COVID-19 Notices

COVID-19 Notices
Posted on 09/15/2021
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Click here to view the updated SRPMIC Return Strong Return-to-Work Plan (updated 8/25/2021). Salt River Schools will adhere to these guidelines. As of 8/20/21, the Community is in Phase 2.5.

Click here to view the Salt River Schools Health & Safety Plan (updated 3/3/21)

Click here to view our COVID-19 Notification FAQs (updated 8/16/21)

Click the links to read each school's hybrid/remote learning plans (updated 9/8/21): ECEC  |  SRES  |  ALA


Salt River Schools COVID-19 Dashboard

SITE ACTIVE* CASES RESOLVED CASES TOTAL CASES TO DATE
 ECEC 5 2 7
 SRES 4 6 10
 ALA 0 1 1

*Confirmed test-positive cases. Dashboard updated 9/15/21.


Updated Sept. 12, 2021
We recently became aware of an individual from Salt River Elementary School with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at SRES on Friday, Sept. 10. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive. We have notified the Community Epidemiologist and health department. Students and staff who have been in close contact with this individual will be contacted directly about quarantine and other safety measures. If you do not receive a follow-up call, then you were not in close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with the individual.

The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. Out of an abundance of caution, Salt River Elementary School will transition to remote learning on Monday, Sept. 13 (students learn from home and do not come to school); we will return with a hybrid learning model on Monday, Sept. 27. On or before Monday, Sept. 13, you will be contacted by your child’s teacher regarding pick-up for learning materials and/or technology. Online classes will begin Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. via MS Teams.

MEALS: During the next two weeks, Salt River Schools Food Services will offer curbside breakfast and lunch meals weekdays from 10-11:30 a.m. (via the ECEC Cafetorium). Meals are available to any youth ages 18 and younger, regardless of where they attend school. Meal delivery is not available at this time. If you have questions about meals, please call 480-362-2242, or email catering@saltriverschools.org.

Beginning Monday, Sept. 27, our school will implement a hybrid learning model. Click here to review the full details of this model. The hybrid learning format allows us to reduce the number of students on campus each day and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses. The schedule for this hybrid format is as follows:

  • Students in grades F.A.C.E., 2, 6, and 2/3 combo will learn on-campus (in person) on Mondays and Thursdays. On Tuesdays and Fridays, these students will learn remotely at home and log in to class via MS Teams.
  • Students in grades Kinder, 1, 3, 4, and 5 will learn on-campus (in person) on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Mondays and Thursdays, these students will learn remotely at home and log in to class via MS Teams.
  • All students will learn remotely at home on Wednesdays. Work on these days will be asynchronous, meaning students will work on their own from printed packets or online.

We encourage everyone to follow SRPMIC health guidelines and monitoring your family’s health over these next two weeks. If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, seek medical care and/or isolate at home. Please inform school leaders if your student tests positive for COVID-19. For more information about COVID-19, including how it’s spread, its symptoms, and prevention methods, visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov.

If there are any additional questions, please contact me at 480-362-2400.

Thank you,

Dr. Amanda Guerrero
SRES Principal


Updated Sept. 10, 2021

The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. This letter is to inform you that the Early Childhood Education Center will transition to remote learning beginning Monday, Sept. 13. The ECEC will return to in-person learning Monday, Sept. 27.

The decision to transition to remote learning was made out of an abundance of caution with the input of the SRPMIC Epidemiologist and the ECEC site leader. Over the last week, ECEC students have been impacted or potentially exposed to a variety of viruses, including Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), Herpangina, and COVID-19. Please monitor your child’s health and consult with your family doctor if you have any concerns. Click here to view the symptoms of these viruses, which were included in the notices we sent home over the last week.

To ensure a successful remote learning experience, ECEC children will be sent home today with lesson plans and learning supplies. Please email your child’s teacher or Family Advocate if more supplies are needed.

The following supports will be put in place:

  • Call the ECEC anytime for support or with questions: 480-362-2200.
  • Public Works will disinfect ECEC classrooms and playgrounds over the next week.
  • ECEC staff will work remotely from Sept. 13-17 and will be able to support families via phone, email, and MS Teams during this time.
  • Staff will return to the ECEC beginning Sept. 20 in order to offer drive-thru/curbside supports (learning supplies, diapers, wipes, etc.) for families.
  • MEALS: During the next two weeks, Salt River Schools Food Services will offer curbside breakfast and lunch meals weekdays from 10-11:30 a.m. (via the ECEC Cafetorium). Meals are available to any youth ages 18 and younger, regardless of where they attend school. Meal delivery is not available at this time. If you have questions about meals, please call 480-362-2242, or email catering@saltriverschools.org.

This decision does not impact students and staff at Salt River Elementary School or the Accelerated Learning Academy. Those schools will continue to operate in person as scheduled. Please be aware of and follow all safety protocols in place.

If there are any questions about student learning, please contact the ECEC at 480-362-2200.

Thank you.

