COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information
On March 20, 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman jointly announced 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.
In response to the Governor's direction, FHUSD has closed all schools, programs, and district offices, except those related to child care or other services deemed essential.
District leadership is in the process of developing plans to ensure our students who participate in our nutrition program will continue to be able to access meals. This will begin on March 18.
The State has advised it is also coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based, and education communities to make available child care options to families who need it.
We understand the hardship school closures may create for many of our families and are diligently working on options to meet those needs. As soon as we have more details, we will make sure to share them here.
We encourage our families to visit the Maricopa County Department of Public Health's coronavirus page or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s coronavirus page for the most current and accurate information.
Information from Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH)
- COVID-19 is believed to spread primarily the same way the common cold or flu spreads – through respiratory droplets produced when someone coughs or sneezes.
- People who are most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within about six feet) with someone who has the disease.
- People are thought to be most contagious when they are most symptomatic (the sickest).
- Because protection from all respiratory viruses is similar, this is a good time to review strategies to prevent the spread of respiratory viruses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
- Contain your cough, e.g., coughing into your bent (V position) arm or pulling up the collar of their shirt and coughing into that.
- Stay home if you have the flu or flu-like symptoms or temp of 100 degrees or higher. Do not return until fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- MCDPH’s position on closing schools for COVID-19:
- MCDPH examined the use of school closures to prevent disease spread during the 2009 H1N1 flu pandemic and ultimately decided that the strategy was not warranted. MCDPH was one of the first health departments in the nation to disagree with the federal recommendation to shut down schools and the rest of the US quickly followed suit.
- Careful consideration for school closure recommendations will take into account the severity of the disease, benefits to public health, impact on student learning, families, childcare, school staff, and the economy.
- Because most people with COVID-19 have mild disease, the likelihood that MCDPH will recommend closing schools is very low, but not zero. Should that change, MCDPH will notify school districts.
- Closing schools is not always the most effective strategy to slow disease transmission, particularly if children congregate outside of school.
Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- The CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19. You should only wear a mask if a healthcare professional recommends it. People who have COVID-19 and are showing symptoms should wear a facemask. This is to protect others from the risk of getting infected. The use of facemasks also is crucial for health workers and other people who are taking care of someone infected with COVID-19 in close settings (at home or in a healthcare facility).
- Current symptoms reported for patients with COVID-19 have included mild to severe respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.
- Read more information from the CDC regarding COVID-19.