03 Aug Phoenix Elementary School District Announces New Face Covering Requirement
The Phoenix Elementary School District is committed to providing a safe learning environment for the more the 5,000 students returning to campuses on Thursday, August 5. With the new COVID-19 Delta variant and the increase of COVID-19 case rates increasing, we need to do all we can to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses on our campuses. The Phoenix Elementary School District Governing Board held an emergency Board meeting on Monday, August 2, and voted to amend the health and safety protocols to enact a face covering mandate with a limited opt-out provision.
The Phoenix Elementary School District will continue to use science and follow guidelines from federal, state, and county health experts to safely reopen schools. We know that our children learn best in person and we will implement mitigation strategies that help to minimize the spread of illnesses, reduce the need for quarantining, and avoid classroom and school closures. The recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) includes having all individuals wear face coverings while indoors, including schools, and the Phoenix Elementary School District believes this is one viable option to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other illnesses we see at the beginning of a school year like the common cold, strep throat, and the flu. Effective August 3, 2021, all children, staff, and visitors are required to wear face coverings while at school, on school buses, and at all District facilities.
Let’s all do our part to help protect our children, our employees, and their families, by wearing face coverings at schools. We must take every precaution to protect the lives of those entrusted to us.