2020-2021 COVID-19 Information

2020-2021 COVID-19 Information
Posted on 05/07/2021
2020-2021 COVID-19 Information

May 28, 2021 - The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

 

We wanted to take the opportunity to provide you two additional updates as we conclude the 2020-2021 school year.



  • COVID-19 VACCINATION EVENT - **FREE** TO INDIVIDUALS 12 AND OLDER
  • FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - ENROLLMENT FOR NEW GUHSD STUDENTS

 

 

**FREE** COVID-19 VACCINATION EVENTS

 

As a service to our community, and in partnership with Fry’s Pharmacy and Maricopa County Public Health Department (MCPHD), four GUHSD schools will be host sites for vaccination events on June 9 and June 10.

 

This free community event is open to all individuals ages 12 and older. A parent or legal guardian needs to be present for those 12-15, and a signed/verbal parental consent will be accepted for those 16-17.

Any additional unvaccinated family members, faculty/staff, or any other members of the community may also be vaccinated at this event. 

 

 

DATES AND TIMES OF VACCINATION EVENTS

 

The Pfizer vaccine will be administered free of charge during the following dates and times:

 

SECOND DOSE OF THE VACCINE

The same four GUHSD sites will be used 21 days later for the second dose.

Appointments for the second dose will be scheduled when participants get their first shot on June 9th and 10th.

 

REGISTRATION LINK AND REQUIRED FORM

Our provider has indicated that the following registration link will be live on Monday, May 31 or Tuesday, June 1: https://www.krogerhealth.com/partnerscheduling

Important information when scheduling an appointment:

  • Priority booking code is: GLHSCVVAC21
  • Search preferred location by zip code: Cortez - 85051
                                                                                   Independence - 85303
                                                                                   Glendale - 85301
                                                                                  Washington - 85021
  • Complete the following form and bring it with you to your appointment.

 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

Monday, August 9, 2021, is the first day of school for all GUHSD students.

 

A few important reminders - if you have an incoming freshman and have not yet completed the enrollment process, please reserve your child’s spot in classes as soon as possible by clicking on the link below.

 

Additionally, any new student to the district also needs to complete the enrollment process and can do so by clicking on the following link:

https://sites.google.com/guhsdaz.org/guhsdonlinestudentenrollment/home

 

Please contact the district office for support and/or additional information. 

 

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

 

We would like to extend our congratulations to the Class of 2021. We were happy to hold in-person graduations for the students and their families and were excited to celebrate all graduates as they walked across the stage to receive their diplomas earlier this week. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors.

 

Thank you, once again, for your continued partnership as we worked together to help our students be successful during the 2020-2021 school year. We look forward to working with you and your teen(s) again throughout the summer and next school year.










May 21, 2021
 - 
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

With only a few school days left, we want to provide you with the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IN-PERSON GRADUATIONS
  • COVID-19 COMMUNITY VACCINATION EVENT
  • SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM


COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

The latest data released from MCDPH shows that the cases per 100k people for the GUHSD community increased from 77.37 to 84.71. The percent positive numbers increased as well, from 10.26% to 10.66%.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT IN-PERSON GRADUATIONS

We would like to congratulate the Class of 2021 on their graduation as they hold their commencement ceremonies next week. We are proud of all they have accomplished and look forward to hearing about their achievements in the future.

Graduations will be held at the Gila River Arena on the following dates/times:

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Apollo  – Graduation 10:00 a.m.
Parking - Lot G

 Thunderbird – Graduation 12:30 p.m.
Parking - Lot J

 Glendale– Graduation 3:00 p.m.
Parking - Lot G

Washington - Graduation 5:30 p.m.
Parking - Lot J

  Independence - Graduation 8:00 p.m.
Parking - Lot G


Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Cortez – Graduation 10:00 a.m.
Parking - Lot G

Moon Valley– Graduation 12:30 p.m.
Parking - Lot J

Greenway – Graduation 3:00 p.m.
Parking - Lot G

Sunnyslope - Graduation 5:30 p.m.
Parking - Lot J

Gila River Arena is located at 9400 W Maryland Avenue in Glendale.

Schools will provide maps to each of the parking lots. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

A few things to remember, per Gila River Arena:

  • All students, staff, family members, and guests of the Arena will be required to wear a mask. Anyone that arrives without a mask will not be allowed entry into the venue.

  • All attendees will be required to go through a security magnetometer. No handbags or purses will be allowed. (Bags for medical needs are allowed, but will be searched. Diaper bags smaller than 12 x 12 are allowed, but will be searched.)

  • No balloons, noisemakers, or wrapped gifts will be allowed inside the Gila River Arena.

  • All guests agree to comply with the venue’s ejection policy. Those who refuse to abide by the venue’s health and safety protocols, including the required mask policy, will be ejected from the arena.

 

Additionally, graduations will be live-streamed through the district’s YouTube channel during the scheduled graduation times.

COVID-19 COMMUNITY VACCINATION EVENT

As part of the continuing response to the pandemic, the COVID-19 vaccine eligibility has been expanded to include individuals ages 12-17. 

As a service to our community and in partnership with Fry’s Pharmacy and Maricopa County Public Health Department (MCPHD), four GUHSD schools will be host sites for vaccine events on June 9 and June 10.

The Pfizer vaccine will be available by appointment during the hours of 3-8 p.m. on June 9 and 10.


Glendale and Washington Elementary School Districts will be participating in the events as well. The same four GUHSD sites will be used 21 days later for the second dose.

Registration for appointments will be publicized when the information is provided to us next week.

