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Arizona schools preparing for possible coronavirus outbreak with information from ADHS

Posted at 6:53 PM, Mar 02, 2020

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — Arizona education leaders are receiving information from the Arizona Department of Health Services on how to prepare in the event of a coronavirus outbreak.

In a letter sent to school leaders, State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman says school closures are not recommended at this time, but if they were to happen, parents should have a plan in place for child care.

The letter also states schools should look for opportunities to address food security for families who rely on school meals.

Amy Bolton, spokesperson for Scottsdale Unified School District, says they're taking the issue head-on.

The district created a website to address frequently asked questions. They're also hanging up flyers and making sure classrooms are well-stocked with hand sanitizer.

“We’re increasing the frequency of cleaning of things like buses and desks, areas that are frequently touched," Bolton said.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Phoenix Union High School District says they're "aware of the concerns and are in the final stages of finalizing" a communication plan.

In the meantime, parents ABC15 spoke with said they aren't too worried and are just reminding their children to practice good hygiene.

"It's big in our house, they have to wash their hands before dinner, after dinner, after the restroom," Stephanie Lacapa said about her grandchildren.