While an Arizona judge ruled Monday that a ban on public school mask mandates is unconstitutional, Deer Valley Unified School District will continue to make masks optional on campus, according to a district spokesperson.
The Monday ruling freed statewide public school leaders to require students, staff and visitors to wear masks on campus. The law banning that authority was scheduled to take effect Wednesday of this week.
DVUSD, however, continues to require masks for all students, drivers and monitors on buses, as mandated by the Centers for Disease Control and the Federal Transportation Security Administration.
Face masks on campus are required for symptomatic students as well as staff in the nurse’s office. Students who refuse to wear a face mask during required times are subject to discipline.
The Deer Valley Unified School District’s COVID data dashboard, updated as of Sept. 27, shows the most current active cases on one campus is 13 at Deer Valley High School, 18424 N. 51st Ave. The school with the district’s largest student and staff population (2,872), Mountain Ridge High School, 22800 N. 67th Ave., has five active cases.
The highest percentage of active cases per campus population is the 1.32% infection rate at Copper Creek Elementary School, 7071 W. Hillcrest Blvd., where there are 11 active cases.
An active case indicates a student or staff member participating in on-campus activities has tested positive for an active COVID infection. Individuals who test positive are excluded from participation in any in-person/on-campus activity until the campus verifies that the individual meets the return criteria set by state and local health authorities.
Once the individual is cleared to return they are no longer considered an active case and their case is removed from the dashboard count.
The next update to the district’s COVID-19 data dashboard is scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4.
Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gary Zehrbach will provide an update on the district’s COVID-19 status at Tuesday evening’s governing board meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the District Office Governing Board Room, 20402 N. 15th Ave., or streamed online at Livestream.com.