COVID Plan is updated as needed through out the school year. Updates are published below.
County Mask Mandate as of January 7, 2022
As you may be aware, COVID case counts in our community and school have started to rise dramatically. The Salt Lake County Health Department has initiated a countywide mask mandate (Click here to see the order) in effect starting this evening at midnight and running for the next 30-days. At all activities and events on school property, starting tomorrow and when students return to school on Monday, January 10th, they will be required to wear a mask. We would encourage you to have your student come to school with a mask, however, Oakwood Elementary will have masks available to your student if they don’t have one.
All students, staff, and visiting patrons will be required to wear a mask in our building till the mask mandate is lifted.
If any of our schools reaches 30 cases (for schools with less than 1500 students) state law requires a “Test to Stay,” protocol, wherein students would be required (with parental permission) to be tested for COVID. Students who test positive or who are unable to be tested, would NOT be permitted to attend school for in-person instruction for a period of 10-days. For more information on case counts and Test to Stay, please visit https://www.graniteschools.org/covid/.
In the event of a Test to Stay protocol being initiated, parental permission for testing would be required. Click here to provide that authorization – https://c19.health.utah.gov/surveys/?s=ACRKKX7HTJ. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR STUDENT(s) ASAP IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED THIS CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR.
Students who qualify for a mask exemption under the order may make that request by contacting the Related Services office at (385) 646-4548. Proof of mask exemption would need to be provided at the school by the student and/or guardian.
We strongly encourage families to take other appropriate measures while at home and in the community to reduce the spread of COVID including getting vaccinated if you are eligible to do so. Click here for free testing sites in Salt Lake County – testing. As a reminder, if your child is sick or demonstrating symptoms, they MUST STAY HOME and reach out to your health care provider or the Health Department for guidance.
Please recognize that we have vulnerable students and staff within our schools. There are also sensitive members of our community who could be impacted by exposure from asymptomatic individuals. We thank you in advance for your patience and support as we work to keep our students and staff safe during this pandemic.
Start of the 2021-22 School Year
The 2021-22 school year begins Monday, August 16th and we are excited to welcome our owls back to Oakwood Elementary for in-person learning. As with last school year, Granite School District will follow guidance and direction from state and local health departments. Please refer to the following information as it pertains to COVID protocols at Oakwood Elementary. We at Oakwood are focused on providing a safe and clean learning envirionment for our students. We will remain flexible and we ask the same of our patrons as changes are expected. Updates will be posted here.
Per health department recommendations, masks are strongly recommended for all students, staff, and volunteers while indoors.
Students who are demonstrating any symptom of COVID-19 are to remain home until symptoms stop. Please contact the main office to excuse your student for the day.
The following items come from the State of Utah and we recommend all parents and students read and discuss the prevention strategies. All school volunteers are recommend to follow the strategies when visiting our school. For more information, select the COVID Link here.
Message to parents from Granite School District as it pertains to face coverings in school (Friday, August 13, 2021)
Dear Granite District Patrons and Staff,
As you may be aware, there has been much communitywide discussion this week regarding masks in schools. As we have previously indicated, the district and our schools have no authority under state law to require masks in schools. Regardless, we will continue to highly encourage mask wearing in our schools. When a student comes to ride a bus or enter a Granite District school next Monday, they will be offered a mask and reminded of proper hygiene and sanitization. This is just a small part of a layered approach of protocols and protection that we are initiating to keep our students and staff safe. You can read more about those protocols at www.graniteschools.org.
We look forward to the start of school on Monday and will continue to monitor the situation closely with our partners in public health and implement the best practices within our authority to do so.
We fully recognize the many impassioned individuals who share opinions on these critical issues. We would encourage everyone to model civility and kindness in our conversations so we can set the appropriate example for the children we serve.
We appreciate your ongoing patience and support as we work to keep our students safe.
Granite School District