• Response to Governor Ducey's Mask Update

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 4/20/2021

    Good morning Wilson Families,


    Yesterday, Governor Ducey issued new guidance regarding the use of face masks at school. However, K-12 school districts maintain the right to institute and enforce policies to mitigate against COVID-19 spread, including the use of masks. Throughout the pandemic, safety has been our top priority. We will continue to follow all mitigation strategies to keep our students and staff safe. Wilson policy on masks will continue to be in effect for all staff, students, and visitors.

    It is important to note that the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued Emergent Measure 2021-02 today encouraging K-12 school districts to continue to take actions consistent with CDC recommendations to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19. The guidance from CDC and ADHS can be found at https://azdhs.gov/covid19/documents/schools/k-12-school-guidance-covid-19.pdf.

    Thank you.

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  • Notice of Retirement

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 4/8/2021

    Dear Parents and Community,


    I have submitted my notice of my retirement to the Governing Board tentative date of June 30, 2021. It has been a privilege serving as Superintendent of the Wilson Elementary School District for 18 years.

    It is my hope that I leave the District in a better position than when I started as Superintendent. In cooperation and teamwork with the Board, staff and community, the following have occurred during my tenure:

    • Expanded programs for all students.
    • New gymnasium for K-3 students.
    • We demolished the trailers once used by the Community Center and constructed a new Community Center.
    • Remodeled all classrooms along with new furniture.
    • Constructed a state-of-the-art library for Wilson students and community members.
    • Increased communication with community, staff, and administration.
    • Created a STEM lab for K-3 students.
    • Opened facilities to the community including the playground, library, and gymnasium for after hour use.
    • Partnered with Phoenix Union High School District to create Phoenix Union/Wilson College Prep to provide additional opportunities for Wilson students.
    • Upgraded from one-to-one PC’s to one-to-one laptops.
    • Finally, we continue to send Wilson students to college.

    I share this only because it is a demonstration of what is possible when everyone works as a team. It has been a pleasure working for the Wilson Community that has supported the district throughout the years. No matter, whether in a recession or pandemic the community has supported all Wilson Overrides and Bonds in elections throughout the years.

    I know that with dedicated Wilson teachers and staff, Wilson students will continue to grow and expand their horizons.

    Again, thank you for the privilege of serving the district and community.

    Sincerely,

     

    Antonio A Sanchez,
    Superintendent

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  • Return to Learning Parent Survey

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 2/8/2021

    Parents, 
     
    I hope this message finds you and your family well. Now that our staff has had the opportunity to receive the COVID-19 vaccination and the metrics are trending downward, we are beginning to prepare for a return to in-person learning. You will be receiving a survey today asking if you will be sending your student to return to in person instruction for the last quarter of the school year (March 18 – May 21). The last day to complete the survey is Feb 15, 2021.  

    If your student will stay home and continue distance learning, not much will change.  

    If your student returns to school, I want to inform you the district will continue the Mitigation Plan: 

    • Masks are still required 
    • Social Distancing to the extent possible 
    • Handwashing/sanitizing of hands 
    • Temperature checks 
    • Sanitizing of classrooms 

    Please view the Mitigation Plan on the district website for more detailed information. 

    Our goal is the safety of students, staff and all visitors. To ensure this, we all have to do our part. Parents, it is extremely important that you check your child for signs of COVID such as: 

    • Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, or chills 
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
    • Muscle aches 
    • Sore throat 
    • Headache 
    • Fatigue 
    • Congestion or runny nose 
    • Cough 
    • Vomiting 
    • Diarrhea 
    • New loss of taste or smell 

    Keep students home if they exhibit any of these signs. If we all do our part, then we will keep each other safe. 

    Directions for submitting a response to the parent survey

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  • January 2021

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 1/8/2021

    Please view the metrics for the Wilson School District. The metrics in the Wilson School District are at an all-time high. Keep in mind the metrics are 2 weeks delayed and represent the weeks of December 13 & 20. MCDPH still expects additional holiday surge in the coming weeks. This means we are still several weeks away from returning to in-person instruction. It is important that we all do our part in reducing the spread of Covid in the Wilson Community to keep our families and community safe. Remember to wear a mask, maintain physical distance, and wash your hands frequently. If you have been exposed to Covid, please quarantine for 14 days. Even if you test negative or feel healthy, you should stay home for the entire 14 days as symptoms can appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

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  • Safe Winter Holidays

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 12/18/2020 7:30:00 AM

    I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy during the winter holidays. We look forward to returning to some form of normality in the near future. Although we previously communicated that students in the Wilson School District would return to In-Person Learning when the metrics indicate it is safe, this will not be possible for a while. In viewing the metrics, an increase in risk factors occurs after a holiday and if the pattern continues, then students will not be returning to In-Person Learning until January 25, 2021 or later (when the metrics indicate it is safe to return). This estimate of return to In-Person Learning is being shared so you know students will not be returning in person on January 5, 2021 but much later.  

