Items of Interest
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:
>100 cases per 100k, >10% percent positivity, >10% COVID-like illness
10-100 cases per 100k, 5%-10% percent positivity, 5%-10% COVID-like illness
<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, &
According to the Arizona Emergency Measure 2020-03, schools are required to
report positive cases of COVID-19
to local public health departments.
here or the image to download the ZIP documents.
How to Report COVID-19 Cases in Schools:
[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.
Next, fill out the Case Report Form thoroughly.
Then, submit the document through the secured
link sent to you from IDES.
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
If you have any questions and concerns about this process,
please call 520-866-4513. Thank