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COVID-19 Update

Happy New Year Alhambra Family! 

While we are excited about starting the new year, the safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance as we continue in-person learning in our district. As we prepare to return to school tomorrow ( Monday, January 3, 2022), we ask you to help keep our schools safe:

If you have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or have any COVID-like symptoms (headache, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, or new loss of taste or smell) please STAY HOME, test and communicate with your school’s health staff BEFORE RETURNING TO SCHOOL. 

Our district's health staff will continue to closely monitor students for symptoms while continuing to use the Healthy Teaching and Learning Protocols to ensure we are educating students in the safest way possible. 

Together we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our schools and continue our in-person learning this school year. Additionally, with the recent surge of COVID-19 due to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, our district has taken steps to refine our mitigation strategies to further ensure the safety of our students and staff. 

  • AESD will continue to enforce its existing mask requirement, which means everyone will be required to wear a face-covering indoors regardless of vaccination status when in a group setting, unless they qualify for an exemption under AESD regulations. 
  • AESD will continue to emphasize the importance of social distancing, whenever possible.
  • Our district will continue to use homeroom cohorts to limit potential exposure.
  • After-school clubs and activities will be paused or transitioned into a virtual format. 
  • Field trips and competitive sports will be paused until further notice. 
  • Districtwide meetings, professional development, and training will be held virtually whenever possible. 
  • Finally, our district will adopt the updated Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance regarding quarantine and isolation, starting Tuesday, January 4, 2022.

With this in mind, you can play an active role in helping keep in-person learning and reduce the spread of COVID-19 at Alhambra:

  • Get vaccinated. The vaccine is safe and effective. Aside from upcoming vaccine clinics at AESD, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health offers several opportunities to get vaccinated. Click here to see vaccine clinics in your area. 
  • Keep it close. Limit your social gatherings to those in your household to the extent possible, maintain social distance around others, avoid crowds and practice good hand hygiene.
  • Up your mask game. Make sure your mask fits and wear it correctly. Consider moving from a cloth mask to a 3-ply medical-grade mask or KN95 mask. 
  • Check for wellness every day. Check for COVID-19 symptoms every day and stay home if you have COVID-19 like symptoms (headache, fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, cough, shortness of breath, nasal congestion, or new loss of taste or smell)
  • Get Tested. We want to remind families not to assume mild respiratory illness as a routine “cold.” It’s important you test for COVID-19. Although COVID-19 is usually mild in children, especially those who are fully vaccinated, there are risks of serious illness and more for children. 

AESD offers free PCR drive-through testing at our District Office and Family Resource Center, click here for times. Additional testing sites can be found at maricopa.gov 

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to keep everyone in our community safe.