Dear Granger High Parents and Staff,
The District has been informed by Salt Lake County Health Department that our school has 15 confirmed COVID cases with additional referrals expected in the coming days (see attached letter and handout from Salt Lake County Health Department). As part of our planning process this summer, we anticipated that such a dismissal would invariably occur, and the district and your school are prepared for this circumstance. Per the Health Department, this dismissal is NOT a quarantine. This notice does not supersede any quarantine instructions. If your student has previously been instructed to quarantine, please continue to adhere and complete your quarantine per the guidance provided by the Health Department.
All in-person instruction at our school will cease, and distance education will begin immediately. Students and staff will be able to come into the building prior to noon tomorrow to pick up any items they may need for distance education. Thereafter, the school will be closed for the next two days for deep cleaning. Teachers will return to work on Wednesday but students will not return until November 2nd. Students who need technological resources such as Chromebooks or Wi-Fi access or who need additional items from the school should reach out to the main office to make arrangements.
We have had extensive consultation with health officials regarding extracurricular activities (All UHSAA governed activities and dance/cheer teams). The Health Department does NOT currently recommend that those activities be dismissed unless they surpass the 3-case threshold. This is consistent with the provisions of the State Health Department COVID-19 School Manual. However, if those teams do have case counts that rise to 3 or more, it is anticipated that the Health Department will recommend a 14-day dismissal of that team at that time.
This dismissal will require the cancelation or postponement of all other school activities, and spectators will not be permitted at ongoing competitions on school property with the exception of parents or guardians. We will work to reschedule all other activities and events for after the dismissal. We regret this is the case but readily acknowledge that the safety for our students and employees will continue to be paramount above all else.
We encourage all students to continue to work with their teachers through CANVAS and contacting them by email. Teachers will be providing leaning opportunities on Monday, October 19th and Tuesday, October 20th. Starting October 26th through October 30th, teachers will be doing Distance Learning following the same regular day schedule, for the time that we will be in dismissal.
Students will be able to pick up breakfast and lunch before 12:00 on Monday, October 19th. There will be curbside meals provided on Tuesday as well from 10:30 to 11:30. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, meals will not be served. From October 26th through October 31st, meals will be provided for pick up in the cafeteria between 10:30 and 11:30.
In the meantime, we strongly encourage our students and families to adhere to current countywide health orders and avoid large gatherings and wear a mask in public in circumstances where social distancing is not possible. If we fail to adhere to this guidance, we further put our extracurricular activities and in-person instruction in jeopardy. We appreciate your patience and support as we work to keep our students and staff safe in the midst of this pandemic.
Dr. David Dunn
Granger High School