For the first time this school year, the Alpine School District is facing a spike in COVID-19 cases in its schools. According to the district’s website, all schools will have emergency home learning on Friday and Tuesday. On Monday, students will not be in school due to Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
According to the district’s website, “the adjusted schedule will provide an opportunity to minimize substantial spread among students and employees.”
In addition to COVID, the district has identified student and staff absenteeism as a reason to move online.
Positive cases have increased in the district; there are currently 1,023 active cases out of 83,796 students. On Sunday, there were 289 cases – a number that has increased exponentially over the week. There were 492 positive cases reported on Monday and 820 on Tuesday.
Four high schools have also been moved to “Test to Stay” status. Test to Stay protocols are implemented for a school if there are more than 30 positive cases, or if 2% of the student body tests positive in a school with more than 1,500 students. The participating schools are:
- Orem High School – Test to Stay will take place on January 19. With a population of 1,264, there are 42 positive cases for 3.33% of the student body.
- Lone Peak High School – Test to Stay will take place on January 20. With a population of 2,450, there are 52 positive cases for 2.12% of the student body.
- American Fork High School – Test to Stay will take place on January 21. With a population of 2,399, there are 70 positive cases for 2.92% of the student body.
- Mountain View High School – The date for the Test to Stay had not been announced Wednesday evening. With a population of 1,412, there are 32 positive cases for 2.27% of the student population.
In addition to these four schools, other schools are approaching Test to Stay qualifications. Cedar Valley High School, which has the largest student population at 2,674, has 50 positive cases for 1.87%. Cedar Valley would meet the requirement with 54 total positive cases.
Oak Canyon Middle School also has 30 positive cases and would enter protocols with one more. Sego Lily Elementary School has 21 positive cases, the most of any elementary school. No elementary school is meeting the enrollment limit for the Test to Stay guidelines.
Updated COVID-19 case numbers will be posted on the district website at alpineschools.org/returntolearn. For students and families who will adjust to remote learning, the district site includes expectations.
The site reads: “Teachers and teaching assistants will work from home and use email, Canvas, Google Classroom or other means of communication to provide learning opportunities for students. All facilities will be sanitized during this emergency home learning period and prepared for the return to face-to-face learning next Wednesday. The nutrition services team will work with school administrators to meet the nutritional needs of students in their school. UHSAA activities will continue as planned. Games and practices will be determined and communicated by school management. We strongly recommend masks and social distancing for those in attendance. We can all help reduce the spread by following guidelines outlined on the Back to Learning web page. We appreciate your support and efforts. orts to help our students, employees, families and school communities. “