COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information
Posted on 03/30/2020
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March 30, 2020 - The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

In order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman extended school closures until the end of the school year for all Arizona schools. This message does NOT affect our remote learning plan which began today. GUHSD will continue our remote learning plan through the end of the school year. This plan allows students to continue building academic skills while accessing opportunities for remediation, grade improvement and enrichment activities. Our plan also allows students to continue to earn credits toward graduation.


Our teachers will continue communicating with all students. Our counselors will remain in contact with our seniors throughout this time. Our schools will also proceed with the free Grab-and-Go Meal Service at our nine comprehensive schools, and will continue working with students needing computers. In addition, our administrative teams will continue searching for alternatives for graduation ceremonies and proms.

Although we don’t have all the answers to your questions, please know we are working to provide you with those answers. We thank you for your continued support and patience.

Updates can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/GUHSDAZ/
https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ






March 26, 2020 - 
The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Glendale Union High School District is proud to continue student learning opportunities during school closures. Our students will continue building academic skills while accessing opportunities for remediation, grade improvement and enrichment activities. This remote instruction will allow our students to continue earning credits toward graduation.

Tomorrow, Friday, March 27, your local school will email you and your teen more information about the new instructional approach we will use during school closures. It will include the following:

  • Details about what to expect for Monday, March 30
  • A class schedule for the week
  • Expectations for students
  • Phone numbers/email addresses for students needing support (academic, technology, social/emotional, etc.)
  • Technology requirements for online learning


Next week our teachers will continue communicating with all students. Our counselors will remain in contact with our seniors throughout the school closures to help them stay on track to graduate. Our schools will also proceed with the free Grab-and-Go Meal Service. Additionally, our schools' administrative teams will continue working with students who need a computer for remote learning.

In closing, we understand there is uncertainty regarding a number of issues related to the school closures. We will continue to provide you with the latest information and updates via email, phone dialer and our social media sites. Your ongoing support and understanding is greatly appreciated as we work through this challenging time together.

Updates can be found at:
https://www.facebook.com/GUHSDAZ/
https://twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ







March 24, 2020
 The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Today we wanted to take this opportunity to reach out to our families and provide you some important information pertaining to our plan to resume instruction during the mandated school closures.

School Closures & Instruction:

As you have already heard, our schools, like others across the state, are closed through April 10.

Instruction and class assignments will resume remotely beginning the week of March 30.

Online enrichment resources are now available here for all students.

Computer Check-out:

Beginning Thursday, March 26, schools will be checking out devices to students who do not have a computer at home.

More information regarding computer checkout procedures will be emailed to parents/guardians directly from your school on Wednesday, March 25. 

Internet Access: Remote instruction will require access to the internet.

For families needing internet service:

Cox Communications is offering free internet service for a limited time. More information about this service can be found here: https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

Century link is offering low-cost internet. More information can be found here:https://www.centurylink.com/aboutus/community/community-development/lifeline.html

Upcoming Calls & Communication:

Please expect to receive a call from your teen’s third-hour teacher this week. They will be calling to check-in on your family and your high school student.

Counselors will also begin calling to touch base with our seniors.

School administration can be contacted directly by phone or email. Click here to access phone numbers and email addresses.

Available Now:

Our Grab-and-Go Meal Service is being provided at all nine of our comprehensive high schools for individuals 18 and younger, Monday-Friday, from 9-11 a.m.  

In closing, we thank you for your continued patience as we work through these challenging times. As our planning progresses, we will continue to send you updates. Please know we still don’t have all the answers, but be assured we are here to support you and your teen through this process.

Thank you. 

Updates can be found at the following sites:                                                       
www.guhsdaz.org
www.facebook.com/guhsdaz
www.twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ




March 20, 2020
 - 
The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

As we end this week we wanted to provide you a few updates/reminders pertaining to our school closures:

·    NEW: All GUHSD schools will be closed March 23-April 10, 2020. Governor Ducey & Superintendent Hoffman released a statement today announcing the extension of mandated school closures.

·    Online enrichment resources can be located here for students who would like to use them during the week of March 23. Students needing paper copies can request them by emailing their school beginning Monday.

·    March 30: Instruction will resume remotely. Next week the district will communicate a detailed plan to parents/guardians regarding how we will resume instruction remotely for ALL students.

