Covid-19 FAQs for Students & Parents
What should I do if my student has symptoms of Covid-19?
Please keep your student home from school until you can determine if they should be tested for Covid-19.
What should I do if my student tests positive for Covid-19?
Please keep your student home from school. Notify the school that your student has tested positive. Your school’s contact tracer will contact you with information on how long your student needs to isolate.
What should I do if my student is exposed to Covid-19?
Please contact your student’s school and inform them of the exposure. Your school’s contact tracer will contact you with information on whether your student needs to quarantine, and what the modified quarantine options are.
What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?
When you test positive for Covid-19, you are infectious and required to isolate yourself from other people. When you are in quarantine, you have been exposed to COVID-19, but have not tested positive.
When should I keep my student home?
Please keep your student home if they have a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle aches and pains, cough (not related to asthma), or a new loss of sense of taste or smell.
If my student is exposed to Covid-19, do they have to stay home from school?
This year there are several quarantine options for parents. If your student is exposed to a positive case at school, you will receive an email with the exposure date and options. If your student is exposed at a social event, or if they have a positive Covid-19 case in their home, please contact your school. Your school’s contact tracer will contact you with information on whether your student needs to quarantine, and what the modified quarantine options are.
What are the modified quarantine options for my student if they were exposed at school?
As long as a student has not tested positive for Covid-19 and has no symptoms, they may return to school wearing a mask for 10 days after the exposure. If a student has been fully vaccinated or has had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 90 days, they do not need to quarantine.
What are the modified quarantine options for my student if someone in our home has tested positive for Covid-19?
If the student has no symptoms and has been fully vaccinated or had Covid-19 in the last 90 days, they may attend school as usual. We highly recommend having them wear a mask for 15 days in case they do develop symptoms. If a student has no symptoms, has not been fully vaccinated, and has not had Covid-19 in the last 90 days, the health department recommends keeping them home for 5 days, then having them return to school wearing a mask for the next 10 days as long as they are still symptom-free. If a student with a home exposure has any symptoms, please keep them home and contact your school for more information.
Why do household exposures have to quarantine for 15 days when school exposures only quarantine for 10 days?
Household contacts are exposed every day to the positive person in their home during the 5 days that person is contagious and in isolation. When the positive person’s isolation ends, then the family members have to quarantine for an additional 10 days.
How do I know how long my student should quarantine for after they are exposed?
If a student is exposed to a positive case at school, you will receive an email with the dates that your student should quarantine. If it is a social or home exposure, please contact your school’s contact tracer for the dates they should quarantine.
My student is fully vaccinated. Do they still need to quarantine?
If your student is vaccinated, as long as they do not have any symptoms of Covid-19, they may attend school and do not need to quarantine.
My student already had Covid-19. Do they still need to quarantine?
If your student had a confirmed case of Covid-19 in the last 90 days, they do not need to quarantine. A confirmed case means that the test was conducted at a testing facility and the results were confirmed by the local health department. If your student previously tested positive on a home test, they will still need to quarantine.
Why doesn’t the health department accept my Covid-19 home test results?
The health department can only confirm positive Covid-19 cases that are conducted at a testing facility or lab. Those results are uploaded to the state and then shared with local health departments. If a test was done at home, there is no way for the health department to confirm those results unless you are able to register it.
How do I register my positive Covid-19 home test?
If you have a positive home test you may be able to register the test with the health department by scanning the QR code on the test or the box, or we encourage you to go to a testing site and have the test confirmed. If your positive home test is registered with the Health Department, or the test took place at a registered testing site, your child will not have to quarantine in the next 90 days if exposed again.
How will my student do schoolwork if they have to quarantine or isolate at home due to Covid-19?
If your student has to isolate or quarantine at home due to a Covid-19 case, please inform your student’s school. Your student will be listed as “Online Schooling” for the 5 days that they will be home. Students who are quarantining at home are responsible for completing their classwork daily via the Canvas courses. Students will need to email teachers when they have questions and they are responsible for staying caught up in all classes as well as turning in assignments on time. Communication with teachers is extremely important as the teachers will be able to work through issues with the students as needed.
Can my student test out of isolation?
No. A student who has tested positive is considered infectious for 5 days and must isolate at home for the full 5 days. There is no option to test out of isolation, even if you are feeling better, or have a negative test before the end of the 5-day isolation period. If the student’s symptoms have improved, and they do not have a fever of 100.4 or higher, they may return to school after 5 days, but must wear a mask for 5 more days while at school.
Does my student’s school require a negative test in order for them to return to school after isolation or a home quarantine?
No. A negative test is not required to return to school after a student has tested positive or been exposed to Covid-19. Students with a positive test result are required to isolate at home for the full 5 days. They may return to school with a mask if they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours without any fever reducing medication.
I want to know who my child was exposed to at school. Can I ask for their name or what class it was in?
Due to student privacy laws, we do not give out the name of the student or where specifically the exposure occurred. If you receive an Exposure Notification email from your child’s school, that means your student was exposed in one of their classes, at lunch, on the bus, or during an activity at their school.
Where can I take my student to get tested for Covid-19?
Visit https://coronavirus.utah.gov/utah-covid-19-testing-locations/ for testing locations near you.
I still have questions about my student. Who should I contact?
Please contact your school’s contact tracer, or contact Ashley Blake at 801-452-4094 or .
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%
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