COVID-19 (Cronvirus) Updates
This page is where we will post COVID-19 updates. (Updated March 30, 2020)
Current closer update: Governor Doug Ducey has asked schools to stay closed until the end of school year.
March 30, 2020
Governor Ducey and Arizona State School Superintendent Hoffman announced the extension of school closures through the end of the school year. (You may access this news release at htttp://www.azgovernor.gov).
While this is not the outcome any of us wanted, TCP staff and students are already working together to maintain continuity of education. Students that continue to participate in the alternative classroom setting and submitting homework online, will still receive course credit for the semester.
Seniors will still be eligible for graduation on May 22, 2020. Details of how our graduation ceremony will occur will be forthcoming as will information about prom, senior awards and sports awards.
Thank you for your continued support.
Please remind students to check their school emails daily.
March 20, 2020
Governor Doug Ducey has asked schools to keep their campuses closed until April 10.
Read the full announcement here: https://www.azed.gov/communications/2020/03/10/guidance-to-schools-on-covid-19/
Tri-City Prep is moving online during this time and students should be checking their Tri-City Prep email for updates from their teachers. Any student who doesn’t remember their account info it is the same password they use to login to Moodle and the internet when on campus. Their username is their school email address. Their email address is their firstname.lastname@example.org For example Jayne Doe’s email address would be email@example.com and her password would be the same as her internet access password at school. For anyone having issues please contact Matt Halvorson firstname.lastname@example.org
March 17, 2020
Staff will be tracking progress to document to the Arizona Department of Education that the school provided continuity of educational instruction.
Governor Doug Ducey & Superintendent Kathy Hoffman have asked schools to keep classrooms closed until March 27th while offering education as possible. See their letter below.
Dear Arizona families, educators, school leaders, and education community members,
In our roles as Governor and Superintendent of Public Instruction, we stand united in working with you to keep Arizona’s kids, families, and school communities safe and healthy.
Over the past few weeks and in coordination with public health officials, we have been in close communication with school administrators to provide guidance and be a resource as it relates to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. The health and safety of all our students is our top priority, and we’ve worked hard to keep our school doors open — these are important assets in people’s lives and many families rely on them for nutrition and access to health care.
Both of our staffs have been working together in partnership through the weekend, and we’ve been in touch with educational leaders on the frontlines. Currently, staffing and potential absences are a concern in many districts. Many schools and school districts have announced closures.
Today, we are jointly announcing the closure of all schools from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 27, 2020. We will continue to work together and assess this situation on a 24/7 basis.
It’s important for families and parents to know that while this will address operational issues, doing this will not stop the spread of COVID-19.
The safest place for children during this time is at home. They should not be cared for by elderly adults or those with underlying health conditions, including grandparents and other family members.
Additionally, we are committed to working together to minimize the impact of these closures. To that end, we are assembling resources and forming community partnerships that will reduce the impact of these closures on families, teachers, and school communities.
Efforts are underway to ensure that any child has access to meals while schools are closed. We have also worked with USDA to allow schools to begin summer food service operations and provide boxed meals as needed. Your local school will have more information about how and where to access meals.
We understand many parents have questions about childcare options. It is the recommendation of public health officials that kids who are not at school remain at home to the greatest extent possible. For families for whom that’s not an option, we are coordinating with partners in the non-profit, faith-based and education communities to make available childcare options to families who need it.
For our dedicated school employees, we’re working together to make sure you don’t see any disruption to your pay. We’ll also be consulting with our district and legislative partners to determine the extent of any potential makeup days.
Many parents, teachers, and administrators may have questions about statewide testing. We’re currently engaging with our federal partners in the event that we need to secure a waiver.
The Department of Education will provide additional guidance to schools that will be posted to azed.gov. For the latest information about COVID-19, please visit azhealth.gov. This website is updated daily with new information.
We will continue to remain in close contact with state and public health officials to provide the most up-to-date information and ensure that the State of Arizona is doing everything we can to keep every member of our community healthy and safe.
We are asking schools to please adhere to the following measures during this period of closure:
- School administrators should make every effort to provide continued education learning opportunities through online resources or materials that can be sent home.
- School administrators should develop a plan to continue breakfast and lunch services for Arizona students.
- As demand rises on healthcare professionals and first responders, schools should expand child care programs currently available to ensure minimal disruption to these critical jobs as a result of the school closure.
- When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize election equipment and common surfaces.
Governor Doug Ducey & Superintendent Kathy Hoffman
03/14/2020 – Letter from the Superintendent
Dear TCP Families:
It is often said of TCP that we are a family. We are more than student, teachers and parents; we are all part of a community that is working together for the good of the students. Our motto, Keeping Standards High and Helping Students Reach Them, is foremost in our minds as we address the current and changing conditions surrounding COVID-19 and make plans for continuity of educational instruction.
The TCP Board of Education held an emergency meeting March 14, 2020. After review of documents, advice from an attorney and discussion, they voted to close Tri-City College Prep for one week, March 16, 2020 through March 19, 2020. One week was chosen because TCP can use it’s one snow day, the two days over the required number of days in session, and the extra hours in each TCP day to close for one week without having to extend the school year. The Board will be meeting again Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 4:00pm in the school library to determine further action. You can contact Board Members through their email addresses available on the school website.
Continuity of educational instruction, the educational needs of graduating seniors, advice from experts in various fields, instruction from Arizona Department of Education and other government entities, as well as the practicality of closing and input from stakeholders will continue to be taken into consideration.
We are in constant communications with the Arizona Department of Education, Arizona State Board for Charter Schools, Yavapai County Health Department and other experts and resources. We will be closely monitoring the situation and any change will be communicated to parents through School Messenger and on the website.
You can also monitor the latest updates on COVID-19 in Arizona by visiting the website www.azdhs.gov. For Yavapai County, you can visit the Yavapai County Community Health Service at their website, www.yavapai.us/chs. On March 12, 2020 the Arizona Department of Education created a document that can be accessed on their website, https://www.azed.gov/. The website for the Center for Disease Control is http://www.cdc.gov. Unnecessary panic can make situations worse and it is important to rely on credible sources and medical experts as sources of information.
Parents, please be sure TCP has the most current contact information for you so we can contact you with updates via the School Messenger program. Thank you for working with us and for being part of the TCP family.
Mary Ellen Halvorson