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TUSD COVID Protocol Policy Update

Tucson Unified School District

TUSD Employees and families:

The TUSD Governing Board on Tuesday, 1/11/22, adjusted the TUSD regulation for COVID isolation and quarantine. The updated information is listed below.

Pima County Health Department (PCHD) strongly recommends that individuals who have COVID-19, or who have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with a COVID-19 case, stay home and away from others.

Symptoms of COVID-19 can be mild, and it is possible for individuals without any symptoms to unknowingly spread the highly contagious disease. PCHD strongly recommends wearing a mask (preferable N95 or KN95) indoors in public regardless of vaccination status.

1) If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)—applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination Status:

  1. Stay home for 5 days.
  2. If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  3. Continue to wear a mask for 5 additional days.
    Reminder: TUSD requires face coverings be worn at all times while on TUSD property.
  4. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until fever-free for 24 hours.

2) If you were exposed (considered a close contact) to someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)
A. If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the past 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the past 2 months:

  1. You do not need to Quarantine
  2. Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
    Reminder: TUSD requires face coverings be worn at all times while on TUSD property.
  3. If possible, Test on day 5.
  4. If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.

B. If you are Unvaccinated,
OR are not boosted, and completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago
OR are not boosted and completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago:

  1. Stay home for 5 days.
  2. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
    Reminder: TUSD requires face coverings be worn at all times while on TUSD property.
  3. If possible, Test on day 5.
  4. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. If a Positive test result, follow the guidance above for Positive COVID test.

* If possible, before returning to work/school, take a Covid Antigen test to ensure you are negative.

3) If you have COVID symptoms:

  1. Stay home.
  2. You must show proof of a Negative COVID test
    OR obtain a medical provider’s note stating that you may return to work/school.
  3. AND Symptoms have diminished and you remain fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication.
  4. If you have a Positive test result, follow the guidance above for Positive COVID test.

Visit Pima County Health Department (PCHD)for more information about COVID-19.

Volunteers will either need to be vaccinated or show proof of a negative Covid test from within the last seven days before coming to school.

I apologize for any confusion the adjustment in COVID regulations has caused. I greatly appreciate your partnership in helping to keep our school community safe, healthy, and in school.
Thank you

Dr. Gabriel Trujillo
TUSD Superintendent
via email 1-13-2022

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