2 Utah schools quarantine students after 1 COVID-19 case on each campus

Sep 3, 2020, 6:37 PM | Updated: 7:26 pm
Utah Schools COVID-19...
School is back in session today for most districts across the state, which has some worried about a potential spike in coronavirus cases following Thanksgiving break. (PHOTO: KSL Newsradio)
(PHOTO: KSL Newsradio)

ERDA, Utah – Two Utah schools have issued quarantines for several of their students, after some members of the school population tested positive for COVID-19. 

A few days ago, Excelsior Academy in Erda, Utah learned that one person at the school had become sick with COVID-19. 

Executive Director Stephanie Eccles said that’s when the school conducted extensive contract tracing — which led to the entire first grade class being quarantined. 

“We now have so many that had contact — not a positive case but had contact — with that person,” Eccles said. “We’re going to have an online model for our first grade only.”

Online classes will start Sept. 8 and Eccles said she hopes it will only last a few weeks.

Eccles stressed that the school is following Tooele County Health Department guidelines, and parents have been understanding with its decision. 

Similarly, Sand Ridge Junior High School in Roy also decided to quarantine 100 students after one case on campus. 

Weber School District Community Relations and Safety Specialist Lane Findlay acknowledged the decision may seem like a head scratcher for many people — considering children are at a low risk of getting a serious case of COVID-19. 

However, he said it was done to protect people’s health. 

“We do have students who are at high risk,” Findlay said. “We have staff members or teachers who are high-risk, that maybe have underlying health conditions. If they were to contract [COVID-19], it really could be a matter of life or death.”

Like Excelsior Academy, the quarantine was a precautionary move. 

“Our goal in this is to minimize the potential spread of the virus, to protect other people’s health, and then prevent an outbreak from happening where we may have to eventually shut down the school,” Findlay said.

Typically, quarantines for COVID-19 last two weeks to outlive the 14-day incubation period of the virus.   

It’s unclear whether it was a student or staff member who tested positive for COVID-19 at Excelsior Academy, as the school does not publicly release private medical information.

However, the Weber School District confirmed it was a student at the junior high who came down with the virus. The district did not expand on that description.  

Today’s Top Stories


utah student achievement COVID-19...
Simone Seikaly

Utah student performance knocked down during COVID-19 restrictions

A review of multiple Utah student performance exams found "significant impacts" in mathematics achievement across grades.
1 month ago
COVID-19 testing kits...
Jeff Caplan

Jeff Caplan’s Minute of News: The complicated tale of COVID-19 test kits

What's so complicated about COVID-19 test kits? Mostly, the expiration date. It's a puzzle that nobody seems able to solve.
2 months ago
moderna young kids...

Moderna seeks to be 1st with COVID shots for littlest kids

The company hopes the FDA will rule in time for young children to start getting their low-dose vaccinations by summer.
2 months ago
New eligibility rules for pandemic-EBT program...
Waverly Golden

New eligibility guidelines for Pandemic-EBT

Utah households will have to apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits with their local school by May 6 to possibly receive Pandemic-EBT.
2 months ago
Eighth grade students and their teacher wear masks during their dual language class at Mount Jordan...
Kira Hoffelmeyer

Bill that would allow parents to sue teachers over curriculum substituted during general session

The part of a bill that would have included the ability for parents to sue teachers if they didn't like what was on the lesson plan is being substituted on Utah's Capitol hill. 
5 months ago
The Salt Lake School Board eliminated 42 teaching positions because of dropping enrollment numbers....
Martha Harris, Paul Nelson, and Kira Hoffelmeyer

42 teaching positions eliminated in SLC from decline in student enrollment

The board eliminated 42 teaching positions because of dropping enrollment numbers
5 months ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
2 Utah schools quarantine students after 1 COVID-19 case on each campus