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COVID-19 Update, Weber School District Press Release, March 13, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

March 13, 2020 – This morning, the Weber School Board held a special study session to discuss impact of COVID-19 on our schools, and to set-forth contingency plans in the event of community spread of the illness.

The district will continue to stress the importance of preventative measures like practicing good hygiene and handwashing.

The district will continue operating at a Level II Enhanced Disinfecting Protocol at all facilities.  This enhanced cleaning involves the disinfecting of touch surfaces throughout the building.

The district will be following the recommendations set forth by the Governor’s Office and the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).  These include increasing social distancing measures to avoid community spread of COVID-19.  The following measures and restrictions are effect immediately:

All non-essential extra-curricular activities and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice.  The following are examples but this list is not all-inclusive:

  • Assemblies
  • Field trips
  • Dances
  • Plays
  • All sporting & athletic events

Regarding athletics, the Utah High School Activities Association suspended all sanctioned events for the period of two-weeks.  The district will be following these recommendations and will extend these restrictions to all junior high athletics.  This is effective immediately.

All work-related, out-of-state travel for district and school personnel is suspended for the period of 30-45 days, and will be re-evaluated after this period of time.

Access to school buildings will be limited to essential personnel only, including the restriction of visitors and volunteers.

Principals have been asked to enact social distancing measures at their schools which could include opening up areas for school lunch like common areas, classrooms, and school grounds.

All district owned facilities and schools will be closed to private functions, recreational activities, and other non-sponsored district and school events. 

The Board discussed contingency plans in the event of an outbreak in our district.  These include the re-scheduling of Spring Break, implementing a modified home learning program, using a blended model of online and traditional learning in the event a campus can still be open, and the potential closing of a school and/or schools.  Potential challenges such as access to devices, access to internet service, providing meals, transportation and other concerns were discussed in-depth.

The Board also discussed the impact on employees and what accommodations could be made to protect and assist them, especially those who may be considered more vulnerable to illness.  There was also discussion on the status of part-time employees who may not have leave.  Superintendent Stephens and the board members stressed the importance of taking care of all employees and the options that are available to help them.

All of these measures were unanimously approved by board members.

It should be emphasized that the decision to close schools will come at the recommendation of the Weber-Morgan Health Department in cooperation with state officials.  We are in constant, daily contact with health department officials regarding any impact to our schools.  We have been assured by health officials that they will be in immediate contact with us if there are any students or staff members who have contracted COVID-19 or who have documented, substantial exposure to the illness.  At this time, there is only one confirmed case of COVID-19 in Weber County and no reported cases of community spread.

Our top priority is the health and safety of all students and staff.  We will continue to closely monitor the situation surrounding COVID-19 and will immediately communicate with parents and students regarding any new developments or concerns.

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