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Safety Protocols for 2022-2023 School Year

August 1, 2022


Dear Parents/Guardians,

We are excited to welcome you and our scholars to the 2022-2023 school year. As we prepare for the new school year, scholar and staff safety continues to be our top priority. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a threat in our community, and we assure you that we are taking all possible steps to maintain safe school environments. We continue to follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in guiding our decisions around strategies to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 in our schools and facilities. The CDC is publishing community risk levels on a weekly basis to communicate if a community is considered to be in the low, medium or high risk category for the likelihood of severe illness due to COVID-19.
We are carefully monitoring community risk levels to guide our strategies to protect against COVID transmission. Regardless of risk level, we will continue to promote frequent handwashing and sanitizing, provide deep cleaning to all of our buses and facilities on a daily basis, practice physical distancing to the fullest extent possible, provide Rapid testing opportunities for scholars and staff who would like to be tested if experiencing symptoms or had an exposure to someone who tested positive, and make masks available to all scholars and staff who want to wear one. Mask wearing continues to be optional, but we will remain flexible with this and other enhanced prevention strategies as risk levels change within our community to make sure that we keep everyone safe.
It is important to continue to monitor your child for symptoms associated with COVID-19 and keep them home if they are experiencing these symptoms. Symptoms associated with COVID-19 include: fever of 100.4 degrees or higher, chills, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, muscle aches, sore throat, headache, fatigue, change in congestion or runny nose not related to allergies, cough, vomiting, diahrrea, or new loss of taste or smell. If your child is experiencing these symptoms, please report this to the school
nurse. We will continue to observe quarantine and isolation guidance provided by the CDC. Quarantine requires staying away from others if you have been exposed or have been a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine may require keeping your child at home, depending on whether or not they have been fully vaccinated. Isolation requires keeping your child at home if they are sick or have tested positive for COVID-19. A person 5 years of age or older is considered fully vaccinated, or up-to-date, on COVID-19 vaccines if they have had their first 2 Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations and have also received a booster. A person 5 years of age and older is also considered fully vaccinated if they had 1 dose
of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and a booster. If you want to assess if your child is up to date on vaccinations, you can use the CDC’s COVID-19 booster tool at the following website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/stay-up-to-date.html
The following guidance issued by the CDC should be followed if your child has been exposed to or has been a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19:
● If your child is NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, meaning they have not had their initial series and a booster, he or she should stay home for 5 days following their initial exposure to the person who tested positive. The first day to start counting quarantine will be the first day after their initial exposure. If your child’s symptoms improve over these 5 days, and they do not have a fever on the 5th day, they may return to school on day 6. Your child should wear a mask upon return to school until it has been 10 days from their initial exposure. It is recommended that your child take a COVID test 5 days after exposure.
● If your child is up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, your child does NOT have to quarantine and can continue coming to school as long as he or she does not develop COVID-like symptoms.
Continue to monitor your child for symptoms, and it is recommended that your child takes a COVID test 5 days after their initial exposure.

The following guidance issued by the CDC should be followed if your child becomes sick or has tested positive for COVID-19:


● Regardless of whether your child is fully vaccinated or not, he or she should stay home for 5 days in isolation. Your child can return to school after 5 days if their symptoms have improved, and he
or she does not have a fever.
● Your child should wear a mask upon return to school until it has been 10 days from the onset of COVID-symptoms. It is recommended that your child take a COVID test 5 days after the onset of
COVID-like symptoms.

If your child is exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or they become sick or have tested positive for COVID-19, please inform your child’s school nurse. This will help us to provide you with guidance on whether your child should quarantine or isolate. For further details about our procedures for protecting against the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and facilities, please review our district’s COVID-19 Mitigation Plan at the link provided.
https://www.csd83.org//site/default.aspx?PageID=1457
If you have any questions regarding our district’s mitigation plan, please contact Juan Medrano at 623-691-4008 or via email at jmedrano@csd83.org. We appreciate your support in helping keep our schools safe.


Respectfully,

Juan Medrano
Assistant Superintendent of District Operations