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Navajo County Public Health Confirms Additional Case of COVID-19 in Navajo County

Navajo County public health officials and the Arizona Department of Health Services, in partnership with Little Colorado Medical Center (LCMC), recently announced a person has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The individual was evaluated and tested within the respiratory clinic at the Little Colorado physician office in accordance with customary isolation procedures. The patient is a resident of Navajo County and is self-quarantining in accordance with CDC guidelines at their home. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed will be contacted directly by public health officials. If you have not been contacted by public health officials, your risk of exposure to this case is extremely limited. These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms in collaboration with Navajo County Public Health and medical providers.

“We encourage the public to stay calm, stay up-to-date with recommendations, and do their best to help slow the spread. We ask that everyone routinely check the COVID-19 dashboard for the most recent information,” said Jeffrey Lee, Director of the Navajo County Public Health Department. “If you experience even mild symptoms, we ask that you please stay home. Everyone should be practicing social distancing. Those who are most at-risk for developing severe complications from COVID-19 are older adults and those with existing chronic health conditions.”

Local public health officials are currently investigating to identify any close contacts that may have been exposed. Identified individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms. COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. Those considered at risk for contracting the virus are individuals with travel to an area where COVID-19 is spreading or individuals in close contact with a person under investigation for the COVID-19.

The best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • If you have recently traveled to an area where COVID-19 is spreading and have developed fever with cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of your travel or have had contact with someone who is suspected to have COVID-19, stay home and call your healthcare provider. If you feel sick, stay at home. Do not go to work, and contact your healthcare provider. If your children are sick, keep them at home and contact your healthcare provider. If someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home. Please call your healthcare facility to get instructions before going in.

Please visit our continually updated local COVID-19 dashboard for the latest official information about COVID-19, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website for the latest information on Arizona's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and call (844) 542-8201 with questions about COVID-19.

COVID-19 Social Distancing Activity Guide. No Restrictions: Go for a hike. Yard work. Cook a meal. Family game night. Go for a drive. Use Extra Caution: Visiting a grocery store. Playing in the park. Essential travel. Pick up food. Mass transit. Avoid Or Postpone: Group gatherings. Movie theaters. Crowded stores. Bars & restaurants. Non-essential travel. Remember: Stay home if you are sick. In all activities, remain 6 feet away from others. Implement personal preventative measures. azhealth.gov/covid19

Message from the Governor's Office

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 the Arizona Department of Education website.

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 the Arizona Department of Education website. 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.

Summary of HB2910/SB1693 as Amended and As Passed Legislature
  • HB 2910 Public School Closures; Coronavirus Disease (Bowers)
  • SB 1693 Public School Closures; Coronavirus Disease (Fann)

If the statewide school closure of schools is lifted before March 29 all of the following apply:

  • Specifies that public schools must continue paying all employees, including hourly employees, from March 16 through March 29 if the employee is committed to being available to work during the employee’s normal work hours.
  • The public school may not require any employee to use accrued vacation or sick leave for the duration of the closure.
  • Schools are not required to add additional days or additional instructional hour requirements to make up for time missed time during the closure.
  • The statewide assessment testing window is extended through May 31, and public schools are encouraged to offer formative assessments.
  • For the 2019–2020 school year the public school’s letter grade will be the higher of the letter grades in school years 2018–2019 or 2019–2020.

If the statewide closure of schools is not lifted on or before March 29 all of the following apply:

  • Schools are not required to add additional days or additional instructional hour requirements to make up for time missed during the closure and will continue to receive scheduled formula funding based on the 100 ADM if they offer “general educational opportunities” (see below).
  • Beginning on March 30 schools are required to offer students general educational opportunities as determined by the school district for the duration of the closure. This is a condition of the public school continuing to receive funding.
    • SBE and ADE determine the method for a district to attest they are in compliance with this.
    • Schools must continue offering general educational opportunities for the duration of the closure.
  • Allows a school transportation fleet to be used on services that benefit students and their families during a closure.
  • Requires public schools to continue paying all employees including hourly employees during the duration of the closure subject to the following:
    • Employees commit to being available to work during the employee’s normal work hours.
    • If the employee is able to work remotely the employee shall work remotely for the duration of the closure. If the closure is lifted the employee can only work remotely subject to approval from the school.
    • If the employee cannot work remotely the school must assign the employee to other tasks for the duration of the closure.
  • Specifies that schools may deviate from the statutory requirements relating to special education programs and that public schools shall attempt to ensure that each student with a 504 or IEP or who receives SPED services through an IEP has access to the educational opportunities offered by the school.
  • Specifies that if the daily route mileage in 2019–2020 is less than it was in 2018–2019 then districts can use 2018–2019 daily route mileage for the 2020–2021 fiscal/school year.
  • Allows public schools to use any money generated during 2019–2020 to provide summer school instruction.
  • Allows students who take an online course in June or July 2020 to generate up to 1.25 ADM (so schools don’t lose ADM).
  • The statewide assessment is canceled (remember this is only if the state closure of schools is not lifted before March 29).
  • For the 2019–2020 school year, a school’s letter grade is the same as the public school’s letter grade from 2018–2019.
  • Move On When Reading third grade promotion requirement is suspended.
  • The state board of education is required to adopt rules for the graduation of students from public high schools for the 2019–2020 school year.
  • Requires the auditor general to work with public schools to establish modified timelines for financial and performance data reporting
  • Requires ADE with SBE approval to apply to USDOE for a waiver of the federal food and nutrition, assessment and accountability requirements, and other issues that impact educational attainment that cannot be met in the 2019–2020 school year due to the state of emergency declaration by the governor related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

