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Masking Updates

Masking Update Thursday, March 31, 2022

We thank you for your trust and support. Your dedication to our students and one another has embodied this year’s theme - Love & Learning

Thankfully, the community spread in PXU's 32 zip codes continues to drop. Therefore, beginning on Monday, April 4, Phoenix Union will recommend, and no longer require that staff, students, and visitors wear a mask while indoors in the presence of others. This decision aligns with current federal, state, and local guidance and follows our commitment to utilizing science while implementing other mitigation strategies, such as air purification, sanitization, etc. Masks will still be accessible and welcomed on our campuses, and we ask our staff to support each person's decision to wear or not wear a mask. 

In addition to our mask protocol update, we will no longer limit capacity for in-person community events and school gatherings. Virtual meetings are still encouraged as an alternative for District-wide or large campus meetings.

Although transmission rates in our community are steadily falling, the Ba.2 Omicron Variant is spreading quickly in Europe, and health officials believe another wave may come to the U.S.A. soon. Although this variant appears less severe, it is more easily transmissible. We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus in the zip codes we serve and adjust our mitigation protocols, including masking and capacity limits, as data shifts. 

Our commitment to our students’, staff, and families' collective health, safety, and well-being goes well beyond our masking protocols. We know that vaccines continue to be the best way to mitigate the spread of the virus. We will continue to provide vaccination clinics on the first Saturday of April, May, and June at Metro Tech High School. Please visit www.PXU.org/BeHealthy for a list of other events.

We acknowledge and honor that some of our staff and students have health concerns. For students, we will work with our ESS team to identify needs on an individual basis and provide accommodations through IEPs and 504 plans as needed. As always, continue to self-monitor at home, and if you feel sick, please stay home and consult your physician.

Thank you for your support and partnership as we navigate the pandemic together. 

Masking Update Thursday, March 24, 2022

PXU Family,

Thank you for your ongoing trust and support as we work together to keep our community safe. We remain as dedicated today to our collective health as we were in March 2020 when COVID first reached our neighborhoods.

For nearly two years, we have made very clear commitments to you, our staff, students, and families. First is that the health, safety, and wellness of our entire PXU family will always be our top priority. The second is that we will trust the science and follow the guidelines of health experts. The third is that we will continue to commit to data, not dates.

Recently, national, state, and county health officials have changed their masking recommendations. Specifically, the new guidelines state that when spread in our community is no longer high or red, masks can be recommended, not required. For most of the pandemic, the 32 zip codes in our boundaries have been in high spread. This week, over 80% of our zip codes are no longer in high spread.

If the trend continues, we will change our masking protocol, effective Monday, April 4th. Beginning that week, masks would no longer be required but would still be recommended.

We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID in our zip codes. Our masking requirement would likely remain in place if the spread returns to high. Please expect a new update at the end of next week.

Thank you for your commitment to our students, families, and one another.