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NOTICE: The conditions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic are continually evolving, and FW's Safe & Strong Return to School plan and Safety Protocol will be constantly evaluated to adapt to the continuing trends of the COVID-19 virus, guided by local, state, and national authorities.

The following information is provided for your consideration of Hybrid Learning:

Health and Safety. Choices for Families.
Updated September 23, 2020

We are happy to share that as the Pima County Health Department’s benchmark data continues to move in the right direction, we are prepared to return to in-person learning for our six elementary schools, FWJH and FWHS in a hybrid schedule on October 22, 2020.

With the launch of an in-person, Hybrid Learning option, families will have two high quality learning models from which to choose: Hybrid Learning and Full-Time Remote Learning. Below you will find our safety protocols to mitigate the spread of the virus, followed by the descriptions of the learning models.

We know there are many questions regarding the health and safety protocols that will be in place. The FW District protocols are outlined below. Each school will also have additional protocols specific to their campus.


• Families should screen their children for symptoms before sending them to school. Students must not come to school if they exhibit any of the following symptoms: Fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, sore throat, new onset of severe headache, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell.

• Students must not come to school if anyone in the household has tested positive for COVID-19.

• Masks are required. When students and staff arrive at school, masks are required except while eating. An exception may be made for students with medical conditions, those who have difficulty breathing or who are incapable of physically removing the face covering on his/her own.

• Temperature checks will take place daily at school for all students.

• Air filters are being upgraded throughout the District and adjustments have been made to allow the maximum percentage of outside air into buildings.


• Daily disinfecting of high-touch surfaces will occur regularly throughout the day. Classrooms and offices have been provided with cleaning supplies to disinfect learning spaces and high touch surfaces in between uses.

• Recess equipment will be disinfected on a regular basis.


• Staff have been trained on health and safety protocols and the use of Personal Protective Equipment.

• Students will be reminded to wash their hands frequently. Hand sanitizer bottles will be placed throughout each site.

• Each school has developed routines for traffic in hallways, seating assignments in classrooms and the cafeteria, and distancing during transitional times.

• Water fountains will be used only to refill water bottles.

• Posters have been hung to remind students about healthy habits, hygiene and social distancing.


• There will be no self-serve stations. Students may choose school lunch or may bring their own meals.

• Touchless checkout will be implemented and staff will take steps to speed up lunch lines and keep as much distance as possible between students.

• Schools have developed procedures and schedules to help minimize the number of students in the cafeteria at one time.


• Buses will be disinfected between each run, and will undergo additional cleaning and disinfecting each night.

• Students will be spaced out on the bus for social distancing.

• Masks are required of all bus riders.

• Windows will remain open during routes as weather permits.


What happens when students exhibit COVID-19 symptoms?
All health office staff and administrators have been trained in COVID-19 symptomatic triage to determine if symptoms are typical, such as those associated with allergies and other identified conditions. If symptoms are new and unexplained, the student will be isolated and the parent will be contacted to help identify possible exposure and the onset of symptoms. If students are sent home with COVID-19-like symptoms, they will need to stay home for ten days unless parents are able to obtain a negative COVID test result, or an alternate diagnosis from a medical professional.

How should families report if a person in the household has tested positive?
Students and staff must inform the principal, school health office assistant, or attendance clerk if they have symptoms, have tested positive, or have had direct contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes) with someone who has tested positive. For the safety of our students and staff, we strongly encourage families to call the school to report if any family member who lives in the home has tested positive for COVID. If anyone in the household tests positive, then all members of the household (including the student and any siblings) will need to quarantine for 14 days, even if they do not show any symptoms.

How is direct contact defined?
According to the CDC, “exposure” occurs when someone has been in direct contact with an infected individual. Direct contact is defined as being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer, with or without a mask.

Will I be notified if there is a positive COVID-19 case at my child’s school?

Parents/guardians will be notified if their child has had direct or indirect exposure. Therefore, if there is a case in a classroom, the parents in that classroom will be notified. The FWSD also reports all known cases of students and staff to the Pima County Health Department.
What will be the criteria for requiring classrooms or entire schools to close?
In all situations, we will consult with the PCHD, yet the following actions are likely: If one case of COVID-19 is confirmed in a classroom, we will conduct contact tracing and require a 14 day quarantine for any individuals who were in close contact (defined above) with the sick individual. One case of COVID-19 would not likely result in the quarantine of an entire classroom. If two cases that cannot be linked to activities outside of school are discovered in one classroom, it is likely that the entire class would need to quarantine at home for 14 days. Two cases of COVID-19 in one classroom would not likely result in a school closure. If multiple classrooms are directed to quarantine due to the discovery of two cases within each of those classrooms, a school closure may be considered after consultation with the Pima County Health Department.

