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Many, but not all, schools are closing due to the coronavirus. Here is the most up-to-date list. 

Coronavirus Closures: Current Information.

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Greetings! Here is the latest information about school closures due to coronavirus. This is a very fluid situation, please check back frequently to this page for the most up-to-date information. If nothing is indicated, we do not have a report yet, or an independent verification. 

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Prescott Unified School District CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST FRIDAY, MARCH 27

From Joe Howard, Superintendent: 

March 14, 2020 5:00PM
Dear PUSD Families,

After carefully monitoring the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, including a national declaration of emergency, and considering the extensive input of parents, teachers and staff, we have made the decision to close all Prescott Unified School campuses to students and the public, effective Monday, March 16. This closure will remain in effect through at least Friday, March 27.

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yavapai County, we realize there is great concern among our stakeholders about how this could spread in our schools, and ultimately to the greater community, despite all of the measures taken and planned for the future. Today’s decision, although very difficult, is being made in consideration of the overall health of our community.

This is new territory for everyone, and we realize quite clearly that there are many unanswered questions. We are working as quickly as possible to answer those questions with all of our partners and resources in the next few days. Our PUSD Governing Board supports this decision and is appreciative of the community that helped guide this decision. In addition to closing all schools to students and the public, the following measures are also taking place:

  • All after school clubs and athletics are cancelled until further notice.
    • All school-related events including athletic games and fine arts performances are cancelled until further notice.
    • Preschool and daycare programs are cancelled until further notice.
    • We are working on providing food options for families, and will provide more information soon.
    • CTED classes will continue in an online format until further notice.

Despite this adversity, we are committed to continuing to deliver high-quality instruction for which PUSD has been known for more than 150 years. District leadership is meeting to define additional details for our staff. Future developments will continue to be communicated through email, our website, and Facebook. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented public health challenge.

Sincerely,
Joe Howard
Superintendent


The following schools usually follow PUSD in Snow Day decisions, but this is a different situation. We will bring you information as we receive it. 


Cornerstone Preschool & Daycare: CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 27

Dear Families, 

After carefully monitoring the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and praying diligently we have made the decision to follow Prescott Unified School district and close our preschool effective Monday, March 16. This closure will remain in effect through at least Friday, March 27. 

Please know that this decision was not made lightly. I am VERY aware that many of you rely on us for childcare while you work and that our closure may leave you in a difficult situation. The same decision had to be made regarding the security of our preschool and the welfare of my staff. As I work through all these difficult decisions I keep reminding myself of a verse a mentor shared, Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This is the Christ we serve and He is our peace in this time of unrest in our nation, state, and city.

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yavapai County, we realize there is great concern among our stakeholders about how this could spread in our schools, and ultimately to the greater community, despite all of the measures taken and planned for the future. Today’s decision, although very difficult, is being made in consideration of the overall health of our community.

This is new territory for everyone, and we realize quite clearly that there are many unanswered questions. We are working as quickly as possible to answer those questions with the Pastor Clovis Barnett, who was part of the decision making process. Clovis and I will be meeting this week to have necessary discussions. All future developments will continue to be communicated through email, our website, and Facebook. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented public health challenge.

Sending Mighty Prayers, 
Stephanie Beyea & Clovis Barnett


Franklin Phonetic Elementary School: CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 20

COVID-19 INFO

UPDATE: As of Saturday, March 14, at 5:45PM, there will be NO SCHOOL for the week of March 16-20th.

Good evening Franklin Families, this is Ms. Gabaldon your elementary principal at Franklin Phonetic Prescott Valley school. After carefully monitoring the corona virus situation and the National State of Emergency that was declared, Franklin School held an emergency board meeting today with board members and considered the health and welfare of our students and staff. Therefore, Franklin Prescott Valley and Franklin Sunnyslope schools will be CLOSED March 16-20th. As new information arises we will inform our parents and staff if additional closures are necessary. Thank you and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these challenging times. Stay safe and remember that we are all in this together!


La Tierra CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 26

Dear La Tierra Community,

After careful consideration and review of updated CDC guidelines as well as closure decisions by several local school districts we have decided to close school effective Monday March 16. This closure will be in effect through March 26 at which time we will re-evaluate the situation and notify you of the on-going plan. This decision has been made due to mounting concerns regarding COVID-19 in the US as well as updated information from state and national authorities and the knowledge of multiple members of our school community spring break travels and unknown exposures. We understand that many of you may have questions regarding how this will impact our school year and student graduation, etc. These are questions that are presently unanswered.

