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Sports Protocols

  • COVID-19 Mitigation Plan - Fall 2021
    We believe it is vital that students engage in activities that promote physical and mental health. Each of us must actively participate in maintaining a healthy community and limiting the spread of disease.

    The protocols described in this document are in addition to previous guidelines and recommendations established by TUSD. 

  • AIA Recommended Guidelines for Returning to Athletic Activity
    Return to play protocols for athletes that have tested positive for COVID.  These additional protocols will be followed to return to their sport.  

Health Services Procedure and Guidelines

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will complete the recommended 10 days of isolation
  • TUSD COVID-19 protocol for individuals with COVID like symptoms will continue for students and staff when a COVID like symptoms are present.
    • The health team at school will continue to offer Rapid Antigen tests to students and staff when COVID like symptoms are identified
    • Individuals will be sent home and may return when
      • symptoms are improving, fever free for 24 hours and a negative test is provided
      • or a return to school/work note from a health care provider is presented
      • or if the individual does not provide a negative test or a note from a health care profession then the individual will complete the 10 days of isolation from school
  • Each school will have a COVID-19 Point of Contact team consisting of an administrator and the nurse/health assistant team
  • Recommendations for testing, isolation and identifying close contacts will continue to be followed during the 2021-2022 school year
  • Individual will not be questioned about their vaccination status by the COVID-19 Point of Contact team
  • Reporting of COVID-19 positive cases and close contacts to PCHD will continue
  • PCHD will be conducting the Contact Tracing and provide Quarantine expectations
  • If a person identifies themselves or a family member as a close contact, current health information on COVID-19 will be provided through our TUSD Reference Guide for Students Staff and Families on the TUSD website
  • Notification letter will be sent home to families and staff when there is a confirmed positive case.
  • Q-rooms- isolation of an individual who has COVID like symptoms will continue at all schools
  • Cleaning and disinfecting practices of impacted areas will take place after an individual with COVID like symptoms leaves a school
  • TUSD COVID Dashboard for SY21-22 will continue with details by school.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

Are the COVID-19 vaccines safe?

According to the Center for Disease Control and the Pima County Health Department, the vaccines have passed the same testing and safety trials required for the approval of other vaccines and medications. While the timeline has been shorter for this vaccine to make it through the process, no steps were skipped, or standards weakened.

Can the COVID-19 vaccines give me COVID?

No. The vaccines do not contain the live COVID virus, even in a weakened form. The vaccine acts by teaching your body to recognize a part of the virus, triggering your own immune response. There is nothing in the vaccine that can give you COVID.

Are the side effects worse or more dangerous than the disease?

The vaccine may cause some short-term reactions like what you may have experienced after getting other vaccines. Soreness at the site of the shot, maybe running a fever for a day or so are normal reactions that show that your immune system is doing its job. Some people have reported getting headaches or having flu-like symptoms for a day or two. Again, this is a normal reaction.

COVID-19 infection has the potential to cause severe illness up to and including death and is far more dangerous. It is important to get the second shot even if you experience some of the side effects unless directed by your healthcare provider to not complete the series.

You will be monitored for at least 15 minutes after getting the vaccine as a safeguard against allergic reactions.

If I am having symptoms from the vaccine, when can I return to work?

If you develop symptoms, as mentioned above, after receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine, you may return to work once you feel well enough to return to work and are fever free for 24 hours.

If you should happen to develop respiratory symptoms with a cough and shortness of breath, or lose your sense of taste and smell, you may have COVID-19, and you would need to home isolate, test, and consult your healthcare provider for direction.

Is there anyone who shouldn't get the vaccine?

Unless, you have a history of severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) to vaccines or one of the ingredients of the vaccines, the answer in general is no.

If you have questions about your health issues and getting the vaccine, you should discuss your concerns with your healthcare provider.

By the way, these vaccines do not contain egg products, gelatin and the vial stoppers do not contain latex. They are safe for all those with those allergies.

If I already had COVID-19 should I get the vaccine?

Because reinfection appears uncommon in the first 90 days after a person tests positive for COVID-19, it is recommended that 90 days pass prior to receiving the first vaccine. This recommendation also applies to individuals who test positive after they receive the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine but before receipt of the second dose. Speak with your health care provider for specific concerns you may have.

Does my getting the COVID-19 vaccine change quarantine and isolation requirements?

The CDC’s most recent guidance states that fully vaccinated individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 (close contact) do not need to quarantine.

Although the chance of getting COVID-19 post vaccination is low, those who are fully vaccinated who develop COVID-19 symptoms, should isolated themselves, contact their provider and be tested.

Virus Cleaning and Safety Videos from Tucson Unified

Handwashing Videos: Middle School, High School, and Adults

Handwashing Videos: Grades 3-5

Handwashing Videos: PreK - Grade 2

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