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6/29/20 Today’s Executive Order from Governor Doug Ducey delays in-person instruction at all Arizona schools until August 17th. The only exception is an AOI (online) school, such as Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning, which continues to operate all year long. We look forward to seeing all of our students in person soon.

FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR KIDS!

No registration or proof of income required.  Free breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years and younger.  Dates of service and meal times vary by county and district.  Dates are subject to change. 

Please go to the website below for the nearest site:

 https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program

 Are you a parent or guardian looking for SFSP sites near you? Find a summer site in your community with the USDA’s Summer Meal Site Finder mapping tool. You can also text “Summer Meals” to 97779 or call 1-866-348-6479 to find a site near you.

¡COMIDAS DE VERANO GRATIS PARA NIÑOS!

 No se requiere registro ni prueba de ingresos. Desayuno y almuerzo gratis para cualquier niño menor de 18 años. Las fechas de servicio y las comidas varían según el condado y el distrito. Las fechas están sujetas a cambios.

Vaya al sitio web a continuación para obtener el sitio más cercano: https://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program

¿Es usted un padre o tutor que busca sitios SFSP cerca de usted? Encuentre un sitio de verano en su comunidad con el USDA herramienta de mapeo buscador de sitios de comidas de verano AQUI. También puede enviar un mensaje de texto con las palabras “Comidas de verano” al 97779 o llamar al 1-866-348-6479 para encontrar un sitio cerca de usted.

Tuesday 6/2/20

Edkey Responds to ADE COVID-19 School Reopening Guidlines

Arizona Department of Education releases guidelines for schools to reopen after COVID-19. Edkey forms task force to address safest and best plans to reopen each of its schools for the Fall 2020 Semester.

Edkey Inc. Families,

The most recent guidance from the State on opening up schools is now available at the link below.

Edkey Inc. is pleased to announce that we have developed a task force to get input from stakeholders within our Family of Schools. This task force will make our own recommendations on what each of the schools will be doing for the 2020-2021 school year, which may vary from school to school. Edkey Inc. holds the individuality of each school in the highest regard and will always maintain that position. Currently we are soliciting feedback from all operational departments, along with campus leadership, to determine the best course of action for each individual school. We are hopeful to have a full comprehensive plan in place by next week and will communicate the main points out once finalized. As always, we take the safety and security of our students and staff as a highest priority and we thank you for being part of the Edkey Inc. Family of Schools.

Mark Plitzuweit
President/CEO
Edkey Inc./Sequoia Schools

Edkey responde a ADE COVID-19 School Reopening Guidance
ADE publica pautas para que las escuelas reabran después de COVID-19. Edkey forma un grupo de trabajo para abordar los mejores planes más seguros y mejores para reabrir cada una de sus escuelas para el Semestre de Otoño 2020.

Edkey Inc. Familias,

La guía más reciente del Estado sobre la apertura de escuelas ya está disponible en el enlace siguiente.

Edkey Inc. se complace en anunciar que hemos desarrollado un grupo de trabajo para obtener información de las partes interesadas dentro de nuestra Familia de Escuelas. Este grupo de trabajo hará nuestras propias recomendaciones sobre lo que cada una de las escuelas hará para el año escolar 2020-2021, que puede variar de una escuela a otra. Edkey Inc. tiene la individualidad de cada escuela en la más alta consideración y siempre mantendrá esa posición. Actualmente estamos solicitando comentarios de todos los departamentos operativos, junto con el liderazgo del campus, para determinar el mejor curso de acción para cada escuela individual. Esperamos tener un plan integral completo para la próxima semana y comunicaremos los principales puntos una vez finalizados. Como siempre, tomamos la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal como una prioridad más alta y le agradecemos por ser parte de la Familia de Escuelas de Edkey Inc.

Wednesday 4/1/20

Dear Edkey, Inc. – Sequoia Schools Family:

Last night the Arizona State Board of Education released a statement regarding the issuance of academic credit and high school diplomas for the 2019-2020 school year. We invite you to read their statement at: https://files.constantcontact.com/cbebfe4e101/acf5307c-7242-4bb9-8644-cc0ff856643f.pdf

All Edkey, Inc. schools are offering educational opportunities for each of their students during the closure through the end of the school year. Each school will be sending out more specific information pertaining to feedback, grades, academic credits, and high school diplomas in the near future. In the meantime, students should continue the studies, assignments, and activities that their teachers are providing.

