PHOENIX (3TV / CBS 5) – Gov. Doug Ducey’s office sent a letter to two Arizona school districts on Wednesday, saying their COVID-19 quarantine policies were against state law. The letter says the Peoria Unified School District and Tucson’s Catalina Foothills School District are requiring unvaccinated students who have been exposed to the COVID-19 isolate for 10 days. The governor’s office said a different requirement for unvaccinated students goes against the law that says a school district or charter school cannot require a student or teacher to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or wear a face mask to participate in in-person learning.
The letter said quarantine policies will lead to too many children missing school and possibly children not meeting mandatory attendance requirements. “Adding these qualifiers and keeping children out of their classrooms for 10 days in a row contrary to the law is not in anyone’s best interests,” Kaitlin Harrier, Ducey’s education policy adviser, said in the letter. . “Our children deserve more time in class, not less, especially given the challenges the pandemic has already inflicted on their education.
The governor’s office said the policies must be rescinded immediately. The PUSD responded in a statement, saying it had received the letter but would continue to follow the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County requirements for quarantine and isolation. “We look forward to working with the Governor’s Policy Advisors and ADHS if there is a need to make any changes to our current practices and communicate any changes directly to our community,” PUSD’s Danielle Airey said in the statement. . Arizona’s Family has not received any comments from CFSD.
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