COVID-19 NOTICE - November 20, 2020
On November 20, 2020 one staff person of the school tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In order to maintain the safety of our community and students, the school is moving to a full distance learning platform immediately until November 30, 2020. We understand this creates challenges for students and families as well as the school. We are taking the following actions at this time.
- The midterm date to turn in assignments has been adjusted to November 30, 2020.
- Students that desire to submit work can turn in work through their Google Classrooms or place their work in the school’s assignment drop box by the entrance of the school.
- Students may pick up breakfast and lunches at the school from 8:30 to 9:30 on November 23 and November 24. The school will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday from November 25 through November 29.
- The school will reopen for in-person services on November 30 for those students that desire in-person learning.
- Teachers will still conduct daily lessons as scheduled. Class times are as follows:
First Period 8:15 - 9:15 Second Period 10:00 - 11:00 Third Period 12:00 - 1:00 Fourth Period 1:50 2:50
- For students under the age of 18 who need supervision, students that lack technology and students that have difficulty with distance learning may still attend school, but students will be required to stay in assigned rooms without direct contact with staff.
- Students must continue to contact teachers on November 23 and 24 for attendance purposes.
- During the time of school closure, the school will undergo a deep cleaning and sanitation. The school will always attempt to provide the most up-to-date information that is available regarding the pandemic and its impact upon the school.
Please contact the school at 928-329-0990 ext 4111 if you have questions or concerns.
COVID-19: Resources for Parents and Teens
We know that teens and their families are anxious about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, especially given the media attention to this issue. During this time, it is important for teens and families to get information from reliable resources.
SAHM recommends that teens and their families review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) websites for the most up to date information about COVID-19.
The CDC’s COVID-19 website provides detailed information about how to protect yourself and others, what to do if you think you are sick, and more.
The WHO’s COVID-19 website provides information about protecting yourself and others from getting sick, protection measures for those who have visited areas where COVID-19 is spreading, coping with stress, and more.
We also recommend the American Academy of Pediatrics’ healthychildren.org website for information about COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created many new stressors for teens and their families. SAHM has assembled resources addressing several topics including: teen mental health and coping; parenting and caring for one’s family; resources for online education; guide to discussing social distancing; and sexual health considerations. We hope these resources are helpful to you, and encourage you to share them through your networks.
Teen Mental Health and Coping
From Yale University, this guidance addresses youth who are managing addiction, including vaping, during the COVID pandemic.
From the University of Pittsburgh, an opportunity for youth to contribute to a youth blog which may help teens cope with stress and anxiety during this time.
A compendium of online tools for mental health support, including apps and websites, which are ranked based on credibility, evidence, usability, and safety.
A resource from UNICEF for understanding youth anxiety and strategies for teens facing a “new” normal.
From the National Association of School Psychologists, strategies for parents in English and Spanish on ways to help children cope with COVID)
The hotline provides help and support to anyone contemplating suicide
SAMHSA resources for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders
Resources from the MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds for helping children and adolescents cope with grief due to COVID-19
Parenting and Caring for Your Family
Guidance for parents of teens using compassion during this crisis, from the New York Times.
A guide for parents and caregivers to help support family coping, from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Advice for parents of college students working from home
An encompassing list of resources for families compiled by Seattle Children’s Hospital and Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health. Includes strategies for parents of children with autism.
Advice from child and adolescent psychologist Dr. Barbara Greenberg to help get parents and teens on the same page when it comes to social distancing
Experts rate the risk of 14 summer activities
Information about what is worrying teenagers during the pandemic
Strategies for parents and families to manage anxiety during reopening
Tips for helping teens stay safe during reopening
Resources for Online Education
Educational activities to build life skills in day to day activities, from GCF/GCF Global.
Curriculum Associates’ resources and guidance for educators and families to support home learning for students through grade 8, including printable “At-Home Activity Packs”. Also in Spanish.
Ideas, resources, materials and more for homeschooling preparation for families.
Free resources for students, teachers and parents of youth Kindergarten through College. Includes lessons in multiple subjects as well as exercises to practice. Also have guides to plan learning.