We’re in this together and will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Be Well. Stay Well.

Mark Plitzuweit
CEO
Edkey, Inc.

1 Abril 2020

Estimado Edkey, Inc. – Familia de Sequoia Schools:

Anoche, la Junta de Educación del Estado de Arizona emitió una declaración sobre la emisión de créditos académicos y diplomas de escuela secundaria para el año escolar 2019-2020. Lo invitamos a leer su declaración en: https://files.constantcontact.com/cbebfe4e101/acf5307c-7242-4bb9-8644-cc0ff856643f.pdf

Todas las escuelas de Edkey, Inc. están ofreciendo oportunidades educativas para cada uno de sus estudiantes durante el cierre hasta el final del año escolar. Cada escuela enviará información más específica relacionada con comentarios, calificaciones, créditos académicos y diplomas de escuela secundaria en el futuro cercano. Mientras tanto, los estudiantes deben continuar los estudios, tareas y actividades que brindan sus maestros.

Estamos juntos en esto y continuaremos manteniéndolo actualizado a medida que haya más información disponible.

Que estes bien. Mantenerse bien.

Mark Plitzuweit
CEO
Edkey, Inc.

 

Monday 3/30/2020

Good Morning Edkey, Inc. Families,

As most of you are probably aware, the Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this morning that all brick and mortar campuses remain closed for the duration of the school year. This does not change the plans that each campus has for providing students educational opportunities for the remainder of this school year. Edkey, Inc. is known nationwide for it’s innovation in education and we will continue doing what we can to assist our students in these unprecedented times. Here is the official announcement:

“Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman released the following joint statement:

“In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year. Today’s announcement is intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions. While this isn’t the outcome any of us wanted, we are grateful for the partnership of schools around the state, who have stepped up to offer virtual and take-home learning opportunities for our students. These efforts are crucial, and we recognize that schools are making every effort possible to continue providing instruction during closures. We also thank our legislative partners for passing legislation ensuring all educators and staff see no disruption in pay. Our number one priority will continue to be health and safety, and we will continue to work closely with public health officials to make the best decisions for kids, families, and our school communities.””

Thank you for being part of the Edkey, Inc. Family of Schools. We look forward to assisting you in any way possible.

Mark Plitzuweit

President/CEO

Edkey Inc./Sequoia Schools

Buenos días Edkey, Inc. Familias,

Como la mayoría de ustedes probablemente saben, el Gobernador y el Superintendente de Instrucción Pública anunciaron esta mañana que todos los campus de ladrillo y mortero permanecerán cerrados durante el año escolar. Esto no cambia los planes que cada campus tiene para proporcionar a los estudiantes oportunidades educativas para el resto de este año escolar. Edkey Inc. es conocida en todo el país por su innovación en educación y continuaremos haciendo lo que podamos para ayudar a nuestros estudiantes en estos tiempos sin precedentes. Aquí está el anuncio oficial:

“El gobernador Ducey y el superintendente Hoffman emitieron la siguiente declaración conjunta:

“En alineación con la orientación federal actualizada de ayer, hoy anunciamos la extensión de los cierres de escuelas durante el resto del año escolar. El anuncio de hoy está destinado a dar a los padres y educadores la mayor certeza posible para que puedan planificar y tomar decisiones. Si bien este no es el resultado que ninguno de nosotros quería, estamos agradecidos por la asociación de las escuelas de todo el estado, que han dado un paso adelante para ofrecer oportunidades de aprendizaje virtual y para llevar a casa para nuestros estudiantes. Estos esfuerzos son cruciales, y reconocemos que las escuelas están haciendo todo lo posible para continuar brindando instrucción durante los cierres. También agradecemos a nuestros socios legislativos por aprobar una legislación que garantiza que todos los educadores y el personal no vean interrupciones en el pago. Nuestra prioridad número uno seguirá siendo la salud y la seguridad, y seguiremos trabajando estrechamente con los funcionarios de salud pública para tomar las mejores decisiones para los niños, las familias y nuestras comunidades escolares “.

Gracias por ser parte de la Familia de Escuelas de Edkey Inc. y esperamos poder ayudarlo de cualquier manera posible.

