Pima County Healthy School and Childcare

2021-2022 School Year

The Pima County Health Department in an effort to protect students returning to school, issued a standing order on July 30 that specifies the requirements that schools and students must take regarding actual and suspected COVID-19 cases. Read the PIMA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT SANITARY MEASURE 2021-01 (dated July 30, 2021; updated Aug. 4, 2021)

We also have updated K-12 guidance (July 28) for the 2021-2022 school year. It aligns with CDC's

New variants of COVID-19 are more contagious for children. Mitigation practices are still critical to keep our children healthy.

District's COVID-19 cases dashboards

man with two children wearing face masks The Pima County Health Department is assisting area schools with their back-to-school plans for the 2021-2022 year. We are happy to work with schools to figure out the new normal as children and staff return to classrooms.

This updated page includes information for childcare providers and K-12 schools.

Reporting Cases

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools -- whether student or staff -- are mandated to be reported to the Health Department. 

The COVID-19 Schools Response Team would like to thank our schools and childcare facilities for their extensive and fruitful efforts to keep children as safe as possible during this public health emergency.pink facemask in bag hanging off back of elementary school chair

Working together, we hope to sustain the partnerships created during the response and extend the reach and equity of public health access across Pima County. We respectfully acknowledge and have shared in the great suffering and loss which have occurred, and we plan to address the lasting effects of such trauma on our schoolchildren and school communities with targeted outreach of behavioral health services.

In order to provide a lasting, safe, and full school year, we ask that you please continue to observe current best practices of prevention, including working with us to deliver COVID-19 vaccine to those under 12 years of age when it becomes available.

For Parents, Caregivers, and Guardians

For more information on your child's school re-opening plans and protocols visit the District Return Plans page.


Online Assistance

Keep your staff and children healthy

  • Immediately separate and send home any child or staff who is ill - especially with respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions).
  • Implement your pandemic flu plan. Review sick policies to ensure staff can stay home when ill. 
  • Clean facilities using standard disinfectants. 
  • Increase cleaning of high touch surfaces like doorknobs, toilet handles, and sink handles. 
  • Confirm that soap and paper towels, hand sanitizer, and tissues are widely available. 
  • Remind students to cover their coughs/sneezes with a tissue or their elbow.

This webpage will be updated frequently with the latest information so that schools, parents and the public have up to date information and accurate, scientific information about COVID-19.

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