COVID-19 Prevention, Response and Mitigation Procedures

  • Updated October 22, 2020

    Since the situation with COVID-19 is continuously evolving, the District remains committed to working to prevent illness, respond quickly when illness is suspected and to mitigate the effects of any illness among our stakeholder population. While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of furthering the spread of COVID-19, there are many steps we can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff and our families. Below is a summary of the highlights of the actions we are all taking together to help reduce

  • Prevention

    While it is not possible to eliminate all risk of illness, there are many steps we can take to reduce the risks to students, teachers, staff and our families. Below is a summary of the most notable actions.

    Acknowledgement: As part of the process to allow students on campus, parents and guardians have been are asked to sign a COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgment and Disclosure verifying multiple prevention strategies including, but not limited to:

    • No visitors are allowed on campus
    • Students must be free from COVID-19 symptoms while on campus/bus
    • Students showing signs of illness must be picked up promptly
    • Parents/guardians will comply with at home screenings
    • Affirming that students will be expected to wash their hands frequently and wear a face cover

    At Home Screening: To prevent COVID-positive individuals from entering our campuses, we need the cooperation of parents, guardians, caregivers and all employees to perform at home screenings for symptoms of illness. If there is a fever present of 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit or more, or other signs of illness, please refrain from send the child or, in the case of an employee, coming to campus until the symptoms subside. All students and employees must be fever-free for 24 hours without the aid of fever reducing mediations. For more information on how the District will respond to a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 illness, see the District’s COVID-19 Response Plan.

    Immunization Requirements: All students are required to be current on immunizations, even if they are in online learning or enhanced distance learning. Students in grades Pre-K and Kindergarten and 11-year-old students are key milestones in our state’s immunization requirements. Read the Arizona State Immunization Requirements here.

    Flu Shots: SUSD is offering all employees flu shots to encourage this additional preventative measure to stem the spread of illness throughout our facilities.

     

    Response

    Our Response to Illness: The District’s COVID-19 Response Plan Protocol is the guiding document that governs what actions will be taken when there is a known or suspected case of COVID-19 like illness.

     

    Mitigation

    Masks and Hand Hygiene: At the present time, there is a regulation in place from the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors requiring the use of face coverings. SUSD is requiring compliance for everyone on an SUSD property including facilities, campuses and buses regarding the wearing of masks.

    • A mask may be removed temporarily to consume food and drink.
    • A mask may be removed temporarily to engage in physical activity outdoors while maintaining a safe physical distance.
    • Covering the face will not apply to any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering.
    • Paper towels and disinfectant spray will be provided in all classrooms for staff to clean all high-touch and working surfaces plus shared objects frequently.
    • Staff and students are expected to regularly wash or sanitize their hands.

    Logistics & Operations Subcommittee: The subcommittee’s work is reflected in a presentation to the SUSD Governing board on September 15, 2020: Mitigation in Our Schools

    Social & Emotional Subcommittee: The subcommittee’s work is reflected in a newsletter issued to provide helpful resources, programs and contacts: Support Services Newsletter

    Teaching & Learning Subcommittee: The subcommittee’s work is reflected in the District’s plan to reopen schools and shift teaching and learning as public health metrics permit: Return to Learn Plan