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Casa Grande Union High School District

Superintendent’s letter

Dear CGUHSD Parents, Community and Staff:

At CGUHSD, the safety of students and staff was our highest priority when deciding to return to modified in-person learning. During this pandemic, one of the concerns for keeping people safe is the air quality that exists in the buildings where they are spending time. To ensure that the air quality was safe in our schools, we had two different companies perform air quality tests on our buildings prior to students ever returning to our schools. What was found through these tests was that not only did our buildings introduce enough outside air to make them safe, but we also met or exceeded their standards for safety. Even though the air quality tests demonstrated that the air was safe in our buildings, we went one step further and purchased the recommended HEPA filters for our ventilation systems to improve the air quality even further in the buildings. If that was not enough, we also purchased air purifiers for every classroom, cafeteria, gym, auditorium and office to ensure that we have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

While we continue to take the necessary steps to improve the health and safety of our staff and students, we cannot do it alone. As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in our state and our community, it is more important now that students stay home when they do not feel well and that everyone wears a mask and practices all recommended social distancing guidelines. It is our desire to keep our schools open for those students who have chosen to learn in the modified in-person modality. As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday break, we ask that our students and their families continue to practice those safety protocols that we have used to open up our community and to get our students back in school.

On behalf of the entire CGUHSD Leadership Team, I would like to wish all our families a very Happy Thanksgiving. Please be safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Steve Bebee

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