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Pima County Back to School and Child Care

COVID-19 Update 
Some information on these pages may be out of date or moot following Gov. Doug Ducey’s March 25 order barring Pima County from taking additional mitigation efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19. We will update these pages as soon as necessary and possible.
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. 

To assist schools, Administrator Huckelberry has convened a Back to School Committee comprised of representatives of all area public school districts, charter and private schools. You can read more about the development of the Back to School mission, the committe members, and the meeting results on the committee page.

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

March 25, 2021 Arizona Department of Health Services Emergency Measure 2020-04 remains 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.

Information for Pandemic Prepared Schools

Pandemic Prepared Schools have taken steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 by developing a thoughtful re-opening plan. A clear process has been established to report cases to the Health Department and have an identified liaison. 

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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

For Child Care Providers

For Administrators

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.

Previous communications with schools

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.

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