LTCS along with other Arizona schools will be looking to our local and state authorities for guidance in these uncharted waters. We will be continuing to work with these authorities and get you answers to these questions as they become available to us. We appreciate your patience and support during this time.
We have found several resources that may assist you in your conversations with your children and are supplying the links here:
NPR comic for kids: https://www.npr.org/…/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-n…

The Week "How to have a Panic Free Conversation with your Kids": https://theweek.com/…/how-have-panicfree-conversation-kids-…

Child Mind Institute "Talking about the Coronavirus":https://childmind.org/…/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavi…/

The directors have made the above recommendations to the governing board who wil be holding an emergency session tomorrow morning to formalize this decision as per ADE requirements. 

Be well and take good care of those you love.
Julie Jongsma


Mountain Oak Charter School: CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 27

TEMPORARY SCHOOL CLOSURE

After careful consideration and review of updated CDC guidelines, as well as closure decisions by several local school districts, we have decided to close school effective Monday March 16 through Friday, March 27.

We will continue to monitor the unfolding situation and will provide updates as necessary. Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yavapai County, this decision was made in light of mounting concerns regarding COVID-19 in the US, updated information from state and national authorities, and with an awareness that many members of our school community are returning from spring break travels and potentially unknown exposures.

We understand that many of you may have questions regarding how this will impact our school year, student instruction, graduation, etc. We are also seeking answers to these questions. Mountain Oak School, along with other Arizona schools will be looking to our local and state officials for guidance in these uncharted waters. We will be continuing to work with these officials and get you answers to these questions as they become available to us. We are exploring options for our students to continue their studies at home, and will provide further information once we have an opportunity to meet with classroom teachers and devise a plan over the next few days. The Directors have made these recommendations to the MOS Governing Board, who will hold an emergency session tomorrow morning (3/16) to formalize this decision per Arizona Department of Education requirements.

We appreciate your patience and support during this time. Be well, and take good care.

Sincerely,
Susan Beck, Director of Education
Jessica Bluff, Director of Operations

March 15th Emergency Board Meeting Minutes

Here are some resources that may assist you in your conversations with your children:
NPR comic for kids:
https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus

The Week – “How to have a Panic Free Conversation with your Kids”:
https://theweek.com/articles/892668/how-have-panicfree-conversation-kids-about-coronavirus Child Mind Institute “Talking about the Coronavirus”


Northpoint Academy: CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 27 - SOME ONLINE STUDIES POSSIBLE

Dear Northpoint Families,

We are going to follow the trend in the county, state and nation, and close Northpoint March 16-March 27 due to COVID-19. 

We acknowledge that many have been traveling on break, and realize there is great concern among our community about how this could spread in our schools, and ultimately to the greater community.  I also realize that some strongly feel that the panic is unwarranted.

Staff will be meeting on Monday and through next week to plan and implement instruction online.  The week of the 23rd we will be piloting and problem-solving the online portion of our coursework.  We are not an online school, and this is not ideal, but it is the direction we are headed this term.

Things could change again, but not between now and the 27th. It's a tough call, but we want our community to remain healthy.  

-- 

Melissa Wagoner

Director

Northpoint Expeditionary Learning Academy


Sacred Heart CLOSED - BUT WILL START REMOTE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES***

The Catholic Schools Office has approved our request to Close Sacred Heart School and provide remotely learning options during this pandemic. Please check your email for further details.


Trinity Christian School CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 29

Trinity Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: March 14, 2020

Dear Parents, Faculty, and Staff,

As we work to navigate all of the information and the many different emotions that come with an event such as this let us remember Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” This is the Christ we serve and He is our peace in this time of unrest in our nation, state, and city. 

Let us lean on James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” This has been the prayer of the Trinity Administration team as we have sought God’s wisdom in how best to lead the school community through this time. We would like to give you an update on the plan going forward for at least the next two weeks. 

As you have probably heard most of the schools in the Quad-Cities are closing until March 27th. We understand this is an effort to be proactive in helping to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As we prayed through and discussed contingency plans over Spring Break, we realized this was a real possibility for Trinity as well and worked to develop a plan for such an event. Well, that is now where we find ourselves. 

