Test to Stay

Keeping schools open

According to HB 1007 passed during the 2021 Utah Special legislative session, if a school hits a COVID-19 outbreak threshold of 2 percent of students and staff for a school of more than 1,500 or 30 students and staff for a school of 1,500 or less, the school will conduct a Test to Stay event and test students and staff for the virus.

student being tested for COVID

The following protocols will be adhered to:

• Parents must give their approval for their child to be tested.
• Those who test positive will return home and be placed in isolation.
• Those who test negative may return to school.
• Students not tested will not be allowed to attend school and will be placed in quarantine for 10 days. However, the student can return to school if they receive a negative COVID-19 test.

Secondary schools

• Prior approval will be sought from parents for their permission to test their child during the school day.
• School nurses will conduct the testing during school.

Elementary schools

• Prior approval will be sought from parents for their permission to test their child in their presence or test their child without them being present.
• School nurses will conduct the testing before, during and after school.