County Level School Benchmarks
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) recommends that Maricopa County public health benchmarks fall within the moderate or minimal spread category in all three benchmarks for two weeks in order to re-open schools for in-person instruction. ADHS specifically recommends that the following benchmarks be met prior to offering any in-person learning:
- Cases: a two week decline in the number of cases or two weeks with new case rates below 100 per 100,000
- Percent Positivity: two weeks with less than 7% positivity
- COVID-like Illness Syndromic Surveillance: two weeks with hospital visits due to COVID-like illness below 10%
- The county health department may modify a specific benchmark
Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction (document published by ADHS on 08/06/2020)
Peoria Unified Return to School Plan (document updated on 09/040/2020)
Maricopa County School Reopening Dashboard
Utilizing the map below, reports can be viewed by Zip Code, City, Unified School District, High School District or Elementary District by selecting from the “View report by” drop-down menu. By clicking on your selected area on the map, a pop-up report will generate a value for that area's overall COVID-19 community transmission risk level and the recommended learning scenario.
To see data for Peoria Unified, pull down on "View report by" to Unified School District. Then type "Peoria Unified" in the search field and click on the district name. You will then see several school districts highlighted on the map. Click on the portion of the map labelled "Peoria Unified" to see benchmark results based on data from within district boundaries.
This dashboard is housed on the Maricopa County Public Health website and is updated weekly on Thursdays by 4 p.m.
Understanding the Benchmarks
The Arizona Department of Health Services defines community spread levels with the thresholds outlined below. ADHS guidance now directs schools to prepare for virtual learning if all three measures fall into the Substantial category. School districts still retain the ultimate authority to decide which instructional model works best for their community.
County Level Data Dashboard
Click on Maricopa County on the map below to see the most-current two week county-wide results for each of the three benchmarks.
Please note: A checkmark next to any of the three benchmarks indicates that conditions in the county have met at least the Moderate level for that benchmark.
The benchmarks presented below are from the Arizona Department of Health Services Coronavirus 2019 website.