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COVID-19 Update 2-4-2021 In-person Learning

February 4, 2021

Dear MCOB District Families and Students:

I hope everyone is safe and healthy!  We are nearing the end of Winter Break/Winter Intercession.  Thank you to all for your patience and understating as we continue to provide education to students while also trying to keep everyone healthy and safe.  I appreciate the input I have received from parents via surveys and the recent Zoom call.

 

My top priorities are to provide as much in-person education for our students as possible and do this in a safe manner.  We have made the decision to start 2nd Semester on February 16th with full in-person classes.  Virtual learning will not be an option for our students unless the specific situation warrants virtual learning (i.e., quarantine or isolation due to COIVID-19). The pandemic continues to be a challenge as we navigate through the school year.  While the community spread of COVID-19 in our area continues to be a significant concern, I am equally concerned for the education of our students as well as the students social and emotional health.  Scientists from the CDC recently published research that indicates COVID-19 spread in schools is minimal when compared to the community spread of the virus.  Read the full article here – Data and Policy to Guide Opening Schools Safely to Limit the Spread.

 

Our schools continually review and revise our practices as we make every attempt to continue to provide a quality education in the safest manner we can.  When possible, we will keep students in cohorts and encourage physical distancing, understanding in a school/classroom environment cohosting and physical distancing are not always possible.

  • Anyone with symptoms consistent with COVID 19 is highly encouraged to be tested for COVID-19 and should remain at home in isolation until test results are received; if COVID-19 testing is not done, students will stay home for a minimum of 10 days plus at least 24 hours after the resolution of fever (without fever-reducing medication) and improvement in other symptoms.  CDC Flowchart Guidance on Symptoms in Schools
  • Wear a mask or face covering.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and then dispose of the tissue and clean your hands immediately.

 

Our best hope is that we can continue in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.  We will continue to follow quarantine guidance and notification of close contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases.  This continues to be a challenging and fluid situation for everyone.  Please contact me directly at 520-483-1562 or mbassett@pinalk12.org with questions, comments, or suggestions.  I update the COVID-19 Resources webpage with any new information I receive.

 

We appreciate your support and will continue to work diligently to prioritize the academic success, and health and welfare of our students, families, and community.

 

Sincerely,

 

Marty Bassett
Superintendent

 

Mary C O’Brien Accommodation District #903740 N. Toltec RoadEloy, AZ  85131520-450-4400

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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