• 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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  • Updated Metrics for Reopening

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 9/16/2020

    On September 15, 2020 the Wilson Governing Board voted to follow the metrics as recommended by the Arizona Department of Health Service to re-open schools. This means the district will not follow a set date to open and will instead follow the COVID-19 metrics as they apply to the Wilson School District. In order to re-open Wilson schools in a Hybrid model (some students learning in-person at school and some students learning at-home online through December) the benchmarks must be in the yellow/green or green/green for two consecutive weeks. We are focusing on cases per 100 thousand and the percent positivity and are following the recommended learning scenario.

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    As of today, COVID numbers are in green/yellow indicating the district is on target to re-open on Oct 12 if next Thursday (Sept 24) the numbers stay in the green/yellow or yellow/yellow. Each week, we will meet to review the most recent data for the Wilson School District.

    Please view the Wilson metrics every Thursday to stay current on benchmarks reopening of schools and the COVID-19 in the Wilson School boundaries.

    Educationally,

     

    Antonio A. Sanchez

    Superintendent

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  • July 24th, 2020

    Posted by Antonio Sanchez on 7/24/2020

    August 2020

    Dear Parents:

    We are providing you the following information in accordance with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51 issued on July 23, 2020.  Please carefully read the following information below regarding the 2020-21 School Year.

    Distance Learning Plan:  Our Distance Learning Plan can be found on the District’s website, available at https://www.wsd.k12.az.us/distancelearning.

    Mitigation Plan:  Our mitigation plan to address measures to combat the spread of COVID-19 can be found on the District’s website, available at: https://www.wsd.k12.az.us/distancelearning

    School Calendar

    Distance learning will begin on August 3, 2020.  
    Wilson School District’s school calendar for the 2020-21 School Year

    Pending guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services, we will set a projected date to begin in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction.   This date is only an estimate and may be revised by the District at any time, October 12, 2020. 

    Attendance Requirements

    Your child will need to participate in the District’s distance learning in order to be counted as present and attending.  The District’s distance learning plan requires the following minimum level of contact:

    Please note that state law (A.R.S. § 15-802) requires as follows:

    · Every child between six and sixteen years of age must attend a school and be provided instruction in at least the subjects of reading, grammar, mathematics, social studies and science.  

    · The child’s parent or guardian must enroll the child in a school and ensure that the child attends the school for the full time that school is in session.  Our District is currently anticipating conducting 180-days of instruction during the 2020-21 school year (see attached school calendar).

    · Certain exceptions apply to these attendance requirements, such as medical necessity. If you believe your child qualifies for such an exception, please contact your local school’s attendance clerk.

    Free On-Site Learning Opportunities and Support Services

    Beginning on August 17, 2020, we will begin offering free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the school day.

    · Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services are not teacher-led classroom instruction. However, free on-site learning opportunities and support services will include in-person support services such as student supervision and strategic support for students in need during standard school hours, and may include teacher-led or paraprofessional support for students engaging in distance learning instruction.

    · If you believe your child needs a place to go during the day, please contact the school Principal at Elementary School, Ms. Campton, (602)683-2400, cindy.campton@wsd.k12.az.us at Primary School, Mrs. Wojcicki, (602)683-2500, maki.wojcicki@wsd.k12.az.us to discuss whether your child qualifies for this service. The Arizona Department of Education currently describes this service as a “safe learning space for students who are at-risk, in special education programs or who are the students of essential workers.” For more information on this service and qualifications, please visit our website at https://www.wsd.k12.az.us/Page/659.

    · Please be advised that free on-site learning opportunities and support services may be suspended or terminated if the District or the Arizona Department of Health Services advises closing the premises for public health reasons or in the best interests of the staff and students.  

    To learn more about our free-onsite learning opportunities and support services, please visit the District’s website at https://www.wsd.k12.az.us/Page/659.  The details of these services may be modified based on additional guidance from ADE.  Updates will be posted on the District website.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the information in this letter, or if you need additional assistance, please contact us at: Mr. Dumas at (602)681-2200 ext. 2004 or alex.dumas@wsd.k12.az.us. The information contained in this letter may change as the situation changes, and in accordance with any applicable law, regulation, order or Governing Board policy. Please continue to regularly review the websites listed below for important updates.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Antonio A. Sanchez,

    Superintendent

     

    Wilson School District's 2020-2021 School Calendar

    Distance Learning Plan

    Mitigation Plan

    On-site Learning Opportunities and Services Plan

    Arizona Revised Statute § 15-802

    Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-51

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