Chandler USD officials sent out a letter to families July 19 ahead of the first day of school July 21 regarding health and safety protocols in place related to COVID-19.

Students in the district will not be required to wear masks, and eligible students and staff are not required to be vaccinated.

"The health and safety of our students and staff are a top priority for the Chandler Unified School District," read the letter. "Thank you for your support and understanding as we have responded to the unexpected changes that have impacted our community due to COVID-19."

The district revised its opening mitigation plan to reflect updated quarantine protocols in light of recent guidance from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office citing Laws 2021, Chapter 404, Sec. 12, which states, "A school district or charter school may not require a student or teacher to receive a vaccine for COVID-19 or to wear a face covering to participate in in-person learning."

"This year we ask for your continued support to help protect your family and others from COVID-19 by practicing and promoting everyday healthy habits," read the letter. "Parents are responsible for determining their child’s health status before arriving at school and for keeping their child at home should they present symptoms of any kind."

The district recommends parents screen their children before going to school to look out for symptoms of COVID-19 including:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher;

  • chills;

  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;

  • muscle or body aches;

  • headache;

  • new loss of taste or smell;

  • sore throat;

  • congestion or runny nose;

  • nausea or vomiting; and

  • diarrhea.