As school resumed in the Chandler Unified School District on Wednesday students are no longer required to mask up or quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced last month that he was rescinding mask mandates for all K-12 schools despite pushback from some school officials.
Education leaders are worried that unsafe holiday gatherings could lead to a rise in COVID-19 transmissions and potential school closures
Gov. Doug Ducey has said he does not plan to reinstate any business closures or implement any statewide face-covering requirements.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says her office was not consulted on the changes to the state’s health recommendations.
There have been 32 COVID-19 outbreaks in Maricopa County Schools with at least 130 known associated cases since August.
The number of deaths reported daily in Arizona peaked in mid-July, when more than 90 COVID-19 related deaths were being recorded on a daily basis.