Dr. Vicky Corlett
Interim Acting Superintendent
Salt River Schools



Updated Sept. 10, 2021
The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. We want to let you know that we recently became aware of an individual at the Early Childhood Education Center with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ECEC on Wednesday, Sept. 8. This brings the ECEC's number of active COVID cases to two. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

The rest of this letter is the same as what was sent in our previous notice from 9/10/21 (and broadcast to families on 9/9/21). Click here to read the full broadcast letter.


Updated Sept. 10, 2021
The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. We want to let you know that today we became aware of an individual at the Early Childhood Education Center with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ECEC on Friday, Sept. 3. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

Students and staff who have been in close contact with this individual will be contact about quarantine and other safety measures. If you do not receive a follow-up call, then you were not in close contact with the individual who was diagnosed.

Click here to review the notice, which includes additional health and safety information. This notice was broadcast to all ECEC families on the evening of Sept. 9. Questions? Call the ECEC at 480-362-2200.



Updated Sept. 8, 2021
The Salt River Schools Education Board approved the following hybrid and remote learning plans for the Early Childhood Education Center, Salt River Elementary Schools, and the Accelerated Learning Academy. Click the links below to read each school's plan.

Please direct any questions to your child's school or call 480-362-2500 for more information.


Updated Aug. 25, 2021

The Community government recently announced the transition to a modified Phase 2. For Salt River Schools, there is no major change; families and visitors are allowed on-site so long as they meet site requirements (including temperature/symptom checks, wear face masks, and social distance). The only exception is at Salt River Elementary School (see 8/19/21 update below). Questions? Call 480-362-2500 or email Communications@saltriverschools.org. 



Updated Aug. 20, 2021

The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. We want to let you know that today we became aware of an individual at the Accelerated Learning Academy with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ALA on Wednesday, Aug. 18. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

We have notified the Community Epidemiologist and health department; we have also taken appropriate measures to ensure any areas potentially exposed by this individual are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Students and staff who have been in close contact with this individual will be contacted about quarantine and other safety measures. If you do not receive a direct call, there is nothing more you need to do, although we encourage everyone to monitor for symptoms and continue wearing a mask when outside of your home.

If you are not fully vaccinated, need a COVID-19 test, or have additional questions, please call the SRPMIC COVID-19 Hotline at 480-362-2603.

Click here to read the full letter that was distributed to ALA students and families. Questions? Contact ALA Principal Jama Nacke at 480-362-2130.



Updated Aug. 19, 2021

Salt River Elementary School will be closed to students and visitors beginning Friday, Aug. 20. Students will learn remotely for two weeks; SRES will reopen Tuesday, Sept. 7.

The decision to close was not made lightly, nor was it made because of increasing COVID-19 case numbers at SRES. To date, SRES has a total of two (2) test-confirmed individuals with COVID-19. This means our safety measures at school have been working: Face masks are required for everyone, social distancing is practiced, and hand-washing/sanitizing is done throughout the day. Our learning areas are also disinfected multiple times throughout the day.

However, it was determined that one of these individuals may have had close contact with many classrooms; close contact is generally cause for quarantine. Out of an abundance of caution, Salt River Schools and Community leaders made the decision to close SRES; this will allow impacted staff and students to isolate at home, get tested if they are experiencing symptoms, and help keep the spread of COVID-19 to a minimum. Closing also means Public Works can do a deep clean of SRES. When we return in-person on Tuesday, Sept. 7, we will be ready to learn together safely.

This decision does not impact students and staff at the Early Childhood Education Center or the Accelerated Learning Academy. Those schools will continue to operate in person as scheduled. Please be aware of and follow all safety protocols in place.

Click here to read the rest of the letter broadcast to SRES families, which includes details about virtual learning, school meals, and more

Click here to read the message from Dr. Corlett to all Salt River Schools families about the decision to transition SRES to virtual learning and keep the ECEC and ALA in-person.


Updated Aug. 18, 2021

Today we became aware of another individual at Salt River Elementary School with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. This brings the SRES case count to two. The second individual was last at SRES on Friday, Aug. 13. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

The rest of this letter is the same as what was sent in our first notice (see previous update). Click here to read the full, second letter, which will be sent home with students on 8/19/21 and sent as a broadcast to families with phones/emails on file with the school. Questions? Call SRES at 480-362-2400.



Updated Aug. 18, 2021
This message was printed and sent home with students. It was also sent as a broadcast message (call, email, and text) to SRES families with updated contacts on file with the school.

The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. We want to let you know that we recently became aware of an individual at Salt River Elementary School with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at SRES on Wednesday, Aug. 11. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

How will this be addressed?
We have notified the Community Epidemiologist and health department; we have also taken appropriate measures to ensure any areas potentially exposed by this individual are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Students and staff who have been in close contact with this individual will be contacted about quarantine and other safety measures. If you do not receive a direct call, then you were not in close contact with the individual.

At Salt River Schools, we are confident we have implemented safety protocols that significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread, including limiting who is on campus and ensuring everyone washes/sanitizes their hands throughout the school day. Everyone age 2+ who enters our buildings is required to wear a face mask.