GUHSD SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM

GUHSD is proud to offer the summer feeding program at Apollo, Greenway, Independence, and Washington. All meals are free to children 18 years and younger. Adults can purchase meals at regular meal prices.

  • Breakfast service: Monday -Thursday from 7:00-8:00 a.m.
  • Lunch service: Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.


Additionally, curbside meal pickup is available Monday-Thursday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

(Note: Schools will be closed on May 31 for Memorial Day. Meal service will be available Tuesday-Friday of that week.)

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Thank you for your continued partnership as we worked together to help our students be successful over this school year. We look forward to working with you and your teen(s) again over the summer and next school year.

 

 











May 7, 2021
 - 
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today we are providing the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • GUHSD COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARD INFORMATION
  • **UPDATE** GRADUATION DATES CONFIRMED


COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

The latest data released from MCDPH shows that the cases per 100k people for the GUHSD community increased from 60.71 to 71.16. The percent positive numbers changed from 8.04% to 8.72%.

GUHSD is committed to providing a safe learning environment and preventing the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the mitigation measures in place. It is important that we continue following these protocols to ensure we finish out the remaining school days strong and help to minimize community spread of COVID-19.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

GUHSD COVID-19 DATA DASHBOARD INFORMATION

As a friendly reminder, GUHSD’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard is updated weekly and posted on our website.

The purpose of this information is to provide our families and staff members a transparent summary of COVID-19 cases by school, which results in the individual(s) being temporarily removed from in-person learning and school activities.

More information, including the latest numbers, can be found here.

**UPDATE** GRADUATION DATES CONFIRMED

We are pleased to announce that our in-person graduation dates/times at the Gila River Arena have been confirmed. After Wednesday night's hockey game, it was determined that the Coyotes did not make the playoffs. Therefore, our school’s graduations will be held on the original dates/times we shared with you in March.

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Apollo  – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

 Thunderbird – Graduation 12:30 p.m.

 Glendale– Graduation 3:00 p.m.

Washington - Graduation 5:30 p.m.

  Independence - Graduation 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

Cortez – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

Moon Valley– Graduation 12:30 p.m.

Greenway – Graduation 3:00 p.m.

Sunnyslope - Graduation 5:30 p.m.

Gila River Arena is located at 9400 W Maryland Avenue in Glendale.

Additionally, graduations will be live-streamed through the district’s YouTube channel. More information, including ticket distribution information, will be forthcoming from the school.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

With fewer than three weeks left in this school year, we are fully focused on ensuring all students have a strong finish. Thank you for your continued partnership as we work together to help our students succeed. As always, please feel free to contact our schools with any questions, concerns, or needs.










April 30, 2021
 - 
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

 Today we are providing you with the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • A SUCCESSFUL FINISH & FREE SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

The latest data released from MCDPH shows that the cases per 100k people for the GUHSD community remained at 60.71. The percent positive numbers changed from 7.68% to 8.04%.

Thank you for keeping our community safe and our cases low by continuing to follow the mitigation measures in place.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

A SUCCESSFUL FINISH & FREE SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

GUHSD schools are prepared to finish the school year successfully. As students continue striving for academic excellence and look forward to free summer learning opportunities, GUHSD faculty and staff continue providing the support our students need to be successful. 

Please reference the following links below:

 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

We appreciate our continued partnership as we work together to help our students have a successful finish to the 2020-2021 school year. As always, please feel free to contact our schools with any questions, concerns, or needs.











April 23, 2021
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today we are providing you with the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • IN-PERSON LEARNING FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR
  • RETURN OF CHROMEBOOKS
  • FUTURE FRESHMEN


COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) released updated data on April 22.

New reports show that the cases per 100k people for the GUHSD community is 60.71, which remained the same from the previous week. The percent positive numbers had a slight decrease from 7.85% to 7.68%.

Thank you for keeping our community safe and our cases low by continuing to follow the mitigation measures in place.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

IN-PERSON LEARNING FOR THE  2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

Planning for the start of the 2021-2022 school year is well underway:

  • We are excited to welcome ALL students back to campus for in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
  • Walk-through registration on our campuses will be held the week of July 26, 2021.
  • Students’ first day of school will be Monday, August 9, 2021.

Note:

  • School campuses will not be offering the current remote learning option during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • If you have any questions about GUHSD enrollment options for the next school year, please contact your teen’s school counselor.


RETURN OF CHROMEBOOKS

All students will be expected to return their school-issued Chromebooks before the last day of school. Schools will be communicating their plan on how and when this will happen.

FUTURE FRESHMEN

Information about high school registration, programs, and class selections have been shared with all eighth-grade students who attend Washington Elementary School District and Glendale Elementary School District.

Registration packets must be completed and returned to the elementary school or the high school as soon as possible.

Feel free to contact your high school if you need assistance or have questions about the registration process.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

We appreciate your continued support as we work towards our students’ academic success and finishing the year strong. As always, please feel free to contact our schools with any questions, concerns, or needs.











April 19, 2021 - 
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to clarify that today’s announcement by Governor Ducey does not change the face mask requirement for the Glendale Union High School District.

Governor Ducey’s office announced today that he and the Arizona Department of Health Services rescinded the orders that directed K-12 schools to require masks.

It is important to note that among the new information on the Governor’s website is the following statement:

K-12 school districts and charter schools still maintain the right to institute and enforce policies to mitigate against COVID-19 spread, including the use of masks.

The Glendale Union High School District will continue requiring the use of cloth face masks on all campuses and district facilities until further notice.

Thank you.












