2021-22 COVID-19 information and communications

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Community notifications

(updated March 22, 2022)

 

Dear Mesa Public Schools community, We are experiencing a steep decline in COVID-19 cases throughout the district. In March, we’ve had fewer than 30 reported cases in all schools and departments. In addition, county health reports low community transmission rates across Maricopa County.  With these recent numbers in mind, effective Wednesday, March 23, schools will no longer notify you of active COVID-19 cases on campus via email. Instead, we encourage you to check our COVID-19 data dashboard on mpsaz.org/reopen to stay up to date on the number of reported cases on each campus. The dashboard updates daily at midnight.  Thank you for your continued support and partnership. Sincerely,

Holly Williams

Associate superintendent



(updated March 4, 2022)

 

It is hard to believe we are already finishing our third quarter of learning. We have only 11 short weeks until we end the school year and celebrate our graduates on May 19.

 

As we prepare to head into spring break, we have much to celebrate. Jefferson and Pomeroy elementary schools joined 14 other district schools as A+ Schools of Excellence. Mesa has the most A+ schools of any district in Arizona!

Our guiding question continues to be "How are our students, and how do we know?" This question is more important than ever after disruptions caused by the pandemic. One of many tools we use to find the answer is assessment data. I am pleased to share that our district data indicates many students are growing their math and literacy skills. State assessments begin the week of March 21, and I am confident our students will show increased proficiency in their grade-level or course standards. The district recently launched NetTutor, an online, on-demand tutoring program. If you are interested in learning more about how NetTutor can help your child, please contact your school.

I am relieved to share that COVID-19 cases throughout our district have decreased dramatically. When we return to school and work after spring break, we will no longer require a daily health attestation for employees or face masks on school buses. The district will continue to maintain our COVID-19 dashboard. Please remember to keep your child at home if they are sick. We must work together to maintain this trend and keep our community healthy.

Summer will be here before we know it! We are finalizing plans for Summer Academy. After spring break, be on the lookout for summer programming details from your school. Last year's Summer Academy was a great success, and we look forward to an even more exciting slate of opportunities this year. Mark your calendars:

 

  • Elementary and junior high programming will be May 31-June 23, Mondays through Thursdays.
  • High school sessions will be May 31-June 17 and June 20-July 8, Mondays through Fridays.

 

Enjoy a safe and relaxing spring break with your family and friends. I am grateful for your continued partnership and look forward to seeing you on March 14.

Andi Fourlis
Superintendent

 

 

(updated January 13, 2022)

 

Dear Mesa Public Schools families,

This week we have seen a significant increase of student and staff COVID-19 cases across the district. Staff absenteeism has disrupted our ability to deliver some services in a timely manner. We thank you for your patience as we continue to make adjustments.

Beginning today, you will receive a daily COVID-19 notification letter from your school or worksite with the number of student cases and the number of adult cases reported that day. You can continue to monitor our district COVID-19 dashboard at bit.ly/mpsdashboard.

We will increase mitigation strategies as needed. If 3% of the student and staff population is COVID-19-positive, the school will be required to wear masks for 10 calendar days. Individual classrooms or programs may be required to wear masks due to reported cases. Any mask requirements will be communicated in a separate letter. Principals, in consultation with the district, may add additional mitigation strategies such as move indoor events outside or offer multiple performances of an event to reduce audience size, switch an event to virtual or postpone it.

Please monitor your child for symptoms every day before they leave for school. If they exhibit any symptoms, keep them home to reduce the spread of the virus.

Sincerely,

Holly Williams
Associate Superintendent

 

(updated January 3, 2022)


Hello Mesa Public Schools families,


The district has updated COVID-19 guidelines to align with the CDC guidelines issued on Dec. 27, 2021. These protocols are effective as of today.

 

New Quarantine and Isolation Protocols


Students - Close contact or COVID-19 in the household

  • If the student is vaccinated, no quarantine is required. The student will be required to wear a mask at school for 10 days after the exposure.

  • If the student is not vaccinated, the student will be required to quarantine for 5 days, followed by 5 days of required masking at school.

  • Students will be considered unvaccinated unless proof of vaccine is voluntarily provided to the school.

  • Any student exhibiting symptoms must stay home for at least 24 hours and be tested or quarantined for 5 days if symptoms last more than 24 hours.

  • It is recommended that anyone who has been exposed get tested 5 days after exposure.

