Canyons School District elementary school implements state’s “Test to Stay” program amid increase in COVID-19 cases – the first in the district so far this school year to do so .
Canyons School District spokesperson Jeff Haney told 2News that the number of positive cases at Willow Springs Elementary in Draper has exceeded the threshold of 30 set by state law.
Therefore, starting at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, Haney said students will be tested at school for COVID-19 and will receive their results in about 15 minutes.
Haney said that if the students tested negative, they would continue to learn in person at school. If they are positive, he said, they will go home and isolate themselves.
If parents refuse to test their students at school on Thursday, Haney said, those students must self-isolate at home for 10 days or provide proof of a negative test from a medical provider.
“We want to protect in-person learning,” Haney said. “When a school community hit that threshold, we obviously had to, but we also felt it was important.”
The district said the “Test to Stay” program as established by the state is important for weeding out those who may be positive but are not showing symptoms, so that they do not continue to spread the virus to the country. school.