If you have questions about testing or COVID-19 in general, please call the SRPMIC Epidemiologist Nancy Mangieri at 480-362-7247 or email Nancy.Mangieri@srpmic-nsn.gov. For all other questions or concerns, please call me at 480-362-2400.

Click here to read the full letter that was sent home with SRES students.



Updated Aug. 13, 2021

The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. We want to let you know that today we became aware of an individual at the Early Childhood Education Center with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ECEC on Monday, Aug. 9. This brings the ECEC's number of active COVID cases to two. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

We have notified the Community Epidemiologist and health department; we have also taken appropriate measures to ensure any areas potentially exposed by this individual are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Students and staff who have been in close contact with this individual will be contacted about quarantine and other safety measures.

If you are not fully vaccinated, need a COVID-19 test, or have additional questions, please call the SRPMIC COVID-19 Hotline at 480-362-2603.


Click here to read the full letter that was distributed to ECEC families. Questions? Contact ECE Leader Tami Brungard
 at 480-362-2200.


Updated Aug. 9, 2021

The safety of our students, staff, and Community is our top priority at Salt River Schools. We want to let you know that today we became aware of an individual at the Early Childhood Education Center with a test-confirmed case of COVID-19. They were last at the ECEC on Friday, Aug. 6. Due to federal privacy laws, we are unable to share any personal identifying information about who has tested positive.

We have notified the Community Epidemiologist and health department; we have also taken appropriate measures to ensure any areas potentially exposed by this individual are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Students and staff who have been in close contact with this individual will be contacted about quarantine and other safety measures. 

If you are not fully vaccinated, need a COVID-19 test, or have additional questions, please call the SRPMIC COVID-19 Hotline at 480-362-2603.

Click here to read the full letter that was distributed to ECEC families. Questions? Contact ECE Leader Tami Brungard at 480-362-2200.



Updated Aug. 9, 2021

As school gets fully underway, this is a reminder to continue practicing good health hygiene to prevent the spread of germs. Let’s work together to keep our children and the Community healthy. Bacteria and viruses, including common colds, spread easily among children in schools. Here are some simple prevention practices to use in your home:

  • If possible, your family is encouraged to receive vaccinations to prevent the flu and COVID-19.
  • Wear a face mask. It is required within SRPMIC, including all of our school buildings (ECEC students do not need to wear a mask; however, staff will assist children in wearing one upon parent request).
  • Cover your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available (use soap and water as soon as it’s available).
  • Disinfect frequently-touched surfaces and shared items at least once a day.
  • Teach children not to touch their mouth, nose, and eyes. Adults should practice this, as well.

Please keep your child home if they have:

  • a fever of 100 degrees or higher
    • Your child must be naturally fever-free (temp below 100 degrees without medication) for at least 24 hours before returning to school. This is important!
  • any flu-like symptoms, including fever, chills, cough, sore throat, headache, and muscle aches
  • any common cold symptoms, such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat, or hacking cough

We must all remain calm, vigilant, and educated to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses to ensure our lives continue with as little disruption as possible. However, not every sneeze or cough means someone has COVID-19; if you believe you or a family has COVID-19, please get tested. To schedule a COVID-19 test, call the SRPMIC COVID-19 hotline at 480-362-2603. 

If your student tests positive for COVID-19, please inform your school leaders immediately, or call 480-362-2500 and we will direct your call to the appropriate staff. Salt River Schools works directly with the SRPMIC Epidemiologist and will notify families of any test-confirmed COVID-19 cases that impact our schools, students, and staff. 

I invite you to review our Health & Safety Plan, as well as links to the Community’s health guidance, which we follow and enforce. Any school updates or notices with regard to COVID-19 will be posted to that webpage within 24 hours.

Wishing you well,

Dr. Vicky Corlett
Interim Acting Superintendent
Salt River Schools
480-362-2500



A message from the SRPMIC Epidemiologist

For fully vaccinated people who have come into close contact with someone with COVID-19:

  • Get tested 3-5 days following the date of exposure.
  • Wear a face mask in public, indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
  • Isolate if they test positive.
  • Fully vaccinated people who live in a household with someone who is immunosuppressed, at increased risk of severe disease, or unvaccinated (including children under 12) could also consider masking at home for 14 days following a known exposure or until they receive a negative test result.
  • Fully vaccinated people should monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.

Most fully vaccinated people with no COVID-like symptoms do not need to quarantine or be restricted from work following an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, if they follow the testing and masking recommendation above.

If you are not fully vaccinated, need a COVID-19 test, or have additional questions, please call the SRPMIC COVID-19 Hotline at 480-362-2603.


Updated July 30, 2021

We're so excited to see everyone for the first day of school on Monday, August 2.

Please remember that per federal and Community health guidelines, face masks are required to be worn by all staff, students*, and visitors.

*Students at the ECEC are not required to wear masks; however, staff will assist students with mask-wearing, if parents/guardians request it. Call 480-362-2200 for more information.

Also, please continue to monitor your student's health before coming to school each day and keep your child home if they have a fever or show symptoms of COVID-19. Our Health & Safety Plan linked above has more information. 

Thank you and let us know if you have any questions: 480-362-2500.


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