Therefore, here are the steps Trinity will take over the next two weeks:

1. We will extend Spring Break and have no school for one additional week (3/16 - 3/20)

2. During this time, the Trinity Administration and Teachers will meet and work to establish a distance learning/online learning approach.

3. This new approach will launch for all Trinity students on Monday, March 23 and will continue until no longer needed. We will evaluate each week and seek to over-communicate with you our plans.

Administrators and Department Heads will meet on Monday and the Teachers will join us on Tuesday to begin establishing this temporary approach. We will communicate the details to our families by Friday of this upcoming week. 

As we work to partner with you, we want to hear from you. Please contact any of the administrative team by phone or email with any questions, concerns, challenges, or needs that arise during this time. We will work to answer your questions and concerns as well as utilize our resources to help meet your needs and challenges. 

Thank you for your prayers for our nation, for Trinity, and for us as we work to lead the school through this difficult time. We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to continue in our partnership of education and discipleship.

In His Love and Wisdom,

The Trinity Administration Team

--Kyle Maestri, Headmaster   

--Deborah Blount, Grammar School Principal 

--Ken Jimison, Upper School Dean of Faculty   

--Aaron Rosberg, Upper School Dean of Students

--Kelly Orr, Guidance Counselor

Willow Creek Charter CLOSED AT LEAST UNTIL MARCH 19

Dear Parents,

After meeting with our School Board today, March 15, 2020 and reviewing all current available information, we have decided to close Willow Creek Charter School from March 16th – 19th, 2020. More information will be provided to you this week regarding student academics, possible makeup days and any new developments once we have collaborated with our teachers and Board. 

Thank you,

Jennifer L. Baker
Director


Other Prescott Schools

Primavera School CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 20

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BASIS Prescott : CLOSED CAMPUS THROUGH MARCH 20- ONLINE LEARNING STARTING ON TUESDAY, MARCH 17

You can also check their Facebook page.

COVID-19 Preparedness: School Update

Dear BASIS Charter School community in Arizona,

In response to mounting concern nationally, the declaration of national emergency, as well as increasing reports of out-of-state travel among our communities during Spring Break, we have made the decision to close all BASIS Charter School campuses in Arizona. We will be closed starting on Monday, March 16, when we will prepare our schools for distance learning. We expect online learning to begin on Tuesday, March 17.

For now, we will keep schools closed for the week, through Friday, March 20. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you regarding our decision for the following week. Schools in Tucson, Oro Valley and Flagstaff--scheduled to begin Spring Break on Monday--will not have a change in their schedule at this time, but will receive additional updates throughout the week via ParentSquare.

Individual schools will begin communicating with their respective communities via ParentSquare regarding school-level updates and materials beginning on Monday. Students will receive assignments through ParentSquare with supplemental instructional materials distributed through Microsoft Teams for grades 4-12 (minimum device requirements for Microsoft Teams). We will notify you when supplemental resources will be sent. Please ensure that your students have access to a device with an internet connection. Please reach out to the Head of Operations at your campus if your student does not have either device access or internet access at home. If you know anything about BASIS – and as our families, you know a lot – you know that the decision to interrupt the educational process for our students is not one that we take lightly. We are extremely grateful for the support and resilience of our community. We appreciate your assistance as we all work together and do what is right – and thus maintain a healthy and safe school community. The health and well-being of everyone remains our top priority.

Sincerely,

Peter Bezanson
CEO, BASIS Educational Ventures

Aaron Kindel
CEO, BASIS.ed

Yavapai Exceptional Industries

Tri-City Prep: CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MARCH 20

COVID-19 (CRONVIRUS) UPDATES

This page is where we will post COVID-19 updates. 

Letter for the Superintendent 03/14/2020
Dear TCP Families:

It is often said of TCP that we are a family. We are more than student, teachers and parents; we are all part of a community that is working together for the good of the students. Our motto, Keeping Standards High and Helping Students Reach Them, is foremost in our minds as we address the current and changing conditions surrounding COVID-19 and make plans for continuity of educational instruction.

