The Governor’s Office, the Utah Department of Health, and the Association of Local Health Departments have outlined specific procedures for reopening schools in their COVID-19 School Manual. View the State COVID-19 School Manual
Granite School District is working closely with local health departments and state officials to meet the needs of families, and ensure the safety of students and staff, all while adhering the protocols outlined in the state manual.
The district has provided a framework for safe school reopening that matches the requirements set by the Utah State Board of Education. This framework will be used by schools as they develop individual mitigation plans.
Parents of elementary school children will need to select whether their child will attend in-person instruction or use distance learning by August 6. Submit this form to your school on or before the August 6 deadline: Instruction Request Form (English) | Formulario de Solicitud de Aprendizaje (Español) | Demande Forme Ecoles Primaires (Français) | Mẫu yêu cầu Trường tiểu học (Tiếng Việt) | استمارة طلب | Foomka Codsiga Iskuulada Hoose (Soomaali) | Fomu ya Ombi la Masomo (Kiswahili)
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all students returning to school in the fall?
As of now, the schedule to be implemented for the 2020-2021 school year is the new normal daily schedule with the option for distance learning. We are prepared to switch to a modified schedule or a full dismissal in consultation with the health department if needed. These plans and schedules are based on statewide guidance from the State COVID-19 Task Force and the Utah State Board of Education.
Will the New Normal schedule look like regular school?
No. Students will be isolated by classroom groups, face coverings will be required, interaction will be lessened, and social distancing and regular cleaning will be the norm. There will be no large gatherings, and the flow of movement will be controlled. Learning, however, will take place as it always has, with modifications to keep everyone safe. Schools are developing their site plans, which will be available to view July 30 at the latest.
Is Granite’s plan different from other school districts?
Granite’s plan is similar to those of surrounding school districts. Our district is prepared to switch to a modified schedule or a full dismissal in consultation and in conjunction with our partners at the health department if necessary.
What will distance learning be like?
Distance learning will follow the same basic model as this past 4th quarter, but of a much higher quality based on feedback and our experiences. It is expected to keep pace with in-person instruction. The district has ramped up trainings and resources for teachers to assist them in providing distance learning. Student Wi-Fi access will be expanded as much as possible, and Chromebooks will be available for check out.
If parents choose distance learning for their child, can they return to in-person instruction later in the year, or vice versa?
It is anticipated that families will have the flexibility to move to or from distance learning by quarter. So, for example, if a family opts to begin the year doing distance learning, they may, if they choose, switch to in-person instruction beginning second quarter.
Will students practice social distancing at all times at school?
Students and staff will practice social distancing in every situation where possible. However, social distancing will not be possible in every scenario, which is why face coverings are crucial. Refer to this guide from the Salt Lake County Health Department regarding face coverings: Frequently Asked Questions About Face Coverings
Will there be sanitizer and temperature checks at school?
Sanitizer will be available and students will follow a regular handwashing schedule (to be fleshed out at the school level) throughout the day. Temperature checks will be implemented for specific scenarios and in conjunction with school needs and the health department.
What will buses be like?
All students and drivers will be required to wear face coverings on the bus. Social distancing will not be possible on most routes, which is why face coverings are crucial. Sanitizer dispensers will be on every bus, and buses will be sanitized between every run of students. Assigned seating will be used to assist in the event contract tracing needs to be conducted.
How will teachers be protected?
In addition to daily practices (cleaning, controlled movement, social distancing, etc.), the district is providing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for all employees. The district is also installing hospital-grade HVAC filters and schools buildings will increase air circulation. Parents also play a very important role in keeping teachers and staff safe by not sending kids to school if they are sick.
What if my student has special needs or medical concerns?
Each Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or unique circumstance will be reviewed in advance of the school year to meet the needs of students and ensure employees are protected.
Will students be able to share supplies?
No. Student will keep items to themselves.
What happens if there is a positive test at the school?
In the event of a student or staff member tests positive, schools will follow protocols outlined by the health department. Health officials conduct contact tracing and notify appropriate individuals regarding quarantine or other measures. This is done on a case by case basis. Depending on the circumstance, individuals may be directed to be tested. District plans are in line with these health department policies, and we assist them with communication.
Will substitute teachers be assigned to different schools throughout the district?
Substitute teachers will be assigned appropriately, and contact tracing will be in effect to ensure there isn’t expanded exposure in the event of a positive test. School level, and even district level, teams will assist in circumstances where a substitute is not available.