Welcome to the community resource center! We hope to utilize this area to provide our families with relevant health and wellness information as it relates to COVID-19. Please do not hesitate to contact any of our schools if you have any questions.
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Desert Heights strives to create a safe and supportive learning enviorment for its students and staff. If a parent has any questions, the parent can email COVID19concerns@dhschools.org. A district or campus based representative will follow up with the parent regarding the received report and continue contact tracing data collection.
- Desert Heights Families, please click here to report a COVID case in your household or family that will affect your student.
- Desert Heights Staff, click here to report a positive COVID case.
Maricopa County K-12 school officials are required to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 and exposures. MCDPH has updated the investigation process for cases in the K-12 school setting and as a result, both student families and staff will be contacted by a County representative once the case has been reported.
- Single or multiple cases of confirmed COVID-19 in students, teachers, and staff
- Identified close contacts (exposed persons) including students, teachers, and staff
- A suspected outbreak**MCDPH defines school outbreaks as follows:
- ≥2 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases among students or staff with onsets within a 14-day period, who are epidemiologically-linked, do not share a household, and were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during standard case investigation or contact tracing
Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has provided a helpful tool called the Home Isolation Decision Maker Tool. If you have questions about whether your child should isolate at home, this tool can help.
The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) recently updated their COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidance. Under the new guidance, students and staff who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 full days and can return to school after 5 days as long as they are fever free for 24 hours, have improved symptoms and wear a mask. Students and staff must wear a mask in order to return to school after 5 days. Quarantining for those that are exposed will be a personal choice, unless student or staff is symptomatic . If student or staff is having flu or COVID-19 like symptoms, stay at home!
- If you choose to have your child quarantine, please contact the school’s attendance line daily to inform them your child will be out. Please also notify your child’s teacher in grades when applicable for grades K-4, or that your child in grades 5-6 are visiting their course content daily
- Absences resulting from county-required quarantine are marked accordingly for your student
- If your child has been identified as a close contact and you choose to send your child to school and your child begins having any flu like or symptoms consistent with COVID-19, your child will be required to be picked up from school immediately.
- You can read the updated CDC guidelines here. Additionally, the CDC now recommends that adolescents age 12 to 17 years old receive a booster shot 5 months after their initial Pfizer-BioNTech vaccination series.
- Home isolation guidance or people who test positive or have symptoms. Please use this document to reference quarantine guidance for those that are in the house hold or in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 as suggested by Maricopa County Department of Public Health.
- If you have tested positive or have symptoms. When to stay at home – calculating quarantine due to an exposure. Click here to read Desert Heights' Quarantine and Isolation Protocols.
We encourage our families to use this site as a reference of different COVID-19 testing locations in Maricopa County.
Arizona’s county health departments have been buying the BinaxNOW at-home testing kits and making them available to schools. Schools can ask their county health department for free test kits. Most counties (including Maricopa) have the BinaxNOW kits. In Maricopa County, schools can order these test kits through their School Resource Request Tool.
Desert Heights will provide BinaxNOW home self-testing kits to eligible students and staff, with Parent/Guardian written consent, while supplies last. The test is to be performed in the comfort of the Parent/Guardian home with adult supervision. Results come in about 15 minutes. Alternatively, in some cases, Health Center staff could do on-site testing (with parental consent).
Due to the overwhelming demand for COVID-19 rapid testing kits, the state is unable to provide schools with kits at this time. When enough kits become available, we will be provided with a small portion as supplies are available. As you might be well aware, these tests are difficult to acquire at the moment so thank you for your understanding and patience as we try to get a hold of more supplies and in making sure we get these out to facilities and eligible students and staff with immediate need.
You may also be eligible to get free at-home COVID-19 tests. Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order 4 free at-home COVID-19 tests. The tests are completely free. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.
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