Social Distancing*

Maricopa Unified School District’s Goal is to:

    • Promote student behaviors that stop the spread of COVID-19. 
    • Keep students and staff safe.

    CDC Guidelines

    Limiting face-to-face contact with others is the best way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. To practice social or physical distancing stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ lengths) from other people.

    MUSD Practices

    • Posted signs throughout the campus (parking lots, cross walks, front offices, health offices, hallways, bathrooms and classrooms).
    • Students will enter the schools from multiple entrances. 
    • Students will follow social distancing when possible walking in the hallways.

Classroom Environment

  • CDC Guidelines

    Allow additional space for seating/desks to allow for physical distancing. CDC recommends at least six feet apart when feasible.

    MUSD Practices

    Classrooms will be set up to best maintain social distancing.

    • Whenever possible, desks should be at least 6 feet apart or as far apart as possible within the space available.   
    • Each student's belongings will be kept separate from other students’ belongings. 
    • Each child will receive their own supplies to be kept at their desk. 
    • Students materials and manipulatives will be cleaned after each use. 
    • No cloth material will be used in the classroom (curtains, stuffed animals, cloth furniture or wall coverings).    

Playgrounds and Recess

  • CDC Guidelines

    Playgrounds, classrooms and cafeterias used for recess will receive additional cleaning and disinfecting regularly. 

    MUSD Practices

    Recess will be held as decided by the principal of each school.  Options include having recess outdoors or indoors as space is available. The following infection control guidance will be considered during recess:

    • Minimize the number of students out at one time.
    • Each class going outside at the same time will be assigned to specific areas of the field/blacktop so the classes do not intermingle.
    • Students will not be allowed on the playground equipment until further notice. 

Student Cohorts

  • CDC Guidelines

    Cohorting is a basic infection control principle that is used in order to keep illnesses confined to smaller groups and decrease the spread of viruses. This limits mixing student groups as much as possible.

    MUSD Practices


    Elementary Schools

    • Students could be clustered by grade level cohorts.
    • Students will receive breakfast and walk directly to their classrooms.
    • Students will stay together in their class cohort for the entire school day.

    Middle Schools

    • Students could be clustered by grade level cohorts.
    • Teachers will travel to each classroom instead of students traveling. 
    • Students will receive breakfast and walk directly to their classrooms.
    • Students will stay together in their class cohort for the entire school day.
  • *Subject to change