Khalsa Montessori School COVID
Updates and Resources

News and Announcements

We want to do our best to keep Khalsa Montessori School open for in-person instruction for all this school year. Please continue wearing a mask to school so that ALL of our students and families, including unvaccinated and immunocompromised community members can safely attend school.

From Dr. Francisco García, of the Pima County Health Department: "Now more than ever, it is critical that we continue mask use and other mitigation measures until we are able to achieve at least 75% vaccine coverage in Pima County." Pima county currently has 71.9% adult and 70.5% for 12+ years of age vaccine coverage, according to CDC, dated 11/24/21.


  • Latest News & Updates:


    • PCHD recommends the following:

      • Consider having small gatherings

      • OUTDOOR gatherings HIGHLY recommended; especially for 10+ people

      • Consider taking a BinaxNOW Rapid Test before the gathering

      • Mask wearing if indoors, while not eating


    • FREE TESTING HOME KITS at following places: Link for test sites,

    • The Pima County Health Department has expanded its free distribution of take-home BinaxNOW self-test kits. These are helpful when some of the cold/flu symptoms are the same as COVID. Saturday dates to distribute test kits at Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road on Nov. 6, Nov. 13 & Nov. 20

    • Over the counter BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Home Kit Testing is available for purchase[$23.99] at various pharmacies and acceptable by PCHD. Not as accurate as PCR Lab test, but has 2 test strips - so second test after 24 hrs provides better confirmation

    • Recalled Home Kit for testing: Allume; return, DO NOT use, gives false positives

    • Pima County Expanded COVID Testing area starting Aug. 28,


    • Next Pooled Testing, Monday, Dec. 6

    • All test results are NEGATIVE at both campuses from last Monday,

Nov. 29. Woo Hoo!!

Keep up the COVID protocols in place at home & school. 191+ outbreaks currently in Pima County Schools

River Campus Code: KHALSA-RIVER

Camden Campus Code: KHALSA-CAMDEN

    • EXEMPTIONS: If your child has had COVID within the last 3 months, please DO NOT sign up/give consent for Pooled Testing for now, as it will cause a false positive. Email Rameen with details,


    • Interactive Q&A by Pima County Health Department to help families determine protocol when children are not feeling well and when they can return to school following a possible exposure to COVID-19 or positive test. No personal information is gathered. Important note, even vaccinated folks need to test on Day 5 after 'close-contact'. See link,

    • With the onslaught of the cold/flu/allergy season, the symptoms can be the same as COVID. If your child is showing symptoms, please have them take a COVID test, as per PCHD recommendation. It can be the BinexNow Rapid Antigen Home Kit test [short swab rapid test] that has 2 tests, needed to be done 24 hrs apart for accuracy. The link above is also helpful.

    • Various types of COVID testing are available on an appointment basis for free at most pharmacies, PCHD clinics & Paradigm Lab. The BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Home Kit Test is available over the counter at most pharmacies for $23.99, it is 98.5% accurate on negative test results and 84.6% accurate on positive results; that is why there are 2 test strips inside the box-for the second test to be conducted 24 hours after the first. The PCR Lab test is the 'gold standard' of COVID tests and takes 1-2 days to return results. Some Pediatricians are also offering testing, so please check with yours.

    • If student is a 'close contact' to a family member, playmate, extra-curricular club etc. to a positive case of COVID, they have to quarantine or isolate, for 5 days and take a test, not before. If negative test result and no symptoms, still continues to quarantine to finish the 7 days before returning to school. Contact Rameen at school for details. The link above is also a good guide.

    • Please see specific protocols for a positive COVID test, applicable ONLY to Khalsa Elementary Students here,

    • Please see specific protocols for a positive COVID test, applicable ONLY to Khalsa Middle School Students here,

  • Legislative Ban on Mask Mandates Ruled Unconstitutional, 9/27/21

Judge Katherine Cooper ruled this afternoon that section 12 of HB2898 is unconstitutional and void. Among other things, that bill enacted A.R.S. § 15-342.05, which prohibited public schools from requiring students and staff to wear masks. In light of this ruling, public schools may adopt policies that require students and staff to wear masks on campus beyond the September 29 effective date of the new statute.

  • This past summer the Arizona legislature passed a bill prohibiting public schools from requiring mask-wearing by students and staff. However, to mitigate against COVID-19 spread, and following Pima County Health Department, Arizona Department of Health Services, and CDC recommendations, Khalsa Montessori School continues to strongly encourage masks for all of our charter school students and staff as well as parents during drop off and pick up.

  • For all of our private school programs including River campus infant/toddler, primary, afternoon kindergarten, and school-age early care and after care, mask wearing continues to be required for parents during drop off and pick up, students ages 3 years old and up, and staff.

In Person/ Remote Learning FAQ

What mitigation strategies are in place at Khalsa Montessori School?

Mask-wearing, frequent hand washing, daily health screening, HEPA air purifiers in all classrooms, windows open when

weather permits, enhanced cleaning including ozone cleaning in every classroom at night and increased sanitation of frequently touched surfaces. 3-foot social distancing when feasible. Please see the Roadmap to Reopening (below) for more information.

What will the hours be for in-person learning?

In-person learning will follow the hours of a traditional school day. COVID screening and Fever Free check will be available from 7:15 to 8:30am, Monday through Friday, for Early Childhood students and 8:10- 8:40 for charter school students.

Lower elementary

8:40 am to 3:00 pm

8:40 to 1:40 on Wednesday

Upper elementary

8:40 am to 3:10 pm

8:40 to 1:50 on Wednesday

Middle School

8:40 am to 3:20 pm M,T,Th,F (hybrid schedule)

Wednesdays will be remote

What will drop off look like?

  • Parents and children need to wear a mask everyday.

  • Please sign up for the FeverFree app so that your child’s temperature can be taken at home before coming to school. When your child is ‘screened’ just show your “passed” notification on your phone to the morning ‘screeners’ from 8:10-8:40.

  • For families who do not have a digital thermometer to complete this prior to coming to school, your child’s temperature will be taken at school by the ‘screener’. You will need to accompany your child until they have passed.

  • The screeners will verify your “no” response to the daily screening questions, then your child will walk to their classroom where they will be welcomed and put their belongings away.

  • Please note: We will strictly enforce a no symptom policy when children arrive and during the school day. Children with symptoms will not be allowed to stay at school.

  • Make sure that your Blue Emergency card is up to date with contact information for others to pick up your child in the event of illness if you are unable to get to the school within 30 minutes of being called.

What should we bring to school?

  • Please bring a change of clothes, an extra face mask, and a pencil/supply bag for your child to keep their supplies separate from others.

  • Each day the children will need to bring a full water bottle and a vegetarian & sugar free snack and lunch

  • Please return your borrowed chromebook

Will Early Care/ After Care be offered with the in-person model?

No. The JCC offers J-Care Plus, which includes aftercare and care during the day for students learning remotely.

Are we able to change our commitment later?

We are seeking commitments at this time for either In-Person or Remote Learning so that teachers can plan for the last quarter of school. Please contact Naomi McIsaac if your family has a request for an accommodation of your child after commitments are made.

Does this apply to children currently enrolled in-person in the preschool program?

No, these children will not be affected by the change.

Are staff required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine?

No. We cannot legally require staff members to vaccinate. Over 97% of the Khalsa Montessori School staff have received the first dose of the vaccine.

UPDATED: July 26, 2021

Detailing on-campus return for primary, study hall students

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