Low Risk Test and Return
A student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at a school or in-person learning if he or she meets ALL of the following:
The Low Risk Test and Return protocol does not apply to students, teachers, staff, or settings that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
If the student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed meets ALL three criteria he or she may return to work, school or related activities, if the employee or the parents of the student choose. If the person does not meet ALL three criteria or chooses not to get tested, he or she should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last day of exposure.
Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 and comes back to school must continue to watch for symptoms. If employees or students get symptoms, they should isolate at home and call their healthcare provider.
These guidelines only apply to exposures that occur at school.
On 10/8/2020, State Superintendent Dickson announced the following recommended adjustments to the state's quarantine guidelines. This new guidance is exclusive to exposures occurring at school.
According to the new guidelines, "A student, teacher or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at school or in-person learning if he or she meets ALL of the following:
It's important to note, this only applies to exposures that occur at school. Community, social, household and other types of exposures are still subject to the 14-day quarantine requirement.
Weber School District will begin following the state's new guidelines beginning Monday, November 2, 2020 (The start of 2nd term). The guidance does not apply to staff and students who are currently in quarantine.
It will be the responsibility of a student's parents to complete certain steps before a student will be considered eligible to return to school under these new guidelines. This includes completing all necessary paperwork, having their child tested, and submitting required documentation to the school's Point of Contact (POC). Testing will need to be done at an approved testing site since the district does not administer COVID-19 tests.
As a reminder, if it can't be verified that the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask during the exposure, the quarantine period will not be adjusted and will remain at 14 days.
Although there may be times when masks aren't required under the public health order like during lunch, recess, PE, sporting events or other extracurricular activities, any student who is identified as potentially exposed in these situations where masks aren't being worn, will not be eligible to return early from the 14-day quarantine period.
The district is in the process of hiring additional Point of Contacts (POCs), to assist our school nurses with the contact tracing process. Many of these new POCs should be place by November 2nd. This is part of the reason for the delay in implementing the proposed changes.
If a student, teacher or staff member is identified as potentially being exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the school environment, they will be contacted by a representative from the school who will inform them of the quarantine requirements, including the criteria outlined above.
At the request of many of our School Superintendents and Charter Directors, a school medical advisory group met and recommended adjustments to the 14 day quarantine. The Utah Dept. of Health, under the direction of Governor Herbert, has approved the attached Low Risk Test and Return guidance. The medical experts on the advisory group indicate that this aligns with the best medical practice of adjusting the intensity of intervention based on risk and consequences of overprescribing an intervention. Key points aligned with this practice are:
Your local health officers were instrumental in crafting and supporting this update and are ready and willing to assist. The Rapid tests (Abbot BinaxNOW) are still being distributed and your LHO will likely be the best source to know when and where the tests can be accessed. The COVID-19 School Manual will be updated to reflect this change but the change takes effect immediately.
We hope this updated guidance will both be an incentive for improved classroom mask wearing behaviors and expedite students getting back into school safely.
With appreciation for your leadership during this challenging time,
Sydnee Dickson, Ed.D.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
250 E. 500 S.
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
(801) 538-7510 W
Active cases as of:
|Thursday 4/1/2021||Active Positive Cases||Currently in Quarantine||Cleared from Quarantine||Recovered Positive Cases|
|Other (SPED, preschool, Ad Ed)||0||5||127||10|
|Total Student Cases||17||226||19,866||2,008|
|Positive cases by school||Last 14 days||Currently Quarantined||School Status||Threshold for closure|
|Bonneville High||Less than five||Less than five||In-person||32|
|Fremont High||Less than five||Less than five||In-person||46|
|Weber High||Less than five||76||In-person||46|
|North Ogden Jr. High||Less than five||46||In-person||30|
|Orion Jr. High||0||0||In-person||30|
|Rocky Mountain Jr. High||0||Less than five||In-person||30|
|Roy Jr. High||Less than five||Less than five||In-person||30|
|Sand Ridge Jr. High||0||Less than five||In-person||30|
|Snowcrest||0||Less than five||In-person||30|
|South Ogden Jr. High||0||0||In-person||30|
|T.H. Bell Jr. High||0||5||In-person||30|
|Wahlquist Jr. High||Less than five||Less than five||In-person||30|
* There are no elementary schools with more than 1 case
* We only report exact numbers for schools with more than 5 cases
Updated 1:00PM on 4/1
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