The TCP Board of Education held an emergency meeting March 14, 2020. After review of documents, advice from an attorney and discussion, they voted to close Tri-City College Prep for one week, March 16, 2020 through March 19, 2020. One week was chosen because TCP can use it’s one snow day, the two days over the required number of days in session, and the extra hours in each TCP day to close for one week without having to extend the school year. The Board will be meeting again Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 4:00pm in the school library to determine further action. You can contact Board Members through their email addresses available on the school website.

Continuity of educational instruction, the educational needs of graduating seniors, advice from experts in various fields, instruction from Arizona Department of Education and other government entities, as well as the practicality of closing and input from stakeholders will continue to be taken into consideration.

We are in constant communications with the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, Yavapai County Health Department and other experts and resources. We will be closely monitoring the situation and any change will be communicated to parents through School Messenger and on the website.

You can also monitor the latest updates on COVID-19 in Arizona by visiting the website www.azdhs.gov. For Yavapai County, you can visit the Yavapai County Community Health Service at their website, www.yavapai.us/chs. On March 12, 2020 the Arizona Department of Education created a document that can be accessed on their website, https://www.azed.gov/. The website for the Center for Disease Control is http://www.cdc.gov. Unnecessary panic can make situations worse and it is important to rely on credible sources and medical experts as sources of information.

Parents, please be sure TCP has the most current contact information for you so we can contact you with updates via the School Messenger program. Thank you for working with us and for being part of the TCP family.

Sincerely,

Mary Ellen Halvorson
Superintendent


Chino Valley School District: CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST MARCH 19

March 15, 2020 – 1: O0 PM Dear Chino Valley Staff, Families, and Community Members, After carefully monitoring the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation including a national declaration of emergency and considering the input of community members and staff, the Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board made the decision to close all Chino Valley School campuses to students and the public, effective Monday, March 16. This closure will remain in effect through at least Thursday, March 19.

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Yavapai County, we realize there is still great concern among our community about how this disease could spread in our schools, and ultimately to the greater community, despite all of the measures taken and planned for the future. Today’s decision, although difficult, is being made in consideration of the overall health of our community.

The Chino Valley Unified School District Governing Board is appreciative of the community and staff that helped guide this decision. In addition to closing all schools to students and the public, the following measures are also taking place: • All after school clubs and athletics are cancelled until further notice.

• All school-related events including athletics, including practices and games are cancelled until further notice.
• Preschool and daycare programs are cancelled until further notice.
• CTED classes will continue in an online format until further notice.

For all children in the community who are 18 years old and younger, free breakfast and free lunch will be available as a drive-thru, grab and go. These free meals will be offered at Territorial Early Childhood Center, between 7:00 and 8:30 AM (breakfast) and again between 11:00 and 1:00 (lunch).

Despite this adversity, we are committed to continuing to deliver high-quality instruction for which Chino Valley has been known for more than 100 years. District leadership is meeting to define additional details for our staff. Future developments will continue to be communicated through email, our website (www.chinovalleyschools.com), and Facebook. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented public health challenge.

Sincerely, John Scholl Superintendent


Mingus Springs Charter School: OPEN

School will resume on Monday as scheduled and the bus will be running. We are monitoring the coronovirus situation closely and following Arizona state and Yavapai County guidance. 
There are no cases of CORIV-19 in Yavapai County. When a change is warranted you will be notified.

Yavapai County High School 


Humboldt Unified School District CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Update to District Communication Regarding the Coronavirus 3/14/2020

This is the latest update from Superintendent Dan Streeter to our families.

March 14, 2020 

Dear HUSD Families,  

After carefully monitoring the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and after meeting with district administrators and considering the input of parents, teachers and staff – I have made the decision today to close all Humboldt Unified School District campuses effective Monday, March 16. This closure will remain in effect through at least Friday, March 27. 

While we have been working diligently throughout Spring Break to develop and implement responses to this situation, it became evident today with the national declaration of emergency that to protect the safety and well-being of students and staff, a closure was necessary. 

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting the HUSD school community, we realize there is still great concern among our stakeholders about how this disease could spread in our schools despite all of the measures taken. 

Today’s decision, although very difficult, is being made out of an abundance of caution for community health. Our HUSD Governing Board supports this decision and is appreciative of the community members that have helped guide this decision.

