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Instructional Update 1/13/2021

Bisbee USD will remain in distance learning status at this time. This decision is based on Cochise County’s Covid-19 spread status falling in the substantial range in all three benchmarks. This past week the number of new cases has continued to increase along with the test positivity rate and hospitalizations remaining at a high level. We are anxious to get our students back to in-person learning but we will continue to follow the recommendations of the Arizona Department of Health Services. Hopefully we will start to see the community spread decline in the next few weeks as the vaccine becomes more readily available. All campuses will continue to provide instruction through Google Classrooms and provide on-site learning space for students needing these services. We encourage all parents who have children that are struggling with the on-line format to utilize the on-site services. Transportation will continue to be provided to those that need it to access the on-site learning and food service will continue to have breakfast and lunch available for students on campus and for pick up for those in remote learning. At this time, we anticipate that we can return to a hybrid learning in person format on February 16th. We continue to prioritize getting our students back into the classrooms as soon as safely possible, based on the state guidelines. Additionally, we have made the decision to cancel winter sports which includes basketball and wrestling for our High School and Junior High Campuses. Spring sports are still planned to go on as normal starting in March.

COVID-19 Testing Updated

Embry Health / TestNow plans to continue the Covid Testing through the start of 2021. Based on communication from them they will be on site testing 7 days a week from 7:00a.m. to 5:00p.m. We recommend that you go to their website to pre-register to verify time available and to verify that they are on-site.

Flu Season

Cochise County is starting to see cases of the flu. The flu most severely affects the young and old. Rapid flu testing (as little as 15 minutes) is available at CQCH ERs and clinics, as well as Chiricahua Health Centers. Influenza and COVID-19 have different medical treatments so it is important to distinguish between them. Flu vaccines are available, safe and effective in reducing the transmission and the severity of the disease. It is all the more important this year in an effort to prevent the U.S. healthcare system from being overwhelmed with both COVID-19 and influenza hospital/ICU admissions. Flu vaccines are currently available for free or with no co-pay at CQCH clinics in Douglas, Bisbee, Palominas and Tombstone. Chiricahua Health Centers have it available on a drive-thru basis for their patients. Virtually all of the pharmacies in Cochise County have flu vaccines, often free. The Cochise County Health Department will be starting flu vaccine clinics in the near future.

Food Service

Bisbee USD has been approved to offer school meals under the summer meal program guidelines. This allows us to serve meals for free to all students. Students working remotely at home can pick a meal during lunch time at their campus.

Q2 Survey

Parents/Guardians: Please complete the linked survey to help us monitor and adjust our instructional program and safety protocols as we progress through this unprecedented school year.

Bisbee Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission to its programs, services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Bisbee Unified School District’s Career and Technical Education department does not discriminate in enrollment or access to any of the available programs, examples: Construction, Culinary Arts, Music and Media Production, Nursing, and Bioscience. The lack of English language skills shall not be a barrier to admission or participation in the district’s activities including the Career and Technical (vocational) Education programs of the schools. The Bisbee Unified School District also does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices. 

This notice is provided as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Questions, complaints, or requests for additional information regarding these laws may be forwarded to the designated compliance coordinator(s) at 519 W Melody Lane, Bisbee, AZ 85603, or at 520-432-5381 

Title IX Coordinator – Tom Woody, Superintendent                                                                                                                            Section 504 Coordinator – Jennifer McBeth, Director of Instruction