COVID-19 Information for EVSD Schools
Beginning March 12, 2022
Students, staff, and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in school buildings or on school buses with a few exceptions (see picture at right):
EVSD COVID-19 Cases Notifications:
The East Valley School District will continue to send out the “EVSD COVID-19 Cases for the Week” email to staff and families each Friday. In addition, each of our schools will send out a notification to their staff and families if there is a COVID-19 case in their school. This notification will allow staff and parents to see if they or their student could be considered a “close contact” and should monitor for COVID-19 symptoms.
At-Home Isolation Protocol and Returning to School:
If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. The isolation period is 10 full days from the start of symptoms or the date of positive test.
The individual may return to school after 5 full days of isolation if:
- Their symptoms have improved or they are asymptomatic, AND
- They are without fever for the past 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications.
AND IF returning to school days 6-10, the individual is required to:
- Wear a well-fitted mask during days 6-10 of their isolation period, OR
- Test negative with a rapid antigen test (at-home test not accepted) any day after day 5. Rapid antigen tests are available via your school nurse.
If an individual is not able to wear a well-fitted mask or face shield with a drape, AND does not test negative, they are required to finish out their in-home isolation through day 10.
Additional Prevention Measures
- Frequent hand washing is encouraged
- Hand sanitizer is available throughout the buildings
- Cleaning and disinfecting
- Staying home when sick
- Testing as indicated
Our Custodial Team is routinely cleaning and disinfecting the workplace, especially in those commonly touched surfaces/areas. Our Health Services Team will continue to monitor COVID testing, symptoms, cases, contact tracing, and quarantining as required by the Department of Health.
You should not send your student to school if they have symptoms that could be COVID-19. Most people who get COVID-19 have mild symptoms, including a fever and cough. Adults and children have reported the following symptoms or a combination of symptoms, which may appear two to 14 days after exposure:
- Fever of 100.4°F / 38°C or higher
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle pain or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Other signs of new illness that are unrelated to a preexisting condition (such as seasonal allergies)
This list does not include all possible symptoms. To learn more about COVID-19 symptoms, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.