Q. What are the procedures for responding to a case of COVID-19 in schools.
A. State health officials have produced the COVID-19 School Manual for responding to COVID-19 in schools. Ogden School District has provided a condensed FAQ for parents based on the state manual. Both the state manual and the condensed FAQ are available in English and Spanish. COVID-19 Manual Escolar | Manual escolar de Preguntas frecuentes sobre del COVID-19
Q. Will students attend school in person?
A. Yes. Schools will be open to students to attend in person. There will be increased precautions for safety in schools. Students will also have the option to enroll in Ogden Online school. Other students may conduct learning through individualized plans.
- Q. Is Ogden Online Right for my student?
- A. Children who flourish in an online space typically:
- Are able to manage their own time while staying engaged in many working environments. (Self-Management)
- Are persistent even when tasks are difficult. (Grit and Classroom Effort)
- Have the confidence to make their own choices with moral integrity. (Self-Efficacy)
- Learn well from text, video, and digital collaboration with their peers (Learning Strategies)
- Are comfortable, with support, communicating digitally through email, Canvas, or other tools. (Communication)
- Ogden Online students will still have access to the typical OSD supports including a teacher, counselor, and adviser; instructional content on Canvas; and potential interventions/extensions as deemed necessary by the teacher.
Q. How long will my student be required to quarantine (stay home from school) if they are exposed to COVID-19?
A. The standard quarantine period is a minimum of 14 days.
Q. What is the Low Risk Test and Return Protocol?
A. A student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at school or in-person learning if they meet ALL of the following criteria:
- The school verifies the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask as defined by the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
- The quarantined students, teacher or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result (must be a PCR or antigen test, not an antibody test). The test must be administered at least 7 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive.
- The student, teacher, or staff member does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
The LRTR protocol does not apply to:
- Teachers, students or staff that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools
- School settings that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools (exposure at recess, a school sponsored extracurricular activity or physical education class where masks are not worn, lunch etc.)
- Exposures outside of the school setting such as in the home, social gatherings, or community based activities
- Exposures under these circumstances are still subject to a minimum 14-day quarantine period.
Q. Will face masks be required in school?
A. Yes. All students and school staff will be required to wear a face mask or face cover while in school when physical distancing (6 feet) is not reasonably possible. However, students whose health requires an alternative arrangement may file a Student Mask Exemption Request.
Q. Will meals still be provided in schools?
A. Yes. All schools will continue to provide lunch and (if applicable) breakfast for students. Schools may use altered meal times and operations (e.g. meals in classrooms).
Q. Will face masks be required on school buses?
A. Yes. Because physical distancing (6 feet) may not always be possible on school buses, each student, driver and support staff will be required to wear a face mask.
Q. Will schools provide face masks for students and employees.
A. Yes. Students will be provided two (2) reusable face masks at the beginning of the year. Families will be responsible for washing the masks after each daily use. School employees will also receive a face mask or covering from the school.
Q. Will schools implement increased cleaning and disinfecting processes?
A. Yes. Schools have created strategic plans to increase sanitation and limit opportunities for the potential spread of infection.
Q. Will schools provide hand sanitizer?
A. Yes. Hand sanitizer placed strategically throughout the building. Students will be expected to use hand sanitizer responsibly.
Q. Will there be an option for educating a student who is at increased risk of infection or lives in a household with a high-risk family member?
A. Yes. As with any unique health circumstances, schools will work with families to find individualized solutions that fit the needs of the student.
Q. Will schools check the temperature of students before entering the school.
A. Possibly. To the best of our ability we will check the temperature of students before entering school each day. If a student is experiencing symptoms of illness, they should not come to school.
Q. Will a school be closed if a student or school employee tests positive for COVID-19?
A. Possibly. We are implementing a system of guidelines and preventative measures with the goal of keeping schools open. In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19 we will work closely with the Weber-Morgan Health Department to determine the appropriate response. Possible results could include steps as specific as notifying anyone who may have been in prolonged direct contact with the individual or as broad as a complete school closure.
Q. Will athletics, music, theatre and other clubs and extracurricular activities continue.
A. Possibly. Some activities will likely be able to continue while implementing precautions for personal interaction that have not been necessary in the past. Other activities may not be able to continue, or may be restricted to smaller groups or virtual (online) interactions.