• Kyrene Safety Measures 2021-22

    Kyrene School District safety measures and mitigation strategies are based on evolving public health guidance, current Federal and State laws and orders, and Kyrene’s direct experience delivering education in safe environments throughout the pandemic. 

    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for schools recommends layered prevention strategies and advises school communities to monitor community transmission, vaccination coverage, outbreaks and other local data to determine when additional layers of prevention should be added.

    Kyrene uses a leveled approach to mitigation, using weekly data in the Kyrene case rate dashboard. When community transmission and school case rates reach certain thresholds, individual Kyrene schools will add additional safety strategies, as outlined in the levels below. Level 1 Mitigation begins when a school's zipcode is experiencing "substantial" community transmission, as determined by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH).

    Many of the practices outlined in Level 1, such as HEPA filtration and regular disinfection, will be used even when school communities are in "moderate" or "low" transmission.

    Face Covering Laws and Orders

    A court ruling has determined that Arizona law (A.R.S. § 15-342.05) which prohibits school districts from requiring face coverings, is not currently in effect. Kyrene School District requires face coverings indoors for any school in Level 1 Mitigation or above. 

    When a school is experiencing "moderate" or "low" community transmission, face coverings are not required indoors.

    Under federal order, face coverings continue to be required for drivers and passengers on school buses, District vehicles and on contracted District transportation, regardless of mitigation level.

     

     

    Area of Interest

    Level 1 Mitigation Strategies

    Definition: MCDPH indicates a school's zip code is in "substantial" community transmission

    Athletics

    Follow safety measures outlined in the Kyrene Safe Strong Athletics Plan and sports-specific guidance.

    Bus Safety

    Per federal order, face coverings are required for drivers and passengers of school buses, District vehicles and transportation contracted by the District. The U.S. Constitution's Supremacy Clause establishes that federal law takes precedence over state laws.

    Case Counts

    The Kyrene School District COVID-19 case count dashboard is posted to the Kyrene website with current, active counts for all Kyrene schools. 

    Cleaning/Disinfection

    Daily cleaning and disinfection of bathrooms, classrooms and touchpoints, using EPA approved Virucide

    Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Notifications 

    Kyrene regularly consults CDC, Arizona and Maricopa County guidelines for protocols regarding reported cases. Student or staff member cases reported to Kyrene will be addressed on an individual basis, in consultation with the County.

    Kyrene will notify students and staff of any potential exposure, and Maricopa County may advise quarantine upon investigation. Students advised to quarantine by the county must remain home from school for the duration of the quarantine period. Maricopa County informs Kyrene School District when a student has been advised to quarantine.

    If quarantined, students will receive work from teachers to complete at home. Attendance will be recorded upon completion of the work. Technology will be provided, as needed.

    Events/Field Trips/Large Gatherings

    Large-scale school events such as “Meet the Teacher Night” may be reconfigured in order to maintain social distancing. 

    Field trips will be limited to in-state locations that have documented COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

    Assemblies will be organized by grade level or held outdoors to promote physical distancing.

    Exclusion Guidelines (sick students stay home from school)

    Students or staff experiencing COVID-like symptoms should remain home for 10 days unless they meet all of the following three conditions:

    • fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications)
    • symptoms improving
    • negative COVID test

    Families can find a list of nearby testing sites at kyrene.org/covidtesting

    Please consult the Maricopa County isolation flow chart for guidance specific to your situation.

    Students remaining home due to illness or a positive COVID test will receive work from teachers to complete at home. Attendance will be recorded upon completion of the work. Technology will be provided, as needed.

    Face Coverings

    Face coverings are required for all individuals indoors, regardless of vaccination status. This includes staff, students and visitors.

    Face coverings continue to be required on District transportation, per Federal order.

    Please see the information at the top of this page regarding face coverings.

    Food Services

    Regular cafeteria service will resume for lunch. Schools will observe social distancing to the extent possible, alternative locations for lunch may be explored at each site.

    Curbside meal pickup will continue at the District Office for all students (including KDA)

    Hand Washing

    Students will be required to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol upon arrival at school, before and after meals, and after sneezing, coughing or blowing their noses.

