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SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time this school year, a Utah public school is going to exchange in-person learning for online classes, albeit temporarily, for the first three days of next week before Provo School District's fall break begins.
Edgemont Elementary School, according to information posted by the school district had a high number of positive COVID-19 tests in both students and employees during its "Test to Stay" event held Friday morning.
Details about how the remote learning will occur will be sent to parents of children who attend the school.
Schools in various districts around the state have participated in the Test to Stay program, which was piloted at Kearns High School in December of last year. KSL.com is not aware of any other Test to Stay events which have led to temporary remote learning thus far into the school year.
The students are given rapid tests and are required to have a negative result in order to continue going to school in person, students who do not test are asked to quarantine, along with students who test positive.
The protocol for the Test to Stay program was outlined in HB1007, which the Utah Legislature passed during a special session this year. A Test to Stay event is held when a school has 30 positive COVID-19 tests within the last 14 days, if the school has less than 1,500 students, or 2% of the school has tested positive for COVID-19 if there are more students.
Provo School District held a community testing event at Edgemont Elementary School on Oct. 4 because of an increased number of coronavirus cases among the students. At that point, the district said none of their schools had reached the threshold for Test to Stay procedures to be initiated.