Welcome to SUSD Metrics Page
Last Updated: 02/25/2021
NOTE: This page is updated weekly on Thursdays with the most current data.
On August 18, 2020, the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Governing Board endorsed using metrics (Tablero de datos en Español) established by the Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) to help determine when it is safe to open schools to in-person learning for the 2020-2021 school year. The state and county public health agencies issued benchmark thresholds to define what they consider to be minimal, moderate and substantial spread of the virus in the community, as well as criteria school districts should consider in determining when it may be safe to open schools for in-person learning. View the Maricopa County Department of Public Health metrics here.
On January 26, 2021, the SUSD Governing Board formally approved the district's use of Building-Level COVID Metrics to establish parameters regarding a return to distance learning for specific campuses, classrooms and/or programs.
On 02/25/2021 Our SUSD-Specific Zip Code Metrics are:
Red for Number of Cases per 100,000
Yellow for Percent Positivity
Green for Percent of Hospitalizations for COVID-Like Illnesses
Statement Regarding MCDPH Support for In-person Learning at Schools
In October 2020, the Arizona Department of Health Services published recommendations for schools “Safely Returning to In-person Instruction1” to guide schools in monitoring community level spread and maintaining a safe learning environment. Based on this guidance, ADHS states “If a county has all three benchmarks in the red category, ADHS recommends schools transition to virtual learning in consultation with their local health department.” This statement is a general recommendation. In discussions with ADHS, MCDPH and ADHS have agreed to support those jurisdictions who are able to maintain a safe learning environment with regular school-by-school monitoring, regardless of levels of community COVID-19 transmission. If a school/district does not have enough staffing to maintain a safe environment, or if a school/district experiences a school-related outbreak that cannot be controlled with public health mitigation strategies, MCDPH would support transitioning to a virtual learning environment.
Further, with the recent publications emphasizing the benefits of in-person learning, particularly for elementary schools2, and the emerging data indicating that in-person school attendance is not a risk factor for youth testing positive for COVID 193, MCDPH recommends preferentially keeping elementary and middle schools open for in-person learning. If a phased approach is desired, MCDPH recommends beginning with elementary and middle schools prior to opening high schools to in-person learning.