Provo Elementary School Shifts to Distance Learning After High Cases of COVID-19 in Test-to-Stay Protocol



PROVO, Utah (ABC4) – An elementary school in the Provo City school district will switch to distance learning after a large number of positive COVID-19 results were discovered among students and staff.

A high rate of COVID-19 cases was discovered at Edgemont Elementary School after a test-to-stay event was held on Friday. The school will switch to online distance learning for the next three school days next week before the students leave for the fall break.

The decision was announced Friday by the Utah County Health Department and the Provo City School District. This decision only applies to Edgemont Elementary School for the time being in the district.

“The school will coordinate the specific details of distance learning (online) in separate communication directly with parents of Edgemont students,” school officials said.

The announcement comes after other elementary schools in Utah reported implementing test protocols to stay, including Willow Springs Elementary earlier this week.

Under Utah law, schools with 1,500 or more students are required to adopt a test to stay when they have 2% of their students testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days. For those with less than 1,500 students, 30 students must test positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

When a school is on test to stay, if parents choose not to have their child tested, those students will not be allowed to go to school for 10 days, just like students who test positive.



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