A Letter to Families and Staff | Tuba City Unified School District #15

Dear Families and Staff:

Tuba City Unified School District continues to follow the guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Public Health—Coconino County and the State of Arizona in our efforts to disrupt the spread of COVID-19 and in alignment with new state requirements.  Tuba City Unified School District remains closed until at least Monday, March 30, 2020 in response to the Governor Ducey’s Emergency proclamation on March 15.

We will continue to keep you informed as we learn new information and provide resources as they become available. Until further notice, you will receive communication from the Superintendent’s Office several times each week.

Student Meal Distribution

Monday, March 23, student meal distribution will begin at several school sites throughout our district. Times and locations have yet to be determined however meals will be provided Monday through Friday. We will communicate student meal distribution when we have more information available.

We want to thank our incredible employees including nutrition services staff, drivers, custodians, security specialists, and everyone who will help to distribute meals to our students next weekday. Our staff continue to show up and care for students while navigating a dynamic and unpredictable situation. We couldn’t be prouder of the dedicated TCUSD family.

How to Help

Please call or email the district office. All of our school sites are to remained free of teachers, support staff, families and students.  Only essential staff is allowed to enter buildings.  Please help the district adhere to this policy.  This is a public health epidemic and it is our priority to maintain the safety and health of our community, staff and our children.

Updated Guidance from Public Health

We know there are many questions about risk of exposure to COVID-19. Below is updated guidance from Public Health as of Friday, March 15.

If you have not been in close contact with a sick person with COVID-19, you are at low risk for infection. You can continue to go to work but should monitor your health and stay away from others if you get sick.

You generally need to be in close contact with a sick person to get infected. Close contact includes:

  • Living in the same household as a sick person with COVID-19,
  • Caring for a sick person with COVID-19,
  • Being within 6 feet of a sick person with COVID-19 for about 10 minutes, OR
  • Being in direct contact with secretions from a sick person with COVID-19 (e.g., being coughed on, kissing, sharing utensils, etc.)

What should I do if I was in close contact with someone with COVID-19 while they were ill, but I am not sick? 

Please contact your medical provider for specific guidance. In general, you should monitor your health for fever, cough, and respiratory problems during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the sick person with COVID-19. You should not go to work and should avoid public places for 14 days.

What should I do if I am a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and get sick? 

If you get sick with fever, cough, or respiratory problems (even if your symptoms are very mild), you likely have COVID-19. You should isolate yourself at home and away from other people and contact your health care provider.

Supporting Students’ Emotional Wellbeing

As more information is shared about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), you may notice your child experiencing a wider range of emotions such as worry and fear.  In addition, with the closure of schools and not being able to interact with friends, school staff, and other caring adults on a regular basis, some children might also experience sadness and frustration. There are many steps you can take to support your child during these uncertain times. Here are some ideas for families:

  • Reassure your child that all feelings are normal
  • Make time to talk with your child about their feelings and questions
  • Limit screen time and access to social media
  • Pay attention to what your child is watching and reading and for how long
  • Model positive self-care strategies, your child is learning how to manage their emotions from the caring adults in their life
  • Provide honest information that is age appropriate and avoid sharing assumptions about who is sick with COVID-19
  • Work with your child to develop a consistent “new” daily routine, samples will be provided later this week.

A few helpful resources:

We recognize this is a very challenging time. The magnitude of change and uncertainty can take a toll on your personal wellbeing while you are also supporting the wellbeing of your family. Please take care of yourself. We will continue to provide updates when available as more information becomes available.

Thank you,

Dr. Risha VanderWey
Superintendent-Tuba City Unified School District #15

TCUSD is unified in culture, technology and its commitment to education; every stakeholder is prepared to achieve a lifetime of personal, cultural, civic excellence and to enrich the community.