Chandler USD reported there were 106 active COVID-19 cases across the district as of Dec. 16, according to the district's coronavirus data dashboard. The update comes as coronavirus cases have continued to rise across Arizona and Maricopa County and the Chandler USD governing board voted to offer a live virtual option to students after winter break for two weeks.
The district also reported that more than 631 cases are resolved as of Dec. 16; the district considers a case resolved when an individual returns to school.
There are 81 active outbreaks in Maricopa County schools, according to data from the Maricopa County Public Health Department. The county considers a school to be experiencing an outbreak if there are more than two students or staff who could have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for the virus.
CUSD students went back to brick-and-mortar schools beginning in mid-September, with students in kindergarten through sixth grade heading back first. Secondary students returned to campuses Oct. 13. District officials said there are still more than 9,000 parents who opted for their children to continue with online learning.
The CUSD governing board met earlier this month to discuss what to do in the event coronavirus spread within the district reaches a substantial level. No votes were cast, but district staff recommended handling outbreaks on a school-by-school basis and only closing schools if the percentage of cases on that campus reaches a certain threshold.
Here is what COVID-19 case counts look like at campuses across the district.