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Cochise County Schools Office
COVID-19 Information

Cochise County School District Re-Opening Status

This information is self reported by the districts, and is reported to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) on a weekly basis. This information will be updated as changes occur and is up to date as of Feb 4th @ 5:00 PM MST

Updated Guidance from ASBA Regarding COVID 19 Relief Congressional Action

Protecting Yourself and Your Family During the 2020 Flu Season

From Dr. Edward J. Miller, DO, FACOG | CMO, Copper Queen Community Hospital


We are already seeing flu cases this season. Please keep that in mind for students and staff that have respiratory symptoms.


Unlike COVID-19, which largely spares the young from severe and fatal disease, flu follows a different pattern. It most severely affects the young and old.


Rapid flu testing (as little as 15 minutes) is available at CQCH ERs and clinics, as well as Chiricahua Health Centers. Influenza and COVID-19 have different medical treatments, so it is important to distinguish between them.


Flu vaccines are available, safe, and effective in reducing the transmission and the severity of the disease. Getting vaccinated is even more important this year in an effort to prevent the U.S. healthcare system from being overwhelmed with both COVID-19 and influenza hospital/ICU admissions.

Flu vaccines are currently available for free or with no co-pay at CQCH clinics in Douglas, Bisbee, Palominas and Tombstone. Chiricahua Health Centers have it available on a drive-thru basis for their patients. Virtually all pharmacies in Cochise County have flu vaccines available, often free of charge.


The Cochise County Health Department will be starting flu vaccine clinics soon, and details will be announced at a later date.

To see how the case numbers of COVID-19 are changing in Arizona, and across the country, visit the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center by clicking the image at right.

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Open Letter to U.S. Representative Greg Stanton on School Nutrition Waivers

We (The Arizona Association of County School Superintendents) have collaborated with other organizations to develop a letter to Congress requesting that they support nutrition waivers for our schools to help provide meals for our students."

Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing

Available in Cochise County!

Drive-Through COVID-19 testing is available at 4 sites in Douglas, Bisbee, Tombstone, and Palominas! You do need to register in advance at
Click on any of the images below to download a full size pdf of the flyer!

School Opening Update from Superintendent Clay

Click on the images to download the source PDF.

Arizona Department of Education released three more resources to support understanding of Governor Ducey’s two recent Executive Orders. 

The Arizona Department of Education recently released three more resources to support understanding of Governor Ducey’s two recent Executive Orders. These resources are specific to implementation of distance learning plans and include:


  • An updated Executive Order FAQ that provides additional answers to the FAQ shared earlier this week.

  • Guidance specific to school finance processes to implement Executive Orders 2020-41 and 2020-44. 

      Distance Learning Plan Template.  

Information Regarding the Distance Learning Template


As part of the Executive Order, all public schools may submit a Distance Learning Plan (DLP) to receive the flexibility to offer distance learning options for students without an approved Arizona Online Instruction (AOI) program for the 2020-2021 school year.  School districts are required to submit a DLP to the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) prior to implementing distance learning. School districts may begin operating their DLP prior to August 17th upon submission of the plan to ADE. 


School districts that wish to provide distance learning under Executive Order 2020-41 must create a DLP using this template. School districts not utilizing the appropriate template will be required to revise and resubmit their plans. Plans not submitted in the template must wait to begin DL instruction until the plan is submitted in the approved template. The template is a Word document that must be completed in its entirety and submitted via email to:


School Districts may make revisions to improve their DLP at any time but, must submit those changes to the ADE within 10 business days of any substantive revision. School districts should contact the ADE at to revise their DLP.  


Governor Ducey Executive Order 2020-44

Updated June 29, 2020 

Governor Ducey's Executive Order: 

2020-2021 School Year: Prioritizing Kids And Schools During COVID-19 - Executive Order: 2020-41

Open Letters to Governor Doug Ducey Regarding Flexibility in School Financing 

AZ's Roadmap to reopen our schools

Recently Arizona Superintendent of Instruction Kathy Hoffman convened a task force with more than 100 people who work in the state’s public school districts and charter schools. To tackle the issue of reopening our schools. As a result, Arizona education and school leaders now have a roadmap to reopening our schools in the face of this global pandemic. The documents are only suggested guidelines for opening schools this fall. The state school office can’t require any specific requirements or mandates to individual school districts. We at the Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office want to make sure this information is passed on to you.  To read the proposal plans to reopen our schools. Please click on the links below to read entire considerations!

Your Community Schools are still working hard to support Cochise County Students, but they need help!

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What Now?

