PHOENIX — Phoenix Union High School District is requiring all staff and students to be vaccinated or test weekly for COVID-19 in order to participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities.
Coaches, staff, volunteers and students can either show proof of vaccination by Monday, November 1, or commit to weekly testing to participate, according to a release from PXU on Thursday.
PXU Families, please see the press release below announcing the expansion of our COVID mitigation strategies to include required vaccinations or weekly testing for coaches, staff, and students participating in sports and select extra-curricular activities. pic.twitter.com/X6C5yVFGQQ— PXU (@PhoenixUnion) September 30, 2021
The vaccine and tests are free and are offered on all PXU campuses.
Individuals who choose to get vaccinated at a later date will no longer have to test weekly once they present their completed vaccination card.
"PXU's promise to prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students, and families is unchanged." Superintendent Dr. Chad Gestson said. "We remain fully committed to what we call the Uninterrupted A's: academics, athletics, arts, and activities. Requiring participants to be vaccinated or test weekly will help avoid COVID-shortened seasons and reduce spread during in-person learning when students return from their practices and competitions."
All winter sports are subject to this requirement, according to PXU officials.