Emergency preparedness in Mesa Public Schools
The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority

Facts about communicable disease prevention and preparation

  • The district has no reported or confirmed cases of EV-D68.
  • Mesa Public Schools has a planned response that focuses on prevention and preparation. Our response is guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Individual prevention includes taking the same precautions as we do for colds and flu.
    • washing hands frequently
    • covering coughs and sneezes with shirt sleeves
    • not touching your eyes, nose or mouth throughout the day
    • avoiding those who are sick
    • keeping children home if they are sick
  • School- and district-level prevention includes a heightened awareness of "high-touch" surface cleaning.
    • door handles
    • light-switch areas
    • elevator buttons
    • restroom surfaces
    • school bus handles and seats
  • Mesa Public Schools is in regular communication with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the two organizations that monitor our state for the spread of communicable diseases. They will advise us regarding any outbreak developments in Arizona.
  • Our health offices will monitor students and staff for known symptoms and will be sending home students and staff members who exhibit these symptoms.
  • If an outbreak occurs, the district will report it to the county health department and will work in consultation with the director to determine which protocol steps to enact.
  • We will provide you with any new information about communicable diseases through school newsletters, the phone notification system or the district website.



Important communications

Letter from Dr. Cowan

October 20, 2014

Carta del Dr. Cowan

20 de octubre 2014

District news article

October 13, 2014


about communicable diseases

Helpful links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
City of Mesa
City of Chandler


Healthy practices at school