April 16, 2021
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today we are providing you with the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • GUHSD DATA DASHBOARD
  • FREE SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES - REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
  • FUTURE FRESHMEN
 

COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) released updated data on April 15.

New reports show that the cases per 100k people for the GUHSD community increased from  57.89 to 60.71. The percent positive numbers slightly increased from 7.55% to 7.85%.

Thank you for keeping our community safe and our cases low by continuing to follow the mitigation measures in place.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

DATA DASHBOARD

This is a reminder that we update the GUHSD Data Dashboard weekly, which lists all the active COVID-19 cases within the entire district.

The updated numbers for this week are 3. This number includes all faculty, staff, and students.

More information about the data can be found here.

FREE SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Registration is now open for our Free Summer Learning Opportunities for students in grades 6-12.

Free academic classes like Project SHARP, High School Prep, Honors Algebra 1, and Honors Geometry will be open to current eighth-graders. These classes are designed to prepare students for that important next step as they begin their high school careers.

Free summer camps will be available to current sixth and seventh graders. Programs like culinary, coding, engineering, fire science, sports, art, short stories, theatre, and music are among the camps we will offer.

More information, including the link for registration, can be found here.

FUTURE FRESHMEN

Transitioning from eighth grade to high school is a big event in a student’s life, and we are here to help make the process easier.

Information about high school registration, programs, and class selections have been shared with all eighth-grade students who attend Washington Elementary School District and Glendale Elementary School District.

Do not miss this opportunity to enroll your future freshman in one of our nationally recognized high schools. Registration packets must be completed and returned to the elementary school or the high school as soon as possible.

Please contact your high school if you need assistance with any future freshman information.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

As always, we remain committed to ensuring all students finish the year strong. Please feel free to contact our schools with any questions, concerns, or needs.










April 9, 2021
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today we are providing you with the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • GUHSD GRADUATION INFORMATION
  • SUMMER SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES

COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) released updated data on April 8.

Cases per 100k people decreased from 60.43 to 57.89. The percent positive numbers increased from 6.97% to 7.54%.

It is important to continue following the mitigation measures in place. Wearing masks, staying home when sick, and following all the other recommendations will help us maintain in-person operations, keep cases low, and our community safe.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

GUHSD GRADUATION INFORMATION

As previously announced, we are pleased to have the opportunity to hold in-person graduations at the Gila River Arena in May.

It is important to note that one of the contingencies of the agreement to hold our graduations at Gila River Arena is the possibility of having to change one of the graduation dates, should the AZ Coyotes hockey team make the NHL playoffs and have a game scheduled on either of our two graduation dates (see details below):

Monday, May 24th, 2021*

Apollo  – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

 Thunderbird – Graduation 12:30 p.m.

 Glendale– Graduation 3:00 p.m.

Washington - Graduation 5:30 p.m.

  Independence - Graduation 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
*

Cortez – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

Moon Valley– Graduation 12:30 p.m.

Greenway – Graduation 3:00 p.m.

Sunnyslope - Graduation 5:30 p.m.

*In the event of a scheduled NHL Playoff game at Gila River Arena on either May 24th or May 25th, the schools listed on that date will be required to move their graduation to Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

UPDATE: On May 8th we will know if the Coyotes make the playoffs.
We will update parents/guardians of the exact graduation dates/schedule on May 10.

There is additional information we would like to share with you now, as we continue preparing for our in-person graduation ceremonies:

  • Per Gila River Arena, all students, staff, family members, and guests of the Arena will be required to wear a mask. Anyone that arrives without a mask will not be allowed entry into the venue.

  • Per Gila River Arena, all attendees will be required to go through a security magnetometer. No handbags or purses will be allowed. (Bags for medical needs are allowed, but will be searched. Diaper bags smaller than 12 x 12 are allowed, but will be searched.)

  • Per Gila River Arena, no balloons, noisemakers, or wrapped gifts will be allowed inside Gila River Arena.

  • Per Gila River Arena, all guests agree to comply with the venue’s ejection policy. Those who refuse to abide by the venue’s health and safety protocols, including the required mask policy, will be ejected from the arena.

  • Per Gila River Arena, a $10 parking fee will be assessed per vehicle. To offset this cost charged by the arena, GUHSD will be distributing graduation tickets to our graduates, free of charge.
  • Schools will be distributing tickets to each graduate.

Additional information related to graduation will be provided to you by your teen’s school.

SUMMER ACADEMY OPPORTUNITIES

We are happy to announce that we are expanding our summer learning opportunities for students in grades 6-12. Not only will we offer classes to keep students on track to graduate, but we will also offer a number of engaging programs to expand learning and knowledge.

Free academic classes like Project SHARP, High School Prep, Honors Algebra 1, and Honors Geometry will be open to current eighth-graders. These classes are designed to prepare students for that important next step as they begin their high school careers.

Free summer camps will be available to current sixth and seventh graders. Programs like culinary, coding, engineering, fire science, sports, art, short stories, theatre, and music are among the camps we will offer.

More information, including a link for registration, will be forthcoming soon.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

As always, we remain committed to ensuring all students finish the year strong. Please feel free to contact our schools with any questions, concerns, or needs.












March 25, 2021The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 


Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

It has been great to welcome students back to campus. Students have done an amazing job transitioning back to in-person learning and we are so proud of them.

Today we are providing you with the following updates:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • MASK MANDATE
  • FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS
  • COVID-19 VACCINATIONS


COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) released updated data today, March 25.

The most recent numbers continue to decline for the GUHSD community. Cases per 100k people decreased from 64.10 to 42.36 and the percent positivity numbers decreased from 7.42% to 6.15%.