In addition to closing all schools to students, the following measures are also taking place: 

  • All athletic and fine arts events are cancelled until further notice.
  • Community Education programs such as Before and After School Programs, Bright Futures Preschool, and Extended Day Programs are cancelled through at least 3/27.
  • Breakfast and lunch service will be available for pick up only as a ‘to go’ option from 8:00-9:30 and 11:30-1:00 at the following locations: Humboldt, Mountain View, Coyote Springs, Lake Valley, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, Glassford Hill Middle School, and Bradshaw Mountain High School. Please note, any child under the age of 19 can receive a meal from any of the above locations.   

Despite this adversity, we are committed to continuing to deliver high-quality instruction for which HUSD has been known for more than 100 years. District leadership will be meeting Monday morning to further define additional details for our families and staff. To ensure that you have the latest developments please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with your school office. We will be providing updated information as we receive it on the HUSD website at humboldtunified.com and on our social media pages. 

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented public health challenge that affects us all. 

Dan Streeter, Ed.D. 

Superintendent


Acorn Montessori CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Acorn Montessori Families, 

We have been carefully monitoring the latest developments in the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. After meeting with our administrators and considering the input of parents, teachers and staff – we have made the decision today to close all Acorn Montessori School campuses effective Monday, March 16. This closure will remain in effect through at least Friday, March 27th. This includes our preschool and pre-k classrooms. 

While we have been working diligently throughout Spring Break to develop and implement responses to this situation, it became evident today with the national declaration of emergency that to protect the safety and well-being of students and staff, a closure is necessary. 

Although there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 affecting the Acorn school community, we realize there is still great concern about how this disease could spread in our schools despite all of the measures taken. Today’s decision, although very difficult, is being made out of an abundance of caution for community health.

In addition to closing all schools to students, the following measures are also taking place: 

  • Community Education programs such as Before and After School Programs, are cancelled through at least 3/27.
    • Breakfast and lunch service will be available for pick up only as a ‘to go’ option from 8:00-9:30 and 11:30-1:00 at the following locations: Humboldt, Mountain View, Coyote Springs, Lake Valley, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School, Glassford Hill Middle School, and Bradshaw Mountain High School. Please note, any child under the age of 19 can receive a meal from any of the above locations. 

Despite this adversity, we are committed to continuing to deliver high-quality instruction through distance learning. Acorn Montessori Staff will be meeting Monday morning to solidify our distance learning plans during this closure and we will update you accordingly. 

We understand that this may create a hardship for some families and this decision was not made lightly. All Preschool and pre-k tuition payments will be prorated during the duration of the school closure. 

To ensure that you have the latest developments please make sure your contact information is up-to-date with the school office. We will be providing updated information as we receive it on our website, on our Facebook page, and through robo calls.

We appreciate your patience as we navigate this unprecedented public health challenge that affects us all. Please direct all questions or concerns to the school administration.


Other Prescott Valley Schools:

Parkview Middle School CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 20

Dear PV/CV Families,

We are currently monitoring the coronavirus situation closely. The current level of community spread in Yavapai County is minimal, and it has been recommended by the Arizona Department of Health that school NOT be closed. 

However, in an abundance of caution, we will take a first step this next week and extend Spring Break one week while we assess the needs of our school family. 

Therefore, at this time, we will be closing school through March 20th; we will communicate more information during the week about when school will reopen.

Stay healthy.


Prescott Valley School: CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 27

Dear PVS Families,

PVS will be mirroring the closure decisions made by PUSD and HUSD districts and also closing our campuses amidst the COVID-19 pandemic through at least Friday, 3/27/2020.

Leadership, faculty, and staff will be meeting Monday to roll out plans to address academics and meals during this closure. We will provide an update at that time. 

Please be sure to check Facebook and on our website for forthcoming updates.  

This information will also be going out over email and phone to all families. If you do not recieve a call or email please be sure to update your info with us by sending an email to info@pvschool.com so that we can ensure we are reaching you with these very critical updates. 

Thank you for your support in this time of uncertainty. 

PVS Administration


PV Public Charter School K-12: (aka: AAEC): CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 20

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JTED, Colleges & Universities 

Mountain Institute JTED: FACE TO FACE CLASSES ARE DELAYED UNTIL MARCH 23, 2020

Mountain Institute CTED will implement the following plan in response to the COVID-19. For the safety of our students, face to face classes are delayed until March 23, 2020, until the district can further evaluate the situation and develop the possible implementation of online content for programming. All faculty and staff should report to work as normal on Monday, March 16, 2020.

