11 Apr Mitigation Plan Changes and Mask Update
On Thursday, April 7, 2022, the Phoenix Elementary Governing Board approved changes to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan based on the CDC’s new COVID-19 Community Levels tool. This tool helps communities decide what prevention steps to take. Community Levels are low (green), medium (yellow), or high (red), and are determined by looking at hospital beds being used, hospital admissions, and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. The table below shows the Community Levels and steps you should take to help keep you healthy:
People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask. Masks are required on public transportation and may be required in other places by local or state authorities.
If you are immunocompromised or high risk for severe disease, learn more about how to protect yourself with additional CDC recommendations for each COVID-19 Community Level.
The new guidance states that when community spread is no longer high (or in the red), masks can be recommended and not required. Currently, our community spread is considered low, which means masks are not required.
Beginning Monday, April 25, the following changes to the district’s COVID-19 mitigation plan will go into effect:
- Face masks will be optional on school buses and at school
- Students will no longer have to physically distance on school buses
- Visitors and volunteers will be welcomed on all campuses; and
- Water fountains will reopen
In addition, schools will no longer be doing the weekly COIVD-19 pooled testing, except Emerson School.
The health and safety of our students and staff will continue to be our priority, and we want to thank our families for helping keep students and staff healthy while at school. Although face masks will be optional, all schools will continue to have face masks available for anyone who wishes to wear face masks at school; and, we ask our students and staff to support each person’s decision to wear or not wear a mask.
We also want to remind families to do self-checks on your children each day before school. If your child shows any illness symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, headache, chills, muscle aches, vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of smell or taste, please keep your child home and consult your doctor. Also, we encourage anyone 5-years-of-age and older to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Free testing and vaccinations are available every Thursday in April from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Grant Park, 701 S. 3rd Avenue in Phoenix or visit COVID-19 Vaccine Locations to find a location near you.
Please look for additional information from your child’s school principal regarding the implementation of these changes at school. As a reminder, these changes will begin on Monday, April 25.
Thank you for partnering with us to help keep our entire community safe and healthy. If you have questions, please contact your child’s school principal.