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COVID-19 Update • Utah Announces New Safety Measures

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  • Post last modified:November 12, 2020

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has announced new safety measures to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Canyons District has already been practicing some of the precautions that are now being enforced statewide under penalty of fines, including the requirement to wear face coverings. But the governor’s executive order, coupled with a concurrent health order by the Utah Department of Health, contains some new restrictions that pertain directly to schools. The orders took effect today, Monday, Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. and will remain in effect through Nov. 23, or until otherwise modified. For a full copy of the governor’s order, click here.

The Operation of Schools

CSD schools will continue to operate in alignment with guidelines established by the Utah State Board of Education and Canyons Board of Education.

Face Masks

The State Public Health Order requiring masks in schools is still in effect. There remain exceptions for children under three years of age or who have special medical considerations.

Extracurricular Activities, Including Sports, Clubs and Performing Arts Events 

In accordance with the governor’s announcement and in line with Utah High School Activities Association guidelines, all after-school activities, including clubs, sports and performing arts activities have been placed on hold at least until Nov. 23. All winter sport practices, competitions and tryouts have been postponed. Theatrical, dance and musical performances and rehearsals also have been placed on pause. Per the governor’s order, high school football championship playoffs will continue as scheduled under a strict set of guidelines. After-school tutoring and academic enrichments may continue depending on the school’s offerings. At the elementary level, recess will continue as usual. 

Driver Education and High School Courses that are Dedicated to the Practice of Music, Theater, Dance, and Physical Education

All academic courses will proceed as scheduled, including driver education instruction, performing arts and athletics classes and physical education courses. Extra precautions will be taken to limit respiratory output in indoor settings. 

State Football Playoffs

Per the governor’s Executive Order football championships will continue as scheduled. Each participant, including athletes, coaches, trainers, and staff members must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the event. Athletes also must wear face coverings while on the sidelines. The governor’s order limits spectators to no more than two guests per athlete, coach, trainer or staff member. All spectators must wear face coverings and remain at least six feet apart from individuals from different households. Members of the cheerleading and drill teams are considered participating athletes and can be at the playoffs games as participants. They also must test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of the event and adhere to all other safety precautions.

Future Testing of Employees and Students

Arrangements are being made now to administer COVID-19 testing to the athletes and staff who are participating in the football playoffs. We await further direction from state authorities regarding the availability and administration of any future testing of other school-based populations. 

School-Based Meetings

All previously-scheduled PTA and School Community Council meetings will be conducted virtually.

COVID-19 Update • Utah Announces New Safety Measures