If the statewide closure is lifted before the scheduled end of the public school year (but after March 29) the public school shall either:

  • Resume physical operations as usual and continue operations until the scheduled end of the public school’s 2019–2020 posted school year calendar.
  • Continue offering general educational opportunities until the scheduled end of the public school’s 2019–2020 posted school year calendar.

This bill contains a retroactivity clause and an emergency clause, so upon receiving a signature from the governor is it effective immediately and retroactively to March 15, 2020.

Summer Food Program

Due to schools being closed until Friday, March 27, we will run our summer food program beginning Wednesday, March 18. We will provide breakfast and lunch Grab-N-Go packs at no charge to all children under the age of 18. This is open to all children within the community, and is not limited to students enrolled in Jeddito School. Meals can be picked up outside the school cafeteria from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Adults may purchase meals at a cost of $4.

COVID-19 Update

This message is the latest COVID-25 update from the County Superintendent's Office. Clearly, we are far from containment of this influenza and the impact on schools and communities. The need for influenza mitigation as advised by CDC is self-explanatory as noted here and in the email documents forwarded earlier last week. On the pay for all staff during this closure, we still are waiting for a session law from the legislature on the closure of schools and staff work and pay. As of March 18, 2020, the legislator has dropped a bill to allow school districts to pay for all staff during this closure. Once this legislative bill has passed the full legislative body, school districts can process payroll for all staff.

From Navajo County:

There are two confirmed cases from the Kayenta area. Multiple tests are being processed currently. We can see more tests being run now that private labs are involved. The vagueness of the press release was due to a number of factors.

  • HIPAA
  • The protective measures in the community will be the same.
  • Dependent on the jurisdiction of the community.

Decrease panic. Updated recommendations include:

  • If a person is tested positive then the whole household is quarantined.
  • If community spread has been identified then restaurants etc will be only be able to serve via take out or drive through. This is currently only happening in Phoenix area.
  • Nursing homes are closed to visitors.
  • Cancelling events of 10 or people.

FAQ’s

In regards to who can be tested, they will be tested if they meet criteria and some facilities have no ability to test for any infection.

In handling food for our students - food prep procedures should be the same, follow the same precautions. It is in the delivery that social distancing should be practiced.

Re-opening of schools procedures are currently being developed and discussed. This will probably come from ADE and Department of Health.

Here are the school closure recommendations – Considerations for School Closures (CDC):

  • There is a role for school closures in response to school-based cases of COVID-19:
  • For decontamination and contact tracing (few days of closure).
  • In response to significant absenteeism of staff and students (short to medium length, i.e., two to four weeks of closure).
  • As part of a larger community mitigation strategy for jurisdictions with substantial community spread (medium to long length, i.e., four to eight weeks or more of closure).
  • Available modeling data indicate that short- to medium-length closures early in the outbreak will not impact the spread of COVID-19 or health care measures (e.g., hospitalizations). There may be some impact of much longer closures (eight or more weeks) further into the outbreak when there is more community spread.
  • The same model shows other mitigation efforts (e.g., hand washing, home isolation) have more impact on both the spread of disease and health care measures.
  • In other countries, places that closed schools (e.g., Hong Kong) have not had more success in reducing spread than those that did not (e.g., Singapore).

Please take every and all measures to be safe. Thank you.

Dr. Begay

Cedar Unified School District Programs

Here at CUSD, our goal is to educate, inspire, and empower every student in our school every day! We invite you to learn more about us and some of our programs by reading the program information listed below.