Source: School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

 MASK MANDATE

 It is important to note that Governor Ducey's recent announcement relaxing COVID-19 restrictions for businesses does not affect schools.

 AZDHS Emergency Measure 2020-04 is still in effect, requiring masks in all K-12 schools. Masking is one of the top mitigation strategies for safe in-person learning as recommended by the CDC.

PLEASE NOTE: Masks must be worn on school campuses, on school buses, and during school activities by all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

In addition to masks, we will continue utilizing all GUHSD mitigation measures.

 FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS

 GUHSD continues to provide FREE breakfast and lunch for ALL students.

 Breakfast and lunch are available daily at all our schools and will continue to be free for the remainder of the school year. Please contact your school’s cafeteria for more information.

COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR INDIVIDUALS 16 AND OLDER

Registration at Arizona’s state-operated COVID-19 vaccination sites in Maricopa county opened to all Arizonans 16 and older on Wednesday.

 For more information about the vaccine, including how to make an appointment, visit azhealth.gov/findvaccine or call 1-844-542-8201.

 CLOSING THOUGHTS

 We want to thank you all - our incredible students, families, and faculty/staff - for your partnership and consistent adherence to the mitigation strategies. This has helped to make our transition to in-person learning smooth and successful.

 We remain committed to ensuring all students finish the year strong. Please feel free to contact your school with any questions, concerns, or needs.










March 12, 2021
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 


Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today, we are providing updates for the following:

  • COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH
  • A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING ON MARCH 22
  • REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME
 

COVID-19 DATA FROM MCDPH FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) released updated data on March 11. You will notice that the information the county is now sharing has been modified to only include the cases per 100k people and percent positivity numbers.

The numbers continue to decline in both categories. For the GUHSD community, cases per 100k people decreased from 85.28% to 76.24% and the percent positive numbers decreased from 9.64% to 7.6%.

School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING ON MARCH 22

GUHSD is excited to welcome students back on campus beginning March 22, 2021. Below are links to the updated in-person learning information:


REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME

Parents/guardians who are not yet comfortable with a return to in-person learning will be able to request that their teen(s) continue learning remotely from home.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Next week is Spring Break for our schools (March 15-19). We hope you have a safe and relaxing break, and we look forward to seeing everyone when we return to in-person learning on Monday, March 22.









March 5, 2021 - The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer. 

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today, we are providing updates for the following:

  • COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FROM MCDPH
  • A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING ON MARCH 22
  • REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME
  • GRADUATION


COVID-19 DATA UPDATE FROM MCDPH

Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) was prepared to release a new data dashboard reflective of the Centers for Disease Control community transmission levels. However, due to the changes in the data time period included in the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) school dashboard and in light of the Governor’s Executive Order issued on March 3rd, the map and corresponding reports we have shared each week were not updated.

MCDPH does plan to update the school dashboard and web page content to align with that of ADHS soon.

More information regarding this announcement can be found here: School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING ON MARCH 22

As announced last week, GUHSD will be welcoming students back to campus on March 22, 2021. Below are important reminders for the transition back to in-person learning.

  • Beginning March 22, students will be following this bell schedule.
  • Students will attend school five days per week.
  • Classes will begin each day at 8:30 a.m.
  • Wednesdays will still remain an early release day.
    Note: Classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Students, as well as faculty/staff, will be required to wear a mask while on campus. Visitors will also be required to wear a mask while on campus.
  • All mitigation strategies will be fully implemented and strictly enforced.

Over the next week, schools will be communicating additional details, such as safety protocol expectations, schedules, transportation, meal service, etc.


REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME

Parents/guardians who are not yet comfortable with a return to in-person learning will be able to request that their teen continue learning remotely from home.

GRADUATION

We are pleased to announce that we will be having in-person graduations at the Gila River Arena. The venue is located at 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ.

As you know, the venue where we usually hold graduations is not hosting events at this time.  We attempted to secure State Farm Stadium, as other districts have used it for graduation, but there were not any dates available for us. 

There are only a few venues available that can hold a large crowd while complying with social distancing guidelines. We are pleased to be able to have such a venue available for the Class of 2021.

Although we were able to schedule graduations at Gila River Arena for the regularly scheduled graduation dates, there is a possibility that a graduation date could be moved from Monday or Tuesday to Wednesday. 

It is important to note that one of the contingencies of the agreement to hold our graduations at Gila River Arena is the possibility of having to change one of the graduation dates, should the AZ Coyotes hockey team make the NHL playoffs and have a game scheduled on either of our two graduation dates (see details below).

We wanted to provide you with this information now so that you can plan accordingly. The following are the dates and times for graduation:

Monday, May 24th, 2021*

Apollo  – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

 Thunderbird – Graduation 12:30 p.m.

 Glendale– Graduation 3:00 p.m.

Washington - Graduation 5:30 p.m.

  Independence - Graduation 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, May 25th, 2021
*

Cortez – Graduation 10:00 a.m.

Moon Valley– Graduation 12:30 p.m.

Greenway – Graduation 3:00 p.m.

Sunnyslope - Graduation 5:30 p.m.

*In the event of a scheduled NHL Playoff game at Gila River Arena on either May 24th or May 25th, the schools listed on that date will be required to move their graduation to Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

We look forward to closely working alongside students and families as we begin our transition back to in-person learning. 

You will be receiving more information from your local school next week. Please reach out to your teen’s school if you have any needs at this time.

We will provide you another update next week.

