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Mitigation Strategies

 

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2021-2022
CFSD Mitigation Strategies

 

 

Athletic Activities CFSD follows mitigation protocols based on Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) guidelines. The high school will inform athletes of these protocols during each sport’s season.
Bell Schedule The school bell schedule will be communicated by your school prior to August 9, the first day of the school year.
Benchmarks CFSD follows the Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard as well as our own district data.
Classroom Materials and Textbooks CFSD allows shared materials, with hand hygiene mitigation in place.
Classroom Supplies Classrooms have soap and/or hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol, paper towels, tissues, and other cleaning supplies.
Cleaning and Disinfecting

CFSD enhances the level of cleaning and disinfection on each campus, which includes the following work by our cleaning team members:

  • Twice daily checks of disinfection kits (disinfectant product, gloves and paper towels), which are refilled as needed.

  • Twice daily checks of hand soap, paper towels and hand sanitizer, which are refilled as needed.

  • Daily disinfection and cleaning of all desks, chairs and other high-touch surfaces such as door knobs and light switches, staplers, pencil sharpeners, in classrooms (both during the day, at extended break periods like lunchtime and at night when classrooms are vacant).

  • Disinfection and cleaning of all high-touch, high-traffic and common areas throughout the school day. Cleaning team members clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, including door handles, faucet knobs, drinking fountains, stair railings, interior lunch tables and seating, exterior tables and seating areas, countertops, handrails, buttons on vending machines and elevators, telephones, lockers, inboxes in classrooms and mailboxes in administration areas, restrooms, shared gymnasium equipment, and shared toys in preschool environment (multiple times per daytime shift and once at night).

  • Atomization of common areas and/or classrooms as needed (when a possible outbreak has been identified). Signs are posted after this work is completed.

  • In the event that someone tests positive for COVID-19, the classroom is sealed off and signage is posted. The classroom is closed for 24 hours, and the entire classroom is atomized. Cleaning team members use appropriate PPE equipment and dispose of it properly.

  • Quarantined areas are disinfected for students who have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

Close Contacts

Per CDC guidance, close contacts are identified as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).
An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.” (CDC, Aug. 5, 2021)**


The CDC does provide an exception “in the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults
in the indoor classroom setting.” (CDC, Aug. 5, 2021)**

See the section on Quarantine & Isolation and CFSD Isolation Decision Matrix for more information.

Closing & Reopening Schools

We rely on the Pima County Health Department (PCHD) to advise us about any need for closure due to COVID exposure. The PCHD's public health officials have authority to close schools; that is, unless the Governor does so through Executive Order. If we are required to close a classroom, a school, or the district, then we will transition to a remote-learning platform so that our students can continue their learning with the least disruption possible.

 In the event of a school closure, staff and families will be notified via School Messenger (email), and all communication will be posted on school and district websites.

Community Schools Activities All activities will resume, including before- and after-school CARE, enrichment activities, outdoor camps, and more.
Events Student assemblies, special performances, school-wide parent meetings, spirit rallies, and other events are permitted, with site approval.
Facilities Rentals Rentals of school facilities will resume, with site approval.
Field Trips

Field trips may be permitted, with school-level approval (25 miles or less from the school) and CFSD Governing Board approval (more than 25 miles).

Food Service

Food service will return to pre-COVID-19 guidelines, per the Pima County Health Department (PCHD). Grab-and-go meal service will be discontinued. There are no restrictions on food preparation (outside of general PCHD food handling guidelines and safety), cafeteria service, paying for/scanning lunch cards, staff eating areas/breakrooms, staff potlucks, and high school lunches. (PCHD COVID-19 Recommendations for K-12 Schools for 2021/2022 School Year, July 2021.)

Hand Hygiene

Together with our families, CFSD teaches and reinforces handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds and increase monitoring to ensure adherence among

students and staff. CFSD offers increased use of sinks and hand-washing stations, and hand sanitizer stations in high traffic areas at our K-5 schools. Portable and wall-mounted hand sanitizer stations will be in use throughout our middle schools and high school when soap and water are not readily available.

