Dear JTED Friends & Family:
The Pima County Health Department informed us that three community health metrics are projected to remain in the red zone on the COVID-19 dashboard for two consecutive weeks. In a letter received today, Deputy County Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Francisco Garcia M.D., MPH states, “For the weeks of November 15 and 22, the number of cases per 100,000 has exceeded 100/100,000 population threshold (367 and 357/100k). Likewise, percent COVID test positivity during that time has exceeded 10% (11.1% and 13.4%). Finally, the percent of hospital/emergency departments reporting illness was reported at 7.6% and 10.3%.”
Like many local school districts, Pima JTED will adhere to the Health Department’s advice to revert to online learning as these health metrics are in the red zone for two or more consecutive weeks. All of our classes will meet online starting Monday, Dec. 14, (for the last remaining week before Winter Break) and for the first week of January 2021.
I am proud of the mitigation efforts our students, faculty and administration have enacted and hope the trend of virus spread declines so that we may return to in-person learning as soon as possible. I am also proud of our teachers and staff who have found ways to maximize the online learning experience for our students. Please know I will keep you posted regarding any new developments.