 










February 26, 2021 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today we are providing updates for the following:

  • COVID-19 HEALTH METRICS
  • CONSIDERATIONS FOR A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING
  • A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING
  • REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME
  • IMPORTANT SURVEY FOR NEXT WEEK
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS FOR A RETURN
  • GRADUATION


COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

We continue to be encouraged by recent improvements in the county health metrics. All three indicators decreased again for the GUHSD community.

Released February 25, 2021 (for the week of Feb. 7, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 160.67 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 12.68% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 3.80% (green)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Jan.31, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 315.69 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 17.58% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 5.10% (yellow)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

CONSIDERATIONS FOR A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING

As stated previously, GUHSD was reviewing current advice from national, state, and local health agencies and experts when considering a return to in-person learning. We have also taken into account the quickly declining COVID-19 metrics and the fact that schools are opening without major outbreaks.

Finally, we have analyzed the GUHSD Reopening Survey data and received the mitigation strategies recommended by the GUHSD Reopening Task Force, which concluded its work this week. Their updated recommendations can be found here.

RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING ON MARCH 22

  • After considering all the factors mentioned, we are announcing a return to in-person learning five days per week, beginning March 22, 2021.
  • We chose March 22 to allow students, faculty, and staff to remain focused on academics, instead of being focused on a transition and mitigation strategies, during the final two weeks before grades close for current classes.
  • Although we will return to in-person learning, the schedule will remain the same. Students will attend Monday through Friday on the current class schedule, including the early-release days on Wednesdays.
  • All faculty, staff, and students will be required to wear a mask while on campus. This is just one of the many mitigation strategies we will follow.
  • All mitigation strategies, recommended by the GUHSD Reopening Task Force, are included in the GUHSD Mitigation Plan and will be fully implemented and strictly enforced.

 

REMOTE LEARNING FROM HOME

  • Parents/guardians who are not yet comfortable with their teens participating in the return to in-person learning will be able to remain in the remote learning model.


IMPORTANT SURVEY NEXT WEEK

  • It is critical for planning purposes that we have an accurate count of how many students will be returning for in-person learning and how many will remain learning remotely from home.
  • Early next week schools will be sending you a survey for you to declare whether your teen will be returning to in-person learning or will remain learning remotely from home.

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Over the next few weeks, our schools will be communicating additional details as we prepare to return to in-person learning. Reminders about health and safety protocols, transportation, food service information, schedules, and more will be sent directly from the school.

GRADUATION

There was a delay in receiving the agreement from the venue. We didn’t receive it until this afternoon. After finalizing the agreement, we will provide you with more details about graduation next week.

Please note that our plan remains the same.  We are working to provide our students with an in-person graduation at an indoor venue.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

Thank you for your partnership and patience during this pandemic. Our ability to continue moving forward depends on all of us wearing masks, staying home when sick, and following all the other mitigation strategies recommended by Public Health to reduce the spread of the virus.

Thank you.









February 19, 2021 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents & Guardians:

The following topics for today’s update are:

  • COVID-19 HEALTH METRICS
  • GUHSD REOPENING SURVEY RESULTS
  • A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING
  • GRADUATION


COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

We continue to be encouraged by recent improvements in the health metrics. All three indicators decreased again for the GUHSD community.

Released February 18, 2021 (for the week of Jan. 31, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 315.69 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 17.58 (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 5.10 (yellow)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Jan. 24, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 385.15 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 20.15% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 7.40 (yellow)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

REOPENING SCHOOLS SURVEY RESULTS  

We want to thank everyone who participated in our opportunity to provide the district with valuable feedback on the recent Reopening Schools Survey. Your input is a critical part of the decision-making process and we appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.

Below are the results of the two questions that specifically ask about a return to in-person learning. You will see that the majority of parents/guardians and the majority of faculty/staff prefer a return to in-person learning. The majority of student respondents indicated a preference to remain in remote learning from home.

Q: The county metrics have improved over the last five weeks and there is new guidance from the Center for Disease Control about opening schools. If GUHSD made the decision to return to in-person learning, given the current conditions, I/my teen would prefer to…

A: Return to School or Continue in Remote Learning

Parents/Guardians (6041 responses)

A: Return to School                       55.14%

A: Continue in Remote Learning    44.86%

Students (6800 responses)

A: Return to School                        45.53%

A: Continue in Remote Learning     54.47%

Faculty/Staff (1118 responses)

A: Return to School                         61.45%

A: Continue in Remote Learning     38.55%

Q: Despite CDC guidance and improved county metrics, I believe school should remain in a virtual learning model.

A: True or False

Parents/Guardians (5986 responses)

A: True            47.58%

A: False           52.42%

Students (6798 responses)

A: True             58.80%

A: False           41.20%

Faculty/Staff (1125 responses)

A: True            45.69%

A: False           54.31%

Click the links below for a complete look at all the survey results:

Parent/Guardian Survey Results

Student Survey Results

Faculty/Staff Survey Results

A RETURN TO IN-PERSON LEARNING

The GUHSD Reopening Task Force met last night to review the recent survey results and will be meeting again next week. A plan and a timeline for return to in-person learning cannot be finalized until the GUHSD Reopening Task Force finishes its work and administration reviews the task force work, survey results, health metrics, current advice from health experts, and all other factors of a return to in-person learning. Our goal is to be able to finalize a plan and announce by next week a target date for students to return to in-person learning. 

GRADUATION UPDATE

The city responded to us this week regarding the request we had submitted to be able to hold a large gathering in May, and we have been approved to hold in-person graduations for the Class of 2021.