All elementary classrooms have sinks for handwashing, and all grade 6-12 classrooms will have hand sanitizer. Students are encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water at least 20

seconds or use hand sanitizer at the following times:

·      Upon arrival at school

·      After being outside for physical activity

·      Before and after lunch

·      Prior to leaving school for home

CFSD encourages staff and students to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue. Used tissues should be thrown in the trash and hands washed immediately with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used (for staff and older children who can safely use hand sanitizer).

Isolation Rooms

Symptomatic students will be isolated on campus. Symptoms may include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and new loss of taste or smell. 

Parents/legal guardians are expected to pick up symptomatic students immediately. 

Learning During Quarantine and/or Isolation

If a student is required to isolate and/or quarantine, their days absent will not be counted toward the 90% attendance requirement. See the CFSD Isolation Decision Matrix for more information.

To support students who are quarantining and/or isolating, teachers will provide access to assignments and related learning materials, as applicable, for the duration of the student’s time away from campus. Teachers will provide assignments and learning materials using the structure of their choosing. In addition, the teacher has the option of using email, phone calls, or Google Meet to facilitate check-ins with students and families. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Additional instructional support will be provided, as needed, upon the student’s return to school. Flexible grading practices will be applied, when appropriate, for assignments that have been adjusted or missed due to quarantine and/or isolation. Remote instruction is not available and classes are not livestreamed.

Because it is often not known in advance when a student will need to quarantine and/or isolate, it is not possible to provide assignments/materials ahead of time.***

Lockers Where available, the use of lockers is permitted.
Masks

We require universal indoor masking by all students, staff, teachers, and visitors/volunteers on all CFSD campuses, regardless of vaccination status. Outdoors, masks will continue to be optional.**

The Arizona law (HB2989) which prohibits public schools from mandating that students and staff wear masks during school hours and on school property, or be vaccinated, is not yet in effect. **

Outdoor Spaces Where appropriate, the use of outdoor learning spaces will be utilized.

Parent/Legal Guardian Conferences 

Remote or in-person conferences are available upon request.  Masks are required.*

Physical Barriers Plexiglass barriers will remain in place in school offices and at other point-of-service areas.
Physical Distancing Physical distancing will be maintained, where feasible.
Positive COVID-19 Notifications In the event of a close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes of the confirmed case during a 24-hour period), schools notify parents/legal guardians and/or staff members of possible exposure and provide guidance on subsequent steps.
Quarantine & Isolation

The Pima County Health Department issued Sanitary Measure 2021-01 (Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools dated July 30, 2021; updated Aug. 4, 2021), which orders:

1.     All schools within the jurisdiction of Pima County must report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the Pima County Health Department.

2.     Once identified, all known or suspected cases must be sent home as soon as possible.

3.     Within 24 hours of confirmation of a case by the Pima County Health Department, schools must provide the names and contact information for close contacts. Per CDC guidance, close contacts are identified as “someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting from 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date), until they meet criteria for discontinuing home isolation.” (CDC, Aug. 5, 2021)**


The CDC does provide an exception “in the K-12 indoor classroom setting, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student (laboratory-confirmed or clinically compatible illness) if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time. This exception does not apply to teachers, staff, or other adults in the indoor classroom setting.” (CDC, Aug. 5, 2021)**

4.     Individuals who are confirmed cases must isolate for ten days; release from isolation occurs after ten days as long as the individual is asymptomatic.

5.     Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated close contacts must remain at home and be excluded from school and extra-curricular activities. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated close contacts who remain asymptomatic may return after day seven upon providing documentation of a valid negative COVID-19 test collected on or after day five of the quarantine.

