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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.
- Hand sanitizer and/or soap and water will be available in classrooms.
- 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.
PPE/Health and Safety
- Face coverings are optional on school property, except under certain circumstances as required by the Pima County Health Department Sanitary Order.
- Students and staff will be educated about the symptoms of COVID-19 and reminded to stay home if exhibiting symptoms.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for questions and concerns.
- Masks are optional on all District transportation, except in certain circumstances included in the Pima County Health Department Sanitary Order.
- 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 may be placed in the cafeterias to allow for social distancing, and additional tables have been placed outside at middle and high schools.
- 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.
- 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.
PANDEMIC MITIGATION AND COMPLIANCE OFFICE
To contact our Pandemic Mitigation and Compliance Officer, please call 520-696-5149 or email email@example.com.
REPORT ON FUNDING
For a review of federal COVID-19 relief funding, please visit this link.
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. You can also find helpful information at the links listed at the bottom of this page.
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 for spectators at all indoor activities. Amphitheater will follow any athlete masking guidelines required by the AIA.
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 and contact-tracing will begin.
Q: What if my child was a close-contact of someone with COVID-19.
A: The County Health Department determines the circumstances under which 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: The District will maintains a 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: Are students and staff required to wear face coverings at school?
A: Masks are optional indoors and outdoors on Amphitheater property, including in schools. Some exceptions apply based on the current Pima County Health Department Sanitary Order.
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 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 where individuals can fill their water bottles. The District will also keep bottle water on hand for students who do not have refillable water bottles.