NEW COVID-19 Isolation Process for Students who Test Positive (Starts January 10, 2022)
Beginning Monday, Jan. 10, if you test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic or if symptoms have resolved, you may return to school after five days (reduced from 10 days) but should wear a mask for an additional five days. This process is for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals.
Students who are asymptomatic or whose symptoms have resolved within five days should stop by the nurse’s office on day six to receive a quick evaluation before reporting to class. If there not a nurse or health assistant present, please check in with the school front office or conduct a home health check and do not send your child to school if they are not well.
If after five days a student continues to have an intense cough, fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, GI symptoms, breathing difficulties, and/or a headache, please stay home until symptoms are resolved.
Due to a limited number of staff who assist with attendance and in our health offices, this is not retroactive for students. Students who tested positive for COVID-19 prior to January 10, 2022 will continue to follow the previous protocol and remain in isolation the full 10 days.
2021-22 COVID-19 MITIGATION PLAN
EFFECTIVE BEGINNING JANUARY 3, 2022 (CLOSE CONTACT AND QUARANTINE DETAILS UPDATED JANUARY 19, 2022)
Additional updates to this plan may be made in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Arizona Department of Public Health (ADHS), MCDPH, Executive Orders issued by the Governor and the decisions made by the district’s Governing Board and Leadership Team. The Peoria Unified School District may make revisions to this plan at any time based on changes in federal, state or county requirements or changes in community spread of COVID-19. Some procedures may vary by school based on enrollment or layout of school campus and will be shared with parents by school principals.
IN PERSON INSTRUCTION
Daily Health Checks
All families are encouraged to conduct daily health checks, including taking your child’s temperature before school and assessing your child for any symptoms. If your child has any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them at home and follow Maricopa County’s COVID isolation protocol.
Now that vaccinations are available for individuals ages five and up, for those who choose them, quarantine will no longer be used as the first mitigation response to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but rather in a more targeted approach.
- If the county intervenes due to a special circumstance at your child’s school, you will be notified of additional mitigation procedures and how that will impact your child. Absences resulting from county-required quarantine are marked as excused.
- If the county does not implement additional mitigation procedures, quarantining will be a personal choice for your child, unless your child is symptomatic.
- If you choose to have your child quarantine, please contact the school’s attendance line daily to inform them your child will be out. Please also notify your child’s teacher so that they may support your child’s learning at home during that time.
- If your child has been identified as a close contact and you choose to send your child to school and your child begins having any symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home and follow the Maricopa County Department of Public Health flowchart.
- While masks are not required, Peoria Unified strongly recommends close contacts wear a mask for a minimum of 14 days after becoming in close contact to an individual who tested positive.
- For those who have been exposed to COVID-19, MCDPH recommends testing 5-7 days after your exposure, even if you do not have symptoms.
If Your Child Tests Positive
If your child tests positive for COVID-19, please have them stay home and send a copy of your positive test, with your child’s first and last name, date of birth, and test type to the school nurse along with the date of their COVID-19 test. The school nurse will follow-up with you regarding your child’s isolation period and when they can return to school.
Masks will continue to be optional but are recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors, during times of substantial or high transmission, per the CDC and Arizona Department of Health Services.
Masks are still required on public transportation, per the federal order.
Individuals ages five and older are now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, for families who make this choice. Vaccines are not required. If you choose to vaccinate your child, you can find a vaccine location near you.
A reminder that the district does not require students, staff or visitors to be vaccinated. For information on vaccines, visit MCDPH’s website.
Communication Regarding Cases
Peoria Unified School District will continue to display the COVID-19 dashboard during the spring semester, which is updated weekly when school is in session. Please note that a cumulative number of cases will be included on the web page from the entire first semester, but the dashboard itself will reflect cases from spring 2022 only. You can view the dashboard on our website.
Download the Return to School Plan for Spring 2022 (updated December 15, 2021)
eCAMPUS VIRTUAL SCHOOL
While attending school in-person works best for most students, the district recognizes that many students, K-12, can be successful in a high-quality online program. Meeting the needs of every child is the district’s priority and taking critical feedback from staff and families during the pandemic, Peoria Unified modified and enhanced its online instructional model for future school years to offer a permanent, online option for students.
The new online learning model, hosted through Peoria’s eCampus Virtual School, is a full-time online learning option available to students K-12. Students are taught by certified Peoria Unified teachers who are trained to deliver quality, online teaching and learning.
This is a full-time option for students where the eCampus Virtual School will be listed as the child’s “home school” and the child will be unenrolled from their traditional neighborhood school. Students enrolled in eCampus Virtual School will not be able to transition back and forth between in-person instruction and the eCampus Virtual School within the school semester, but spaces may be made available at each quarter. Those interested in enrolling should contact the administration at their child’s home school to discuss if there are openings and inquire about placement on the waiting list.
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.
Maricopa County Department of Public Health
This resource can assist you with the following questions:
- What are COVID symptoms
- How to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the home
- Information on vaccines
- Next steps if you were a close contact to someone who tested positive
- You can speak to a medical specialist
Calling "211" or visiting the website above for the following questions:
- Details on COVID Vaccines
- Housing/Utilities/Food assistance
- Crisis counseling
- You can speak to a specialist about COVID-19
- Testing sites
- Questions on symptoms
- Questions on what to do if exposed
- A parent can call to ask about the impact on COVID-19 in schools