Mark Plitzuweit

President/CEO

Edkey, Inc./Sequoia Schools

 

Monday 3/23/20 FREE Meals Update

Below is a website link that families can click on to find a school near them that is offering free grab and go meals during the closure:

https://www.azhealthzone.org/summerfood/

Children and teens ages 18 and younger can each receive one free meal. You can get meals from any site. Just find the one closest to you. The child or teen must be present to receive the meal.

Click on the location name for contact information and meal times. If no locations are listed in your area, call the AZ Hunger Hotline at 602-528-3434 or 1-800-445-1914.

 

Lunes 23/03/20

A continuación hay un enlace al sitio web en el que las familias pueden hacer clic para encontrar una escuela cerca de ellos que ofrezca comidas gratis para llevar durante el cierre:

https://www.azhealthzone.org/summerfood/

Los niños y adolescentes de 18 años o menos pueden recibir una comida gratis. Puede obtener comidas de cualquier sitio. Solo encuentra el más cercano a ti. El niño o adolescente debe estar presente para recibir la comida.

Haga clic en el nombre de la ubicación para obtener información de contacto y horarios de comidas. Si no hay ubicaciones en su área, llame a la línea directa de AZ Hunger al 602-528-3434 o al 1-800-445-1914.
3/20/20
Good Evening Edkey Inc. Family,
I hope this message finds you all well.

We appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we continue to address the temporary challenges we each are experiencing. We are mindful that there are many who are struggling with the effects of these challenges and look forward to the time when they are all behind us.  We are grateful for all within our Edkey Family who have continued stepping up across the organization and are continuing to make a difference in the lives of our students and their families. This is only one of the capacities that we as an organization continue to deliver on, relentlessly. We have been hearing some amazing success stories that show creativity, perseverance, commitment, and empathy, along with a soothing calmness in these uncertain times.

Below is the latest from Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman:

“Governor’s Office

  March 20, 2020

 Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,

 We want to provide you the most up-to-date information on the status of Arizona’s school closures. Over the last week, we’ve worked side-by-side to keep parents and educators informed and provide resources to families to mitigate the impact of school closures.

We’re grateful for the continued partnership of our school administrators and education leaders around the state. And we thank the Arizona Department of Health Services for their continued coordination so we can keep kids safe and healthy.

 Today, we are jointly announcing the extension of school closures through April 10, 2020. Our goal is to get kids safely back in the classroom as soon as possible while providing parents and educators certainty so they can plan and make decisions. We will continue to work together to determine what’s best for Arizona kids and schools in the face of COVID-19.

 It’s important for families and parents to know that while this extension will continue to address operational issues, school closures will not stop the spread of COVID-19.

 The safest place for children during this time is at home. They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members. We’ve teamed up with leaders in the non-profit, faith-based and business communities to make childcare available for those who need it. A list can be found on azed.gov.

 We also appreciate the partnership of our state legislature in order to provide continued assistance and flexibility to our schools. On Thursday, legislators passed legislation to waive requirements related to educational assessments and ensure teacher and school staff pay is not disrupted, legislation that will be signed as soon as it is received by the Governor’s Office.

 Daily meals continue to be provided at schools throughout our state to any child under 18. To view a list of meal sites, visit azed.gov. There you can also find additional information, such as special education considerations and learning resources for families and educators.

 As it relates to graduation, the Arizona Department of Education is working with education leaders at the local, state and federal level to provide guidance to schools regarding high school graduation. We will provide additional information to schools in the coming days and weeks.”

Thank you for all you do! Be Safe and Be Well,

Mark Plitzuweit

President/CEO

Edkey Inc./Sequoia Schools

 

20/3/20

Buenas tardes Familia Edkey Inc.,

Espero que este mensaje los encuentre a todos bien.

Apreciamos su paciencia y comprensión continuas a medida que continuamos abordando los desafíos temporales que cada uno está experimentando. Somos conscientes de que hay muchos que luchan con los efectos de estos desafíos y esperamos el momento en que todos estén detrás de nosotros. Estamos agradecidos por todos los miembros de nuestra familia Edkey que han continuado dando un paso adelante en la organización y continúan marcando la diferencia en la vida de nuestros estudiantes y sus familias. Esta es solo una de las capacidades que nosotros, como organización, seguimos brindando sin descanso. Hemos estado escuchando algunas historias de éxito sorprendentes que muestran creatividad, perseverancia, compromiso y empatía, junto con una calma relajante en estos tiempos inciertos.