Online virtual museum tours from 12 international museums.
Talking abnout Social Distancing
The following articles are great resources for starting the conversation around social distancing.
Written for Parents / Trusted Adults:
- NYTimes: 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
- Momtastic: The Challenges of Social Distancing for Teens
- Momtastic: The Challenges of Social Distancing for Teens
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to Children About Coronavirus (COVID19)
Written for Teens:
- Seventeen Magazine: Everything You Need to Know About Social Distancing and Why It’s So Important
- Buzzfeed: 12 Teens On Being Stuck At Home Because Of The Coronavirus
- How three teens are social distancing while staying in touch
School COVID-19 Update:
The school is providing students with the option of switching to our on-line learning platform or continuing instruction through the use of packets. Students interested in switching to our on-line platform should contact Paula Ramirez at 928-329-0990 ext 4112 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.Students that are interested in continuing instruction through the use of packets may begin picking up packets on Tuesday, March 17th between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm . Packets will be available for pick up from Mondays through Fridays. If you have a question regarding instructional packets, please email email@example.com or call 329-0990 ext. 4001.The teacher assigned to the course will attempt to contact you as soon as possible. Please attempt to move on in your studies until you are contacted.
Course Assessments must still validate learning. Students may schedule assessments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 329-0990 ext. 4001.
Students may access lunches at any Yuma Union High School District #70 High School. No identification will be required.
The Department of Education has not established guidelines for State Assessments and the latest communication is that the testing windows for AzM2 and the ACT will remain open. If State Assessment windows are cancelled or changed, the school will notify the community as soon as possible.
The school is required to offer special education services and 504 services during school closure. The school will be reaching out to families within the next 2 days to discuss a continuation of services while the school is closed.
ACTUALIZACIÓN DE COVID-19
Para reducir el riesgo de exposición al virus COVID-19, los líderes se reunieron esta mañana y, utilizando la orientación proporcionada por el Departamento de Educación de Arizona, han establecido las siguientes acciones mientras la escuela permanece cerrada por orden del gobernador Ducey:
La escuela, en la medida de lo posible, seguirá el calendario del Distrito Escolar Secundario Yuma Union # 70, lo que significa que las operaciones escolares no están programadas para volver a abrir hasta el 6 de abril después de las vacaciones de primavera.
La escuela ofrece a los estudiantes la opción de cambiar a nuestra plataforma de aprendizaje en Internet o continuar la instrucción mediante el uso de paquetes. Los estudiantes interesados en cambiar a nuestra plataforma de Internet deben comunicarse con Paula Ramírez al 928-329-0990 ext 4112 o enviar un correo electrónico a email@example.com.Los estudiantes que estén interesados en continuar la instrucción mediante el uso de paquetes pueden comenzar a recoger paquetes el martes 17 de marzo entre las 9:00 a.m. y las 3:00 p.m.Los paquetes estarán disponibles para recoger de lunes a viernes. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los paquetes de instrucción, envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org o llame al 329-0990 ext. 4001.El maestro asignado al curso intentará contactarlo lo antes posible. Por favor, intente seguir adelante en sus estudios hasta que se comunique con usted.
Las evaluaciones del curso aún deben validar el aprendizaje. Los estudiantes pueden programar evaluaciones enviando un correo electrónico a email@example.com o llamando al 329-0990 ext. 4001.
Los estudiantes pueden acceder a almuerzos en cualquier escuela secundaria del Distrito Escolar # 70 de Yuma. No se requerirá identificación.
El Departamento de Educación no ha establecido pautas para las evaluaciones estatales y la última comunicación es que las ventanas de prueba para AzM2 y el ACT permanecerán abiertas. Si las ventanas de Evaluación del Estado se cancelan o cambian, la escuela notificará a la comunidad lo antes posible.
Se requiere que la escuela ofrezca servicios de educación especial y servicios 504 durante el cierre de la escuela. La escuela se comunicará con las familias en los próximos 2 días para hablar sobre la continuación de los servicios mientras la escuela está cerrada.