Education, Child Care and Youth Activities

Many parents and school officials have expressed various concerns about school closures due to COVID-19. From past experience, we know that students whose school is closed tend to spend time together in other areas during the times they would normally be in school. This does not decrease the risk of spread of disease, so it’s important parents and students are informed how to stay protected and adhere to community-wide recommendations to stay home, reduce non-essential outings, and avoid gatherings of 10 or more.

The Arizona Department of Education recently released its Guidance for Families and Educators for the Re-opening of Schools. Please see the site for the most up-to-date guidance and other resources for Arizona’s public district and charter schools as they navigate COVID-19 response.  

Planning for Schools Reopening                           

Guidance Documents

Illness at School and Reporting COVID-19 Disease

Resources for Parents/Caregivers

Sample Communications

  • COMING SOON - Sample School Exposure Letter

Webinars for Schools

Join us every Wednesday for an informational call on COVID-19 and Maricopa County Department of Public Health’s response to this ongoing public health emergency. Each webinar includes a limited amount of time for questions and answers. 

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What Schools Can Do with Closures in Effect

  • Ensure parents/guardians have a plan to designate a caregiver for a sick child(ren) if parents/guardians can’t stay home. 
  • Share resources to address food insecurity for families who rely on schools for breakfast and/or lunch. 
  • Identify at-home learning opportunities during student absences or school closures. 
  • Identify how the school will communicate updates to parents/guardians. 
  • Resources and information:

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What Child Care Centers Can Do

  • If a child presents symptoms of respiratory illness, they should be sent home. 
  • Implement your annual seasonal influenza plan.
    • Children and staff who are ill, especially with acute respiratory symptoms (not allergies or chronic conditions), should stay home. 
    • Review sick policies for staff; ensure staff can stay home when ill. 
    • For children or staff who may have symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for the disease, or were exposed to someone with COVID-19, see the information provided on our Sick or Exposed to COVID-19 page.
    • Medical Absence Statement for employees and daycare attendees (PDF)
      A template communication for optional use by child care providers, employers, and schools.
    • Ensure prescribed cleaning is happening at school facilities (routine disinfectants are appropriate).Enhance cleaning of high touch surfaces like door knobs, toilet handles, and sink handles.
    • Ensure that hand sanitizer, soap/paper towels and tissues are widely available in school facilities.
    • Remind students to cover their coughs/sneezes with a tissue or their elbow.

Youth Programs and Camps

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