A continuación se muestra lo último del gobernador Doug Ducey y la superintendente de instrucción pública, Kathy Hoffman: 

“Oficina del gobernador

 20 de marzo de 2020 

Estimadas familias de Arizona, educadores, líderes escolares y miembros de la comunidad educativa,

Queremos brindarle la información más actualizada sobre el estado del cierre de escuelas en Arizona. Durante la última semana, hemos trabajado codo a codo para mantener informados a los padres y educadores y proporcionar recursos a las familias para mitigar el impacto del cierre de escuelas.

 Estamos agradecidos por la asociación continua de nuestros administradores escolares y líderes de educación en todo el estado. Y agradecemos al Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona por su continua coordinación para que podamos mantener a los niños seguros y saludables.

 Hoy, anunciamos conjuntamente la extensión de los cierres de escuelas hasta el 10 de abril de 2020. Nuestro objetivo es que los niños vuelvan al aula de manera segura lo antes posible, al tiempo que proporcionamos certeza a los padres y educadores para que puedan planificar y tomar decisiones. Continuaremos trabajando juntos para determinar qué es lo mejor para los niños y las escuelas de Arizona frente a COVID-19. 

Es importante que las familias y los padres sepan que si bien esta extensión continuará abordando problemas operativos, el cierre de escuelas no detendrá la propagación de COVID-19.

 El lugar más seguro para los niños durante este tiempo es en casa. No deben ser atendidos por adultos mayores o aquellos con afecciones de salud subyacentes, incluidos los abuelos y otros miembros de la familia. Nos hemos asociado con líderes de comunidades sin fines de lucro, basadas en la fe y empresariales para hacer que el cuidado de niños esté disponible para aquellos que lo necesitan. Se puede encontrar una lista en azed.gov.

 También apreciamos la asociación de nuestra legislatura estatal para proporcionar asistencia continua y flexibilidad a nuestras escuelas. El jueves, los legisladores aprobaron una legislación para renunciar a los requisitos relacionados con las evaluaciones educativas y garantizar que no se interrumpa el pago del personal docente y escolar, legislación que se firmará tan pronto como la Oficina del Gobernador la reciba. 

Las comidas diarias se siguen brindando en las escuelas de todo el estado a cualquier niño menor de 18 años. Para ver una lista de los sitios de comidas, visite azed.gov. Allí también puede encontrar información adicional, como consideraciones de educación especial y recursos de aprendizaje para familias y educadores.

 En lo que respecta a la graduación, el Departamento de Educación de Arizona está trabajando con líderes educativos a nivel local, estatal y federal para brindar orientación a las escuelas sobre la graduación de la escuela secundaria. Proporcionaremos información adicional a las escuelas en los próximos días y semanas “. 

¡Gracias por todo lo que hacen! Estar a salvo y estar bien,

Mark Plitzuweit

Presidente y CEO

Edkey Inc./Sequoia Schools

3/17/20  
Please note that we will not be serving meals at our school. Instead, please see the notice below for information about meals offered in our community.
Notice: Mesa Public School’s Food and Nutrition will continue to provide meals to our communities during school closures.

Mesa Public School’s Food and Nutrition will be providing meal service to our communities at all Mesa Public Elementary Schools, Monday through Friday, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.  The meals will include lunch and a breakfast for the following morning, and will be available for all children ages 18 and younger.

Your children will need to be with you for the meals to be provided.

Service will be made available as a “grab and go” pick-up, located outside of the Mesa Public Elementary site’s front office or near the student drop-off/pickup area.  Students must be present.


17/3/2020 Tenga en cuenta que no serviremos comidas en nuestra escuela. En cambio, consulte el aviso a continuación para obtener información sobre las comidas que se ofrecen en nuestra comunidad. Aviso: Alimentos y Nutrición de la Escuela Pública de Mesa continuará proporcionando comidas a nuestras comunidades durante el cierre de las escuelas.
Alimentos y Nutrición de la Escuela Pública de Mesa proporcionará servicio de comidas a nuestras comunidades en todas las Escuelas Primarias de Mesa, de lunes a viernes, de 11:00 a.m. a 1:00 p.m. Las comidas incluirán almuerzo y un desayuno para la mañana siguiente, y estarán disponibles para todos los niños de 18 años o menos. Sus hijos deberán estar con usted para que se les proporcionen las comidas. El servicio estará disponible como un servicio de "recoger y llevar", ubicado fuera de la oficina principal del sitio de Mesa Public Elementary o cerca del área de entrega / recogida de estudiantes. El alumno debe estar presente.


