Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
Arizona’s Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger Executive Order issued on May 12 requires businesses and other entities operating in the state to implement health and safety plans to protect workers and customers and mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In response, we implemented procedures for our summer operations as part of our phased re-opening to protect our community.
Due to updated guidance issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services and mandates by Maricopa County, the City of Chandler, and City of Tempe, we are adjusting our policy for operations effective Monday, June 22.
Any VCS employee, including coaches, interacting with a guest or student while indoors must wear a face mask. During this temporary phase, face masks will also be required for employees, students, or guests if they cannot maintain six feet of social distancing – regardless of being inside or outside. This requirement does not include student-athletes or campers actively participating in training or camps. Exceptions include those who cannot wear a face mask due to a medical or behavioral condition or children under the age of six.
VCS remains in close contact with State and County health officials regarding COVID-19. We will keep you updated with any developments that could impact our families or school campuses.
There are great resources available for parents and community members to learn about the virus symptoms, preventative measures, and current confirmed cases.
VCS Safe Return to School Plan
We are excited to announce that we will resume in-person learning across all three of our campuses on Monday, August 17!
For Grades 7-12, families will be able to choose to return to school in-person or online, based on what works best for your children and personal circumstances. For our high school, we will be offering in-person classes four days per week. This is a temporary adjustment while we continue to upgrade our infrastructure in order to support synchronous learning. For our junior high students, we will be offering in-person classes five days per week with live, online learning.
Based on current guidance, we have also released new information and made updates to our Safe Return to School plan. You can find more information on our learning options, our 2020-21 School Calendar, several updates to our K-12 Safety Measures, and our COVID-19 Symptoms and Exposure Flow Chart for students on our Safe Return to School page.
We have sought state and county guidance to help inform our decisions and our Safe Return to School plan. We will evaluate the benchmarks released by the Arizona Department of Health Services on August 7 and will take them into consideration for our Safe Return to School plan.