    However, virtual instruction will resume on January 5, 2021. Additionally, a new page in the Parent Hub on our website has also been added containing numerous enrichment activities for students to enjoy in the safety of their homes. We encourage Wilson families to take advantage of these new resources by visiting: wsd.k12.az.us/Page/701. We will keep you updated on our return to In-Person Learning after the new year.  

    Click here to view the District Winter Newsletter

    Presione aquí para ver el Boletín de Wilson en español

    Thank you,  


    Mr. Sanchez, Superintendent 

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  • December School Outbreak Notification

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 12/1/2020

    Parent/Guardian/Staff Member:


    This is a notification that Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has identified an outbreak of COVID-19 at Wilson Elementary School. Since our schools are in close proximity to each other we have made the decision to stop Onsite Support Services for all students until December 8th. Students may return to campus on December 9th.


    Public Health is currently working closely with administration and staff to identify close contacts of the individuals who have tested positive to prevent further spread of the disease. You will receive a separate notification if you/your child are/is identified as having had close contact to a positive case. All close contacts of positive cases will be required to stay home from school (quarantine) for 14 days, regardless of a negative test, except those considered essential workers.


    A school outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as:

    • Two or more students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period;
      and...
      • Could have had some close contact such as in a classroom or on a school sports team;
      • Do not live in the same household; and
      • Were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).

    COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. The best way to keep you and your family safe from respiratory diseases like COVID -19 and the flu is to:

    • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that
      contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
    • Get a flu vaccine.

    If you/your child or a family member is experiencing COVID-like symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, muscle/body aches, and/or a new loss of taste or smell), do not attend work/school, and consider either seeking healthcare or getting a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, depending on the severity of symptoms. Testing locations can be found by calling 2-1-1.

    We are working closely with Maricopa County Department of Public Health to stop COVID-19 from spreading in our school. This includes daily sanitizing of classrooms, following the Mitigation Plan, reminding staff and students to stay home when they are sick and making sure that anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 stays home for 14 days.

    For additional questions related to our school, please contact Mrs. Wojcicki (Primary) or Ms. Campton (4-8). For questions related to COVID-19, please either email COVIDparenthotline@maricopa.gov or dial 2-1-1, select option 6 (for COVID-19), and then select option 3 (for the COVID Parent Hotline) or visit www.Maricopa.gov/COVID19.

    Sincerely,

     

    Antonio Sanchez, Superintendent

    Wilson School District

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  • Virtual learning is extended through December

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 11/5/2020

    Good Afternoon Wilson Families,


    There has been an increase in COVID-19 cases across the county as reported by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. The District has been committed to ensuring all students and staff are safe. The metrics for the Wilson School District continue to fall in the high-risk category. This means it is unsafe to return to in person instruction at this time and students should continue with distance learning. Because the overall risk level continues to fall in the high-risk category, we have decided to continue virtual instruction until January 4th, 2021. I urge you to view the Wilson website, in particular Thursdays, as this is where we will continue post updates regarding returning to in-person instruction.

    Wilson's Data

    I encourage you to stay in close contact with your student's teachers. It is critical that your student participates in daily learning. You can help your student's success by ensuring they are dressed and ready for school each day, logged onto the first class on time, and have an established space for learning that is free of distractions. If you need a student chair or desk, please contact the school.

    If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.

    Thank you for your patience, flexibility, and understanding as we continue to make decisions that focus on the health and well-being of our students and staff.

    Sincerely,

     

    Antonio Sanchez, Superintendent

    Wilson School District

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  • School Outbreak Notification

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 10/21/2020

    Parent/Guardian/Staff Member:

    This is a notification that Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has identified an outbreak of COVID-19 at Wilson Primary School. Since our schools are in close proximity to each other we have made the decision to return to virtual instruction for all Wilson students (both Primary and Elementary) and staff until November 9 (tentatively).

