COVID-19-FAMILIES-SCHOOLS

Rapid COVID-19 testing starting in high schools this week

Nov 30, 2020, 7:45 PM
...

SALT LAKE CITY – Schools all over the state are stepping up their COVID-19 testing efforts, especially for student-athletes.  They will be giving those students rapid tests, but some districts want to expand that testing beyond what the state is recommending. 

The tests are part of Governor Gary Herbert’s emergency mandate which put the vast majority of practices, tryouts and workouts on hold for two weeks.  Educators say the mandate was specifically aimed at all events sponsored by the Utah High School Activities Association, which essentially covers most competitive sports but not things like the marching band or choir. 

With rapid tests, athletes coaches and other staff can know the results within 15 minutes of taking it.  The tests are being provided by the CDC, so all schools have to provide is the labor.

Jordan School District Spokesperson Sandy Riesgraf says, “We do have to have either a school nurse or a trained personnel to do the actual test.”

Students in that district will be getting these tests by the end of the week, but Riesgraf says they still have some last minute details they need to clear up before they can begin.

She says, “We’re pretty much ready to go, but some of those decisions are still being made in some of the schools.  We just want to get it right, do it right and do it safely.”

Even though the mandate specifically mentioned students in UHSAA sponsored events would get the exam, the real goal was to test as many asymptomatic people as possible to find kids who are spreading the virus without knowing it. Granite School District Spokesman Ben Horsley says they want to expand this mandate to kids participating in other extra-curricular activities, like theater and band.

Horsley says, “Any sort of increase in testing is allowing us to actually create a safer environment for our staff and employees.”

The district recently used these tests at Granger High School to let students come back to in-person learning sooner if they’re exposed to the virus.

“It’s the same type of test, but instead testing to participate in a sport, you can test, and with a negative result, return to school sooner than the full 14-day dismissal,” Horsley says.

 

  

 

 

How To Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Coronavirus 

 

COVID-19 coronavirus is transmitted from person to person. It is a virus that is similar to the common cold and the flu. So, to prevent it from spreading: 

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds.  
  • Don’t touch your face. 
  • Keep children and those with compromised immune systems away from someone who is coughing or sneezing (in this instance, at least six feet) 
  • If there is an outbreak near you, practice social distancing (stay at home, instead of going to the movies, sports events, or other activities.) 
  • Get a flu shot. 

Resources for more information: 

 

LOCAL: 

State of Utah:  https://coronavirus.utah.gov/ 

Utah State Board of Education 

Utah Hospital Association 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707 

National Links 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Commonly asked questions, World Health Organization 

Cases in the United States 

COVID-19-families-schools

New eligibility rules for pandemic-EBT program...
Waverly Golden

New eligibility guidelines for Pandemic-EBT

Utah households will have to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits with their local school by May 6 to possibly receive Pandemic-EBT.
30 days ago
Eighth grade students and their teacher wear masks during their dual language class at Mount Jordan...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Bill that would allow parents to sue teachers over curriculum substituted during general session

The part of a bill that would have included the ability for parents to sue teachers if they didn't like what was on the lesson plan is being substituted on Utah's Capitol hill. 
3 months ago
The Salt Lake School Board eliminated 42 teaching positions because of dropping enrollment numbers....
Martha Harris, Paul Nelson, and Kira Hoffelmeyer

42 teaching positions eliminated in SLC from decline in student enrollment

The board eliminated 42 teaching positions because of dropping enrollment numbers
3 months ago
don't test stay home...
Kira Hoffelmeyer, Jacob Rueda, Jessica Lowell

Gov. Cox giving state employees time off to substitute in Utah schools

And while Utah's largest teachers union is grateful for the help, they say underlying issues must also be addressed.
4 months ago
school masks...
Paul Nelson

SLC students appear to keep masks on, despite mandate being rescinded

Students in Salt Lake City continued to wear masks Monday, despite a mask mandate no longer in effect.
4 months ago
mask mandates in utah...
Curt Gresseth

“Not unexpected” said Dr. Dunn after mask mandates in Utah shot down

Exec. director at Salt Lake County Health, Dr. Angela Dunn discusses repealing mask mandates in Utah and the importance of face masks in public.
4 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Prescription opioid...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
...

Tax Tuesday: Key Information Before the Filing Deadline

Businesses can receive a credit of up to $5,000 per employee in 2020 and up to $21,000 per employee in 2021.
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Rapid COVID-19 testing starting in high schools this week