Staff - Close contact or COVID-19 in the household

  • If the employee is vaccinated or unvaccinated, no quarantine is required. The employee will be required to wear a mask at work for 10 days after the exposure.

  • It is recommended that anyone who has been exposed get tested 5 days after exposure.

  • Employees are required to complete a daily attestation and those exhibiting symptoms need to stay home and be tested if symptoms last more than 24 hours.

COVID-19-positive students and staff

  • Whether the individual is vaccinated or unvaccinated, a 5-day isolation is required.

  • After the 5-day isolation, if the individual is asymptomatic or symptoms are resolving and there is no fever for 24 hours without medicine, they may return to school or work, but are required to wear a mask for 5 days.

  • If symptoms last more than 5 days, the individual can return when symptoms are resolving and there is no fever for 24 hours without medicine, followed by 5 days of required masking.

  • All positive tests must be reported. Student cases should be reported to the school. Employee cases should be reported to their supervisor.

Mitigation measures - Masking will continue to be a mitigation strategy for positive cases in classrooms and departments. Classroom quarantines will be evaluated with the new CDC guidance in mind. Individuals not wanting to comply with any of the mask requirements may choose to continue quarantining or isolating at home for the duration of the masking requirement.

 

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate the changing pandemic landscape.


(updated Sept. 27, 2021)

Dear Mesa Public Schools community,

Today's court ruling on school face-mask bans does not impact Mesa Public Schools mitigation strategies. We continue to strongly encourage staff and students to wear masks while indoors.

Learn more about all our COVID-19 mitigation strategies at mpsaz.org/reopen.

(updated August 25, 2021)

Hello Mesa Public Schools community,

We are concerned that the number of COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our city and schools. This increase impacts the health of our community and disrupts our goal to provide in-person learning for those who choose it.

Since the first day of school, 577 students and 123 employees have reported testing positive for COVID-19. We placed 1,859 individuals in quarantine last week, including 9 classrooms or programs.

Mitigation strategies help control the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open for in-person learning. We strongly encourage staff and students to join us in keeping our schools safe by wearing masks while indoors.

The following mitigation strategies are being added:

Masks will be used as a mitigation measure when needed. If we see elevated case counts in a classroom, we will require masking for 10 days to try to avoid quarantining the class. If 3% or more of a school's population (students and staff) are reported positive for COVID-19, we will require masking for the entire school.

Masks will be required on school buses, in accordance with an order from the CDC and federal executive order 13998.

Grades K-6 out-of-district field trips will be suspended until further notice.

Increased hand washing/sanitizing throughout the school day will be encouraged and expected.

Directional hallways and similar traffic patterns will be reinstated.

Signage encouraging individuals to wear a face mask and stay home when sick will be displayed throughout district buildings.

All employees will be required to complete a daily health attestation acknowledging they are fit for work prior to or upon arrival at work.

new data dashboard has been published and will update daily to indicate active cases in our schools. COVID-19 messages from your school remain the most timely and accurate way to monitor cases.

All previously communicated mitigation strategies remain in effect.

We need your help to keep our students and staff healthy and our schools open. Parents are required to complete a health assessment of their child before they leave home. Please keep your child home if they exhibit any COVID-like symptoms. If you had reason to test your child for COVID-19, they should not attend school until you have received a negative test result. As a reminder, please complete the 2021-22 COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgement and Disclosure for each child in your family attending a district school. Next week, schools will begin reaching out to parents who have not completed the form.

Visit our COVID-19 information web page frequently for updated information on vaccine clinics, community spread and more. If you have any questions, please email reopen@mpsaz.org.

Thank you to all our community members, parents and employees who have reached out to share their thoughts and preferences about our COVID-19 mitigation strategies. Although these opinions vary greatly, we need to work together. We know following COVID-19 mitigation strategies is the best way to ensure all students have the opportunity to participate in in-person learning.

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(updated August 13, 2021)

Dear Mesa Public Schools community,

Thank you for your continued partnership and support. We remain vigilant about COVID-19 and continue to review and refine our mitigation strategies to ensure we are providing a healthy and safe learning environment.

Please review the following updated mitigation strategies:

  • Classroom seating will be separated by three feet to the greatest extent possible.
  • Adult and student gatherings will be limited to 50% capacity in indoor spaces, and 75% capacity in outdoor spaces.
  • In compliance with state law, face coverings continue to be recommended and will be available for anyone who wants one. Additional signage will be displayed in all schools and departments to encourage the use of face coverings.

