Coronavirus Disease 2019
Sahuarita Unified School District remains in communication with the Pima County Health Department and will continue to follow local, state, and federal health departments’ guidance and recommendations regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). A Pima County resident has tested presumptively positive for the coronavirus known as COVID-19; however, the risk for COVID-19 remains low for Pima County.
Updated March 31, 2020
As of 9:00 am on Monday, March 30, 2020, Governor Ducey and State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced the closure of all Arizona schools for the remainder of the school year. During the State closure, all schools, facilities, programs, and offices will remain closed. This includes extracurricular programs, preschool, and afterschool programs.
Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, Sahuarita Unified School District will provide curbside meal service for children, ages 1-18 years old, at two locations. The sites, listed below, will be open from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, Monday-Friday during the school closure.
- Wrightson Ridge School, 16325 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
- Sopori Elementary School, 5000 W Arivaca Rd, Amado, AZ 85645
Each “to go” meal will include lunch and breakfast for the following morning and will come at no charge, regardless of meal eligibility status. Children do not have to be students in the district to receive meals; however, they must be present to receive a meal.
Meals on the Move
Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Sahuarita Unified will deliver meals to our rural communities. We will be servicing Arivaca, Elephant Head/Amado, McGee Ranch, Ocotillo Ranch, Wrangler Ranch, and Curly Horn Ranch utilizing the current bus stops for those areas. Meals will arrive at the first stop in each area at approximately 11:00 am. Meals are available at no cost for youth ages 1-18 years old. The youth do not need to be a student in Sahuarita Unified School District. The maps provide approximate times and locations for the stops. Printed educational materials will be available upon request for students with limited or no digital access.
Remote Learning Plan
Modified educational programming will continue through available online resources and communication by individual classroom teachers. These services are expected to commence on Monday, March 23, and students will receive communication from their respective teacher(s). Parents can access distance learning resources here.
Answers to additional frequently asked questions can be found here.
The safety, health, and well-being of our students and staff are of the utmost importance at all times. Sahuarita Unified School District is closely monitoring events surrounding the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and will continue to share any pertinent information on this evolving situation with our families.
We want to remind our school community that the best ways to prevent the spread of Coronavirus are the same as preventing the cold and flu, and include:
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing. Throw any used tissues in the trash and then wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Keep sick kids home from school (see “When should my child stay home from school?“). If your child’s school calls you to pick up your child due to illness, please do so promptly!
We encourage you to stay informed by experts in the health field. For the most up-to-date information from local, state and national health officials you can visit the following websites.
- Pima County Health Department’s Coronavirus website, plus:
- Arizona Department of Health Services’ Coronavirus website
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Coronavirus website, plus:
<a href=”https://susd30.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Wash-Your-Hands-Poster.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Wash Your Hands Poster</a>
<a href=”https://susd30.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/cover-your-cough-poster.pdf” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Cover Your Cough Poster</a>
Mental Health Resources
The health and well being for all continues to be SUSD’s priority. If you, or someone you care about, is feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, please utilize the provided resources and/or share with those who may be in need.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Mindfulness (Meditation)
- Taking Control of Mental Health
- A Psychological Perspective on COVID-19
- A free book on how to talk to kids about the Coronavirus
- Online Yoga and Meditation through TMC
- Online crafting for coping
- Article – Tools for Coping
- Teaching kids calming and emotional regulation through video games
- Online free mindfulness meditation (suggested by Meegan Burr SHS)
- Coping With Stress
- Practicing Wellness While Staying Home
- How Teens Can Protect Their Mental Health