COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year
July 7, 2021 Update: This legislative session, a bill was passed that prohibits Arizona school districts from requiring students or staff wear masks during school hours and on district property. Schools are also prohibited from requiring vaccines or masks to participate in in-person instruction.
Vaccinations: Students, staff and community members are not required to be vaccinated in order to be on campus.
Quarantine: All students must follow requirements from Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) which state that students who are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine for 10 days from the date of exposure. Exposure is defined as being within 6-feet for 15 cumulative minutes or more. A student who has proof of vaccination will not be required to quarantine if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19 on campus, as per MCDPH.
Face Coverings/Masks: Optional for staff, students, and visitors, inside and outside.
PPE and Hygiene: PPE will continue to be available to students and staff who request them. Individual bottles and hand sanitizer stations will continue to be available on all campuses.
Cafeteria Operations: Returning to as close to normal as possible, with 3 ft. distancing when feasible. Hand sanitizing stations available where lines form. Continued packaging of items such as fruit and veggie bar selections.
- Daily cleaning has returned to normal operations, in addition to summer “deep cleaning."
- Disinfecting only in locations in which a positive case has been reported, or when requested by staff.
- Individual schools will notify parents regarding morning drop-off procedures.
- Use of air purifiers will continue indefinitely.
Additional updates may be made in accordance with Arizona Department of Public Health (ADHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Executive Orders issued by Governor Doug Ducey and the decisions made by the district’s Governing Board and Leadership Team. Some procedures and protocols may vary by school based on enrollment or layout of school campus and will be shared with parents by school principals.
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