    Students will be encouraged to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, after being outside for physical activity and prior to leaving school for home.

    Playground Protocols

    Virex II 256 disinfectant will be used between morning, lunch and afternoon recesses on high touch points such as swings, climbing structures and slides.

    School Closures

    School closures are determined by the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

    School Health Screenings

    Any student with signs/symptoms suggestive of COVID-19-like illness (Fever of 100.4° F or higher, chills, cough, difficulty breathing, body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea) will be taken to the health office, and parents will be contacted for pick up. The student will be excluded from school per MCDPH guidelines unless symptoms are confirmed by a doctor’s note to be part of a known condition (such as allergies) or an alternative lab-confirmed illness.

    Shared Belongings

    When possible, students will use individual belongings. Shared materials will be allowed, but regular disinfection will be encouraged.

    Signs and Messages

    Handwashing signs in all school bathrooms, to promote proper handwashing by students

    Social/Physical Distancing

    Classrooms arranged to maximize distance between students in classrooms, allowing for 3 ft distance when possible. 

    Ventilation Systems

    Portable HEPA Filtration systems in all Kyrene classrooms and health offices refresh air every 35 minutes, clearing 99.97% of particles .3 microns or smaller captured. Air filters changed frequently.

    Volunteers/Visitors

    Visitors and volunteers will be limited to those with educational purpose or need, or to individuals whose presence does not involve interacting with children. Examples may include a parent meeting with a principal or volunteer work that does not require interaction with children.

    Water Fountains

    Fountains and water filling stations are open.

    Students are encouraged to use water bottles, if possible.

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    Area of Interest

    Level 2 Mitigation Strategies

    Definition: MCDPH indicates a school's zip code is in "high" community transmission
     

    All of the Level 1 mitigation strategies remain in place, with the following changes and additions:

    Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Notifications 

    In addition to County contact tracing, Kyrene will conduct its own contact tracing, with dedicated staff to identify students who must be quarantined, due to close-contact exposure. This mitigation activity will commence upon the hiring and training of staff and is contingent upon those positions remaining staffed.

    Review the MCDPH quarantine flow chart for options regarding early return to school from quarantine.

    As in Level 1, quarantined students will receive work from teachers to complete at home. Attendance will be recorded upon completion of the work. Technology will be provided, as needed.

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    Level 3 Mitigation Strategies

    Definition: MCDPH indicates a school's zip code is in “high” community transmission AND school case rate is 2% or higher for two consecutive weeks
     

    All of the Level 1 and Level 2 mitigation strategies remain in place, with the following changes and additions:

    Cleaning/Disinfection

    Additional cleaning and disinfection of exposure locations.

    Events/Field Trips/Large Gatherings

    No school-wide, in-person events (i.e. carnivals, movie nights).

    Virtual assemblies only. In-person assemblies will not be held, even by grade level or outdoors.

    Limited Exposure Schedule 

    Schools will develop schedules that result in limited exposure for students. This will be a modified cohort schedule for elementary and a block schedule for middle school. 

    Individual schools will communicate detailed information regarding limited exposure schedules in the event a school moves to Level 3.

     

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    Level 4 Mitigation Strategies

    Definition: MCDPH indicates a school's zip code is in “high” community transmission AND there is a high concentration* of cases in a class, grade level or school. 
     

    All of the Level 1, Level 2 & Level 3 mitigation strategies remain in place, with the following changes and additions:

    Class, Grade Level or School Quaratine

    Schools will quarantine an entire class, grade level, or school.

    Individual schools will communicate detailed information in the event a full class, grade level or school is quarantined.

    Students will participate in live, online instruction, led by their teachers. Online attendance will be recorded, and technology will be provided, as needed.

    *High concentration determinations may vary, depending on circumstances. Level 4 quarantine decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the Kyrene Emergency Management Team and the individual school.

     

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    Level 5 Mitigation Strategies 

    State or County mandatory quarantine: The District or individual schools will return to a 100% virtual learning environment, if a school or District closure is mandated by the State of Arizona or by Maricopa County.

     

     

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