Mitigation Strategies

Mitigation Strategies for the 2021-2022 School Year

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  • The Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD) has been busy planning and preparing for students and staff to return to our buildings.  The FUSD Governing Board initially approved the updated FUSD Mitigation Strategies Plan on July 13, 2021, which has been updated as needed. This plan continues to protect the health and safety of our staff and families. FUSD has created a summary of these mitigation strategies for your review below as well as a one-page visual resource with the same information. 

    These COVID-19 mitigation strategies follow recommended guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), and Arizona state law.  As COVID-19 guidance changes, FUSD will update its existing Mitigation Strategies Plan and will communicate changes to team members and families. 

  • Mitigation Strategy

    School Year 2021-22

    Positive COVID-19 Notifications

    FUSD will coordinate with the Coconino Health and Human Services in the event of a positive test and coordinate as appropriate for contact tracing. Communications and notifications pertaining to a positive case will follow the direction of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Coconino Health and Human Services Department.

    Contact Tracing and Quarantine 

    Isolation and quarantine authority are delegated to the Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHS) and outlined in Arizona Revised Statutes and Arizona Administrative code. The Flagstaff Unified School coordinates with officials at Coconino County Health and Human Services (CCHS) to investigate and report cases of COVID-19, and provide school-based notices of exposure.

    Quarantine Students Connection to Classroom

    Students will be allowed to access missed assignments upon return, via CANVAS, and via email with teachers.   Teachers and staff will work with families to ensure students have access to classroom assignments and are able to make up work that is missed due to illness or required quarantine.

    Community Health Data and COVID-19 Dashboard

    FUSD will provide a weekly summary of COVID-19 Health Data to assist with understanding the overall risk level for COVID-19 using adopted health indicators and report active investigations of positive cases within the district on the FUSD Dashboard.

    Illness Guidelines

    (when should sick students stay home)

    Symptomatic students and staff should stay home and seek guidance from their primary care provider, school nurse or contact for further guidance.

    Social/Physical Distancing

    When possible, observe at least three (3) feet apart from one another.  Where feasible, greater distance between others is encouraged.

    Physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signs on walls, will be utilized to remind individuals to follow the recommended social/physical distancing practices at the school.

    Instructional Grouping

    Decrease class sizes and maintain cohorts of students when possible to allow for more physical space between students in the classroom setting, and use under-utilized school rooms and outdoor learning spaces to promote physical distancing when possible.

    Large Group Gatherings

    Indoor in-person large events and schoolwide assemblies are not encouraged.  All school events must follow outlined mitigation strategies. Outdoor activities are highly recommended.

    Classroom Materials and Textbooks

    It is recommended that students have individual materials and supplies.  If materials need to be shared, students and staff will use hand hygiene before use.  Materials and supplies will be cleansed & disinfected between each student.

    Hand Hygiene

    Students and staff are asked to wash hands with soap and water at each transition throughout the day (after using the restroom, before lunch, after recess, etc.).  If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer stations, with at least 60% alcohol, will be available throughout the school sites for students and staff to use as needed.


    While the current federal public transportation order is in effect, students and staff are required to wear face coverings at all times while on the bus unless medical documentation is on file that states that they cannot wear a mask or face covering.

    Lunchtime Activities

    Observe 3 ft. social distancing when possible. Schools will distance students to the best of their ability and utilize outside spaces for eating.  Schools will work to expand where students can gather throughout the buildings for lunch.


    All persons, including, but not limited to, staff, students, vendors, visitors, and volunteers, shall wear a face covering indoors while on any District property, in any District facility, at any District event, and in any District vehicle including District busses or vehicles rented or leased by the District. 


    CDC advises that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help keep you from getting seriously ill or being hospitalized if a person were to contract COVID-19. 

    FUSD recommends and highly encourages staff and eligible students to get vaccinated against COVID-19.  FUSD will work with local health partners to provide vaccine opportunities for anyone who is eligible and interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.  

    Students and staff are not required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine to participate in work or school in-person.

    Cleaning and Disinfecting

    FUSD will arrange for daily cleaning and disinfecting of all frequently touched surfaces in work areas.  There will be assigned schedules to custodial staff for increased cleaning of surfaces and bathrooms throughout the day.   FUSD custodial and maintenance staff will provide additional cleaning services when needed for COVID cases or exposures.  UVA / TiO Photocatalytic 2 Hydroxyl / Ionized Hydro-Peroxide Generator (air scrubber/purifier) and plug-in air purifiers are utilized at each school site as well.


    FUSD continues to provide filter management and maintenance, encourages staff to open windows, and use fans to circulate air.  Plug in air purifiers have been distributed to all health offices and isolation rooms.  In addition, all FUSD buildings have received the installation of ionization units in the facility’s ventilation systems.

    Visitors and Volunteers

    Limited visitors and outside vendors will be permitted on school campuses and only if deemed essential by the building administrator. All approved visitors will have their temperature checked prior to being admitted, and are required to complete the building sign-in sheet.

    Closing Schools

    The FUSD COVID Support team will work with the local health department, Coconino County Health and Human Services to determine school closure due to COVID-19 outbreaks.

    Field Trips

    All requests for field trips must have prior approval from school administrators. Mitigation strategies and the health and safety of students must be addressed in all field trip plans.


    Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) guidelines will be followed for associated athletic sports and activities.

    Athletic Events Spectators

    At this time there is no limit on the number of spectators for FUSD sports competitions. FUSD will continue to monitor community transmission of COVID and if needed will revisit limiting the number of spectators for sporting events.

    After School Activities

    COVID mitigation strategies and the health and safety of participants must be addressed in all after-school activity plans. Staff members will submit student rosters and parent contact information to building administrators before the events.

    Secondary Bell Schedule

    CHS and FHS classes start at 8:00 am

    Summit classes start at 7:40 am

    MEMS and SMS classes start at 7:40 am

    Elementary Classroom Starts

    Cromer, DeMiguel, Marshall, Kinsey, Knoles, Sechrist, and Thomas classes start at 8:40 am

    Killip starts at 8:20 am, Leupp starts at 8:00 am, Puente de Hózhó starts at 7:50 am

    Virtual Course Options

    Students requesting virtual coursework can enroll in The Flagstaff Online Academy school for K-4 or the Northern Arizona Distance Learning Academy (NADL) that serves grades 5-12 students.  Students interested in returning to in person learning can do so at quarterly intervals or with prior administrative approval.

    Virtual Classroom Expectations

    Teachers determine the extent of daily use and provide assignments for absent/quarantined students.

    Student Technology Access

    Each FUSD student will be given a school-issued iPad for them to use during the school year.  Students with Wifi connectivity issues can reach out to school librarians or school administration to discuss available options for students.

    Water Fountains

    Fountains – Closed

    Water filling stations – Open

    Increases in COVID Cases:

    The Flagstaff Unified School District Governing Board may implement additional mitigation strategies in the event that COVID-19 cases increase in our community and in our schools. 

    To view the full FUSD COVID-19 Mitigation Strategy Plan, click here.

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