On August 16, 2022, the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) Governing Board approved modifications to the COVID-19 safety process. Starting today, your school will no longer require your student to quarantine if they are found to be a close contact to another person who tested positive or has symptoms of COVID-19. However, if you think your student was exposed to COVID-19, TUSD asks that you review the What to Do if You Were Exposed to COVID-19 directions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and follow the directions (if you are unable to access the internet, please call the Health Office at your school for directions). If your student is at high-risk for severe illness due to COVID-19, we ask that you speak to your healthcare provider for guidance.
If your student tests positive with or without symptoms, remain at home following the CDC isolation directions for at least 5 days. Your student may return to school on day 6 if their symptoms have lessened, they have had no fever for at least 24-hours without the use of medication that reduces fevers and are able to wear a well-fitting mask for the next 5 days at school. If your student is unable, or is unwilling, to wear a mask for 5 days after isolation, we will require your student to stay home for 10 days. If your student has not tested for COVID-19 and has symptoms, school officials will process it as if it were a positive test. If your student’s symptoms have lessened in severity, has tested negative, has a medical provider’s note to return to school, and is without fever for at least 24 hours without the use of medications that reduce fever, your student may return.
Our school and district community remain committed to your student’s safety and keeping them in school as safely as possible. By continuing to stay up to date with vaccinations, encouraging handwashing, covering the mouth and nose for coughs and sneezes, and most importantly, making the decision to keep your student home if they are sick, you can play a valuable role in making sure we achieve a COVID 19 free TUSD. If you have questions, please call your school’s Health Office for more information.