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     Mitigation Strategy  Students Teachers & Staff  Parents
    COVID-19 Vaccinations

    • SUSD is prohibited by Arizona law (A.R.S. § 15-342.05) from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID.

    • The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the community. Currently, only those students 12 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID.

    • SUSD strongly recommends that all students 12 and older be vaccinated against COVID.

    • SUSD is prohibited by Arizona law (A.R.S. § 15-342.05) from requiring teachers and staff to be vaccinated against COVID.

    • SUSD strongly recommends that all SUSD staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. The COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the community.

    • SUSD offered free vaccination clinics to all employees in Jan./Feb. 2021.

    • The COVID-19 Acknowledgment that you are required to sign as part of your annual review of the SUSD Code of Conduct is an acknowledgment that you have read and understand the conditions under which we are able to provide in-person instruction.  It is not a waiver of any parental or student rights.
    Face Masks

    • Masks are required when indoors.

    • Masks are required when indoors.

    • Masks are required when indoors.
    District Transportation  

    Federal regulations require students to wear a mask while riding a school bus to and from school, an athletic event, or on a field trip.

    • Disposable face masks will be available on SUSD buses.

    • SUSD transportation is a service. Non-complying students will not be permitted to ride SUSD buses, unless they fall within established exceptions.

    Federal regulations require bus drivers and bus aides to wear a mask while transporting students.  N/A
    Before School • Masks are required when indoors. • Masks are required when indoors. • Masks are required when indoors.
    In Class (including visitors and volunteers)  

    • Masks are required when indoors.

    • 3 ft. physical distancing, when possible.

    • Small groups allowed when instructionally appropriate.

    • Sharing of supplies and instructional materials is allowed.


    • Masks are required when indoors.

    • Practice 3 ft. physical distancing when possible.

    • Small groups allowed when instructionally appropriate

    • When volunteers and visitors are permitted, masks will be required, regardless of vaccination status.

    • Volunteer and visitor status will be reviewed weekly by District leadership and will be reported in the Friday updates to our families.

    • IEP and 504 meetings can be in person or virtual.

    • Masks are required when indoors after school when attending optional parent events (i.e., curriculum nights, musical instrument pick-up, etc.).

     

    On-Campus Movement  

    • 3 ft. physical distancing, when possible.

    • Directional traffic signage is posted in school hallways and on sidewalks.

    • Maintain directional traffic in school hallways and sidewalks.  N/A
    Lunch  

    • 3 ft. physical distancing if eating inside, when possible; forward-facing seating, when possible.

    • Breakfast and lunch are free for all students this school year.

    • Practice 3 ft. physical distancing of students, when possible.  N/A
    After School/ Evening Events • Masks are required when indoors. Practice physical distancing and good hygiene; remain home if sick.  • Masks are required when indoors. Practice physical distancing and good hygiene; remain home if sick. • Masks are required when indoors. Practice physical distancing and good hygiene; remain home if sick.
    Athletic Events

    • Follow AIA guidelines

    • SUSD Sports Medicine Protocols

    • Follow AIA guidelines

    • SUSD Sports Medicine Protocols

    • Follow AIA guidelines
    Field Trips • Site-approved.  Must follow the mask requirements of the field trip's destination.  • Site-approved  N/A
    Positive COVID-19 Notifications  N/A  

    • Principal communication with impacted staff.

    • COVID Specialist notification to staff considered Close Contacts.

     

    • Notification to the parents of students in impacted classroom or activity.

    • Letter to the parents of students considered Close Contacts.

    Contact Tracing • Any student within 6 ft. of a COVID-positive case for more than 15 minutes, cumulative, in a 24-hour period or who has physical contact with a COVID-positive case is considered a Close Contact. 

    CDC K-12 Exception
    If both students are properly masked, the distance for Close Contact is 3 ft.

    * SUSD will not require quarantine if both students were properly masked and the Close Contact is not symptomatic. 

    • Any employee within 6 ft. of a COVID-positive case for more than 15 minutes, cumulative, in a 24-hour period or has physical contact with a COVID-positive case is considered a Close Contact.  

    • Highly encourage parents to report family COVID-positive cases to school nurse.

    • Do not permit sick students to attend school or school activities.

    Isolation, Quarantine                 

    • An unvaccinated student determined to be a Close Contact of a confirmed COVID-positive person who has not met the CDC K-12 Exception (see Contact Tracing, above) is required by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health to quarantine for 10 days.

    • Student may be allowed to return after Day 7 if special exception criteria are met (see MCDPH Quarantine document linked at left for details).

    • Provided they are not symptomatic, any vaccinated student determined to be a Close Contact of a confirmed COVID-positive person may continue to attend school.

    • As essential workers, staff who are deemed a Close Contact and are not vaccinated will not be required to quarantine unless symptomatic or have a household Close Contact and cannot isolate from that individual.  N/A
    Cleaning and Disinfecting  N/A

    • Frequently touched surfaces will be disinfected twice per day by professional cleaning staff.

    • Teachers will be supplied with classroom cleaning/disinfecting supplies.

    • Schools will be cleaned and disinfected thoroughly each night.

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    Diagnostic and Screening Testing

    • COVID-19 diagnostic testing from Embry Women’s Health is available at SUSD’s Oak Learning Academy campus, located at 7501 E. Oak St., Scottsdale

    • Additional testing site information available from MCDPH.

    • A limited number of kits are available for teachers and staff to voluntarily participate in self-surveillance testing.  N/A

     

    Mitigation Strategy District Information
    Water Fountains • Drinking fountains will be turned off to start the school year.  Water-filling stations are available to ensure that students are able to remain well-hydrated during the school day and during after-school, extracurricular activities.  Each school will also have a supply of water bottles available for students. Students are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles.
    Hand Hygiene • Frequent handwashing will continue to be encouraged.  Hand-sanitizing stations are located at convenient locations throughout schools.
    Ventilation Systems • MERV-13 air filters have been installed in district cooling and heating systems to reduce the potential for transmission of the COVID virus. 
    Temporary School Closures • Any decision to close a school as a result of significant spread of COVID within the school will be made in conjunction with the MCDPH.  Should this be required, the District will continue to provide learning opportunities until in-person education is resumed.
    Temporary Classroom or Activity Closures • Based on outbreak status and in consultation with the MCDPH, SUSD may temporarily close down a classroom or suspend an activity because of a campus COVID-19 outbreak.  Should this be required, the District will continue to provide learning opportunities until in-person education is resumed.
      Weekly District Reporting
    Community COVID Metrics

    • Weekly, on Thursdays, SUSD will post MCDPH data on the SUSD website regarding outbreak status, case numbers and positive test percentages on the District website for the main 15 zip codes from which it draws students.  www.susd.org/Metrics

    In the past, this data was used to determine whether instruction should be virtual, hybrid, or in-person. The CDC has prioritized in-person education and does not recommend shifting learning modality.

    Dashboard • Weekly, on Fridays, SUSD will post the previous five school days' data regarding student and staff COVID-positive cases, by site. www.susd.org/Dashboard

     **The mitigation strategies outlined here are subject to change, based on public health recommendations and guidelines.
    Last updated 9/2/2021

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