• Dear Balsz Families & Staff,

    Face coverings are still required indoors at all school campuses and district facilities upon return to school on Monday, January 3.

    The CDC and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health have released new guidance about quarantine and isolation periods. It is the first change to quarantine and isolation guidance since the school year started. 

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  • The Balsz Elementary School District appreciates the recent Arizona Supreme Court ruling on the state Constitution's single subject rule, particularly as it pertains to mask mandates. Our district adopted a policy requiring masks on campus in response to the stated desires of our community. Both informally and through a district-wide survey, the Balsz family showed a deep and abiding commitment to making our campuses safe, healthy, and open environments for in-person learning. They overwhelmingly requested masks be required on our campuses for everyone's well-being. It is gratifying to know the District's right to implement policies that make our community safe have been validated by the state's highest court. 

    We also look forward to the more transparent and inclusive state budget process this ruling will create. 

    Finally, we celebrate the decision by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to approve COVID-19 vaccinations for children ages 5- to 11-years-old. Thanks to our partners in health, any child ages 5 to 11 in the Balsz community can schedule their vaccine at the Mountain Park Health Center Balsz Pediatric Clinic, located at 1300 N 48th Street, by calling (602) 243-7277.  www.mountainparkhealth.org

  • Balsz School District has continued to monitor all news and activity regarding Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), following our safety mitigation plans and ensuring all students and staff remain safe on our campuses.

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  • July 12, 2021

    Dear Balsz Elementary School District Families,

    Thank you to our students, staff, and community for working hard to follow health and safety protocols that helped us keep classrooms open for students to learn in person.

    On June 30, 2021, Governor Ducey signed a budget that includes many provisions that will affect schools and school funding throughout Arizona. One such provision has an immediate impact on students and staff in our District.  Effective June 30, 2021, counties, cities, towns, schools and school districts are prohibited from requiring students or staff to wear face coverings during school hours and on school property.  Schools are also prohibited from requiring a vaccine for students and staff to participate in in-person instruction.

    While this decision means that students and staff are no longer required to wear face coverings in Balsz Elementary School District, we encourage anyone who has not been vaccinated to follow the guidance of health officials by wearing a face covering. Anyone who chooses to wear a face covering for any reason has the option to do so at any time.

    Sincerely,
    Zeek Ojeh, Acting Superintendent

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Links to Additional Information and Resources

  • AZ Department of Health Services Recommendations: What to do if a family member is sick?
  • COVID-19 Waiver (required for all students attending one of the Balsz District Schools in person)
  • Maricopa County Health Department COVID-19 Resources
  • Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Updates & Resources
  • Family Resource Hub: information about community resources for health and finances, technology help, and tech tutorials for families and students.
  • Balsz Facebook
  • What is Coronavirus Disease?

  • What can students and families do?

  • How can I protect myself against COVID-19?

  • If families or staff have health inquiries, what should they do?

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