MARK PERNA PRESENTATION RESCHEDULED

The Mark Perna Presentation scheduled for March 19, 2020, has been rescheduled for August 17, 2020.


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: CAMPUS CLOSED - CLASSES MOVED ONLINE MARCH 18-APRIL 6

Mar 13, 2020, 8:18 AM    

Dear Faculty, Students and Staff:

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s two residential campuses remain unaffected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The World Health Organization now describes this situation as a pandemic. To help keep you and our communities safe, and after careful deliberation, Embry-Riddle has decided to migrate most classes online, effective March 18 until at least April 6.

Embry-Riddle’s plan is as follows:

  • Spring Break will be extended, with no classes held March 16-17, but our campuses will be open. Classes will resume onlineas of Wednesday, March 18.
  • This timing will allow residential campus students to return following Spring Break, if they wish, retrieve items essential to their academic success such as devices and textbooks, then go home or stay on campus.
  • For any students who are unable to return to campus but need critical items such as course materials or medications, Embry-Riddle will provide shipping assistance. 
  • Some Embry-Riddle courses and programs involve one-on-one instruction and fulfillment of regulatory requirements (e.g., flight training and Aviation Maintenance Science). Students with these types of educational challenges may choose to complete spring 2020 coursework on their campuses, with enhanced health precautions.
  • Residence halls will remain open to accommodate students who make the decision to live on campus. Embry-Riddle is working to maximize safety for all students. Those who choose to return will be expected to comply with all safety standards. 
  • Food services will be available, but with limited options and hours.
  • All large gatherings, including Athletics activities such as practices and group meetings, are cancelled.
  • Faculty and staff will continue working on their campuses as usual to ensure continuity of education as well as services for students. 
  • Likewise, Embry-Riddle Worldwide, our award-winning online campus, will carry on as always. Worldwide faculty will work with their residential campus colleagues, as needed, to provide all students with high-quality online instructional materials.
  • Nonessential international as well as domestic business travel has been curtailed.

As one of the nation’s top five online educators for the past seven years, Embry-Riddle has the technology and expertise to provide engaging, interactive remote instructional experiences. We will work hard to ensure that all students, and especially graduating seniors, complete their spring semester courses on time. In most cases, students working online will be able to continue with their same faculty members.

A Word about Wellness

If you traveled over Spring Break and you are experiencing any signs of illness whatsoever, you should contact your medical provider immediately and refrain from returning to your Embry-Riddle campus at this time. 

Similarly, if you were on a cruise ship or in an international location, you should limit interactions with other people for 14 days, in keeping with U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and the U.S. Department of State’s global Level 3 health advisory. Students, faculty and staff should notify the health services unit on their campus regarding any concerns.

Embry-Riddle will continue to enhance health precautions such as wellness checks and regular disinfection of aircraft and equipment. We urge social distancing whenever possible, in keeping with CDC recommendations. 

We know that you will have many questions. Embry-Riddle will issue further details and answers to frequently asked questions as soon as possible. Watch for emails and check Embry-Riddle’s COVID-19 website regularly.

Your wellbeing is our top priority. 

P. Barry Butler, President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Yavapai College FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES CLOSED UNTIL MARCH 23, ONLINE CLASSES AS SCHEDULED

For Your Safety Face-to-face Classes Delayed until 3/23

Dear Yavapai College Community,

Our highest priority is to ensure the health and safety of our students, employees, and visitors at our campuses and centers. The YC risk management team is closely monitoring the coronavirus, or COVID-19 pandemic.  At this time, there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 on any Yavapai College Campuses, or in Yavapai County. 

We are gathering as much information as we can from the CDC, the Arizona Department of Health Services, as well as other colleges and universities who are putting similar plans together.

After consulting with our risk management team, I have decided to put the following plan into action, effective immediately:

Academic Instruction

  • YC will use the week of March 16-20 to prepare to implement social distancing procedures. The College will work to put together a plan to minimize face-to-face contact, including classes, during this time.
  • Face-to-face classes will be delayed for all students, including OLLI, community education and FEC for one week. No face-to-face classes will be held during this time. 
  • On March 23, face-to-face classes will move to virtual instruction with few exceptions until at least April 6. Courses requiring “hands-on” instruction, including technical courses and healthcare clinical training, will continue on March 23 in person unless otherwise notified. Next week, instructors will contact students to let them know if their course has moved to an online environment.
  • Classes currently taught online will resume as scheduled March 16. This includes 2nd 8-week online classes. 

