Murray High School’s (MHS) positive COVID-19 cases have reached the 1% threshold set by the state. To continue to maintain an in-person learning schedule, MHS will utilize the “Test to Stay” program. With this program, Murray High School students and employees will be offered rapid antigen testing at the school during school hours on Thursday, January 21. A schedule of testing is below. Those who test negative will remain in school. Those who test positive or choose not to test are directed to isolate and learn remotely for 10 calendar days beginning Friday, January 22nd through Friday, January 29th (return to in-person learning on Monday, February 1st). Students who have had COVID-19 in the past 90-days do not need to test and many continue in-person learning. An Aspire code will be used to note for teachers which students are authorized for in-person learning over the 10-day period.
The “Test to Stay” process identifies those who are asymptomatic spreaders of COVID-19 and removes them from the environment, thereby reducing the risk of school-based exposures. The benefit of opting to go through this process is that we are able to keep our students in school, in an in-person setting, for those who would like it.
Students who wish to participate in the “Test to Stay” program require parent approval. The online consent form must be completed by Thursday, January 21st in order for your student to participate in the “Test to Stay” program. MHS uses the Utah State Health Department’s Red Cap system to register and process the online consent. To register your student for the “Test to Stay” program, please click the following link: https://c19.health.utah.gov/
Student athletes who were or will be tested on Jan 19 or 20 will not need to be re-tested on Jan. 21.
Should you choose not to have your student participate in the “Test to Stay” program at MHS on Thursday, January 21, but would like them to remain in in-person learning, you may have them tested at another site and provide documentation of a negative test result to the school at the attendance office. Testing clinics can be found by going to coronavirus.utah.gov
Now more than ever is the time for vigilance among our Murray High families. It will take the combined efforts of the community to maintain a consistent level of health and wellness. Both at and away from school, please encourage students to be vigilant about wearing masks, remaining physically distant from others who do not live in the same household, washing hands, and using hand sanitizers. We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation as we continue to address this public-health challenge together.
RED-CAP Testing Registration (Required): https://c19.health.utah.gov/