Masks Required in Schools Through End of School Year

Masks Required FlyerThe Utah Legislature passed House Bill 294 in March. Most people are familiar with the part of the bill that says the state can no longer require masks in most public places after April 10.

But the mask requirement stays in place for K-12 schools until June 15. Local officials, like a school board or county council, do NOT have the legal authority to end the mask requirement in schools before this date. Public health officials asked the Legislature (and the Legislature agreed) to keep a mask requirement in place for the following reasons:

  1. No vaccine is currently authorized for anyone younger than 16.
  2. Not every adult in the school setting has been vaccinated.
  3. Children can get sick from COVID and have long-term effects.
  4. Children can get COVID, not feel sick, and transmit the illness to people at home who aren’t vaccinated yet.

Schools are planning in-person proms, activities, and graduations, which can only happen if we continue to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Wearing masks is one of the easiest and best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We should continue wearing masks until more people have a chance to get vaccinated, including children and teens. School districts should continue to work with their local health departments to ensure the health and safety of all of Utah’s school aged children.


Las mascarillas siguen siendo obligatorias en las escuelas hasta el final del año escolarLa Legislatura de Utah aprobó HB 294 en marzo. La mayoría de las personas están familiarizadas con la parte del proyecto de ley que dice que el estado ya no puede exigir el uso de mascarillas en la mayoría de los lugares públicos después del 10 de abril.

Pero el requisito del uso de mascarillas se mantiene en las escuelas K-12 hasta el 15 de junio. Los funcionarios locales, como la junta escolar o el consejo del condado, no tienen la autoridad legal para poner fin al requisito de mascarilla en las escuelas antes de esta fecha. Los funcionarios de salud pública pidieron a la Legislatura (y la Legislatura estuvo de acuerdo) que se mantuviera el requisito del uso de mascarillas por las siguientes razones:

  1. Actualmente no hay ninguna vacuna autorizada para los menores de 16 años.
  2. No todos los adultos del entorno escolar han sido vacunados.
  3. Los niños se pueden enfermar con COVID y tener efectos a largo plazo.
  4. Los niños pueden contraer COVID, no sentirse enfermos, y transmitir la enfermedad a personas en casa que aún no estén vacunadas.

Las escuelas están planificando bailes, actividades y graduaciones en persona, lo que sólo puede ocurrir si seguimos frenando la propagación del COVID-19. El uso de mascarillas es una de las formas más fáciles y mejores de prevenir la propagación del COVID-19. Deberíamos seguir usando mascarillas hasta que más personas tengan la oportunidad de vacunarse, incluidos los niños y los adolescentes. Los distritos escolares deben seguir trabajando con sus departamentos de salud locales para garantizar la salud y la seguridad de todos los niños en edad escolar de Utah.

New Process for Schools Going Virtual

In their meeting on Nov.24, the Board of Education voted on new protocols for moving schools temporarily from in-person to virtual learning. The Board has authorized the District administration to move a school to virtual learning when it meets one of the following thresholds two weekdays in a row (not over a weekend or a break):

  • Number of active student and staff cases reaches 15 or 1% of the in-person population at the school (whichever is higher).
  • Percentage of students and staff on quarantine reaches 10%.
  • Student absenteeism rate reaches 20%. (in-person)

The first day that a school reaches any of the thresholds listed above will be considered an “alert day.” The District administration will contact the school administration, ask clarifying questions, discuss any mitigating circumstances, and verify the data. A message will then be sent to staff and parents.

The day after an alert day, a follow-up message will be sent to indicate whether the school will be going virtual the next day. School circumstances will be taken into account before a final decision is made, but schools that reach the same threshold two weekdays in a row (not over a weekend or a break) should generally anticipate switching to virtual learning.

  • Additional Information:
  • The two weekday protocol is intended to provide notice that a school will potentially be moved to virtual learning.
  • Unique situations will be taken into account before final determinations are made regarding a school’s in-person or virtual status.
  • The timing for moving to virtual learning will depend on when the school meets the established thresholds. Final decisions will be made by the district administration after consulting with the school administration.
  • As per the County Health Department, active case numbers are reset to zero after a school has been on virtual learning for 14 calendar days.
  • Quarantine numbers include only students who have been quarantined by the health department through contact tracing at the school.
  • The student absenteeism rate is calculated based on students who are expected to be attending school in person.
  • In rare instances, in consultation with the school administration, a school may be switched to virtual learning based on circumstances not related to the three criteria listed above. Doing so would generally require an emergency meeting of the Board of Education.

Shorter Quarantines

The Utah Department of Health is shortening the recommended quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days after a person has been exposed to COVID-19.

Beginning today:

  • A quarantine will end after 10 days if no symptoms are reported.
  • A quarantined individual may return to school after seven days if they test negative on or after day seven and report no symptoms. This is only for an exposure that occurred outside of a household.

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Mountain Ridge High School Moves to Online Learning

The Salt Lake County Health Department has identified 22 active cases of COVID-19 within Mountain Ridge High School.

After discussing the circumstances in an emergency Board meeting tonight, the Jordan School District Board of Education has determined that it is necessary for Mountain Ridge High School to move to online, virtual learning for two weeks beginning Thursday, October 1. To allow students and staff time to prepare for online learning, Wednesday, September 30, will be a teacher preparation day; there will be no virtual classes.

  • In general, students will not be allowed in the building beginning Wednesday, September 30.
  • Staff will be allowed in the building if needed to gather instructional materials.
  • All classes will be held virtually beginning Thursday, October 1.
  • In-person classes will resume on Tuesday, October 27, after fall break.
  • A grab and go lunch will be available from 11-12:00 pm.
  • JATC North and South enrolled students will still be able to participate in-person in their appropriate programs. JATC bussing will run as normal tomorrow with more details to come.

More details about Mountain Ridge High School moving to online, virtual learning for two weeks will be coming soon.

COVID-19 case counts at all schools and buildings in the District can be found on the Jordan COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard can be accessed at movingforward.jordandistrict.org

Thank you for your support, patience, and understanding.

West Jordan High School Moves to Online Learning

The Salt Lake County Health Department has identified 26 active cases of COVID-19 within West Jordan High School. 

After discussing the circumstances in an emergency Board meeting tonight, the Jordan School District Board of Education has determined that it is necessary for West Jordan High School to move to online, virtual learning for two weeks beginning Thursday, October 1. To allow students and staff time to prepare for online learning, Wednesday, September 30, will be a teacher preparation day; there will be no virtual classes.  

  • In General, students will not be allowed in the building beginning Wednesday, September 30.
  • Staff will be allowed in the building if needed to gather instructional materials.
  • All classes will be held virtually beginning Thursday, October 1.
  • In-person classes will resume on Tuesday, October 27, after fall break.
  • A grab and go lunch will be available from 11-12:00 pm.
  • JATC North and South enrolled students will still be able to participate in-person in their appropriate programs. JATC bussing will run as normal tomorrow with more details to come.

More details about West Jordan High School moving to online, virtual learning for two weeks will be coming soon as well as information on how to check out a Chromebook.  

COVID-19 case counts at all schools and buildings in the District can be found on the Jordan COVID-19 Dashboard. The dashboard can be accessed at movingforward.jordandistrict.org