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January 2, 2022

Dear School Community, 

We want to bring you up to date on several COVID-19 policy changes that happened over winter break. 

On December 21, 2021, the Pima County Board of Supervisors adopted resolution 2021-87, which mandates face coverings for all indoor spaces in which 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. You can read more about the face-covering guidance at www.pima.gov/maskupPC. 

On December 27, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shortened the quarantine and isolation periods for the general population. As a reminder, quarantine is for people who have been exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19, and isolation is for people who test positive for COVID-19. This new guidance also updates the definition of "fully vaccinated." Below is an outline of these updates: 

If you test positive for COVID-19 (Isolate) -- applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status

1. Stay home for 5 days. 

2. If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house. 

3. Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. 

4. If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves. 

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the past six months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the past 2 months: 

1. Wear a mask around others for 10 days. 

2. Test on day 5, if possible. 

3. If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home. 

If you completed the primary series of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated: 

1. Stay home for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. 

2Wear a mask around others for 10 days. 

3. Test on day 5 if possible. 

4. If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home. 

You can review the full CDC statement on their website at: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html. 

Wappreciate your teamwork in helping to keep our school community safe, healthy, and in school. 

Sincerely, 

Wendi Allardice M.Ed 

Superintendent 

Academy of Tucson Schools 

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