Sunday 3/15/2020 
Good Evening, Edkey-Sequoia Families.Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman have announced that all schools in the State of Arizona will be closed through Friday, March 27, 2020.  We are awaiting clarification with online programming Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning. We will update as we get additional information.Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we navigate these uncharted waters.See notification here: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/blog/2020/03/open-letter-arizona-families-educators-school-leaders-and-education-community
Mark Plitzuweit, CEO Edkey, Inc.

 

Domingo 15/3/2020

Buenas noches, familias Edkey-Sequoia.

El gobernador Doug Ducey y la superintendente de instrucción pública Kathy Hoffman han anunciado que todas las escuelas del estado de Arizona permanecerán cerradas hasta el viernes 27 de marzo de 2020. Estamos esperando aclaraciones con la programación en línea Sequoia Choice Arizona Distance Learning. Actualizaremos a medida que obtengamos información adicional.

 

Gracias a todos por su paciencia y comprensión mientras navegamos por estas aguas desconocidas.

 

Ver notificación aquí: https://azgovernor.gov/governor/blog/2020/03/open-letter-arizona-families-educators-school-leaders-and-education-community

Mark Plitzuweit, CEO Edkey, Inc.

 

 

Sat 3/14/2020 5:02 PM (Espanol despues del mensaje en Ingles)

Good Afternoon Edkey Inc. Family,

I am writing to provide an update to you regarding the COVID-19 situation. After careful consideration, and working with several leaders within our communities, Edkey, Inc. will be extending spring break through next week, for those schools that were scheduled to return on March 16. This does not affect our Sequoia Choice AZDL online educational programs. All classes and school-related activities will be cancelled, and rescheduled if necessary. Edkey, Inc. leadership will continue to monitor the situation throughout the week, and may extend this closure if deemed necessary. In our previous correspondence we stated that we have been in close contact with local, county, state, and federal health officials regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There are currently no cases of COVID-19 within the Edkey, Inc. Family of Schools. This decision takes in mind the possibility of transmission of the virus to those within our communities that are medically fragile and/or immunocompromised.

We will be developing guidance for schools during this time and we will provide you with updates as they become available. The current plan has our campuses reopening across the organization on 3/23/2020.

The health and safety of our students, staff, their families, and the communities we serve, are our highest priorities. Please refer to your local Department of Health websites for the most up to date details surrounding COVID-19, as they are rapidly changing. There is also more information in these locations as well:

https://www.azed.gov/

https://www.cdc.gov/

https://www.azdhs.gov/

We thank you all for being part of the Edkey, Inc. Family of Schools, in addition to your support and understanding as we work through these unique circumstances together. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Mark Plitzuweit

Buenas tardes Familia Edkey Inc.,

Le escribo para proporcionarle una actualización sobre la situación de COVID-19. Después de una cuidadosa consideración, y trabajando con varios líderes dentro de nuestras comunidades, Edkey, Inc. extenderá las vacaciones de primavera hasta la próxima semana, para aquellas escuelas que estaban programadas para regresar el 16 de Marzo. Esto no afecta nuestros programas educativos en línea Sequoia Choice AZDL. Todas las clases y actividades relacionadas con la escuela serán canceladas y reprogramadas si es necesario. El liderazgo de Edkey, Inc. continuará monitoreando la situación durante toda la semana, y puede extender este cierre si lo considera necesario. En nuestra correspondencia anterior declaramos que hemos estado en contacto cercano con funcionarios de salud locales, del condado, estatales y federales con respecto a la enfermedad por coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). Actualmente no hay casos de COVID-19 dentro de la Familia de Escuelas de Edkey, Inc. Esta decisión toma en cuenta la posibilidad de transmisión del virus a aquellos dentro de nuestras comunidades que son médicamente frágiles y / o inmunocomprometidos.

Desarrollaremos orientación para las escuelas durante este tiempo y le proporcionaremos actualizaciones a medida que estén disponibles. El plan actual reabre nuestros campus en toda la organización el 23/03/2020.

La salud y la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, el personal, sus familias y las comunidades a las que servimos son nuestras principales prioridades. Les agradecemos a todos por ser parte de la Familia de Escuelas de Edkey, Inc., además de su apoyo y comprensión mientras trabajamos juntos en estas circunstancias únicas. Mantente seguro, mantente saludable.

