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Pinal County School Benchmark Information




  • From ADHS Guidance Document: There are two key components to reopening school buildings for in-person instruction. First is the quality of the school’s mitigation plan, or the “how”. This plan outlines strategies the school will implement to reduce the spread of COVID-19 among students and staff upon reopening school buildings regardless of if the building is open for onsite support services or in-person instruction. This plan must be adopted, implemented, and posted on the LEA’s website before onsite support services may begin. The second is the level of spread occurring within the community, or the “when”.

  • Both the school’s individual mitigation plan as well as degree of community spread are equally important in determining when it is safe to reopen a school building. If community transmission is low but the school and/or community mitigation strategies are not implemented, then the risk of introduction and subsequent transmission of COVID-19 in a school will increase. Alternately, if community transmission is high, but school and community mitigation strategies are implemented and strictly followed as recommended, then the risk of introduction and subsequent transmission of COVID-19 in a school will decrease.

  • The ADHS further defines community spread levels with the thresholds outlined below. These thresholds are consistent with the national standards set by the Coronavirus Task Force.

  • Pinal County Public Health analyzes local level school benchmarks using following the table below and shares the data weekly with superintendents:

    Substantial Transmission: >100 cases per 100k, >10% percent positivity, >10% COVID-like illness

    Moderate Transmission: 10-100 cases per 100k, 5%-10% percent positivity, 5%-10% COVID-like illness

    Minimal Transmission: <10 cases per 100k, <5% percent positivity, <5% COVID-like illness
  • November 19th, 2020: The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) issued an emergency measure requiring district & charter schools to immediately mandate that masks are worn on school campuses, school buses & during school-associated activities by all students, faculty, staff, contractors, & visitors.


According to the Arizona Emergency Measure 2020-03, schools are required to report positive cases of COVID-19 to local public health departments. Please click here or the image to download the ZIP documents.

How to Report COVID-19 Cases in Schools:

  1. First, email [email protected] to request a secure link. In this email, please also include a point of contact at your school with their email and phone number. You can also call IDES at 520-866-4513 to help coordinate a point of contact for your school.

  2. Next, fill out the Case Report Form thoroughly.

  3. Then, submit the document through the secured link sent to you from IDES.

  4. The IDES staff will contact your school and let your school know IF contact tracing is necessary. Staff will give additional instructions on how to fill out the Excel form.

THE CASE REPORT FORM CAN ONLY BE SUBMITTED THROUGH THE SECURED LINK. DO NOT EMAIL.

If you have any questions and concerns about this process, please call 520-866-4513. Thank you.




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Additional Resources

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School Outbreak Definition

AZDHS Emergency Measure 2020-03

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Special Education Guidance

Resources Related to Special Education for Students with Disabilities

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Guidance and Resources for Arizona’s Public District and Charter Schools

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 10.27.2020 Benchmarks and Reporting COVID Cases

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 9.11.2020 Mitigation Plan Discussion

 8.18.2020 - Benchmark Consultations with Public Health

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