The Utah State Health Department has implemented a Low Risk Test and Return protocol for school COVID exposure. This protocol states that a student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed at school to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work at a school or in-person learning if they meet ALL of the following:
1. The school verifies the student, teacher or staff member who was exposed and the person who tested positive were both wearing a face mask as defined by the State Public Health Order on masks in schools.
2. The quarantined student, teacher, or staff member has a negative COVID-19 test result (must be a PCR or antigen test, not an antibody test). The test result must be from at least 7 days after the last exposure to the person who tested positive. Verification of the negative test result will need to be provided to our COVID School Nurse prior to returning to school or work. Email results to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. The student, teacher, or staff member does not have symptoms of COVID-19.
The Low Risk Test and Return protocol does not apply to students, teachers, staff, or settings that are exempt from the State Public Health Order on masks in schools. These guidelines only apply to exposures that occur at school.
If the student, teacher, or staff member who was exposed meets ALL three criteria they may return to work, school or related activities, if the employee or the parents of the student choose.
If the person does not meet ALL three criteria or chooses not to get tested, he or she should quarantine at home for 14 days from the last day of exposure.
Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 and comes back to school must continue to watch for symptoms. If employees or students get symptoms, they should isolate at home and call their healthcare provider.