Superintendent Clay talks with Chuck Alton

Chuck Alton of KCTR News recently interviewed Cochise County School Superindentent Jacqui Clay. Topics discussed were the Covid 19 pandemic and its impact on the education of Cochise County's students and children. Going forward what happens after Covid 19. What will be the future in education in Cochise County? Is it back to face-to-face teaching or is viral the wave of the future? 

Information on March 31

Arizona Board of Education Meeting

A State Board of Education meeting notice and agenda has been posted for Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 10:00 AM 

The notice and agenda can be found at

Materials for the meeting can be found at

Public Comment

All public comment for the meeting will be accepted in written form only. All public comments are due to State Board staff one hour prior to the start of the State Board meeting and will be read into the record by the Executive Director.

Three ways to submit written comment:

  • Via Email:

  • Via Fax: (602) 542-3046

  • In person: Front Desk, 1535 W. Jefferson St. Phoenix, Arizona 85007

To watch the State Board meeting via computer or a smartphone with a data plan:

  • Open a web browser on your device (Safari, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox)

  • Visit

  • Upper right hand of the page, click on the YouTube icon

  • A pop-up may open, stating you are leaving the official website, click “ok”

  • When the meeting starts, you will see a “live” video. If you do not see this, and the meeting’s start time has passed, you may need to hit the refresh button on your browser

Direct Link:

If you do not have internet access or a smartphone with a data plan:

Due to the boardroom being closed to the public, State Board staff has worked collaboratively with the County School Superintendents’ offices to host live-streaming video areas for constituents whom do not have internet access or a smartphone with livestreaming capabilities.


Cochise County Superintendent’s Office

Old Bisbee High School, 3rd Floor

100 Clawson Ave.

Bisbee, Arizona 85603

Previous COVID-19 Posts and News

The County Superintendent's office will support our county schools as much as possible. Jail and detention center educational services will continue

Excerpt from Gov. Ducey Executive Order

Dated: Mar 30, 2020

For More Information:

AZ Board of Education Virtual Meeting

March 31, 2020 at 10 AM

Still connecting the dots..Each one help one!

The schools in Cochise county regardless of the challenges of the Coronavirus are still providing educational services and lunches to our students, as shown here with Palominas school district. We are blessed with amazing educational leaders, teachers and support staff. Thank you for your tenacity and making this happen.

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News Flash: School Closure Extended to 10 April

Letter from Gov. Ducey and Supt. Hoffman

Announced March 20, 2020

Food Resources for Cochise County Students and Families

Check Back Regularly for Updates!

HB 2910 - Public School Closures: Coronavirus Disease

Arizona Legislative Action

For information about what your school district is taking to support students and families, please contact your school principal or district superintendent for details.

For more COVID-19 information and resources, visit:

March 24, 2020

In an effort to protect our staff and the public during the COVID-19 outbreak, beginning Wednesday, March 25, the staff of the Cochise County School Superintendent’s Office will be working remotely. The office will be closed to the public, however, there will always be one representative in the office each workday to ensure that our services are uninterrupted and all staff will be accessible via email. We will continue to provide the same level of customer service to you during this time. Phone calls will continue to be answered on the main office line at 520-432-8950 and will be directed to the appropriate person to assist you. We will keep you informed concerning any changes to our schedule in the future.
Feel free to contact me or Deputy Superintendent, Nikki Madden if you have any questions or concerns. Please stay safe during these challenging times.


With Warm Regards,


Jacqui Clay

Cochise County School Superintendent


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Important Letter from Superintendent Clay Regarding
Published March 12, 2020 2:05PM MST

For information about Cochise County's COVID-19 Response:

Coronavirus Response Hub

Valuable Information for Parents and Community Members from Cochise County Health Department and University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerberg College of Public Health

Click the Image Links below to download the files as PDFs in both English and Spanish.

Masks & Schools

Presented by Kayla Percy, PNP,MPH, COVID-19 Taskforce Lead - CCHCI

The Cochise County School Superintendent's Office hosts weekly meetings bringing together the educational leaders of Cochise County schools, and health professionals from numerous agencies to ensure that schools are benefitting from the most up to date information to ensure students are getting a safe and effective education. The video was presented by  Kayla Percy, PNP, from Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. (CCHCI) at the most recent meeting.


The group is grateful to Dr. Edward Miller, DO, FACOG from Copper Queen Community Hospital, Dr. Jonathan Melk, MD and Kayla Percy, PNP from CCHCI, and the members of the Cochise County Health and Emergency Services departments for their efforts and insight into the rapidly changing landscape of school health and student safety.

An emergency measure relating to the statewide school closure announced on March 15, 2020 by the Governor and the Superintendent of Public Instruction in response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

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