Holbrook Unified School District 3 News Article


Greetings Roadrunners!
We, at HUSD #3, hope everyone is staying healthy and safe during these difficult times.  The staff at HUSD#3 have been working diligently to develop a strategic plan for SY 20-21.  It is our mission to ensure we offer a safe, healthy and educational environment for all Roadrunners for SY 20-21.
The Holbrook School District has updated the District 12-Point Back to School Plan.  The update includes:
  1. Phase III will include various options for students and families at each school from 4-day on campus to hybrid to virtual.  Please contact your child's school and/or read the 12-Point Back to School Plan (3.0) for more details.
  2. Students and families will have the opportunity to re-evaluate their instructional platform after winter break.
  3. IWES will continue virtual learning through fall break in accordance with the Navajo Nation Department of Dine Education Board resolution pertaining to remaining in virtual learning through the first semester of SY 20-21.  We will work with the Department of Dine Education for on campus learning opportunities.
  4. Requirement for school waivers for all students returning to on-site learning.
  5. Students and staff will be required to utilize PPE (i.e. facemasks/face shields) as per EO2020-51.
  6. Suspension of White Mountain and Navajo Area Junior High League sport for the fall semester.
  7. HHS will participate in AIA sports on the timelines outlined by AIA and following the 12-Point Plan guidance and AIA guidance.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has developed metrics for reopening schools safely (ADHS HEALTH METRICS).  HUSD #3 will utilize the health metrics to assist in making decisions throughout the pandemic.  Metrics are broken into three categories and ALL THREE metrics MUST be met to open schools safely: 
  1. Reduction to 100 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 individuals over a two-week period.
  2. Two consecutive weeks with COVID-19 percent positivity below 7%.
  3. Two consecutive weeks with hospital visits for COVID- like symptoms below 10%.
At this time Navajo County only meets three of the three indicators which designates schools in Navajo County as minimal/moderate risk. (COUNTY BENCHMARKS).
As a result, HUSD #3 will being Phase II with two days on campus and two days virtual (hybrid approach) with a re-evaluation date leading up to the Governing Board meeting on October 6, 2020. 
In addition, Governor Ducey has issued an executive order EO2020-41 (EO2020-41) that requires each district to provide free on-site learning opportunities and support services for students who need a place to go during the day.  The free on-site learning opportunity begins on August 17, 2020 and will continue through the duration of school closures.
The free on-site learning opportunity will be limited based on capacity and staffing available.  HUSD #3 teaching staff are currently assigned to virtual teaching responsibilities; therefore, regular classroom instruction will not occur.  Rather, each school will provide a communal space to allow students to be in a safe and productive environment to continue their virtual coursework.
On-site learning opportunities will give preference to students with special needs, English Language Learners, children in foster care and students that qualify for Title I indicators I and II.  In addition, on-site learning opportunities will include supervision, access to technology, access to internet capabilities, and food service programs.  On-site learning supervision may be teacher-led or paraprofessional support for students in need of distance learning access.
HUSD #3 has implemented a phased in approach to ensure we are creating a safe, healthy and educational environment for our students and staff. Each phase will be initiated based on:

#1- State health metrics including any executive orders or Arizona Department of Health orders.
#2-  Local metrics including student sickness, staff sickness, community spread and local outbreaks.
#3- Educational effectiveness including the measurement of student learning by teacher contact, work completed, participate and attendance rates.
HUSD #3 is committed to monitoring the current trends with COVID-19 and making informed decision to keep our students, staff and communities safe while ensure students have the opportunity to continue progressing personally, academically, socially to ensure success for each child. 
It is with full intent that HUSD #3 will return to on campus learning as soon as it is determined that it is safe, healthy and suitable to begin in-person, on-campus learning.  
 Rest assured that we miss our students on campus and want them back as quickly as possible when the conditions are conducive to ensure our students, staff and families have limited exposure to the COVID-19 virus.
We thank our parents and guardians for your good work and as always, thank you for being Roadrunners!
HUSD #3's strategic plan will focus on the following "Back to School Plan": 


At HUSD #3 we have three overarching goals for SY 20-21:

#1- ALL students receive the highest quality education at HUSD #3;

#2- ALL campuses develop health and wellness guidelines to ensure student and staff wellness are our top priority;

#3- ALL Roadrunners have options to be educated in a manner that best suits the students and families.


Reopening school systems during a pandemic will be complex. HUSD #3 believes that school systems are essential to our students, parents, and communities; therefore, HUSD #3 is committed to providing education systems that will Help our Unique Students Develop.  

As a result,  HUSD #3 will focus on five (5) basic principles for reopening schools:

Principle #1-  HUSD #3 will establish health and wellness guidelines to Help our Unique Students Develop that focus on student and staff wellness throughout the year (signs, screening, sanitation, social structures, sickness response).

Principle #2- HUSD #3 will offer educational opportunities to Help our Unique Students Develop which will  include brick and mortar instruction (on campus) and/or online/blended learning(at home) provided by teachers at HUSD #3.

Principle #3- HUSD #3 will offer a well-rounded educational system (food services, counseling, educational resources, specialty classes, college and career readiness opportunities, etc.)  to Help our Unique Students Develop while providing a safe and healthy environment for our students.

Principle #4- HUSD #3 will provide extra-curricular activities and opportunities to Help our Unique Students Develop which will be based upon personal and family choice (i.e. students and families will "opt in" to educational services and opportunities).

Principle #5- HUSD #3 will engage in strong student, parent and family partnerships to Help our Unique Students Develop throughout the school year.

These guiding principles will help HUSD #3 continue to provide an excellent education program to help every child become who he/she is capable of becoming.


The Holbrook School District has developed a 12 Point Back to School Plan to ensure HUSD #3 provides a safe, healthy and educational environment for SY 20-21.  The HUSD #3 12 point plan has been developed in cooperation with district and school leadership, school task force team members, support staff, teachers, parents and students.

The HUSD #3 12 Point Back to School Plan is meant to provide peace of mind that our schools and district has thoroughly explored measures to ensure students, staff and parents are presented with the safest environment, the healthiest environment and the best educational environment possible during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The HUSD #3 12 Point Back to School Plan includes:

  1. Health Screening Protocols

  2. Student Sickness Response Protocols

  3. Staff Sickness Response Protocols

  4. Facility Signage Protocols

  5. Classroom Operations Protocols

  6. Instructional Platforms Protocols

  7. Food Service Protocols

  8. Socialization Protocols

  9. Sports and Activity Protocols

  10. School Visitor Protocols

  11. Transportation Protocols

  12. Sanitation Protocols

Each protocol is designed to provide guidelines for school operations to ensure each school provides a safe, healthy and educational environment to Help our Unique Students Develop!


HUSD #3 is committed to providing food service throughout all four phases via food delivery drop off locations and/or on site food service programs. 

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