Edgemont Elementary School in Provo switched to distance learning after peak in COVID cases | News, Sports, Jobs


Courtesy of Provo City School District

Edgemont Elementary School in northeast Provo switched to distance learning on Monday, October 11, 2021, after several students tested positive for COVID-19.

Students attending Edgemont Elementary School in Provo will have a few extra days away from the classroom this week thanks to COVID-19.

The Provo City School District Policy for Schools the Size of Edgemont, which has 536 students, states that if there are 30 or more cases of COVID in a 14-day period, they should work with the Department of Utah County Health on Next Steps. The next determined step was to organize a Test-to-Stay event.

According to an announcement from the Provo City School District, a “high number of positive results identified among students and employees” at the Edgemont Test-to-Stay event on Friday led the health department and the school district to agree to move the school to distance / online learning for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

Fall vacation is scheduled to start on Thursday and students will return on Wednesday, October 20.

“We have found more positives and it is difficult to find replacements so we thought we would take advantage of the fall break,” said Caleb Price, district spokesperson.

Edgemont Elementary School is across from Timpview High School and is an elementary school for Centennial Middle School a few blocks north. The siblings of Edgemont Elementary students attend these schools.

“We have looked at the numbers in these schools and the numbers are not as of a concern as those in the elementary school,” Price said. “We haven’t seen a peak in these schools.”

This decision only applies to Edgemont Elementary School. The school will coordinate the specific details of distance learning in separate communication directly with the parents of Edgemont students.


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