factors including supporting employee contractual/personnel matters as needed, as well as providing additional funding as needed and being flexible and understanding assisting with all these matters/or on a case by case basis.

* State Assessment Schedules/testing windows will also be adjusted and changed as needed. ADE will be making these accommodations and working directly with the districts as needed based on the situation. 

* The same was mentioned regarding absences providing flexibility/understanding with districts due to this health crisis. I will further be communicating with all principals regarding student absences and how these will be handled on a case by case basis including reporting to the state/ADE as it relates with documentation, flexibility and not making these situations punitive. 

We are in an unprecedented situation and collaboration, flexibility, practicality and common sense will be imposed when working and partnering with ADE/accountability measures. It was good to hear the State Superintendent mention flexibility and understanding when dealing with this situation and other impacting schooling issues. 

The recommendations/steps and guidelines to follow are what we have already been communicating: 
- Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and wash your hands throughout the day/or use an alcohol-based sanitizer
( educate and communicate these simple hygiene steps to our students and school community) 
- Use discretion with shaking hands/ avoiding direct physical contact
- Avoid touching your face/nose 
- Avoid coughing/sneezing directly on individuals ( use your arm/elbow areas) 
- Stay home if you are sick/ experiencing flu-like symptoms and see your medical provider if symptoms worsen 
- Students will be sent home if showing flu-like symptoms and staff should stay home if feeling sick 
- Hygiene (cleaning- disinfecting plan) is already in place at all schools including setting up hand washing/sanitizing stations

Later this evening and tomorrow we will be sending a voice messenger communication to all of our parents and school communities briefly updating them that school will be resuming as normal on Monday, March 16, 2020. If anything changes by then, we will certainly be communicating this directly to all stakeholders, our parents and the NUSD community. We will continue to monitor and be checking the health services website and keeping up with the latest information/health experts reports and updates. 

Thank you,

Superintendent, Fernando Parra

 03/12/2020 10:00 am.
Important Message - the Governor has declared an Executive Order on COVID-19 (Please see link below) : 


The district has implemented a continuous and ongoing plan to disinfect and clean all facilities. All of our custodial and support services staff have received professional training on how to use the cleaning/disinfecting solution and procedures on specific cleaning and disinfecting areas in all school buildings. Hand washing/sanitizing stations are also placed at all school buildings.

At this time we will continue to monitor and to stay informed in the upcoming days. We have not received any further direction or information from any local/state health agency experts regarding any closure of schools or any employee or student being sick from this virus.

We will continue to keep everyone posted as we receive any further communication regarding this health scare situation. 

Enjoy your Spring Break! Be safe and stay healthy! 


Thank you,

Superintendent, Fernando Parra

 You can view the Governor's Executive Order 
here

EO 2020-07