Campus Operations

  • All faculty and staff are to report to work at normal hours on Monday, March 16.
  • College offices will be open for service during this time.
  • All College libraries, gyms and pools will be closed.
  • Residence Halls and food services will reopen Sunday, March 15 and operate as normal.

Events

  • All Performing Arts Center ticketed events will continue as scheduled until further notice.
  • All other events are canceled from March 16-22

Travel 

  • Students and employees who have traveled to a country designated as a level 3 by the CDC are asked to stay home for 14 days from their time of exposure as per CDC guidelines. Students staying home should contact their instructors. Employees staying home should contact their supervisor and HR business partner.

Employee Information

Our facilities staff is working to put together a plan to provide additional precautionary infection prevention procedures which includes increased cleaning and sanitation practices.

Our Human Resources Department is working to outline teleworking guidelines and information to address other employee-related concerns including employees who may need accommodations due to underlying health conditions.

At this time, YC employees will use the following protocols:

  • Employees will receive communication regarding next steps on Monday, March 16 from their supervisors.
  • Any employee who is sick should follow normal department procedures for calling off work and should stay home.
  • If you feel you have been exposed to COVID-19 or have been instructed to self-quarantine, please notify your supervisor and your HR business partner immediately.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please address them with your supervisor or through HR via this form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/cvquestions
  • At this time, all college sponsored travel outside or Arizona is suspended until further notice. Personal travel is strongly discouraged. We urge travelers strongly consider their intended destinations for personal trips and check on restrictions that may be required by the CDC.

I understand that these are difficult and confusing times. Yavapai College is doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone. Thank you for your patience as we address this evolving and fluid situation.

We will continue to provide updates as this situation evolves. All information regarding COVID-19 will be posted at www.yc.edu/healthbulletin.

If you have not done so, please sign up for college alerts at www.yc.edu/alertyc.

Sincerely,

Lisa B. Rhine, Ph.D.
President
Yavapai College

COVID-19 is an emerging disease and the CDC is still continuing to study its transmissibility and severity to prevent spreading in the United States.

Further updates will be communicated as necessary.


Prescott College DELAYED UNTIL MARCH 18, MOVING CLASSES ONLINE IF POSSIBLE

March 12, 2020

Dear Students and Employees,

Prescott College’s top priority is the health and safety of our students, our employees and our community. At this time, the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Prescott is low, and there are no confirmed cases in Yavapai County.

We know that many members of the PC community have been traveling this week during spring break to parts of the country and world where there may be community spread of COVID-19. Like many colleges and universities in the U.S. Prescott College is elevating efforts to minimize the transmission in our community. 

Employees and students who are unable to travel back to campus due to illness or travel complications are urged to stay home.  

Accordingly, we are delaying the start of On Campus Undergraduate classes to Wednesday, March 18, and moving from in-person instruction to online instruction wherever possible for a minimum of 2 weeks (March 16-March 30). 

  • All in-person classes wherever possible will transition to online instruction. Classes will continue in this mode for two weeks, at which time the college will assess where things stand with COVID-19. Additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students on how to transition to online instruction.
  • The college remains open. Residence Housing, Student Services, Café services, counseling services, and business offices at the college remain open. 

On Campus Students, please submit this form to report whether you will be travelling back to campus or remaining away at this time.

We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution. Public health officials have not yet made this a requirement for public or private institutions. Nevertheless, given all that we know and what we can anticipate based on information from the Centers for Disease Control, we believe this is the most prudent course of action at the current time.


NAU Prescott Valley 

NAU TRANSITIONING CLASSES TO ONLINE INSTRUCTION EFFECTIVE MARCH 23

NAU transitioning classes to online instruction

Effective Monday, March 23, NAU will move to online instruction for at least two weeks, at which time the university will re-evaluate and provide direction for the remainder of the semester.

Additional information will be provided in the coming days, including specific instructions for faculty, staff and students. Students in clinical programs will be contacted directly by the College of Health and Human Services.

