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Back to School Plan

Summit Academy continues to focus on health, wellness, and learning. With those aims at the forefront, Summit Academy will follow a comprehensive and data-driven back-to-school plan to maintain safe and welcoming learning environments in the 2021-2022 school year.

Summit Academy's plan was created to address any COVID-19-related concerns while also adhering to state laws and taking into account recommendations from public-health authorities.

NO Mask Required at School
 
When the school bell rings for the first time on Monday, Aug. 16, Summit Academy students and employees are welcome to wear face-coverings as recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and local health authorities, but masks will not be required at school. A Utah law passed last spring eliminated a school district’s ability to put into place a mask mandate unless ordered by the local health department. Such an order has not been issued by the Salt Lake County Health Department. Masks will be provided for students who want to wear one but did not bring one from home. Employees who want to wear masks also can request for a mask or other PPE to be provided.  encSummit Academy encourages parents to consult with their family physicians regarding masks as the children return to school.

Health and Safety Protocols

While social restrictions may have been loosened as a result of vaccine availability, health authorities are recommending COVID-19-related precautions for schools, including the following:

  • Attendance requirements have been rescinded temporarily to encourage parents to keep children home if they are experiencing any symptoms of illness. Testing for COVID-19 also is encouraged if the illness continues. Summit Academy will provide regular testing for students and employees at need. Please complete the registration form prior to the student’s COVID rapid test. 
  • Summit Academy schools will be as clean as possible. Summit Academy schools are equipped with cannisters of hand-sanitizer, touchless water fountains, and air filters that utilize an electrostatic charge to remove fine particles from the air. Classrooms also will be provided plenty of cleaning supplies. As always, schools will be cleaned thoroughly throughout the day and into the evening hours. Cleaning crews also will regularly disinfect classrooms, hallways, and commons areas with hospital-grade cleaning detergents.
  • Seating charts and/or co-horting, or a combination thereof, will be encouraged to aid any contact-tracing efforts, which will be done by the Salt Lake County Health Department
  • Regardless of vaccination status, students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home for 10 days from the test date. Students who are in quarantine or isolation can access education via Canvas, Summit Academy Schools common online-learning management system.
  • Parents and guardians of students will be notified in the event of a close-contact exposure at a school. Vaccinated students or students who have had COVID-19 within 90 days of the exposure can continue with their studies uninterrupted. Health authorities recommend that non-vaccinated students either quarantine at home for 10 days and access education via Canvas or attend school with a mask. Close-contact exposure will be decided by the Salt Lake County Health Department
  • After a close-contact exposure, at the seven-day mark, students can choose to be tested. If the test returns as negative, they may remove their masks at school.  If they choose not to get tested, it’s recommended that they wear a mask at school for 10 days.  A student would not be considered exposed if both parties were wearing masks at the time of possible exposure, or the contact has had COVID-19 in the last 90 days.

To the end of keeping students engaged in in-person learning, Summit Academy will conduct Test to Stay events when case counts meet the thresholds as identified in state law.