Governor Ducey, Superintendent Hoffman, Dr. Cara Christ Share COVID-19 Update With School Personnel

News Release

March 12, 2020

PHOENIX — Today, Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Director Dr. Cara Christ joined together to brief superintendents, school leaders and educational organizations on the state’s latest efforts to respond to the global COVID-19 outbreak, and take their questions. Currently, public health officials are not recommending school closures.

Over 400 people participated in the call, which lasted 90 minutes. Nearly 30 questions from education leaders were answered on the call. 

Listen to the briefing HERE

“There’s simply no greater priority than the health and safety of our kids,” said Governor Ducey. “We are taking proactive measures to ensure our schools have the tools necessary to combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep our kids healthy. My sincere thanks to the public health officials and health care professionals, as well as our teachers, administrators and school professionals, working to keep all students, staff and families safe.”

“The Arizona Department of Education is working closely with public health officials to ensure we are taking the right steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “We will continue to ensure our school leaders and personnel are up-to-date on the latest information so we can protect the health and safety of our students and faculty.”

“Arizona’s public health system will continue to combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep Arizonans informed,” said ADHS Director Dr. Christ. “As we respond to the outbreak, we are working to ensure our school leaders and personnel have all the facts so we can keep students and their families healthy.”

Yesterday, Governor Ducey issued a Declaration of Emergency and an Executive Order to provide health officials and administrators with tools and guidance necessary to combat the continued spread of COVID-19 and to reduce financial burdens on Arizonans by lowering healthcare costs associated with the virus. Additionally, ADHS is conducting regular briefings, webinars and guidance to community stakeholders, including school administrators.

Listen to today’s briefing with education leaders HERE

View the transcript of today's briefing with education leaders PDF icon HERE.

View daily COVID-19 updates HERE

View the Declaration of Emergency HERE

View the Executive Order HERE.