Important update regarding Coronavirus response
Mask mandate ends May 31
Utah Gov. Spencer Cox announced the state would be lifting the school mask mandate earlier than originally anticipated.
In conjunction with that action, the Utah Department of Health issued State Public Health Order 2021-12. That order replaces the previous order which was to remain in effect through the end of the 2020-21 school year.
The new order states the school mask mandate "shall remain in effect until the Monday of the last week of the 2020-21 school year."
In accordance with that order, the use of face masks in Davis School District will remain through Friday, May 28. After Monday, May 31 — which is Memorial Day and a day when school is not in session — face masks will no longer be required in DSD schools.
The school year ends Friday, June 4.
Here is what we envision the upcoming school year will be like.
Through May 31
• The district and its schools will continue to follow face mask protocols through May 31 — when State Public Health Order 2021-12 ends. The district will continue to accept applications for mask exemptions and will approve those that include proper documentation. The rest of the district’s “Big Five” will also continue to be practiced, including proper hand washing and hygiene protocols, staying home when sick, cleaning and disinfecting, and maintaining physical distancing where possible.
• Students who participate in extracurricular activities will continue to adhere to Test to Play protocols and will be required to be tested for COVID-19 every 14 days. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days and show no symptoms, or have completed vaccinations, will not be tested.
• Students who take part in high school dances will also adhere to Test to Sway protocols. Participants will be required to be tested for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the dance. Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days and show no symptoms, or have completed vaccinations, will not be tested.
• No overnight student travel is allowed.
• In-state and out-of-state employee travel will be allowed following supervisor approval.
May 31 – August 22
• Wearing face masks — barring future health orders — will no longer be a requirement in any Davis School District schools or facilities.
• The district will continue to adhere to Utah High School Activity Association directives. There is no intention, at this point, to test students who participate in extracurricular activities for COVID-19.
• Students will be permitted to travel in-state overnight. Decisions about out-of-state student travel have not yet been reached. Employees will be allowed to travel in-state and out-of-state pending supervisor approval.
• Davis School District returns to a traditional five-day a week schedule for the 2021-22 school year. Unless there is new legislation and/or new public health orders that require otherwise, there will be no COVID-19 restrictions.
• There will be no mask requirements for students, staff or the public, and no mandatory testing for students to take part in extracurricular activities or dances.
• Davis Connect, the district’s online school, will continue to offer K-12 education for those who chose to receive education in this manner.
• Student travel will be allowed.
In a related note, some of the practices we’ve used in the “Big Five” do make sense to continue into the new school year. Those would include proper handwashing and hygiene etiquette, staying home when sick, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. Schools will also continue to provide hand sanitizer for anyone who wants to use it.
Additional information about COVID-19 in schools:
- Covid-19 is present in your school. Now what? Read the Davis County Health Department recommendations here.
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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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