    Public Health is currently working closely with administration and staff to identify close contacts of the individuals who have tested positive to prevent further spread of the disease. You will receive a separate notification if you/your child are/is identified as having had close contact to a positive case. All close contacts of positive cases will be required to stay home from school (quarantine) for 14 days, regardless of a negative test, except those considered essential workers.

     A school outbreak of COVID-19 is defined as:

    • Two or more students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period; and
    • Could have had some close contact such as in a classroom or on a school sports team;
    • Do not live in the same household; and
    • Were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).

    COVID-19 is still circulating in our community. The best way to keep you and your family safe from respiratory diseases like COVID -19 and the flu is to:

    • Clean your hands often, either with soap and water for 20 seconds or a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Put distance between yourself and other people (at least 6 feet).
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces daily.
    • Get a flu vaccine.

    If you/your child or a family member is experiencing COVID-like symptoms (fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, sore throat, headache, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, muscle/body aches, and/or a new loss of taste or smell), do not attend work/school, and consider either seeking healthcare or getting a COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, depending on the severity of symptoms. Testing locations can be found by calling 2-1-1.

    We are working closely with Maricopa County Department of Public Health to stop COVID-19 from spreading in our school. This includes daily sanitizing of classrooms, following the Mitigation Plan, reminding staff and students to stay home when they are sick and making sure that anyone who is exposed to COVID-19 stays home for 14 days.

    For additional questions related to our school, please contact ____. For questions related to COVID-19, please either email COVIDparenthotline@maricopa.gov or dial 2-1-1, select option 6 (for COVID-19), and then select option 3 (for the COVID Parent Hotline) or visit www.Maricopa.gov/COVID19.

    Sincerely,

     

    Antonio Sanchez, Superintendent

    Wilson School District

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  • Update: Notice of Possible Exposure

    Posted by Rebecca Willey on 10/20/2020

    Dear Parents,

    Today we were notified of an additional positive COVID case in our school. We are in contact with the Maricopa County Department of Health and are awaiting guidance. Please keep in mind, if your student was in direct contact with the positive individual, you would have been notified directly from the school. 

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  • Notice of Possible Exposure

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 10/19/2020

    Dear Wilson Parent/Guardian,

    The health and welfare of our students and staff is our number one priority. We recently became aware that an individual was diagnosed with COVID-19. This individual was at Wilson Primary School on October 14, 2020. Out of an abundance of caution, we want to share what we have done in response, and provide you with the signs, symptoms, and important next steps.

    Our response included the following protocols:

    • Contact tracing occurred following Maricopa County Department of Public Health guidelines.
    • Parents of students in the effected class were notified. If you have not been contacted directly, then your child was not in direct contact with this individual.
    • Staff in close contact with the individual were notified (following contact tracing protocols from MCDPH).
    • Teachers, IA's and students will quarantine for 14 days. Instruction will continue via distance learning. 
    • Classroom was closed and disinfected following Mitigation plan guidelines.
    • Continuation of disinfecting and deep cleaning of all classrooms.
    • Maricopa County Department of Public Health was notified. 
    • Safety Team met to debrief and resolve any outstanding issues.

    COVID-19 is a virus that can cause no symptoms, a mild illness, or severe symptoms. Symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Individuals with COVID-19 can experience a wide range of symptoms. Some symptoms include:

    • Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, rash, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea.

    The virus spreads mainly from person-to-person. COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms. The virus can also spread:

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about six feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks.
    • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching his or her own mouth, nose, or eyes.

    Practicing good hygiene is vital. Please ensure that you are following these guidelines to stay healthy:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
    • Cover your mouth/nose when you cough or sneeze.
    • Stay home from school/work when you are sick.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Wear face masks/coverings when in public and maintain social distancing when possible (6 feet).
    • Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.

    We recommend that you and your family members monitor your health.  If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical care and/or self-isolate at home. Additional information is available on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov

    Wilson School District will continue to follow the guidance and expertise of local and national health officials to help protect the health of our students, employees and families. Our maintenance department and staff will continue to diligently clean and sanitize throughout the day.  Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work together to protect the health of our students and staff.

     

    Antonio Sanchez
    Superintendent
    Wilson School District

     

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