6.     Close contacts who can provide documentation of a completed COVID-19 vaccination series may return to school immediately if asymptomatic. Completed vaccination means 14 days from having received a single Janssen/J&J vaccine or the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. Individuals who are vaccinated should test for COVID-19 between day 3 and 5 of their exposure to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as continue to mask.

See the CFSD Isolation Decision Matrix for more on current quarantine and isolation procedures.

Recess & Passing Periods School recess and passing periods follow pre-COVID-19 procedures.*
Remote Instruction CFSD schools are fully in-person.  Instruction is not offered remotely.
Self-Reporting

Students or staff who have symptoms of COVID-19, a positive test for COVID-19, or who were exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days must notify their school’s administration.  All schools within the jurisdiction of Pima County must report all positive cases of COVID-19 to the Pima County Health Department.

Student Pick-Up and  Drop-Off Schools will determine student drop-off and pick-up procedures.
Technology

Chromebooks will not be checked out to students for use at home. 

Devices are available to students while on campus, as needed. 

Students may bring personal devices to school according to the CFSD Bring Your Own Device policy. 

Testing (RAPID) for COVID Rapid (or point-of-care) tests are diagnostic tests performed at many pharmacies, health care providers, and other locations in our area. They provide results within minutes rather than hours. To schedule an appointment at a rapid testing facility, search online for Rapid COVID-19 Testing Near Me. In the event of COVID-19 exposure or COVID-like symptoms, a negative test result can reduce time away from school. 
Transportation

On school buses, windows will be open and students will be seated apart, where possible.

We will resume school-sponsored transportation for extracurricular activities, when necessary.

Vaccinated Staff and Students

Fully vaccinated staff and students must follow all mitigation strategies.  See the section on Quarantine & Isolation above.

Ventilation

CFSD improves ventilation in the following ways:

  • We increase outdoor air ventilation. When weather and learning conditions allow, CFSD increases fresh outdoor air by opening doors wherever possible.

  • We decrease occupancy in areas where outdoor ventilation cannot be increased, as in cafeteria spaces.

  • We ensure ventilation systems operate properly and provide acceptable indoor air quality for the current occupancy level for each space.

  • We increase total airflow supply to occupied spaces, when possible.

  • We have disabled demand-controlled ventilation (DCV) controls that reduce air supply based on occupancy or temperature during occupied hours.

  • When weather conditions permit, we open minimum outdoor air dampers to reduce or eliminate HVAC air recirculation. In mild weather, this will not affect thermal comfort or humidity. However, this is difficult to do in cold, hot, or humid weather.

  • We increase outside ventilation to as high as possible without significantly diminishing design airflow.

  • We inspect filter housing and racks to ensure appropriate filter fit and check for ways to minimize filter bypass.

  • We check filters to ensure they are within service life and appropriately installed.

  • We run the HVAC system at maximum outside airflow for 2 hours before and after the school is occupied.

  • We ensure restroom exhaust fans are functional and operating at full capacity when the school is occupied.

  • We inspect and maintain local exhaust ventilation in areas such as restrooms, kitchens, and cooking areas.

  • We have repositioned the supply and exhaust air diffusers and/or dampers (especially in higher risk areas such as the nurse’s office).

  • We use air filters rated MERV 8. The recommended MERV 13 is too restrictive to operate in our systems without causing other complications.

  • The ACH (air changes per hour) are designed to meet or exceed code at the time they were built. The ACH varies based on each room and its usage.

  • We use portable HEPA filtration units (air scrubbers) in various locations on each campus, including health offices, administration lobbies, MPRs, and interior hallways.

Visitors No visitors are allowed on campus.*
Volunteers Limited volunteers are permitted on campus per the school’s request. Volunteers are required to wear masks when indoors.*
Water Fountains

Drinking fountains will be available for bottle refills only.

Students and staff are encouraged to bring their own water bottles.

Originated on 6/23/2021

* Updated 8/13/2021

** Updated 8/17/2021

***Updated 8/19/2021

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