November 5, 2020
Dear KUSD Families,
As of now, our schools will remain fully open through at least the week of November 9th through the 12th with a reminder we will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th , in observance of Veteran’s Day. We will continue to monitor the number of cases in our community, the data presented by the Arizona Health Department, and to collaborate with the local health department. If your student is exposed to a positive COVID-19 case on one of our campuses, you will receive a letter. If your student is determined to have been in close contact with a positive case on one of our campuses (within six feet for more than 15 minutes), you will receive a phone call and a quarantine letter. Nearly all tested students have been negative. So far, the cases we have experienced in KUSD originated in the home and not on our campuses. There have been two cases at the elementary level, three cases at the middle school level and three cases at the high school level. Families have done an excellent job communicating with the schools and keeping their students at home.
If community cases continue to rise, our district is prepared to transition back to an AB schedule for some or all campuses on Monday, November 16. Our decision will be based on the number of cases in the community over the coming week. You will be notified by November 12th should we implement the AB schedule.
Thank you for self-assessing before school each morning, remaining home if you experience any symptoms of illness, and communicating with the school if you or someone in your family tests positive for COVID-19. We take the monitoring and decision-making process very seriously because our top priority is to provide a safe and nurturing academic school environment for staff and students. To help our community achieve the goal of keeping schools open, please continue to practice CDC recommended routines. Face coverings will remain a requirement on all KUSD campuses per the state executive order and our board approved Return to Learn guide.
Please check our website regularly at www.kusd.org for the most recent updates and the current instructional model. Do not rely on rumors to make family decisions and thank you for understanding the importance of accurately shared information. Finally, thank you for understanding if your student is asked to stay home and monitor symptoms. Our abundance of caution will help keep everyone safe.
Dr. Gretchen Dorner