Edgemont Elementary in Provo switches to e-learning after Test-to-Stay event

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PROVO, Utah – The Provo City School District announced that Edgemont Elementary School will switch to distance or online learning Monday through Wednesday, after a Test-to-Stay event on Friday revealed a high number of positive COVID-19 test results.

School officials emailed parents and posted information on the Provo District website with details.

“Due to the high number of positive outcomes identified among students and employees, the Utah County Department of Health and Provo City School District have agreed to move Edgemont to distance learning (online) for the three days of school next week before the fall break. District officials said in a statement.

No other school in the Provo district is currently affected.

By state law, schools with more than 1,500 students must hold a Test-to-Stay event when at least 2% of the student body tests positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Schools with fewer than 1,500 students must host a Test-to-Stay event if 30 or more students have tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 14 days. Edgemont belongs to the latter category.

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Local resources

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Utah Coronavirus Information

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Utah Coronavirus Information Line – 1-800-456-7707

National resources

Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions, World Health Organization

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