2021-2022 Mitigation Plan
The Amphitheater School District has continually updated mitigation plans and strategies to provide a safe and positive learning environment for students and staff based on recommendations from county and state health officials and our Blue Ribbon Committee.
Please be aware that in addition to the items on this list, each school site has also developed procedures specific to their campuses regarding student and employee health and safety.
Cleaning and Sanitization
- Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized daily, and touch-point cleaning will continue.
- Hand sanitizer and/or soap and water will be available in every classroom.
- Extra hand-washing stations will remain at schools where they were available last year.
- Rooms will be ventilated to the extent possible. All HVAC systems in every school meet the CDC requirements for ventilation for the pandemic.
- Libraries and maker spaces will require handwashing/sanitizing before entering.
- A COVID-19 Response Team has been formed that can respond to a suspected case of COVID-19 to provide deep sanitizing of necessary areas.
PPE/Health and Safety
- Face coverings will be optional for everyone on school property, including on buses. All choices regarding mask will be respected. At this point, children under 12 years old are not able to be vaccinated. Studies do show that wearing a mask can prevent the spread of COVID-19, and the CDC continues to recommend that unvaccinated individuals wear masks.
- Students and staff will be educated about the symptoms of COVID-19 and reminded to stay home if exhibiting symptoms.
- The District has implemented paid leave options for staff to be able to remain home when ill or to see a health care provider for testing, care or vaccination.
- The District has implemented procedures for students who are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 to receive an excused absence to remain home when ill or to see a health care provider for testing, care, or vaccination.
- Parents are responsible for determining their child’s health status before arriving at school. The District will provide a checklist.
- Parents are responsible for keeping their child at home should they present with any symptoms of illness.
- Any student or staff member exhibiting signs of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, must stay home or see a health care provider for testing and care.
- The District has adjusted HVAC systems to pull in a maximized amount of outside air.
- The District continues to change its air filters on a scheduled quarterly basis.
- Schools will minimize the number of students in common areas and will expand cafeteria space/add tables outside (middle and high schools).
- Seating will be arranged to allow for physical distancing as feasible.
- Physical distancing guidelines will be exercised to the extent possible in all contexts: lunch lines, hallways, etc.
- Amphitheater has published guidelines for staff and students to facilitate with the establishment of routines and procedures.
- Students will receive regular reminders at school about the importance of hand-washing and covering coughs and sneezes.
- Teachers will communicate with parents through District email or by phone.
- The District maintains an email hotline (email@example.com) for questions and concerns.
- Masks are optional on all District transportation.
- Select windows will be open on buses to improve ventilation.
- Contracted transportation providers are required to match District mitigation efforts.
- The District encourages families to carpool to decrease the number of children riding buses.
- The District takes necessary precautions and mitigation efforts when transporting special needs and medically fragile students.
Food and Nutrition
- Additional tables have been placed in the cafeterias to allow for social distancing, and additional tables have been placed outside at middle and high schools.
- Tables will be sanitized between servings.
- Food sharing will be discouraged.
- Grab and Go lunches will be provided in multiple lines to minimize congregation.
- Salad bars and self-serve items will be temporarily eliminated.
- Additional staff have been hired to assist with sanitizing and removal of food trash.
- Full-time online education is available through K-12 Amphi Academy Online.
- School staff will be available to assist students needing to isolate or quarantine to receive instruction through alternative options.
FAQ FOR 2021-2022
In addition to the mitigation efforts outlined on this page, here are answers to some common questions for the upcoming school year. If you have a question, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What are the rules for sports this year?
A: Amphitheater Public Schools follows mitigation protocols based on the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) guidelines. High Schools will provide that information during each sport’s season.
Q: Will spectators be allowed?
A: Spectators will be allowed at athletic events, pending any change from the AIA or health officials.
Q: Will athletes and spectators be required to wear masks?
A: Masks are optional at all school events as required by the State of Arizona.
Q: What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
A: The case will be reported to the Pima County Health Department for contact-tracing.
Q: What if the county says my child was a close-contact of someone with COVID-19.
A: The County Health Department will advise you on when your child can return to school. This decision is made with a number of factors in mind, including dates of exposure, whether your child has symptoms, whether they test positive for COVID-19 and whether they have been vaccinated.
Q: How will I know my school has COVID-19 cases?
A: Principals will notify their school communities when there is a positive case. Additionally, the District will maintain its COVID-19 Dashboard of active cases.
Q: Will there be limits on how many people can attend events and performances?
A: Health officials have lifted all limitations on the size of gatherings.
Q: Will field trips be allowed?
A: Field trips will be allowed and will follow school and Governing Board regulations and requirements as in previous years.
Q: Will meal service continue to be free?
A: All students are eligible for free meals during the 2021-2022 school year
Q: Will meal pickup continue?
A: Yes. Curbside Meal pickup will be available. More information will be provided by your school.
Q: Will hot meals be served or just the grab-and-go?
A: A combination of hot and cold meal options will be provided.
Q: Will children be spread apart in class and at lunch?
A: Physical distancing will be maximized whenever possible.
Volunteers and Visitors
Q: Will schools allow volunteers and visitors?
A: All volunteers are welcome at our schools as they have been in the past. Please check with your school to make arrangements to volunteer.
Q: Will water fountains be turned back on?
A: Water fountains will not be used. Instead, the District has installed water stations when individuals can fill their water bottles. The District will also keep bottle water on hand for students who do not have refillable water bottles.