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Safe Return to School


Disclaimer: The CDC, the ADHS, and the PCHD are releasing frequent updates and clarifications to isolation and quarantine. Please see the Quarantine and Isolation section of the CFSD Mitigation Plan for the most current guidance. 

Letter to CFSD CommunityJanuary 1, 2022

Dear CFSD Community,

Happy New Year! We look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday. We continue to be committed to keeping our schools open for in-person learning. 

The purpose of this email is to remind you of a few of our mitigation measures and inform you about the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) update regarding the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine practices that we will follow.

  • We require mask-wearing when indoors. The CDC guidance on masks: They have two or more layers of washable, breathable fabric, and completely cover the nose and mouth. They fit snugly against the sides of the face and don’t have gaps, and have a nose wire to prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask.

  • Visitors are not permitted on campus.

  • At the discretion of the principal, a limited number of volunteers may help out if considered essential personnel to support the efficient operation of the school.

CDC’s December 27 update: 

  • Shorter Isolation Period: According to the new guidance, the clock starts the day you test positive. An infected person should go into isolation for 5 days, instead of the previously recommended 10. If you still have symptoms after isolating for 5 days, stay home until you feel better. When back at school, wear a mask. We require it of everyone when indoors.

  • Shorter Quarantine Period: For quarantine, the clock starts the day someone is exposed to the virus or has come in close contact with someone known to have COVID-19. Staff and students who are up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccines— those who have received a vaccine from Pfizer or Moderna within 6 months or from Johnson & Johnson within 2 months or those who have received a booster shot can skip quarantine. That’s a change. Anyone who got their initial shots more than 2 or 6 months ago, depending upon whether they received a vaccine from Johnson & Johnson or Pfizer or Moderna, but not boosters, are in the same situation as those who are partly vaccinated or are not vaccinated at all. They can stop quarantine after five days. Again, when back at school, everyone must wear a mask indoors.

  • Test to Stay: The CDC says that unvaccinated students exposed to the coronavirus can remain in school, as long as they are tested for the virus twice in the week after and both tests come back negative. Students participating in Test to Stay should stay home and isolate if they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. 

  • Vaccine Recommendations: Additionally, CDC recommends everyone ages 5 years and older get a COVID-19 vaccine to help protect against COVID-19. Adolescents ages 16 years and older can get a booster shot at least six months after a primary series. 

In light of this new guidance, we have updated our mitigation plan. You can access the entire mitigation plan on the district website or on any school website by clicking on the “Safe Return to School Resources” link on the home page.

With your support, we hope that we will be able to keep more students in school with continued safe in-person learning and academic success. See you soon.


Catalina Foothills School District





CFSD Mitigation Plan

Case Count Dashboard

CFSD Now Offering On-Site Rapid COVID Testing

New Test to Stay Program Guidance 

Emergency Broadband Benefit 

Safe Return to In-Person Instruction Plan (ESSER III)
 (Spanish Version)

ESSER III Overview and Spending Plan

2021-2022 Emergency & Temporary Instructional Time Model Submission



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