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Syracuse High School begins pilot COVID-19 testing program instead of remote learning

By Ashley Fredde, KSL.com | Posted - Dec. 4, 2020 at 8:04 p.m.



SYRACUSE — Despite reaching more than 15 positive COVID-19 cases over the last 14 days, Syracuse High School will be deviating from the standard procedure of transitioning to remote learning and will instead be participating in a pilot testing program.

Davis School District announced on Friday that in a partnership with Utah Department of Health and the Davis County Health Department, Syracuse will begin the "Test to Stay" program in order to remain open.

Syracuse High School must have at least 80% of its student body to participate in the "Test to Stay" program by consenting to a free rapid COVID-19 test. If the 80% threshold isn't reached, the school will be transitioned to remote learning for the second time beginning on Dec. 18.

Syracuse outlined the testing procedures in the release as follows:

  • "Prior to Monday, Dec. 7, you as a parent or guardian, must consent for your child to be tested. That consent can be given by logging into your child's DSD account.
  • "Students will attend school as normal on Monday.
  • "During the day, students who have been given parental consent will leave class for a free rapid COVID test.
  • "After a student is tested, they will return to class. It takes about 15-20 minutes for the results of the test to be determined.
  • "If the test is negative, the student will continue to attend school.
  • "If the test is positive, you will be notified, and your child will be sent home with additional information.
  • "If your child is absent on Monday, the school will provide them a letter that will enable them to get tested at the district testing site in the Freeport Center."

If parents choose not to have their child tested, the student will be quarantined beginning on Dec. 8 through Dec. 18, accessing school materials online, according to the district.

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