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Safe & Thoughtful Return To School: CHS Continues Distance Learning

Updated February 22nd, 2021
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Pima County Health Department COVID-19 Dashboard “CRITERIA NOT MET” for schools safe return : The current recommendation of the Pima County Health Department is for schools not resume in-person instruction at this time. For more detailed information about CHS’s Safe & Thoughtful Return to School Plan, please read below.

2/22/2021

Greetings to our Compass High School Family,

Today, Arizona is still facing “substantial transmission” of the Covid-19 virus. At this time, the Arizona Department of Health Services is recommending all schools in Pima county be in a “Virtual” educational delivery model (https://www.azdhs.gov). 

All of us want students to return to school as soon as possible but given the current situation, we have made the difficult decision not to open Compass High School to Hybrid Learning on March 1st, 2021.

At this time, we are setting a new Hybrid Learning date for April 19th, 2021. CHS will continue to provide distance learning to all our students including Virtual classes with live teachers, APEX individualized learning classes and Canvas classes.

Our front office and administration staff will continue to be available to answer any questions concerning your student’s education. CHS will continue to update you by sending important information through our Tyler SIS portal, the CHS website and directly to your phone number or email currently on file. If you would like to update this information, please see your Tyler SIS portal or call 520.296.4070.

Be safe and be healthy,
Kerk Ferguson
CHS Director

*NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving and the unpredictability of this virus requires CHS to remain flexible and ready to make changes in our plan. CHS’s Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan and Safety Protocol are consistently evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, guided by local, state, and national authorities. CHS thanks you for your continued patience, support, and understanding through this process.

CHS Task Force

The Compass High School’s Return to School Task Force development of a Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan is a collaborative effort guided by CHS’s teachers and administrators, parents and employees, local and state health officials, and Arizona’s Roadmap for Reopening Schools. The work of the Task Force is: 

  • Focused on safety and on providing families a choice for their student’s education.
  • Based on guidance from the Arizona Department of Education Roadmap for Reopening Schools, local public health authorities, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the input of CHS families and employees.
  • In collaboration with parents/guardians and school-based parent organizations, teacher leaders, Education Support Professionals, and employees.

It is Compass High School’s promise that the School’s Safe & Thoughtful Return to School plan is designed with the health and safety of students and employees as the top priority, and based on public health information available at the time. This plan to return to school is student-centered, focused on the social-emotional and physical health and safety of students and staff, and designed to keep students learning at a high level. The 2020-2021 school year will look different, but it’s an opportunity to chart a new course for success when it comes to education. It is CHS’s commitment to offering every student safe, high-quality learning experience with a focus on school connectedness while providing additional services and supports to students and families.

Return To School Plan

Compass High School recognizes that it is in the best interest of students, staff, and families to re-engage, connect, and begin learning as soon as possible, and therefore has begun the school year on Thursday, August 6th, 2020, in a Remote Learning/Distance Learning environment.

On July 23, 2020, the Governor released Arizona: Open for Learning Plan, replacing the August 17 date for in-person instruction with the release of “public health benchmarks” for the safe return of in-person, teacher-led classroom instruction.

The Governors Executive Order states that schools are not required to return to in-person, teacher-led, classroom instruction on a specific date. Rather, the Order states that school districts are to consider the public health benchmark recommendations, guidance from county health officials, community needs, and available resources to determine when in-person instruction can safely be made available for all students.

On August 6th, 2020 those benchmarks were released for the first time. Each benchmark is color-coded to be more easily understood. The benchmarks will be red when there is a substantial risk, yellow when there is moderate risk, and green when there is minimal risk.

These benchmarks were designed to be used in conjunction with 3 phases of learning: Remote, Hybrid, and in-person. The phase of learning we are in will depend on the colors of the benchmarks. For example, the Pima County Health Department will recommend “hybrid learning if ALL criteria on their dashboard are labeled “Progress” or “Criteria Met”.

The current recommendation of the Pima County Health Department is for schools to not resume in-person instruction at this time. 

Based on this recommendation Compass High School can only recommend to you that the safest place right now to help slow down the spread of COVID-19 and to help ensure the health and safety of your children is by being at home taking advantage of our remote learning opportunities. 

The health and safety of CHS students, employees, and the community remain our focus. CHS is working closely with Pima County health officials and our different stakeholder groups in planning efforts to determine when the school can safely return to in-person instruction.

Remote Learning/Distance Learning will continue until CHS can safely return to in-person classroom instruction. When schools do open for in-person classroom instruction, students may continue in remote learning or choose in-person Classroom Instruction, depending on student/family needs. Because CHS is following the same schedules and using the same curriculum, students can transition from remote learning to classroom instruction without disruption in academics or student learning.

Compass High School is committed to providing supportive services to our students, please see on-site support services for more information or contact the front office at 520-296-4070.
 
Remote Learning/Distance Learning will continue until the School can safely return to in-person classroom instruction. When schools do open for in-person classroom instruction, students may continue in remote learning or choose in-person Classroom Instruction, depending on student/family needs. Because CHS is following the same schedules and using the same curriculum, students can transition from remote learning to classroom instruction without disruption in academics or student learning.

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