ST. GEORGE — A small group of student-athletes were caught Friday attempting to cheat their mandatory COVID-19 tests by putting rubbing alcohol in their nostrils, according to the Washington County School District.
District communications director Steve Dunham said the students involved attend Snow Canyon High School, and district officials were alerted to the problem by a concerned parent.
Snow Canyon is scheduled to compete in a playoff football game against Pine View High School on Friday night. The mandatory testing came after Gov. Gary Herbert issued a state of emergency order, which went into effect on Monday and put on hold all organized and school-sponsored extracurricular activities, including sports and intramural events. The mandate made an exception for scheduled games and training associated with high school championships, which were allowed to continue with increased restrictions.
Dunham said he could not share specifics on how many students were involved, which sport they play, or the consequences they are facing.
"We took appropriate action and appropriate consequences," he said, "and I can confirm the students that admitted to this will not be participating in tonight's events at all."
Dunham said the district has put measures into place to prevent cheating on COVID-19 tests from happening in the future, but he didn't release the specific details on those measures.
Washington County School District is reporting 70 positive student COVID-19 cases and 614 people, including faculty, in quarantine, according to the district's COVID-19 dashboard.