Staff and families will continue to receive direct communication about positive COVID-19 cases at their site. Please ensure your contact information is up to date with your school.

Please remember to keep your child home if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms. This will ensure your child is able to return to school as quickly as possible.

Throughout the year, vaccination events will be available to our community. The next events are Aug. 16, 4-7 p.m., at Carson Junior High, and Aug. 17, 2-5 p.m., at Dobson High.

If you have any questions, please email reopen@mpsaz.org.

Thank you for choosing Mesa Public Schools and working with us to keep our schools safe.

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(updated August 10, 2021)

Hello Mesa Public Schools families,

The school year is off to a great start! Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment so we can focus on high-quality instruction for every student. We remain vigilant about COVID-19 and have strategies in place to address it.

As mentioned in the July 28 communication, we are requiring families to complete the 2021-22 COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgement and Disclosure for each child in the family attending a district school. This is a simple online form that will only take a few minutes to complete.

To ensure every student has a completed form, you will need to enter your child's Student ID.

If you have more than one child in Mesa Public Schools, you will receive a separate email for each child with their unique Student ID. Or you can find Student IDs in the parent portal.

Please complete the 2021-22 COVID-19 Parental Acknowledgement and Disclosure by Friday, Aug. 13.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep our students, employees and community safe and healthy.

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(updated July 28, 2021)

Dear Mesa Public Schools families,

We are looking forward to the first day of school on Tuesday, August 3. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment so we can focus on high-quality instruction for every student. We are committed to timely decision-making and communication throughout the school year.

We remain vigilant about COVID-19 and have strategies in place to address it. These strategies may be updated as needed based on the status of COVID-19 in the community, county or state. Please review the key points in our plan:

Cafeteria service and use will return to normal.

Extracurricular activities, including performing arts and athletics, will return to regular operations. Athletics will follow published AIA guidelines.

Face coverings are recommended and will be available for anyone who wants one. This aligns with state law.

Health offices will monitor students for COVID-19 symptoms. Students exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms while at school will be sent home and follow the Maricopa County isolation guidelines to determine when they may return. Please keep your child home if they exhibit any COVID-19 symptoms. This will ensure your child is able to return to school as quickly as possible.

Hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will continue.

Isolation and quarantine protocols will align with Maricopa County guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per Maricopa County guidelines. Students having direct contact at school with a person who is positive for COVID-19 will be notified and asked to monitor for symptoms. Students having direct contact at home with a person who is positive for COVID-19 will be required to quarantine per Maricopa County guidelines. Students in isolation and quarantine will access their class/coursework through Canvas, our learning management system. A laptop and internet connectivity will be provided if needed. Your child's teacher(s) will maintain regular contact.

All employees are considered essential workers. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate per Maricopa County guidelines. Employees having close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual will report to work if symptom-free and self-monitor for symptoms.

Parent and employee acknowledgements of our COVID-19 protocols and expectations will be requested once school begins. Please watch your email or text messages for a link to complete the 2021-22 COVID-19 Parental or Employee Acknowledgement and Disclosure. Review the information carefully, sign and submit as soon as possible.

Recess and access to outdoor space before and after school will return to normal.

Reporting of positive cases is critically important. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, their parent is required to notify the school health office. Employees are required to notify their supervisor. The district will notify parents and employees of positive cases at their site.

Vaccinations are not required for students, employees or visitors to attend school or school events, in accordance with state law. Parents and employees may voluntarily share vaccine information with the school or district.

Visitors and volunteers are welcome on campus.

If you have any questions, please email reopen@mpsaz.org.

Thank you for choosing Mesa Public Schools and working with us to keep our schools safe. Together we will ensure every student in Mesa Public Schools is known by name, served by strength and need, and graduates ready for college, career and community.

CAPACITY UPDATE, March 4, 2022

Elementary schools: no restrictions
Secondary schools: no restrictions
District offices: no restrictions

COVID-19 Dashboard

last updated May 19, 2022
reported active and total cases by school for the 2021-22 school year

2021-22 COVID-19 mitigation strategies

Current MPS health benchmarks

(updated May 16, 2022)

Community transmission level is:
Low (green)

Current week data (May 16, 2022)

  • Cases per 100K people : 62.45 (green)
  • Percent positivity : 11.75% (green)

Prior week data (May 9, 2022)

  • Cases per 100K people : 50.04 (green)
  • Percent positivity : 9.91% (green)

Learn more on the Maricopa County Department of Public Health website.

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