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Mask Up! Utah Revises School Quarantine Rules For Students, Employees Who Don Masks

Time in quarantine could be cut in half for Canyons students and employees who were wearing masks during the moments they were possibly exposed to COVID-19 while at school.  

Under guidelines released by Utah government and education officials on Thursday, Oct. 8, quarantined students and employees who test negative for COVID-19 after the seventh day from their last exposure — and, importantly, only if they were wearing masks at the time of exposure — can return to in-person learning, activities, and work.  

The previous length of the quarantine as mandated by health authorities was 14 days. 

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October 5, 2020 Weekly Newsletter

Week of October 5, 2020
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.

  • Online Learning – We will be continuing with online learning today and tomorrow. Final decisions about returning to school on Wednesday, October 7th will be made in consultation with the Salt Lake County Health Department later today. Please watch your email for updated information.

  • COVID-19 Updates – Please view the COVID-19 updates for the Alta High Community on page 4 of this newsletter each week.

  • Free Meals to Fuel Friday Learning – Fridays will be a day for at-home learning for students, and CSD’s Nutrition Services Professionals will make sure they are properly fueled for a full day of study. On Thursdays, our lunchroom will double the number of meals we normally prepare, adding an extra sack meal for students to take home and enjoy on Friday. The sack meals will be made available free of charge for as long as federal grant funding remains in place. Efforts will be made to distribute the meals at the end of the school day so they can be quickly refrigerated. This is important, as the sack meals will contain perishable items. Nutrition information for the meals can be found at CSD’s online lunch menu.

  • Seniors: College Application Week is October 12-14 – 12th grade students will have an opportunity to complete at least one college application during their English class next week. Please come prepared with information you will need to complete an application, including your social security number and possibly drivers license number (to establish residency). Many schools are waiving their application fees during this week. If you need help paying for a college application fee, don’t hesitate to reach out to your counselor. If you are completing your senior English credit online, you are invited to come to the school library from 9:00-11:30am on Friday, October 9th if you would like some assistance with your applications.

  • FAFSA Completion Night – October is the time for 12th grade students to complete their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Alta High will be hosting FAFSA Completion Night with financial aid experts from the state on Tuesday, October 13 from 6:00 – 8:00pm in the Alta High School Media Center. Parents and students are invited to attend. For students who are on-track to qualify for the Regents scholarship, a FAFSA is required. Many colleges and universities require a FAFSA in order to award any scholarships. Please bring the following items: student’s Social Security Number, Driver’s License Number (to establish residency) and Parents’ 2019 Federal Income Tax Returns.

  • Picture Day – The next makeup picture day is scheduled for October 20th.

  • Math Tutoring – Does your student need some extra help with their math homework? Math tutoring will continue via Google Meet during online learning. The schedule can be viewed on page 5. Students will simply need to open a Google Meet and type the code AltaMathHelp to join. When we return to in-person learning, students choose can participate in these tutoring sessions either in-person or virtually.

  • Reflections Contest – This year’s Reflections Contest theme is “I matter because…” Students need to submit their entry by October 23rd at on the Utah PTA Reflections website. Learn more by viewing this video and the flyer on page 6.

  • Jordan Night School for Credit Recovery – Jordan High School is hosting a night school option for credit recovery. See pages 7 & 8 for more info.

  • Register for the PSAT! – 10th and 11th graders interested in taking the PSAT will need to register before Oct. 9th at a cost of $20. This is a practice SAT exam and a qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Please see page 9 for more information about the PSAT and how to register.

  • Utah Food Bank – The Utah Food Bank is available for families in need at The Adventure Church (352 W 12300 S Draper, UT 84020). They serve drive-thru style on Thursdays. Call 801-688-7251 to make an appointment.

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Split-Schedule at Alta Allows Return to On-Campus Learning — With Fewer Students

A temporary split-schedule has been announced for Alta High, effective Wednesday, Oct. 7.

The split-schedule opens the door for students to return to campus for classes while also decreasing the number of students on campus at any one time. It’s hoped this schedule will reduce the number of students quarantined after a possible exposure to COVID-19, better support physical distancing, and supplement existing contact tracing efforts.  

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with the schools, as well as the rate of transmission in the community, prompted the decision to return to on-campus learning in smaller numbers. The number of cases associated with Canyons schools are available on the District’s data dashboard.

The new schedule replaces the online-only learning model that was put into place Wednesday, Sept. 23 at Alta High in response to increases in positive cases of the novel coronavirus, coupled with a significant number of students who had been placed on quarantine because of a possible exposure. 

Alta parents and guardians on Monday received information about when students are scheduled to attend.

When students are not at school, their learning will be supported through Canvas. 

It is hoped that students will return to on-campus learning on a regular schedule on Monday, Oct. 26. Parents will receive updates so they can plan for their families accordingly. 

However, if confirmed active COVID-19 cases associated with the schools remain at a concerning level, the temporary schedule may remain intact or other additional precautionary measures may need to be taken after CSD consults with the Salt Lake County Health Department.

After-school activities and sports events will continue as scheduled in line with the guidelines established by the Utah High School Activities Association and health authorities. Those guidelines include required temperature and symptom checks as part of student participation. 

To lessen the number of COVID-19 cases associated with the schools, CSD again asks the community for continued adherence to health and safety protocols such as mask wearing and physical distancing. 

Canyons District recognizes there may be concerns or questions. Please direct questions by email to communications@canyonsdistrict.org. Parents also can call the District Office at 801-826-5000 or Alta High School’s Main Office.

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