·    Free grab-and-go meals will be provided to children 18 and younger from March 23-April 10 at all nine of our comprehensive high schools between 9-11 a.m.

·    Students and families needing assistance can communicate with the school or district office by phone or email beginning Monday, March 23.

We are here to support our students and families during this time. We encourage you to regularly check the district’s website, social media sites, and your email for continued updates.

www.guhsdaz.org
www.facebook.com/guhsdaz
www.twitter.com/GlendaleUnionAZ



March 18, 2020 - The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

School districts throughout the state, including GUHSD, are waiting for updates from the legislature and the Governor regarding the budget and the length of the school closure. The legislature is currently working on the issue and the Governor’s office is expected to provide additional information on school closures by March 22. These updates will allow us to provide our school community with additional information. Please know that as soon as we have updates, we will pass them on to you. For now, here is a summary of the topics we can address at this time:

 School and District Office Closure

  • All GUHSD schools and the district office will be closed through March 27, 2020.
  • Students and families needing assistance will still be able to communicate with school and district office personnel by phone or email, beginning Monday, March 23.

 Academic Support for Students

  • On Monday, March 23, the District will be posting enrichment activities, test preparation practices and resources for students who wish to use them during the week of March 23-27.  If students do not have internet access or a device at home, they can request paper copies of some of the materials.
  • If the school closure is extended, the District will communicate a detailed plan to our GUHSD community regarding how we will resume instruction remotely.
  • The plan will involve how we educate and support ALL students. 

 State and National Testing

  • We expect notification soon as to whether state testing will be postponed or cancelled.
  • ACT and SAT testing will be postponed.  More information will follow.
  • The College Board is currently developing a plan to allow students to take AP exams. More information will follow.

 Food and Medication

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, breakfast and lunch will be available to children and students ages 18 and under at each one of our nine comprehensive campuses. 
  • For now, food will be dispersed via a drive-up/drive-through/grab-and-go model.
  • Both breakfast and lunch can be picked up at the same time Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 11:00am
  • Families needing to pick up medication from the nurse’s office will call the school front office to do so.

 Graduation

  • When instruction resumes, students will have the opportunity to continue earning the same number of credits they were earning before the school closure.  Students meeting all graduation requirements by the end the final school day for seniors will be eligible to receive their GUHSD diploma.
  • We are currently working on a plan for graduation ceremonies, as the site of our graduations, Grand Canyon University, announced yesterday that all events on their campus will be cancelled for the academic year.
  • If we are permitted to gather large crowds by graduation time, we will communicate a new plan for graduation ceremonies. 

 Proms

  • There is a strong possibility that proms will be cancelled. 
  • We will provide an update on the status of proms as soon as we have more information on the length of the school closures and a status update on authorization for large crowds to gather.

 Rentals

  • The District has cancelled all facility rentals at this time.
  • We expect to be able to reopen our rental process at the end of the school closures.

 In closing, we want to acknowledge that the uncertainty of this situation can cause feelings of stress and uneasiness. Know that GUHSD faculty, staff and administration are here to support our students and families.

 Additional questions can be emailed to prdept@guhsdaz.org.




March 16, 2020 -
The following information was sent to all parents via email and phone dialer.

Governor Ducey and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced yesterday afternoon that all Arizona schools will be closed from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The school closures for GUHSD will result in this week’s spring break being extended an additional week. 

During the shutdown, all school-related activities will be suspended. This includes all extra-curricular activities, performances, and all other school-sponsored events. Beginning today, all athletic practices and games will also be suspended. The Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board announced this morning that, effective immediately, there will not be any official interscholastic competitions played through Saturday, March 28.

Last week we made the decision to suspend all out-of-state travel until further notice. We now have suspended all in-state travel as well.

We anticipate more information in the coming days from state and federal agencies to be able to answer questions relating to state and national exams, meals for students, learning opportunities during the closure, and the school calendar.

Although our facilities will be closed to the public, we will remain responsive to our community.  District leadership will be in constant communication with county, state, and federal agencies as the situation evolves. GUHSD will be providing updates to our school community throughout the week on the district’s website, social media, and by email. While our phone response will be limited during the school closures, you can email us at prdept@guhsdaz.org.






