COVID-19 is still in our community. With the emergence of variants and the persistence of positive cases, the South Summit School District will continue to follow many of the protocols it began last school year. Those protocols involve:

Collaboration with Summit County Health Department

We have appreciated the frequent collaboration with the Summit County Health Department. We worked with its healthcare professionals throughout the 2020-21 school year and relied on them to provide COVID tests and vaccines to anyone who wanted them. The health department helped us open our schools and assisted in keeping them open throughout the school year. Last school year, if infection thresholds were exceeded, schools were either shut down for a period of time or implemented a test-to-stay event to keep the schools open. In accordance with House Bill 294, we will implement our test-to-stay event if/when a school reaches the specified threshold (30 positive cases in one building). Our goal is to prevent reaching the threshold. Each school has created a test-to-stay protocol in the event they reach our threshold.

Infection Thresholds

According to statute passed during the 2021 Utah legislative session, if a school hits a COVID-19 outbreak threshold of 2% of students and staff for a school of more than 1,500 or 30 students and staff for a school of 1,500 or less, the school will conduct a test-to-stay event and test students and staff for the virus. The following protocols will be adhered to:

- Parents must give their permission for their child to be tested. If a parent does not give their permission a student will have to remain at home for 10 days.

- Those found with the virus will be sent home and should isolate for 10 days

- Students and staff who are fully vaccinated will not be subject to test-to-stay testing.

- Those who have had COVID-19 within 90 days of the testing event will not need to be tested.

Face Masks

House Bill 294 passed at the end of the 2021 State Legislative Session eliminated all mask mandates that had been established to that point. The South Summit School District will follow the direction of the Utah State Legislature, the Utah State Health Department and the Summit County Health Department regarding the use of face masks. The Summit County Health Department issued a public health order for all elementary and middle/jr. high schools that will require the use of face masks by students and staff in the event the school reaches a 2% caseload over a 14 day period. The order goes into effect this Monday, September 27, and lasts through December 31, 2021.

Vaccinations

At this point, vaccinations are available for those 12 years of age and older. The South Summit School District has provided staff members opportunities to be vaccinated and will continue to provide those opportunities. The district encourages parents to consult with their medical provider regarding vaccinations for their children.

Staying Home When Sick

The number one way we can keep any cold, flu, or other illness from spreading is to stay away from others when sick. This especially applies in our schools where students are in closer proximity to others. Our reality is everyone gets sick; if someone is sick, they are to stay home and get better before returning to school. Please ensure that regular symptom checking occurs prior to your student entering a bus, school, or district facility. If a student is exhibiting any of the symptoms of COVID-19 while at school, they may be sent home from school and be asked to seek guidance from their medical provider. Please make sure your emergency contacts are up to date in Power School. Teachers will work with students who are sick and give them an opportunity to make up any work that was missed when they were out.

Cleaning and Disinfecting

Custodians in all South Summit School District schools will continue efforts to clean and disinfect our schools. This includes the use of electrostatic spray guns.

Hygiene Etiquette

Handwashing and the use of hand sanitizer will continue to be common practices in our schools. South Summit School District has a large quantity of hand sanitizer available and hand sanitizing stations remain at our schools. Students and staff can easily use those to quickly clean their hands.

Letters/COVID-19 Dashboard

Our School Nurse and local health department will continue to monitor positive cases in the schools. Up to date information will be communicated with you on a regular basis. The district will also continue to use its COVID-19 dashboard and link it to the district homepage so you’ll be able to see the trends that are occurring.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

According to the Centers for Disease Control, people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported –ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Anyone can have mild to severe symptoms. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

o Fever or chills

o Cough

o Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

o Fatigue

o Muscle or body aches

o Headache

o New loss of taste or smell

o Sore throat

o Congestion or runny nose

o Nausea or vomiting

o Diarrhea

This list does not include all possible symptoms. Older adults, unvaccinated adults, and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness.

What will occur if my child contracts COVID-19?

If your child contracts the virus, she or he should isolate, and will not be able to attend school or participate in activities until 10 consecutive days have passed and they are no longer symptomatic. Teachers will work with students who are sick and give them an opportunity to make up any work that was missed when they were out.

What will happen if COVID-19 is found in my child’s classroom?

If the virus is found within the classroom, contract tracing will be done. If it is deemed that your child has been exposed to someone positive for COVID-19, you will be notified.

When and how will quarantine decisions be made?

Quarantine decisions will be made in collaboration with the parent(s) and our District Nurse. At this time, quarantine guidelines are as follows:

If a student has been exposed to COVID-19:

1. A parent or guardian can choose to have their student quarantine at home for a total of 10 days

2. A parent or guardian can choose to have their student quarantine at home for 7 days and be tested on day 7 to return to school

3. A parent or guardian can choose to have their student wear a mask at school for 7 days and be tested on day 7.

If a student develops symptoms during quarantine, it will be recommended that they are tested for COVID-19 and will not be allowed to remain at school.

If a child is fully vaccinated or has had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days they will not need to quarantine. Students will also not have to quarantine if it was a “mask to mask” exposure meaning that both the exposed student and the positive case were wearing masks at the time of exposure. At home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted at this time.

The district nurse will be in contact with parents to determine the level of exposure and will go through the different options based on the exposure.

Will athletes be required to participate in test-to-play again this year?

As of now, there appears to be no intent on the behalf of the Utah High School Activities Association (UHSAA) to require athletes to test-to-play. If this changes in the future you will be notified by your child’s school.

The following link is available if you would like additional information:

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/education/

We thank you for your patience and ask you for your support through this process. Please understand this is ever evolving and may still change.

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