Now that we are authorized to hold the event, we will finalize an agreement with the venue. We expect to be able to announce all the details to parents/guardians, students, and faculty/staff by the end of next week.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

As always, thank you for your great input and passion for your teens’ best interests. Together we can navigate these challenges in order to meet the needs of our students.

Please contact your school’s administration and teachers with any questions and/or concerns you may have.









February 12, 2021 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

Today’s message includes the latest COVID-19 health metrics for our community, a link to the GUHSD Reopening Schools survey, and an update on graduation.

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health show one of the largest decreases we have seen in several months. This is encouraging news for our GUHSD community. As mentioned previously, we are discussing the current advice of health experts, as well these metrics, when considering the timing of a return to in-person learning.

Released February 11, 2021 (for the week of Jan. 24, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 385.15 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 20.15 (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 7.40 (yellow)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Jan. 17, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 611.61 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 24.06% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 10.30% (red)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

GUHSD REOPENING SCHOOLS SURVEY

Although district administration is actively engaged in the discussion about a return to in-person learning, we need additional information before finalizing a plan. A critical step in the decision-making process is receiving feedback from our parents/guardians, students, faculty, and staff.

To express your opinion on whether schools should reopen to in-person learning, click here to complete a survey. The survey closes at noon on Wednesday, February 17, 2021.

More information will be shared in next Friday’s update.

GRADUATION UPDATE

Graduation continues to be another topic of conversation among district administration. Like many of you, we want in-person graduations to happen for the GUHSD Class of 2021.

Our original host site is not scheduling events, so we are actively engaged in securing another venue and are awaiting for the city to approve our request to hold large events.

We will provide our senior parents/guardians with an update once we have more information to share.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Please contact your school’s administrators, faculty, and staff with any questions and/or concerns you may have. Each school’s website has a directory tab where you will find contact information and email addresses for your teen’s teachers. 

CLOSING THOUGHTS

GUHSD continues to plan for a return to in-person learning. We encourage you to complete the survey by noon on Wednesday to ensure all parents/guardians have the opportunity to provide input during this process.

We appreciate your continued support.

Thank you.









February 10, 2021 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

TASK FORCE UPDATE

The GUHSD Reopening Task Force met last night to review the health metrics within our school community, review prior recommendations and discuss current advice of health agencies regarding how to reopen schools safely.

If you would like to provide input to the GUHSD Reopening Task Force, please email your comments to the following email address: Reopening.taskforce@guhsdaz.org

REOPENING SCHOOLS SURVEY

The district will be asking for your input this Friday, February 12. You will receive a link to a “Reopening Schools” survey in our weekly update. Gathering your feedback is a critical step in our decision-making process.

We appreciate your continued support.










February 5, 2021 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

In addition to the weekly COVID-19 health metrics for our community, we are writing to share a few other updates including information regarding the discussion about reopening schools, the GUHSD Reopening Task Force, employee vaccinations, and student meal service.

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

The most recent COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health show another decrease in the COVID-19 cases per 100k. Although the percent positivity slightly increased, the covid-like illness declined.

Released February 4, 2021 (for the week of Jan. 17, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 611.61 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 24.06 (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 10.30 (red)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Jan. 10, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 683.90 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 23.73% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 12.50% (red)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

DISCUSSION ABOUT REOPENING SCHOOLS

Although we continue to follow and report the weekly data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, those three metrics are not the only data and advice being used in the discussion about reopening schools. Throughout this entire process, we said that we would follow guidance from national, state and local health agencies/experts. 

As you know, the health and safety guidelines related to reopening schools have significantly changed. We are aware of the recent changes and are considering them, as well as the metrics, in the decision-making process regarding the reopening of schools. 

GUHSD REOPENING TASK FORCE AND SURVEY

The GUHSD Task Force will reconvene next week. As previously mentioned, the purpose of the group is to review the current health metrics, review prior recommendations and discuss current advice of health agencies regarding how to reopen schools safely.

Additionally, the group will create a survey to distribute to faculty/staff, parents/guardians and students. Information gathered will be another consideration in the decision regarding when to reopen our schools to in-person learning. 

The survey will be sent to you by the end of next week. 

GUHSD EMPLOYEES TO RECEIVE COVID-19 VACCINATIONS

We are grateful to partner with Fry’s Pharmacy for an onsite COVID-19 vaccination event for school district employees on Saturday, February 13 and Sunday, February 14. Faculty and staff who have yet to receive a vaccination will have the opportunity to receive the first of two doses during this time. A follow-up event will be held during the month of March for employees to receive their second dose.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS

GUHSD is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for our students and their families so that they may be academically, socially and emotionally successful.

As a reminder, all GUHSD schools have a social worker and are continuing to support the social/emotional well-being of students during remote learning. Information regarding the services offered is on our school websites or can be found here.

GUHSD MEAL SERVICE

Our schools are still providing meals to students who need them. Students can pick up meals during their scheduled lunchtime and/or Monday through Friday between 2-4 p.m. Please contact your school’s cafeteria staff for more information.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

We are here to assist our GUHSD families. Please contact your school’s administrators, faculty, and staff with any questions and/or concerns you may have.

We appreciate your continued support.

Thank you.









January 29, 2021 
The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to share the most recent COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, which indicate that the data decreased in all three categories. The cases per 100k people decreased significantly and the numbers in the other two categories decreased slightly for the second consecutive week.

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Released January 28, 2021 (for the week of Jan. 10, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 683.90 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 23.73% (red)
  •  Covid-like illness: 12.50% (red)


Prior week's data (for the week of Jan. 3, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people839.20 (red)
  •  Percent positivity: 25.1% (red)
  •  Covid-like illness13.70% (red)


Source: School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance


GUHSD TASK FORCE TO RECONVENE


The GUHSD Task Force, which is composed of parents, students, teachers, social workers, nurses, and school administrators, will reconvene soon.

