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Pima County Back to School and Child Care

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.

Read the joint letter from Dr. Theresa Cullen, Director of Pima County Health Department and Dustin J. Williams, Pima County Superintendent of Schools, sent on Nov. 20, 2020.

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.

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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