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Test to Stay

Alta Families,

Alta’s COVID-19 cases have risen to a level that we are anticipating the need to take action in the near future. Instead of transitioning to online, Canyons District has opted for the new “Test to Stay” program, where students will receive a COVID-19 test during school hours. Those who test negative will remain in school, and those who test positive or choose not to test will learn remotely. The benefit of opting to go through this process is that we are anticipating being able to keep our students in school.

To prepare, please register your student for the “Test to Stay” program at this link:

Below is a copy of the message sent last night from Canyons School District about Alta’s COVID-19 cases and the “Test to Stay” program, in case you did not receive it.

Thank you,

Alta Administration

This message is for parents and guardians of Alta High students. Canyons District’s plan to operate schools in this unprecedented time is a thoughtful approach to providing educational services while also minimizing risk to the community. However, while safety precautions have proven effective in reducing transmission in our schools, they cannot eliminate all risk associated with COVID-19.

In the midst of this health crisis, the Canyons District Administration continues to monitor the situation and consult with the Salt Lake County Health Department, which has reported an increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with Alta High.  

Cases of the novel coronavirus associated with Alta have risen to a level that is prompting a community notification. The total number over the past two weeks can be accessed at Now more than ever is the time for vigilance among Alta High families. It will take the combined efforts of the community to maintain a consistent level of health and wellness. Both at and away from school, please encourage students to be vigilant about wearing masks, remaining physically distant from others who do not live in the same household, washing hands, and using hand sanitizers. 

Not only do we want all our students to remain healthy and safe, we want to stay in school. 

To the end of maintaining an in-person learning schedule, CSD high schools now have the option of organizing a “Test to Stay” program if health authorities indicate that a 1 percent threshold for positive COVID-19 cases associated with the school has been reached. In this program, students and employees are offered rapid antigen testing at the school during school hours.  

Those who test negative are able to remain in school and those who test positive are directed to isolate and learn remotely. This process identifies those who are asymptomatic spreaders of COVID-19 and removes them from the environment, thereby reducing the risk of school-based exposures. Testing would be voluntary, but data show that in order for these types of programs to work, the vast majority of students and staff have to be tested. At the end of the testing window, if a substantial number of students, faculty and staff decide to “Test to Stay,” the number of COVID-19 cases associated with the school would reset to zero on Canyons District’s COVID-19 data dashboard.  

Participating in a “Test to Stay” event would require parental approval. If the school organizes a “Test to Stay” event, additional information, including a link to an online consent form, would be sent via email to parents.  Parents also would be notified with a robocall message.  

Regarding the most recent cases, please note that parents already would have been contacted by school or health officials if, during the contact-tracing process, their child was identified as a student who may have been exposed.

Parents are encouraged to continue monitoring children for symptoms of COVID-19. Please contact a health provider immediately if your child begins to suffer a fever, cough, or has difficulty breathing. We also recommend taking additional steps to protect your child’s overall well-being. Watch for signs of stress or behavior changes. For additional resources to keep children healthy during stressful times, we urge you to visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s website by clicking here.

We recognize there may be questions or concerns. Please direct questions by email to Parents also can call the school or the District Office at 801-826-5000. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we address this public-health challenge together. 

January 11, 2021 Weekly Newsletter

Alta High School
Soar to a New ALTAtude
We are an inclusive learning community with a tradition of inspiring, supporting, and collaborating with students as they prepare to be engaged citizens in their pursuit of continuous success.

  • Finishing Strong in 2nd Quarter – With all the change we have experienced throughout this school year, we know that many of our students are concerned about their learning and grades. We want to make sure our students have the opportunity to recover the learning of key concepts so that they can move forward into 3rd quarter with the skills and confidence they need to be successful. Please view page 5 for a summary of how students can recover their possibly lost learning, raise their grade and start 3rd quarter strong for each of their classes.
  • Step2theU Applications – It is time for Alta’s 11th Grade students to consider applying for the Step2theU program! This prestigious program is unique to Alta and allows participating students the ability to earn 30 semester university credits and save up to $20,000 in college tuition fees. Applications are due February 1st at 3:00pm. No late applications will be accepted. For more information, visit the Alta Step2theU webpage.
  • COVID-19 Testing for Extracurricular Activities – In line with new state requirements, Alta High will begin administering rapid COVID-19 testing to all students and employees involved in Utah High School Activities Association-sanctioned activities, including sports and performing art programs. Please see page 2 for a schedule of the programs who will test this week. For more information, please visit the CSD COVID-19 Information webpage.
  • Do you want to be a Nurse? Come Explore the World of Nursing Wednesday, January 13th at a Lunch and Learn Webinar. Pizza will be provided. See Janet Jefferson in room 2117 or follow this link for more information and to sign-up!
  • Alta Softball – Girls interested in trying out for softball in March, make sure to follow @altahighsoftball on Instagram or go to for information on open fields, biweekly COVID testing, and tryouts. See Coach Campbell in room 2114 with questions.
  • Alta Baseball – If you are interested in playing baseball at Alta this spring, open gyms are happening Monday through Thursday from now until tryouts on March 1st. For the schedule and more information visit our baseball website or see Coach Connelly in Room 1943!
  • Do you want to wear a piece of Alta history? The Hawks baseball program is selling authentic, Alta game-worn baseball jerseys for $10 each. You’ll pay for it in the main office and then bring your receipt to Coach Connelly in room 1943 to pick out your jersey. Alta Baseball hats are also available for $25 each. For more information visit or drop by room 1943 to see what’s available.
  • Alta Football – Anyone interested in playing football in the fall should see Coach Te’o in the Alta Weight Room as soon as possible.
  • Girls Golf – Those interested in trying out for girls golf: There is an opportunity to practice at Top Golf on Tuesday 1/19, Monday 1/25, Monday 2/1 and 2/8, Tuesday 2/16 and Monday 2/22 from 3-5pm. If you have any questions contact Karen Jack at
  • CTEC Open Enrollment is now open. Learn more about the fantastic Canyons Technical Education Center (CTEC) programs on the CTEC website.
  • Yearbook Senior Ads – If you would like to submit a senior tribute for your senior, please go to and follow the steps below on page 6. Also see pages 6 and 7 for details and samples.
  • Hawkeye – Check out the student news site for the week. Stories are published weekly. Go to
  • Seal of Biliteracy – Juniors and Seniors who speak English and at least one other language should consider applying for the Seal of Biliteracy. This distinguished honor is awarded to students who demonstrate proficiency in English and at least one other World Language before high school graduation. Visit the Canyon District Seal of Biliteracy website to learn more and apply by January 22nd.
  • Math Tutoring – Both in person and virtual math tutoring is available Monday-Thursday. Please see the Alta High Tutoring Webpage for more information about this and other tutoring opportunities.

You can now follow us on Instagram under the nametag alta.hawks!
**For more information or to see photos of events, please visit the Alta High Website or follow the Alta Facebook Page.**

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