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.

Pima County and University of Arizona

Announce 14 Day Stay at Home Recommendation for Students Living On and Near Campus

View on and near Campus Housing Stay-At-Home Guidance

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. 

Childcare Reading

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).
    • Staff and children who have a fever - 100.4°F (37.8°C) or higher - cough, runny nose, shortness of breath, or respiratory symptoms should stay home. 
    • They should not return until their symptoms and fever are gone for at least 72 hours (without using fever-reducing medicine). This includes anyone who has tested negative for COVID-19. 
  • 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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