March 13, 2020 – The following information was sent to all GUHSD parents via email:

Dear GUHSD Parents/Guardians,

District leadership continues to closely monitor updates from federal, state, and local health agencies regarding COVID – 19. Additionally, we are engaged in a detailed and extensive process of decision making and planning. As you have seen this week, the situation is dynamic and as it changes, so do our decisions and plans. Although adjustments to these plans and decisions are expected, we want to provide an update on our current status in the following areas:  

School Closures
•We are not closing schools at this time, as The Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health are not recommending school closures.
•Acknowledging that future school closures are a possibility, we are planning for that scenario.
•Students took a short survey in English classes today to determine the number of students who do not have internet access or a device at home. The survey results will provide the data we need to finalize our academic plans in the event of school closures.
•Part of our planning for the possibility of school closures is deciding the best method to continue providing breakfast and lunch to students participating in the free and reduced lunch program. Our plan will ensure that our students have the supports and resources they need.     

Travel 
•We made the difficult decision to cancel all out-of-state travel until further notice.
•The possibility of in-state travel restrictions is currently being discussed.

Athletics
•We are not canceling regular season AIA events at this time, as The Arizona Department of Health Services is not recommending that we cancel after-school activities. This decision will be reevaluated on an ongoing basis.
•We are currently discussing participation in large invitational events or tournaments.

Large Events and Gatherings
•We are still considering whether large events such as prom, concerts, assemblies, performances and graduations will take place. Should we have to modify or cancel any events, updates will be provided.
•Other possible modifications or cancellations being discussed include workshops, facility rentals and spectators attending athletic events.

Cleaning and Disinfecting
•Extra supplies such as sanitizers and cleaning/disinfecting supplies were purchased and distributed to schools.
•Our recent cleaning protocols include disinfecting frequently touched surfaces. Maintenance and custodial staff have been diligent in keeping surfaces in common areas clean throughout the day, and disinfecting hard surfaces in classrooms each night.
•Buses start each day clean, and the seats and surfaces are disinfected each night.
•Chromebooks are scheduled to be cleaned during spring break.

Recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to Reduce Spread of Respiratory Illness like COVID-19:
•Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
•Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue.
•Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
•Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
•Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Links for More Information and Updates
GUHSD
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
Arizona Department of Health Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Although there are many decisions left to finalize, please be assured that we will be prepared for any scenario. As always, our students, faculty/staff and community will be our focus as we make decisions associated with COVID-19. We will provide updates to you via email, district social media, and the district website as we monitor updates from health agencies and make additional decisions. Thank you for your flexibility and your support as we work through this challenging situation together.  

If you have questions, please email them to prdept@guhsdaz.org










March 12, 2020 – The following information was sent to all GUHSD parents via email:

The Glendale Union High School District continues to monitor the COVID-19 developments and we are working closely with our academic and community partners. We are following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local health agencies and will make timely changes based on updates.

Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety of our students and staff, we have made the difficult decision to suspend all out-of-state travel until further notice

As of this moment, trips and athletic events within our state will continue as planned.

Sponsors will be contacting students and parents and will be working with vendors on rescheduling trips and/or trip refunds.

Although our district and schools have enhanced our cleaning protocol, over spring break additional cleaning will occur at our schools in order to ensure a healthy and safe learning environment. 

This remains a fluid situation and we continue to monitor it day-by-day. We will continue to follow the recommendations and guidelines from the CDC and local health agencies regarding COVID-19, and we will keep you updated with any developments that might impact our community or schools.

Additional information about COVID-19 can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health









March 4, 2020
 – The following information was sent to all GUHSD parents via the March parent email blast:

As you may know, respiratory illnesses, such as the flu, are higher than normal this year and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, and the Governor’s Office recently provided updates regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Please know that we are monitoring the spread of this infectious disease closely, alongside these agencies. In addition, local officials assure us that the risk in our community, at this time, is low.

This is a good time to review preventative measures we can all take to stop the spread of respiratory viruses. It is recommended that you:

• conduct frequent hand washing;

• avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;

• avoid close contact with people who are sick;

• stay home when you are sick; and

• keep children with a fever above 100.0 home until they are fever-free for 24-hours.

We will continue to remain in close contact with county and state health officials regarding COVID-19, and we will keep you updated with any developments that might impact our community or schools.

Additional information can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

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