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Health & Safety Resources & Guidelines


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Catalina Foothills School District (CFSD) is taking many steps to protect students and staff from the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of students and staff is at the center of our planning.

CFSD created a mitigation plan to explain the specific protocols, procedures, and processes the district will employ to reduce the spread of the disease. The plan is based on guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and local and state health departments. CFSD's Mitigation Plan will require ongoing monitoring and may change as additional information about the spread and prevention of COVID-19 becomes available.

CFSD Mitigation Plan

See the details of CFSD's Mitigation Plan hereUpdated on 3/3/21

Additional information with key questions and answers can be found in the Mitigation Plan FAQUpdated on 03/04/21

COVID-19 Isolation Decision Matrix & Return to School Guidance

CFSD offers guidance on when it is safe for a student or staff member who is recovered from COVID-19 to return to school. See the guidance documents below:

Isolation Decision Matrix & Return to School Guidance - Student  Updated on 3/09/21/ Glossary Updated on 3/22/21

Isolation Decision Matrix & Return to School Guidance - Employee  Updated on 3/09/21 / Glossary Updated on 3/22/21

COVID-19 Parental Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk Form

Parents/guardians of all students returning to In-Person Learning are required to sign the COVID-19 Parental Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk Form. The original form must include a handwritten signature and be mailed, hand-delivered, or scanned and sent via email to each student's school of enrollment before the student's first day of attendance.

Parent & Family Training Videos and Information

Infection Prevention

CFSD Isolation Matrix & Return to School Parent and Family Training

10 Things You Can Do to Prepare to Go Back to School

COVID-19 Spread in Schools (Pima County Health Department, 11/20/20 (PDF)

Daily Home Health Screening Checklist (symptoms may be mild to severe)

We must all work together to make our schools as safe as possible for students, teachers, and staff. While CFSD is taking measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we need our families to do the same. Please take your child's temperature every day prior to coming to school, and keep your child and their siblings (symptomatic or not) at home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms that are not related to an already diagnosed condition or illness:

  • Fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Before you leave home, make sure your student has their:

  • Clean mask
  • Filled water bottle
  • Fully charged device and charger (if applicable)

Parents will be expected to pick up symptomatic students and siblings from school. Ensure emergency contact information in Synergy is up-to-date and that all health-related forms have been submitted to the health office at your student's school.

10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Returning Back to School

COVID-19 Screening Questions

Self-Reporting to CFSD

We need our community to let CFSD know if you are awaiting or have received a test result for COVID-19. This is both to connect you to resources that can support you and to help us assess the impacts of the virus in our community. We are requiring the following notifications:

  • Students and families who are awaiting a test result or who have received a COVID-19 test result should contact their school principal.
  • Teachers and staff should report this information to Dr. Denise Bartlett at

In addition, you should report flu-like symptoms you experience to the district, through the same channels listed above. Please stay home if you are sick and do not come to your school or workplace if you are experiencing symptoms.

Your questions also can be sent to Dr. Erin Matyjasik at Thank you for everything you are doing to navigate the challenges of this unusual situation and to support the health of our community.

More Health Resources

  • Arizona Department of Health Services (website)
  • Pima County COVID-19 Testing Centers | Pima County Health Department (website)
  • Four Ways to Help With Mask-Wearing | Conscious Discipline (website)
  • CDC Handwashing Page | CDC (PDF) (website)
  • Learn More about COVID-19 | CDC (website)
  • Symptoms of Coronavirus | CDC (PDF)
  • What to Do If You are Sick | CDC  (PDF) (website)
  • How to Manage Coronavirus at Home | CDC (PDF)
  • Keeping Children Healthy | CDC (website)
  • How to Protect Yourself and Others from COVID-19  | CDC (PDF)
  • Healthy Habits for Families | Cincinnati Children's Hospital (website)
  • What to Do if Your Kids Stay Home | Hopkins Medicine (website)
  • Preparing a Safe Return to School in Fall 2020 | CDC (website)
  • Consideration for Schools | CDC (website)
  • COVID-19 Planning Considerations: Guidance for School Re-entry | American Academy of Pediatrics (website)
  • COVID-19 School and Community Resource Library | Massachusetts General (PDF)
  • COVID-19 Recommendations for School Reopening | SickKids (PDF)
  • Risk Reduction Strategies for Reopening Schools | Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (PDF)


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