• From: Chandler Unified School District <noreply@cusd80.com> 
    Sent: Friday, December 11, 2020 4:13 PM
    Subject: COVID-19 Update from Chandler Unified School District, 12-11-2020

    As guidance related to COVID-19 continues to evolve, we have updated our plans based on the latest information and guidance available, including the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Arizona Department of Public Health, and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health Administration.  We have also received numerous communications from our staff, parents, students, and the community sharing their opinions. 

    Based on the most recent Board action

    Anticipating that families will be traveling over the holidays and hosting family gatherings, on Wednesday night the Governing Board voted to temporarily allow students in grades 7-12 to listen and view instruction for classes via Google Meets, as is currently available for quarantined students, in place of attending in-person instruction for the first two weeks of the second semester (January 5-15, 2021).

    Providing quality instruction for students in-person will continue to be the primary focus for classroom teachers. Students choosing to attend class in a virtual modality are expected to commit for the two-week period, log-in on a daily basis and meet assignment due dates.  Students attending virtually will be able to listen and view live instruction in core subject areas (English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Languages) via Google Meets, have assignments and resources uploaded into Google Classroom as the teacher deems appropriate, and complete assignments online.  Elective courses will upload assignments into Google Classroom that can be completed independently. 

    If you would like your student to participate in this virtual opportunity, please contact your child’s attendance clerk to indicate your intent.  You may leave a message on the attendance line.  Parents have until January 4, 2021 to notify their school.

    Communication during break

    We encourage families to notify us of any active COVID-19 cases that develop over the winter break.  For any student’s positive diagnosis that occurs between December 18, 2020 and January 4, 2021, please send an email with the student’s name and ID number to Health@cusd80.com.  Please also attach documentation of the test result.

    New guidelines for Quarantine – Effective January 5, 2021

    In accordance with new CDC guidelines, the 14 day quarantine period may end:

    • after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have occurred
    • after 7 days if no symptoms have occurred and a documented negative test result has been provided to the school

    If choosing to return after 7 days, the test sample must have been collected at least 5 days after exposure.  Send-off PCR tests are preferred, but rapid PCR or antigen tests are acceptable.

    If you are exposed again during quarantine, the period must start over.  If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 during the quarantine period, you must follow the instructions for isolating yourself and notify the school.

    New guidelines for Face Masks – Effective January 5, 2021

    The Arizona Department of Health Services Emergency Measure 2020-04 (Slowing the Spread of COVID-19 in Schools) “mandates that masks are worn on school campus, on school buses, during school-associated activities, and while participating in or observing any school-associated athletic activities, by all students, faculty, staff, contractors and visitors.”  This Emergency Measure cites Center for Disease Control research that supports community masking to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  In compliance with this emergency measure, face masks are required on all CUSD campuses for all students, staff, and visitors ages 2 and older.  Furthermore, the Emergency Measure specifies that an acceptable face mask should completely cover your nose and mouth and fit snugly against the sides of your face without gaps. 

    As a result, beginning January 5, 2021 face shields will no longer be an acceptable face covering for students unless a medical exemption is provided by a licensed healthcare provider and is on file with the school site.  Staff will ONLY be allowed to utilize a face shield when necessary for specific classroom instruction and where they are able to socially distance from students and staff.

    In This Together

    We all have a role to play to keep our schools and community safe.  Please stay home if you are not well and experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results, or have received a positive test.  

    You can view our active cases and quarantine information on our dashboard at www.cusd80.com/COVIDdashboard.  The dashboard will be enhanced next quarter to include cases affiliated with schools, even when there has been no exposure on campus.

    Thank you for your support as we continue to make decisions that promote the health and safety of our students, staff, and community.