Last night the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District Governing Board made three important decisions regarding the reopening of our schools. Our community has not yet met the Arizona Department of Health Services benchmarks (click on Yavapai County) for safely returning to campus, even in a hybrid form.
1. The Board voted 4-0 to open its schools for class no earlier than September 14, 2020. Over the coming weeks, the COCSD Governing Board will closely monitor county and local data and be guided by the advice of our Yavapai County Health Department and local conditions.
2. The Board voted 4-0 to adopt sanitation and virus mitigation plans for the district. This plan was guided by the information from the Center for Disease Control, Arizona Department of Health Services benchmarks and the Department of Education’s Roadmap to Reopening.
3. The Board voted 4-0 to give direction to the Superintendent to comply with Governor Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-41 within the scope of our limited resources by providing on-site learning and support services only to students and applying the following priorities until we have reached capacity: a) Have special needs, b) McKinney Vento (homeless), c) No Internet access, d) ELL, and e) Free and Reduced Lunch Qualification.
We will continue to keep you updated in the coming days and weeks ahead as we look at bringing our students back to their schools safely. If you are interested in reviewing the COCSD Phase II Reopening Plan you can view it here: COCSD Phase II Plan
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at (928) 634-2288.
In Your Service,
Steve King, Superintendent