The group will look at current metrics, review prior recommendations, and discuss the current advice of health agencies regarding how to reopen schools safely.

Additionally, the GUHSD Task Force will be creating a survey for faculty/staff, parents, and students. More information on the survey and the task force will be provided in next week's update.


FINAL THOUGHTS


GUHSD is committed to meeting the needs of all students. Please contact your school’s administrators, faculty, and staff for additional support and assistance.


We also encourage you to frequently visit our
website and follow our social media channels for up-to-date and accurate information. 

Thank you.










January 22, 2021
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to share the most recent COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. Although the cases per 100k people continues to increase, the percent positivity and Covid-like illness numbers have slightly declined.

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Released January 21, 2021 (for the week of Jan. 3, 2021)

  • Cases per 100K people: 839.20 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 25.1% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 13.70% (red)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Dec. 27, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 772.28 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 27.88% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 14.50% (red)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

ATTENDANCE

As previously mentioned, our student attendance rate has been very strong this semester and we want to keep the momentum going. Thank you for stressing to your teen(s) the importance of attending all their classes, actively participating in them and turning in their assignments. Please reach out to your teen’s teachers and/or school administration if you need additional support regarding your teen’s academic success.

OPEN HOUSE/MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT

All GUHSD schools invite you to attend their second Open House/Meet The Teacher Night for this school year. This virtual event is an opportunity for parents/guardians to learn more about their teen’s new teachers and the curriculum for their new classes this semester.

The online event will be on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. Please check your school’s website for more information.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We will continue to monitor our community health data and provide our parents/guardians with regular updates.

We encourage you to frequently visit our website and follow our social media for up-to-date and accurate information. 

Thank you.









January 15, 2021 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

We are writing to share the most recent COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, which shows our community data continues to rise.

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Released January 14, 2021 (for the week of Dec. 27, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 772.28 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 27.88% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 14.50% (red)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Dec. 20, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 548.36 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 25.12% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 12.90% (red)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

As previously communicated, we remain committed to returning to our in-person learning model. Wearing cloth masks, frequent handwashing, social distancing and staying home when you are not feeling well has proven to help mitigate the spread of the virus. We encourage everyone to do their part so that we are able to return to our campuses as soon as it is safe to do so.

ATTENDANCE

Our student attendance rate has been great this semester. As you can imagine, attendance is a significant factor that contributes to student success. Thank you for encouraging your teen(s) to attend all their classes. Parents/guardians are asked to follow the usual protocol of communicating with the school’s attendance office when there is an absence.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

We want all GUHSD students to be successful. Teachers are available during class, as well as before and after school. We ask that students notify their teachers when they need additional academic support before or after school. Please reach out to your teen’s teachers and school administrators if you have any questions or need additional assistance.

SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS

GUHSD is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for students and their families so that they may be academically, socially and emotionally successful.

As a reminder, all GUHSD schools have a social worker and are continuing to support the social/emotional well-being of students during remote learning. Information regarding the services offered is on your school’s website or can be found here.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We will continue to monitor our community health data and provide our parents/guardians updates.

We encourage you to frequently visit our website and follow our social media for up-to-date and accurate information. 

Thank you.







January 8, 2021
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

We hope you had a restful break and wish you a happy new year.

We are writing to provide you with a few updates, including the most recent COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

COVID-19 DATA FOR THE GUHSD COMMUNITY

Released January 7, 2021 (for the week of Dec. 20, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 548.36 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 25.12% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 12.90% (red)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Dec. 13, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 572.93 (red)
  • Percent positivity21.62% (red)
  • Covid-like illness12.80% (red)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

We are committed to returning to our in-person learning model, but as indicated by the data, we will continue with our virtual/remote learning from home model until the health metrics indicate otherwise.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT AND SUCCESS

As we begin the semester, we have added to the professional development for our teachers so that we can continuously improve the online learning process. Among the focus areas of the recent professional development are connecting with students and structuring the classes in a way that helps them to be more engaged in the learning process and feel more connected to their teachers and classmates.  

Our talented and creative teachers are focused on working together and becoming experts in teaching in a virtual learning model, so that our students can have an outstanding educational experience in an engaging and collaborative virtual setting.

In order for our students to have high levels of support as they pursue academic excellence, we are asking you to partner with us. Some simple ways parents/guardians can partner with teachers and contribute to the success of students are listed below.

TIPS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

As we enter into the last semester of this school year, we want to make sure that our students are prepared to finish the year strong. There are several things parents/guardians can do to keep teens focused, interested and balanced as they continue learning remotely from home:

  • Set up a line of communication with teachers (contact information can be found on your school website under directory)

  • Ensure students have a quiet place to learn
  • Confirm that students are logging into their daily classes
  • Verify that students are turning in their assignments on time
  • Check grades regularly
  • Encourage teens to contact their teacher when they need help


SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL SUPPORTS

GUHSD is dedicated to providing comprehensive support for our students and their families so that they may be academically, socially and emotionally successful.

As a reminder, all GUHSD schools have a social worker and are continuing to support the social/emotional well-being of students during remote learning. Information regarding the services offered is on our school websites or can be found here.

FINAL THOUGHTS

We appreciate your ongoing support for our district, schools and students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your teen’s teachers and administrators if you have any questions or need additional assistance.

Visit our website for updates, additional information and available resources.