 

Mark Plitzuweit

Presidente y CEO

Edkey Inc./Sequoia School

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Thursday 3/12/20
Good Evening Edkey, Inc. Family:

Edkey, Inc. is taking a proactive response to the Coronavirus in order to help minimize the spread of any illness. In an abundance of caution, Edkey, Inc. is taking a number of actions to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our students, families and staff:

All Edkey, Inc. sponsored student or staff travel (in and out-of-state), including field trips, are all suspended until further notice.

As a precaution, Edkey, Inc. will not allow non-essential campus visitors beyond the front office. This includes volunteers.

Additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures have been instituted, which include:

  • Edkey, Inc. maintenance staff are sanitizing all campuses, especially frequently-touched objects and surfaces. This includes sanitizing playground equipment, sanitizing public areas, restrooms, cafeterias, and high contact areas like door hardware, gates, and padlocks.
  • Busses are being sanitized

In classrooms, teachers will use strategies to minimize student touch/interactions and encourage hand washing and sanitizing.

Students and staff that are sick and/or have a fever please stay home, or you will be sent home.

Edkey, Inc. will continue to work closely with, and take direction from, the Maricopa County Health Department regarding all potential health issues. Edkey, Inc. has plans in place for various actions that may be required in response to the Coronavirus and will take immediate action, as needed, to ensure the safety of our students and staff.  At 2 PM on March 12, the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Arizona Department of Education recommended that schools do not close.

Please remember that at this time there are no confirmed cases of Coronavirus within our Edkey, Inc. Family of Schools. We will keep you updated about any developments that impact our schools and communities as they become available. This notice could change as updates are released by the State of Arizona.

ADE has placed on their website a link to provide the most recent updates, answer questions and provide additional links to facts and resources. Please visit www.azed.gov for the most up-to-date information.

Please help us remind students about practicing healthy habits, and keep your child home when they are sick. We appreciate your partnership in helping us keep our students, families and staff safe and healthy. We will continue to monitor the situation and post updates as available.

Mark Plitzuweit

President/CEO

Edkey Inc./Sequoia Schools

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3/5/12

Dear Edkey, Inc./Sequoia Schools Family:

Due to media reports about a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory, we wanted to provide information to you pertaining to the coronavirus 2019, also known as COVID-19.
Here are some facts that families should know about COVID-19:
• It is a new coronavirus, originating in Wuhan, China, that causes respiratory illness ranging from mild cold-like symptoms to pneumonia.
• 81% of people diagnosed with COVID-19 in China had mild symptoms.
• Similar to influenza, those most likely to have severe complications from COVID-19 are people over 60 and those with medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or diabetes.
• There is no vaccine or treatment currently available for COVID-19.
• People most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within six feet) with someone who has the disease.
• People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic.
COVID-19 is believed to spread the same way the common cold or flu spreads – through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes. Cold and flu activity typically peak during the winter months. Sequoia Schools take great care to ensure that all school and office buildings are cleaned effectively. Staff have been directed to give extra attention to high-touch areas, such as door handles, water fountains and keyboards. Staff also encourage children to wash hands regularly to prevent the spread of illness.
Any student or staff member who is sick is strongly urged to stay home. To reduce the number of people who may become infected, children and adults are recommended to stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of fever without using any fever-reducing medications e.g. acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Below are some key reminders that we encourage each family to review pertaining to the prevention of corona and all other respiratory viruses:
• Don’t panic! The majority of Coronavirus cases are mild with symptoms similar to the common cold. Should you or your child begin to feel unwell, call your primary care provider immediately.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or apply an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• You do not need a mask unless you show symptoms of COVID-19, or unless you are a health worker or caretaker.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Stay home when you are sick, and keep sick children home as well.
• Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
• Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
• Rely on trusted sources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health for up-to-date information. Be wary of false information spread through social media.
• If you or a loved one are immunocompromised, consider restricting your out-of-home activities.
We continue to stay in touch with federal and state health agencies to ensure that we share pertinent, timely, and accurate information with the Sequoia Community. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families or schools through each school’s “School Messenger” and website. For the most up-to-date information about COVID-19, please visit any of the following sites:
https://www.cdc.gov/
https://www.azdhs.gov/
https:// www.maricopa.gov/coronavirus
https://www.ready.gov/
https://www.listo.gov/es

If you have any questions regarding this or any other matter, please feel free to contact your school.