The NAU mountain campus will remain open and operational, and NAU employees will continue to perform their job duties. This includes university housing, computer labs, food service, Campus Health Services, research labs and all other units across the university.

NAU is working closely with our community college partners and local officials regarding statewide campus operations. Any changes in operational status will be communicated directly to faculty, staff and students at these locations.

Mayer School District: CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST FRIDAY, MARCH 27

MUSD Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

Dear Mayer School District Families and Staff, 

All school districts in the region are taking daily direction from the county and state health department agencies. In addition, the Arizona Department of Education is providing guidance and supporting information each day. Communication with neighboring districts across the region has also occurred on a daily basis.

The decision has just been made for Mayer schools to suspend all classes and school activities for the next 2 weeks. Neighboring Humboldt Unified School District and Prescott Unified School District, where many of our staff and students reside, have also made this same decision. There are numerous districts across the state which have also taken the action this weekend.  The safety and health of our students and community is the top priority at this time. 

During this extended break from school, the district will continue to take all precautions to keep buildings, equipment, and transportation vehicles clean and safe for our students upon their return.

This initial 2 week suspension of school will allow for further information to be gathered so the district can decide when normal school activities can resume.

Local and state health department documents and recommendations have been posted to the district website for your viewing. Updates will be provided continually as we receive additional information and guidance.

District staff, you will receive additional correspondence on how we will operate during this break.

Thank you all for your patience as we navigate this unique crisis that affects all districts and communities throughout the state. This decision was not made lightly - we thoroughly understand the burden this places on families in our district.

Sincerely,

Dean Slaga
Superintendent


Flagstaff Unified School District: ON SPRING BREAK

Good Afternoon FUSD Parents and Guardians,

The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) believes it is important to keep our families updated regarding events that may impact our services. Our administrative team is closely monitoring information related to COVID-19 and coordinating with the Coconino County Health Department, the Arizona Department of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) where appropriate.  FUSD is aware that other educational entities in the community and nationally are changing their schedules based on their particular circumstances. We do not have any changes to our current schedule at this time and look forward to our scheduled Spring Break next week - March 16 through March 20.  

According to the CDC, this is a rapidly changing situation and we are committed to update stakeholders regarding changes to practices in the event that the risk assessment changes. FUSD encourages individuals to read more from the CDC

Our commitment is to keep you up to date with FUSD information as it is available. Additional information will be shared during Spring Break in anticipation of the following week.

Spring Break Travel

While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases are steadily growing in the United States, there are local travel restrictions in impacted areas.  It is recommended that all individuals check with area health department websites prior to travel.

What can you do while traveling?

  • Avoid contact with sick people.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60%-95% alcohol when soap and water is not available. 
  • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the restroom; before eating; and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose. 

Symptoms of fever, cough, or difficulty breathing need to be taken very seriously.   After returning to Flagstaff, it is important to self-monitor for 14 days. This means people should remain alert for concerning respiratory symptoms.  If your child or any family members feel feverish or develop cough or difficulty breathing during the self-observation period (14 days), they should take their temperature, limit contact with others, and seek health advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or their local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed. 

Healthy Practices and Illness Procedures

With that in mind, we remind all of our students, families, and team members to take the following precautions, to keep our schools healthy:

  • Get a flu shot if possible
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Cover your cough and sneezes
  • Keep common area surfaces clean with disinfecting wipes
  • Stay home if you are feeling ill

Ill students need to stay home or will be sent home upon the following symptoms:

  • Frequent/persistent cough
  • Fever of 100.4 F or greater
  • Respiratory symptoms
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

Adults and students are to stay home if they are ill and should not return to school or work until they are fever free for 72 hours without taking a fever reducing medication like ibuprofen or Tylenol.  Anyone with a positive COVID-19 test cannot return for school or work for 7 days after receiving a healthy test result.

If FUSD is alerted that any type of community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Coconino County, we will immediately follow all protocols set forth by the Coconino County Health and Human Services Department.  In an abundance of caution, our administrative team is developing contingency plans for students and staff in case we need to alter our services in the future. 

For additional information and past messages, please visit www.fusd1.org/coronavirus

Sincerely,

Michael A. Penca

Superintendent

*** Denotes a change from an earlier posting.

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