USD announces COVID-19 Contingency Plan

USD announces COVID-19 Contingency Plan
Posted on 01/19/2022
This is the image for the news article titled USD announces COVID-19 Contingency PlanThe Uintah School District has developed a COVID-19 contingency plan in response to recent announcements by state officials about the suspension of the test-to-stay requirement for schools and the prevalence of COVID-19 in Utah.

For staff, students, and parents, the contingency plan's most immediate changes are:

1. Uintah School District is suspending Friday in-person learning for the next 6 Fridays, beginning on Friday, Jan. 21. Students will attend classes online on Fridays during this time. This will provide teachers with more time to plan for and respond to the large number of students who are absent and learning online. (EXCEPTION: Students in special education Life Skills classrooms will continue with their current Friday in-person schedule.)

2. The district will no longer track, monitor, or report positive student cases of COVID-19.

3. The district’s focus will shift to internally monitoring each school’s capacity to safely provide in-person learning for students. This will include daily monitoring of the attendance rates of instructional staff, transportation staff, and food services staff. Furthermore, the district will monitor the number of substitutes assigned, the number of unfilled substitute positions, and the percentage of substitutes accepting positions each day relative to the total number of available substitutes in each pool.

4. The district will implement an incentive program to increase the number of substitutes who accept assignments.

5. Most professional development (PD) meetings will be canceled or postponed, reducing the strain on our substitute pools. PD requests will be limited throughout the remainder of this school year.

6. The district will review all upcoming large-group employee gatherings to determine whether they should be postponed or canceled. Gatherings that are authorized will be required to include specific risk-mitigation protocols.

These actions, along with all available data, will be reviewed in 6 weeks and the district's contingency plan will be amended as need.

The district recognizes the COVID-19 health risks associated with the school environment for both students and staff. We also understand the importance of in-person learning for the growth, development, and emotional wellbeing of our students. We continue to acknowledge the importance of individual choice when it comes to vaccinations and the wearing of masks and we encourage our employees, students, and their families to consider the implications of these choices as they relate to the district’s goal of keeping our schools open for in-person learning.

The district's full COVID-19 Contingency Plan can be found HERE.
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