December 18, 2020  
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

As we head into winter break, we wanted to share a few updates, including the current COVID-19 numbers released by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. It’s important to note that the numbers continue to rise in the GUHSD community.

MOST RECENT COVID-19 DATA FOR GUHSD

Released December 17, 2020 (for the week of Nov. 29, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 496.97 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 20.31% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 10.20% (red)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Nov. 22, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 326.42 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 17.15% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 9.10% (yellow)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

REMOTE LEARNING RESUMES ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021

As indicated in our last communication, we will continue operating in our current remote learning from home model when we return for the second semester. All students will continue virtual/remote learning from home on Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

We will have a modified schedule on Tuesday and Wednesday during our first week back. Students will follow the schedule below for the week of January 4 and will resume with the normal bell schedule beginning the week of January 11.

Jan. 4 Bell Schedule














FINAL REMARKS

Local schools will be sending additional communication to families over winter break.

In closing, we are thankful for your continued support of our schools and district. We wish you all a safe, healthy and relaxing winter break.

Please visit our website for additional information and resources.











December 11, 2020 
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

The current COVID-19 numbers have been released on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website and we wanted to share the information with you. As you will note, the cases per 100k people, percent positivity, and covid-like illness continue to rise within the GUHSD community.

MOST RECENT COVID-19  DATA FOR GUHSD

Released December 10, 2020 (for the week of Nov. 22, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 326.42 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 17.15% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 9.10% (yellow)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Nov. 15, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 301.85 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 13.92% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 7.70% (yellow)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

RESUMING ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2021

Due to the COVID-19 numbers continuing to rise, we will continue operating in our current remote learning from home model when we return for the second semester. All students will continue in the virtual/remote learning from home model on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Please be assured that we will continue providing regular updates to our families and will return to a hybrid learning model when the metrics indicate that it is safe to do so.  

FINAL REMARKS

Schools will provide additional communication regarding the start of second semester next week. In the meantime, please feel free to contact your teen’s school if you have questions or concerns and visit our website for additional information and resources.










December 4, 2020  
– The following information was sent to parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parent/Guardians:

The current COVID-19 numbers have been released on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website.

MOST RECENT COVID-19  DATA FOR GUHSD

Released December 3, 2020 (for the week of Nov. 15, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 301.85 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 13.92% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 7.70% (yellow)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Nov. 8, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 210.93 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 13.55% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 6.20% (yellow)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance

FINAL REMARKS

We will continue to provide regular updates to our families as we monitor the weekly health benchmarks. Please feel free to contact your teen’s school if you have questions or concerns and visit our website for additional information and resources.







 



November 19, 2020 
– The following information was sent to specific parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parent/Guardians:

 The current COVID-19 numbers have been released on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website. The numbers for the Glendale Union High School District have hit red for the second consecutive week and are now in red in two different categories:

MOST RECENT COVID-19  DATA FOR GUHSD

Released today, November 19, 2020 (for the week of Nov 1, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 169.14 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 11.9% (red)
  • Covid-like illness: 5.03% (yellow)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Oct.25, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 112.10 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 9.46% (yellow)
  • Covid-like illness: 4.00% (green)


Source:
School Reopening Dashboard & Guidance.

REMOTE LEARNING MODEL

As stated in last week’s communication, a second week in the red area will result in a transition from hybrid to remote learning. 

Based on the data released today showing a second week in red, the following GUHSD schools/programs will return to Virtual/Remote Learning from home with Onsite/Safe Space Support beginning Friday, November 20:

  • Apollo High School
  • Cortez High School
  • Glendale High School (already in remote learning from home)
  • Greenway High School
  • Independence High School (already in remote learning from home)
  • Moon Valley High School
  • Sunnyslope High School
  • Thunderbird High School
  • Washington High School
  • Northern Academy
  • Next Step
  • GUHSD Online Learning Academy


DURATION OF REMOTE LEARNING MODEL

Due to the COVID-19 numbers showing an upward trend at this time, and the fact that it takes two weeks in yellow to transition back to hybrid, the remote learning model for all GUHSD schools will be in effect through December 17.

We will continue monitoring the numbers and will continue updating you on a regular basis. As we approach the end of the semester, we will have more information regarding the start of second semester.

SUMMARY AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Beginning tomorrow - Friday, November 20:

  • GUHSD students will not return to campus for hybrid learning.
  • Students will begin learning remotely from home on Friday, November 20.
  • Student schedules will remain the same as they learn remotely from home.
  • Food service for students will be available for pickup, Monday-Friday, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Onsite space support centers/safe space, offered in accordance with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51, will continue to be available to students who need a safe place to go for remote learning during the day.


CLOSING REMARKS

We recognize the impact this decision has on our families; however, we believe it is the best one for the health and safety of our students and staff members. We will continue to monitor the health benchmarks and will continue to provide regular updates to our families. Please feel free to contact your teen’s school if you have questions or concerns and visit our website for additional information and resources.










November 12, 2020  
– The following information was sent to specific parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians:

The public health metrics released today show another increase in COVID-19 cases and percent positivity within our district boundaries. The new increase puts the district in its first week of red.

CURRENT COVID-19 BENCHMARKS & DATA FOR GUHSD

Overall risk level is:

Moderate

Recommended learning scenario is:

Hybrid w/ onsite support

Most recent data (for the week of Oct. 25, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 112.10 (red)
  • Percent positivity: 9.46% (yellow)
  • Covid-like illness: 4.00% (green)


Prior week's data
(for the week of Oct.18, 2020)

  • Cases per 100K people: 89.51 (yellow)
  • Percent positivity: 7.3% (yellow)
  • Covid-like illness: 4.00% (green)