January 5, 2021

Press Release

January 4, 2021

Following the provisions outlined in the Utah Department of Health’s public health order and School Manual, Weber School District will continue testing students and staff for COVID-19 as part of the "Test to Play" initiative. The testing involves individuals who are participating in extracurricular activities. This includes winter sports, band, cheer, drill, choir, debate, and theater.

Testing teams are comprised of administrators, nurses, and other school personnel from each of our four main high schools. The teams are administering the BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test, which provides results within 15 minutes.

The third round of testing was conducted on Monday, January 4, 2021. Here are the results:

School

# of individuals tested

# of positive test results

Positivity Rate

Bonneville

272

2

0.74%

Fremont

231

7

3.03%

Roy

275

7

2.55%

Weber

179

2

1.12%

Total

956

18

1.88%

All Weber School District schools were closed between December 23, 2020 and January 3, 2021 for winter break. Students returned to the classrooms on Monday, January 4 with the exception of Fremont High School, which reopened on Tuesday, January 5.

The overall positivity rate for round three was 1.88%, which is decrease from round two (3.88%).

Weber School District will continue to test students and staff every two weeks according to state guidelines.

https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/UPHO-2020-26-Updated-Statewide-COVID-19-Restrictions.pdf

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January 4, 2021

December 22, 2020

Covid testing photo

Following the provisions outlined in the Utah Department of Health’s public health order and School Manual, Weber School District will continue testing students and staff for COVID-19 as part of the "Test to Play" initiative. The testing involves individuals who are participating in extracurricular activities. This includes winter sports, band, cheer, drill, choir, debate, and theater.

Testing teams are comprised of administrators, nurses, and other school personnel from each of our four main high schools. The teams are administering the BinaxNOW COVID-19 rapid test, which provides results within 15 minutes.

The first round of testing was conducted on December 10 and 11. The second round of testing took place on Monday, December 21. Below are the test results from round two:

School

# of individuals tested

# of positive test results

Positivity Rate

Bonneville

99

5

5.1%

Fremont

359

16

4.5%

Roy

188

10

5.3%

Weber

203

2

Less than 1%

Total

849

33

3.9%

Bonneville had five new cases. The school is in soft closure until January 4, 2021. Currently, there are 31 active cases at the school.

Fremont had 16 new cases spread across multiple groups. The school entered into soft closure for two weeks on December 21. Students are scheduled to return to class on Tuesday, January 5, 2021. Currently, there are 36 active cases at the school.

Roy had 10 new cases spread across multiple groups. School is out for winter break, with students scheduled to return to the class on January 4, 2021. The situation will be re-evaluated prior to returning to determine if the classes should be moved online. Currently, there are 19 active cases at the school.

Weber had two new cases. The school is in soft closure with students scheduled to return to class on January 4, 2021. Currently, there are 15 active cases at the school.

The overall positivity rate was 3.9%, which is an increase from round one (1.8%).

Weber School District will continue to test students and staff every two weeks according to state guidelines. Round three of "Test to Play" will be conducted on Monday, January 4, 2021.

https://coronavirus-download.utah.gov/Health/UPHO-2020-26-Updated-Statewide-COVID-19-Restrictions.pdf

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December 18, 2020

Modifications to current health guidelines were announced this morning by the governor and the Utah Department of Health. These guidelines go into effect on January 4, 2021, when we return from winter break. In summary:

  • The current public health orders will be extended through January, 21, 2021. This includes the mask mandate.

  • In-school exposures. If an individual is exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the school environment, and both individuals are wearing masks during the period of exposure, the person exposed is no longer required to quarantine. Contract tracing will still be conducted. Parents will need to monitor their students for symptoms for the 14 days following an exposure, and keep them home if they are sick. If it can't be verified that both individuals were wearing masks, then the person exposed will need to follow current quarantine procedures.

  • Teachers are able to get tested on a weekly basis upon request, or they can elect to be tested as part of "Test to Play." 

  • The governor indicated that vaccinations for teachers should be available by mid-January. There is a tentative schedule on the state's website.

  • The case threshold for closing has been modified for schools with over 1500 students. The new threshold is now 1% of the student population, instead of 15 cases. For example, the threshold for Fremont will move to 20 cases, Roy 18 cases and Weber 20 cases. All other schools will remain at 15 cases.

  • The "rule of three" (Three individuals testing positive in the same classroom within a two-week period) will only apply to elementary schools. Classes in secondary will no longer be quarantined when there are three or more cases in one classroom.

  • "Test to Stay." When the case threshold is met, a school has the option of moving online for 10 days, or testing all of its students. Students who test negative will be allowed to continue with in-person instruction. Students who test positive or don't test, will move to virtual learning for 10 days. Positive cases identified in this testing will not count toward the threshold to close.

  • Targeted testing in certain communities will be available after the holidays.

  • "Test to Play" will remain in effect. About 12,000 tests have been administered throughout the state with a positivity rate of 1.6%

For more information, please visit:

https://www.pbsutah.org/live-daily-updates-covid-19-utah

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/

https://coronavirus.utah.gov/education/school-manual/