Important update regarding Coronavirus response

Governor issues state of emergency; new mandates

Utah Governor Gary Herbert addressed the State of Utah Sunday night at 9:30 p.m. with a new State of Emergency, including a mask mandate, because of the spread of COVID-19 in our state.

Davis School District continues to hold classes and, in consultation with the Davis County Health Department continues to closely monitor COVID-19 cases in schools. At this time, schools continue to be open for in-person learning Monday through Thursday, with remote learning taking place on Friday. Classes in the district’s online Davis Connect program also continue. (Northridge and Syracuse high schools are currently being quarantined and students are attending online classes. Students at Northridge will return to school for in-person classes on Nov. 18, while Syracuse high students will return to school for in-person classes on Nov. 19.)

With the governor’s Sunday evening announcement and additional mandates, the district will:

• Cancel all before- and after-school programs including clubs, athletics and other before- and after-school classes through Nov. 23. This includes rentals of district and school spaces; 

• Re-double efforts to promote the Big 5 — Wash or sanitize hands frequently; stay home when sick; wear face coverings at all times when with others outside of your household; practice physical distancing when possible; and clean and disinfect common touch surfaces often.

Students and families can help by avoiding social gatherings with individuals who do not live in your home. Additionally, students are asked to wear a face mask indoors and outdoors anytime they are within 6 feet of someone they do not live with. This includes wearing a face mask during travel to and from school, at lunch off-campus and in other social situations. 

School quarantines continue to follow the state guidelines with decisions being made once a school reaches 15 or more cases.

Utah State Superintendent of Instruction Sydnee Dickson expressed support for efforts to control school outbreaks by focusing on testing students who participate in extracurricular activities and providing tests for our educators.

“Our schools have done a tremendous job in mitigating the virus in our classrooms and buildings. Utah is also one of the few states that tracks and publishes outbreak data on a public dashboard. These elements have been key in keeping our rate of spread in schools relatively low,” Dickson said. “However, we are concerned about the rising rates of spread that seemingly occur outside of the classroom. We believe that adding robust testing of students involved in activities outside of the school day will help identify outbreaks more quickly, allow us to continue in-person learning where feasible, and further protect our school communities.”

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Davis School District is in regular contact with the Davis County Health Department and is continuously monitoring the situation. Up-to-date information can be found on the Utah Department of Health website .

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