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Return to School/Work Guidelines

  • COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
    Any one of the following symptoms:
    • Any allergy-like symptoms
    • Fever > 100.0 F and/or chills
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache, sore throat, congestion, runny nose
    • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
    • Cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    Anyone with COVID-19-like symptoms should be tested (PCR or Antigen):
    • If test result is positive, follow next row, COVID-19 Positive
    • If the test result is negative OR a doctor’s note with strep or influenza diagnosis is provided,
    an individual may return after:
      - 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
      - Improving symptoms
    • If an individual is unable/refuses to get tested, an individual may return after:
      - 10 days from symptoms onset AND
      - 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
      - Improving symptoms

     

    COVID-19 POSITIVE WITH SYMPTOMS
    May return AFTER:
    • 5 or more full days of isolation since
    symptom onset AND
    • 24 hours fever-free without the use of
    fever-reducing medication AND
    • Improving symptoms AND
    • Mask required upon return for an additional 5 days
    OR
    • 10 days from symptom onset with improving symptoms AND
    • 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever- reducing medication

    WITHOUT SYMPTOMS
    May return AFTER:
    • 5 full days of isolation since sample was collected (return on Day 6) AND
    • Mask required upon return for an additional
    5 days
    • If symptoms develop within 10 days following
    a positive test, may return after:
      - 24 hours fever-free without the use of
    fever-reducing medication AND
      - Improving symptoms

     

    COVID-19 CLOSE CONTACT
    • Close contact for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period
    • Household contact
    *It is recommended that anyone who has been exposed get tested on Day 5 after exposure.
    WITH SYMPTOMS
    May return AFTER:
    • Negative COVID test is provided AND
    • Improving symptoms AND
    • 24 hours fever-free without the use of fever- reducing medication
    May NOT return
    • If test result is COVID-19 POSITIVE,
    see box above
    WITHOUT SYMPTOMS
    FOR STUDENT:
    • Recommended to remain home for 5 full days (return on Day 6) and afterwards, wear a mask for 5 additional days OR
    • If unable to remain home, student is required to wear a mask in school for 10 days following the last date of exposure OR
    • Student is required to wear a mask in school for 5 days and provide a negative COVID test collected after Day 5. With a negative test, a mask will no
    longer be required, but is strongly recommended.
    FOR STAFF: Return to work and wear mask for 10 days
    from last date of exposure.
    Previous Positive Test:
    If previously tested positive for COVID-19 by PCR or
    Antigen test, have recovered, and completed your
    isolation period within the last 90 days, you do not
    need to provide proof of a negative test.

Mitigation Strategies

  • 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 5 and older are eligible to be vaccinated against COVID.

    • SUSD strongly recommends that all students 5 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 Acknowledgement that you are required to sign as part of your annual review of the SUSD Code of Conduct is an acknowledgement 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 recommended indoors when COVID 19 community level is high:

    Check community levels here

    • Masks are recommended indoors when COVID 19 community level is high:

    Check community levels here

    • Masks are recommended indoors when COVID 19 community level is high:

    Check community levels here

    In Class (including visitors and volunteers)  • Masks are recommended indoors when COVID 19 community level is high:

    Check community levels here

    • Small groups allowed when instructionally appropriate.

    • Sharing of supplies and instructional materials is allowed.

    • Masks are recommended indoors when COVID 19 community level is high:

    Check community levels here

    • Small groups allowed when instructionally appropriate

    • Masks are recommended indoors when COVID 19 community level is high:

    Check community levels here

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

    • Visitor and volunteer access to campuses is at Principal discretion

    • Volunteer Handbook

    On-Campus Movement  

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

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

     N/A
    Diagnostic and Screening Testing

    • COVID-19 diagnostic testing is available from Embry Health 

    • Additional testing site information available from MCDPH.

    • Kits are available for teachers and staff to voluntarily participate in self-surveillance testing.  N/A

     

    Mitigation Strategy District Information
    Water Fountains • All Drinking fountains are now on and operational. Water-filling stations are also available to ensure that students are able to remain well-hydrated during the school day and during after-school, extracurricular activities. 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 positive test percentages 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 • SUSD will post data daily 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 03/01/2022