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Mitigation Strategies


Safe Return to School Resources   |  Safe Return to Instruction Plan (ESSER III)



CFSD Mitigation Strategies



Athletic Activities CFSD follows mitigation protocols based on Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) guidelines. Schools will inform student participants of these protocols during each sport’s season. 
Bell Schedule The school bell schedule resumed on 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 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.

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.

New  Masking indoors is optional. 

For anyone completing their 10-day isolation, masks are still required (see the section on Quarantine & Isolation below).

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.  

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

On December 27, the CDC shortened the recommended time for isolation from 10 days to 5 days, if asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving.  CFSD is following these new federal public health guidelines.  See the Arizona Department of Health Services Release from Isolation and Quarantine guidance for more information.

Isolation (If you test positive for COVID-19)

Stay home for 5 days. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and never develop symptoms, day 0 is the day of your positive viral test (based on the date you were tested) and day 1 is the first full day after your positive test. If you develop symptoms after testing positive, your 5-day isolation period must start over. Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.

If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to school.

New When back at school, wear a mask until the end of Day 10 of isolation. 

If you have a fever, continue to stay home at least 24 hours have passed since the last fever resolved without the use of medicine that reduces fevers.

New Quarantine (If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19) 

Criteria 1: The student completed the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine two or more weeks ago, or has been boosted.
• Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
• Test on day 5, unless they tested positive within the last 90 days.
• If they develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Criteria 2: The student received the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine less than two weeks ago OR the student received part of the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine but has not completed it, OR is unvaccinated.
• Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
• Test on day 5, unless they tested positive within the last 90 days.
• If they develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

Criteria 3: CFSD is participating in Pima County Health Department’s Test Mask Stay program, which
means your student may be able to come to school rather than quarantining at home. Check with your
administration to determine if you are eligible to participate.
• Wear a mask and social distance around others for 10 days.
• Testing requirements are based on the student’s vaccination status.
• If they develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.


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.

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.

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

CFSD is now offering on-site COVID-19 rapid testing in the Health Office for students and staff who display symptoms. Curbside testing is available by appointment. Testing is available during school hours only. For additional information, visit our testing website or contact your school’s Registered Nurse. ****


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

See the section on Quarantine & Isolation above.


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 New Visitors are allowed on campus.*********
Volunteers Limited volunteers are permitted on campus per the school’s request. 
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

****Updated 10/18/2021

*****Updated on 1/1/2022

******Updated on 1/14/2022
*******Updated on 2/17/2022

********Updated on 3/3/2022

*********Updated on 4/4/2022


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