The Peoria Unified School District has updated its COVID-19 mitigation plan, effective Jan. 3.
All families are encouraged to conduct daily health checks, including taking their children’s temperature before school and assessing them for any symptoms. If they have any COVID-19 symptoms, keep them at home and follow Maricopa County’s COVID-19 isolation protocol.
Close contacts and quarantine
Anyone who is identified as a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will still be notified by the school. Now that vaccinations are available for individuals ages 5 and older, for those who choose them, quarantine will no longer be used as the first mitigation response to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but rather in a more targeted approach.
Parents will be notified of additional mitigation procedures if the county intervenes due to special circumstances at a school. Absences resulting from county-required quarantine are marked as excused.
If the county does not implement additional mitigation procedures, quarantining will be a personal choice for children, unless they are symptomatic.
Parents who choose to have their child quarantine should call the school’s attendance line daily to report the absence. They should also notify the child’s teacher so that they can help with home learning.
Parents of children who have been identified as a close contact and then come down with symptoms after attending school should keep them home and follow the Maricopa County Department of Public Health flowchart.
While masks are not required, Peoria Unified strongly recommends close contacts wear a mask for a minimum of 14 days after coming in close contact with an individual who tested positive.
For those who have been exposed to COVID-19, MCDPH recommends testing five to seven days after your exposure, even if there are no symptoms present.
Children who test positive
Children who test positive for COVID-19 should stay home. Parents should send a copy of the positive test, with the child’s first and last name, date of birth, and test type to the school nurse along with the COVID-19 test date.
The school nurse will follow up with you regarding the child’s isolation period and when he/she can return to school.
Masks will continue to be optional but are recommended for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals while indoors, during times of substantial or high transmission, per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona Department of Health Services.
Masks are still required on public transportation, per the federal order.
Individuals ages 5 and older are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine, for families who make this choice. Vaccines are not required, but there are vaccine locations nearby.
A reminder that the district does not require students, staff or visitors to be vaccinated.
Communication regarding cases
During the spring semester, Peoria Unified School District will continue to display the COVID-19 dashboard, which is updated weekly when school is in session. The cumulative number of cases will be included on the website from the entire first semester, but the dashboard itself will reflect cases from spring 2022 only. It can be viewed at peoriaunified.org.