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AASBO STATEMENT ON COVID-19
Conference Postponed Till Fall 2020

Arizona ASBO Members,

It is clear that we are in an unprecedented world scenario today. The World Health Organization has classified COVID-19 as a pandemic and at the same time we are experiencing a “pandemic” of fear and confusion among leaders, employees, families, the elderly, children and others. However, this is also a time for leaders to step up and provide a strong, yet calming influence in our organizations and our communities. AASBO has been monitoring recent developments related to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19P) in Arizona and the impact on schools and districts. News of cancellations are mounting each minute across the country and state and I’m sure you are having serious discussions about these issues in your district.

Governor Ducey issued a Declaration of Emergency and an Executive Order to provide districts with additional tools and guidance necessary to combat the continued spread of COVID-19 and to reduce financial burdens on Arizonans by lowering healthcare costs associated with the virus. In addition, Governor Ducey and Superintendent Hoffman have closed school from March 16th – March 27th, 2020.

Spring Conference Cancellation and Reschedule


The AASBO Board has decided to cancel this year’s Spring Conference and reschedule the conference to Fall which will coincide with the September bi-monthly. Obviously with the situation as it now stands, it is impossible to proceed with “business as usual” for the spring conference as the directives that have come from the National CDC and Governor, have restricted us from moving forward with the conference.  It is also very important during this unprecedented time, that districts concentrate on their needs as their first priority.  We are concerned not only about the health and safety of the conference attendees but also the potential impact on school districts and others in the event something adverse occurred at the conference.  Further information will be forthcoming regarding next steps in this process with respect to registration fees and our cancellation of hotel rooms.

For Arizona ASBO, we are looking to convert our face-to-face meetings to online meetings to allow members to continue to engage without being in contact with others. We will also be monitoring issues day to day and will keep you updated on changes to our events as we make decisions. With the Annual Summer Conference on the horizon we will stay on top of this, but for now, we will watch and listen to how COVID-19 evolves in our state.

Stay tuned and be diligent in watching for our updates along the way.

As you discuss your local options, be sure to collaborate and coordinate with state local and county leaders – especially the county health departments which will receive guidance from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ASHS).

In addition, to give you some valuable resources, we have provided some excellent links and documents below. Please use these as you need in order to help you engage with knowledge in the decision-making process.

AASBO COVID-19 Discussion Group

In order to accommodate questions and allow for discussions as to what measures your district and others across the state are taking concerning the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19P) pandemic, AASBO has setup a discussion group in our AASBO Engage Website. We will be sending out an email to all of our members inviting them to receive the email notifications for the discussion group. Just a few of the important questions that have been raised and can be discussed are:

  • Are you requiring staff to return to work or stay home with pay?
  • If you are having staff stay home, are you adopting the resolution currently being circulated by school district attorneys?
  • If you are adopting the resolution are you are having essential classified staff returning to work being compensated in a way different from their current approved rate?


Here is the direct link to the discussion group: 

https://engage.aasbo.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=b05c7906-f5a3-4c60-9508-5986877c6fae

Be sure to turn on your email notifications in Engage in order to receive to feedback from the discussion group.
AASBO Engage

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COVID-19 Resources

Recommendation from Arizona Department of Health Services

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CDC Recommendations for Schools

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Travel Information from the CDC

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