Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ authored the following letter to school administrators and health office personnel about promoting the importance of immunization.
Dear School Administrator or Health Office Personnel,
We write you today to request your continued support in promoting the importance of up-to-date vaccination within your school community. Arizona vaccine coverage among school-age children in Arizona continues to decline, putting our state at increased risk of a vaccine-preventable disease outbreak.
Vaccines are a critical public health tool to keep Arizona children, families, and communities healthy. At the beginning of the 20th century, large numbers of infectious diseases like smallpox, measles, polio, whooping cough, and diphtheria caused thousands of illnesses and deaths, but the availability of vaccines have now made these diseases rare. For their role in preventing needless illness and death, vaccines are recognized as the greatest public health achievements of both the 20th and 21st centuries.
Vaccines are safe and effective. While some parents you encounter may argue against this fact, the science is clear: vaccines are among the most studied medical products in the world and are continuously monitored for safety and effectiveness. When your students (and staff) are fully vaccinated, they are less likely to become ill with a vaccine-preventable disease and thus less likely to spread disease to other students, staff, and families on your campus who are unable to be vaccinated due to their age or a compromising medical condition.
As the new school year approaches, we ask for your support in helping us ensure your students are fully vaccinated. Whether you are a school administrator, school nurse, front office staff, or teacher, there are ways you can help support the health of your school community:
- Be familiar with and abide by the Arizona laws (Arizona Revised Statute §15-871 – §15-874) and regulations (Arizona Administrative Code Title 9, Chapter 6, Article 7) for school immunization.
- Support your health office personnel as they work with parents to comply with the laws and regulations, including exclusion of students from school without documented proof of immunity or exemption (Arizona Revised Statutes §15-872(B)).
- Post your school’s vaccine coverage and exemption rates on your website.
- Encourage school health offices or front office staff to provide vaccine education materials for parents.
- Participate in the online Immunization Education Course pilot program.
- Discourage parents from signing an exemption form out of convenience rather than providing documentation of immunization. Staff can direct parents to their healthcare provider or the Arizona Department of Health Services for a copy of their child’s immunization records.
We greatly appreciate everything you and your staff do to ensure students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.
Kathy Hoffman, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona Department of Health Services
The application process for this position is now closed. Individuals selected for consideration will be contacted directly.
Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman today announced the creation of a new executive leadership position at the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) focused on issues of equity. The Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be charged with driving ADE’s internal and external efforts to better serve under-represented, marginalized, and at-risk students and their families.
“All of Arizona’s students deserve the chance to succeed and reach their full academic potential, regardless of their background,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “This leadership position is among the first of its kind in the nation. It reflects my administration’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion both in our internal practices and in the state policy we help drive.”
Among other responsibilities, the new Associate Superintendent will be tasked with identifying opportunities for cross-agency collaboration, developing a state strategic plan for equity initiatives, and working with the Policy & Government Relations team to propose legislative solutions to state lawmakers. The Associate Superintendent will also participate in many of the State Superintendent’s task-force groups that focus on issues of equity, such as the African American Advisory Council, Latinx Advisory Council, Culturally Inclusive Practices Advisory Council, and more.
Interested individuals can apply by e-mailing their resume and cover letter to [email protected] using the subject line “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.” Acceptance of applications will end on May 24, 2019. The full job description for the Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion can be found below.
Associate Superintendent of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
- Leading ADE’s internal efforts to become a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization.
- Identifying opportunities for cross-agency collaboration to better serve under-represented, marginalized, and at-risk students and their families.
- Providing ADE staff with professional development and resources focused on cultural competence and biases.
- Leadership and oversight of program areas assigned by the Superintendent.
- Assessing internal processes in collaboration with Human Resources to ensure that workplace policies are equitable, culturally responsive, and promote diversity.
- Developing a state strategic plan for equity initiatives and related public policies with the input of stakeholders and ADE staff.
- Engaging with staff, districts, and community stakeholders on equity issues and proposed solutions to strengthen communities through more equitable resources and educational practices.
- Working with Policy & Government Relations team to propose legislative solutions for lawmakers.
- Participating in committees, advisory councils, or task force groups that focus on issues of equity (e.g. African American Advisory Council; Culturally Inclusive Practices Advisory Council), and support committees and ADE staff on the implementation of collective ideas and goals.
- Monitoring statewide data on achievement gaps among groups of students and bring together ADE staff and other stakeholders to develop strategies and solutions.
Arizona’s Eighteenth Annual Transition Conference set for August 27-29, 2018, had to relocate due to the storm damage at the Talking Stick Resort. The conference is now set to be held at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort located at 5350 E Marriott Drive in Phoenix.
For more information, please read our message on the website.
If you are a parent looking for information on if your child’s school is open or providing services, please contact your school directly. Schools in Arizona are locally controlled and they are all reacting differently to the situation.
Administrators: School Finance
If you are a school administrator looking for guidance on school finance please read this guidance memo from School Finance.
Administrators: Health & Nutrition
If you are a school administrator looking for guidance on health and nutrition, please read this memorandum from Health & Nutrition providing guidance for unanticipated school closures.
Administrators: Special Education
If you are a school administrator looking for guidance on special education please read the following:
If you are a school administrator looking for assessments guidance, please read the update on the Assessments web page.
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