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    2021-2022 Safe & Healthy Schools FAQ

     

    • If my child was determined to be a close contact to someone at school who is positive for COVID-19, am I required to keep my child home from school?
      • At our K-6, K-8 and 7-8 schools, DVUSD will notify parents of students who have been determined to be in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. The parent may choose to quarantine their child at home or may choose to send the child back to school provided their child is symptom free. If your child is displaying symptoms, they will need to isolate at home. See our Safety Plan Protocol - Student is sick with COVID-19 Symptoms without a Positive Test or Awaiting Test Result.
      • At our high schools, parents will receive notification if their child is required to quarantine, but only when the situation involves an outbreak.

     

    • How is an outbreak defined?
      • Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) is the public health agency that declares an outbreak. An outbreak occurs when two or more students or staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period; and
        • could have had close contact such as in a classroom, school sports team, band or other extracurricular activity;
        • do not live in the same household; and
        • were not identified as close contacts of each other in another setting during a Public Health case investigation (e.g. friends who play together in each other’s homes).

     

    • If my child is not vaccinated and was in close contact with a household family member who was diagnosed with COVID-19, am I required to have my child quarantine at home?
      • Yes. This is due to the strong likelihood that unvaccinated household close contacts will contract COVID-19.
      • An antibody test is not accepted by MCDPH as a means to be released from quarantine. For more on this, see MCDPH’s FAQ “Are Antibody Tests Ok to Use…” under the Other Considerations and Resources section.
      • If your child is fully vaccinated or had COVID-19 within the last 90 days, they may return to school even if they have been exposed with someone in the household who was determined to be COVID-19 positive. Email the school nurse and include a picture of your child’s vaccination card if this situation applies to you.

     

    • How will my student continue learning if he/she has been quarantined?
      • Students who have been quarantined will use Canvas from home on their school technology device which is DVUSD’s learning management system. This platform provides a central place for teachers to collect and deliver content. It also connects students to digital resources and materials and allows students the opportunity to virtually collaborate.

     

    • Where can I find resources about how to use Canvas?
      • Parents can find everything they need to know about Canvas by visiting https://www.dvusd.org/canvas. Here parents will find an introduction to Canvas, how to create an observer account accessing Canvas as a parent and many other resources to support your child with using Canvas.

     

    • What is early release from quarantine for students?
      • A student can be released early from quarantine and return to campus on Day 8 or after, but only if the student receives a negative COVID-19 test result beginning on Day 6 of the quarantine or after. In order to do this, the student must be separated from the COVID-19 positive person, be symptom free since the last exposure, and the parent must provide proof of the negative test along with the date of the test. Visit www.dvusd.org/quarantine for a helpful visual resource to understand this early release provision.

     

    • Does DVUSD accept home COVID test results?
      • Yes. A picture of the result must be sent to the nurse. Parents should write the name of the student along with the date that the test was administered directly on the test so that this information can be viewed in the picture sent to the school.

     

    • Are visitors and/or volunteers allowed on campus?
      • See the section within our Safety Plan titled - Visitors/Volunteers.

     

    • Will my child still be required to wear a face mask when they are riding the bus?
      • Yes.  Bus riders must wear a face mask until further notice. The current Centers for Disease Control federal order is in place through at least March 18, 2022.

     

    Updated December 17, 2021