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  • Pima County Back to School Information and Resources

    Back to School The Pima County Health Department is assisting area schools with their back-to-school plans while our community continues to struggle with the COVID-19 outbreak. 

    On July 23, Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman released their Arizona: Open for Learning plan, which instructed public school districts to work with their county departments of public health on plans for reopening with an eye toward resumption of in-classroom instruction. 

    On July 24, Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, County Superintendent of Schools Dustin Williams, County Chief Medical Officer and Deputy County Administrator Dr. Francisco Garcia and County Health Department Director Dr. Theresa Cullen met with the superintendents of five area school districts to discuss how the county can assist school districts in reopening, and to provide the districts with information about the status of COVID-19 in the county. 

    On July 29, Administrator Huckelberry sent a letter to all county school superintendents, which said, based on the expert opinions of Drs. Garcia and Cullen, districts shouldn't consider in-classroom instruction until after Labor Day, or perhaps even later. 

    To assist schools, Administrator Huckelberry has proposed convening a Back to School Committee comprised of representatives of all area public school districts, charter and private schools. The committee may also meet with the County's Back to Business Road to Recovery Subcommittee, which is comprised of a dozen public health and infectious diseases physicians and experts. 

    The Back To School mission is to develop local public health guidance for the safe return to in-person classroom instruction.

    To assist the schools further, the County also is providing COVID-19 testing and contact tracing at two locations, and will set aside blocks of time for testing specific to school staff, students and families. 

    This webpage will be updated frequently with the latest Back To School information so that schools, parents and the public have up to date information and accurate, scientific information about COVID-19. 
    The County has invited all of the public school superintendents in Pima County, plus representatives of Charter and Private schools. 

    A full list of members will be posted here once the County has received RSVPs from the invited members. 

    The first meeting of this Committee will take place on Monday, August 10, from 9 a.m. to no later than 11 a.m.
    The second meeting is scheduled for Friday,August 14, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. 
    Both meetings will be held in the Pima County Board of Supervisor’s Hearing room at 130 W. Congress Street. The public may attend in person but seating is limited due to physical distancing requirements. 
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