• HUSD has a planned response for communicable diseases that focuses on prevention and preparation. Our response is guided by the Arizona Department of Health Services and Centers for Disease Control Prevention.

    Prevention

    The same precautions should be taken as recommended for all respiratory viruses:

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
    • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then discard it immediately or use your sleeve;
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth;
    • Stay home if you are sick and keep you children home if they are sick; and
    • Disinfect frequently objects and surfaces.

    Children's videos on handwashing

    Additional resources: Centers for Disease Control: Stop the Spread of Germs

    Facts about COVID-19
     
    • It is a new coronavirus that causes a respiratory illness.
    • Similar to influenza, those most likely to have severe complications from COVID-19 are people over 60 and those with medical conditions such as heart and lung disease or diabetes.
    • There is no vaccine available at this time for COVID-19.
    • People most at risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 are those who have been in close contact (within six feet) with someone who has the disease.

    Guidance for staff and students continues to be that they should stay home if they are sick. Children and adults are recommended to stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of fever without using acetaminophen or ibuprofen.

    Centers for Disease Control: Share Facts About COVID-19