How will student learning be handled during a quarantine period?
Temporary quarantines may be necessary for a classroom or school. During quarantine periods, students will continue learning remotely using Google Classroom and Zoom.
Please carefully review the following learning models. You will be contacted by your child’s school to indicate your final decision. If you have any questions, please contact your principal, or you can submit questions by clicking this link to our Communication Corner feature and someone will be in touch to answer your question.

If you have an elementary student, it is important to know that based on your choice of a learning model, your child may need to be assigned to a different teacher for the remainder of the school year. If you have questions about whether your child’s teacher will be teaching in the Hybrid or the Remote Learning model, please contact your principal.

Please note: If you have already chosen our full-time digital option in the Flowing Wells Digital Campus for the school year, you do not need to choose a different learning model.

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Elementary Hybrid Learning

Elementary Hybrid Learning

Students will be assigned in-person learning at the same time every day, either AM or PM. The reduced number of students during each time slot will allow for social distancing to be maintained in the classroom and on campus. Students will participate in specials, interventions, and extension assignments remotely from home during the other half of the day. Transportation and school breakfast and lunch will be available.

AM In-Person Hybrid Schedule
7:30–8:00AM: Arrive at school (Bus/parent drop off) 
8:00–10:30AM: In-person instruction with classroom teacher; emphasis on core subjects 
10:30–11:10AM: Lunch, recess, and dismissal (Bus or parent pick-up) 
12:10 – 2:10PM: Remote Specials (Music or PE), Remote Interventions (Special Education, English Language services, Reading Lab), Self-paced science activities, Extension assignments from the teacher

PM In-Person Hybrid Schedule
8:00–10:00AM: Remote Specials (Music or PE), Remote Interventions (Special Education, English Language services, Reading Lab), Self-paced science activities, Extension assignments from the teacher
10:30–11:00AM: Arrive at school (Bus/parent drop off) 
11:00–11:40AM: Lunch and recess 
11:40AM–2:10PM: In-person instruction with classroom teacher; emphasis on core subjects 
2:10PM: Dismissal (Bus/parent pick-up)

Secondary Hybrid Learning

Secondary Hybrid Learning

Students at Flowing Wells Junior High and Flowing Wells High School will attend in-person classes one day each week, and participate in remote, synchronous learning for four days each week. This model will allow both sites to limit the number of students on campus at one time for social distancing. Students will follow their traditional class schedule. Transportation and school breakfast and lunch will be available.

Elementary/Secondary Remote Learning

Remote Real-Time Learning

Students will continue to participate in synchronous, remote lessons similar to the current format of instruction.

· PreK-12, full-time, five days a week
· FW teachers, academic standards, instruction, assessment, and curriculum
· Real-time instruction using Google Classroom and Zoom
· Must commit to daily, scheduled classes
· Live interaction with teacher and classmates
· Daily attendance and participation required
· Student progress supported with feedback and grades
· Materials, resources, and assignments available in Google Classroom
· Chromebook provided by District as needed
· Social-emotional support and counseling services
· Accommodations and support services provided (special education, English language learners)
· School meals available

Onsite Learning Notification

Updated August 11, 2020

Click here to read about on-site learning opportunities.

Flowing Wells COVID-19 Planning Committee

The Flowing Wells Unified School District has established the FW Return to School committee of teachers, staff, principals, and district administrators to consider guidance from county and state health officials and feedback from parents and families to develop a Safe and Strong Return to School plan.

As the Committee plans for the 2020-2021 school year, their work is:

•   Focused on safety and on providing families a choice for their student's education

•   Based
on guidance from the Arizona Department of Education, local public health authorities, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and the input of FW families and employees

•   Inspired by the District's core values: Students, Integrity, Quality, Balance and Opportunity 

The Flowing Wells School District works hard to build meaningful relationships with our students and their families. We want nothing more than to welcome students back to a supportive learning environment that focuses on their social, emotional, and academic needs. We know that students miss their teachers and friends, and we miss our students!

Flowing Wells plans to provide students with the best possible educational experience possible.