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2020-21 Overview

Utah Department of Health COVID-19 School Manual

In Nov. 2020, the Utah Department of Health provided the COVID-19 School Manual in printable PDF and Online formats.  The website is a replica of the manual that you can skim through the content by topic and is a much easier option for mobile devices. Below is a brief synopsis of the changes that have recently been added.

  • Added the "low risk test and return" quarantine guidance
  • Updated the research on what we know about kids and COVID-19
  • Added messaging that aligns better with "wear a mask anytime you are around a person you don't live with"
  • Updated the definition of close contact (a total of 15 minutes or longer)
  • Changed to "wait 7 days to get tested" to align with updated quarantine guidance
  • Refined the "what is quarantine and isolation" section to make it more clear what is expected for each situation
  • Added info on when you can get tested to the "how to determine when someone can end quarantine"
  • Included information on antigen tests
  • Updated the cleaning sections to align with the updates from CDC on cleaning in schools and businesses
  • Added info on precautions for driver education classes
  • Clarified some points of confusion in the outbreak recommendations table

Utah Department of Health School Manual

2020-21 Plan for Reopening Schools

Jordan School District's Plan for Reopening Schools follows the State of Utah required actions for reopening schools in 2020-21. Required state actions are provided along with plan action steps and additional guidelines and information wherever it is needed. Elements of this plan may be changed, eliminated or revised based on current conditions and all governmental policies and legal requirements.

The following are key aspects of the JSD plan. More detailed information will be provided throughout this site.

Two Schedule Options Will Be Available to Families:

  • At-School Learning
    • JSD will resume face-to-face instruction for students on a regular school schedule Monday-Thursday.
    • Students will not be required to attend in person on Fridays.
      • Fridays will be structured around meeting individual student needs and extending learning from earlier in the week.
      • Teachers will have flexibility in providing individual or small-group instruction (in-person or virtually).
      • Teacher preparation and/or collaboration will be scheduled on Fridays. Elementary Schools can continue collaboration during the week if preferred.
      • More information will be forthcoming, including bus schedules.
    • The schedule will be in place through December 2020, to be reevaluated in November.
  • Full-Time Virtual Learning from Home with a Jordan School District Teacher
    • Students will be given the option to learn virtually from home instead of returning to school in person. Forms to request virtual at-home instruction will be sent to every family and must be returned by July 31.
    • Students who choose virtual learning will be taught using courses specially designed by Jordan School District teachers this summer.
    • Virtual learning will combine flexibility for students with daily teacher interaction.
    • Families can choose virtual online learning through the first semester. Changes may not be possible before then.

General safety precautions will be in place in all JSD buildings:

  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will take place regularly in all buildings.
  • Building air which is normally replaced with fresh, outside air at a rate of 10% per hour will be doubled to 20% under extreme temperature conditions and increased to 50-60% during mild weather.
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant will be readily available to staff/students/visitors in controlled environments to ensure safe use.
  • Offices will be equipped with a gallon of hand sanitizer and plexiglass screens.
  • All restroom fixtures, sinks, toilets, showers, stall doors, hardware, partition doors, benches, and walls will be disinfected multiple times each day.
  • Students will clean desks and chairs between class periods and at the end of the day.
  • Protocols for hand washing or sanitizing will be established.
    • Elementary - beginning of day, between major transitions, before/after recess, before/after lunch, end of day
    • Secondary - beginning of day, before/after lunch, before riding bus.
  • Student desks will be spaced as far apart as possible to limit contact.
  • Jordan School District will meet any applicable state or county mandates requiring face coverings in schools.
  • Face coverings will be worn by all students until further notice. Exceptions may be granted in accordance with the July 17, 2020 Governor’s Order regarding face coverings (see appendix).
  • Face coverings will be worn by all employees.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be provided to all employees based on assignment, including face masks, face shields, plexiglass, and hand sanitizer.
  • Protocols will be put in place to maximize health and safety in all classrooms, large group activity areas, hallways, restrooms, and office areas.
  • Employees, students, and patrons will be expected to stay at home if they are ill or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, protocols established by the Salt Lake County Health Department will be followed. These protocols will be included in the plan once we receive them.

Calendar Changes (see Plans & Documents)

  • High school A and B days will alternate Monday through Thursday.
  • Secondary parent teacher conferences will be held the week of Sept. 21- 25. The compensatory day or virtual conferences will be will be scheduled for Friday Sept. 25. More information will be forthcoming.
  • Traditional elementary schools will not have “short days” through December 2020. To make up for the loss of prep time on November 13, traditional elementary teachers will have a work day on November 6. The parent-teacher compensation day will be on November 13. Year-round schools will not have short days. November 6 and 13 will be like other Fridays this year at year-round schools.


  • Overnight travel and field trips have been canceled through December 2020 (to be re-evaluated in
  • Large group performances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the Salt Lake County Health Department and District Administration.
  • Assemblies are discouraged but can be held virtually or in person if proper social distancing can be maintained.
  • Dances will be canceled through December 2020.
  • UHSAA events allow for limited spectators.

Students/Family Information:

  • Families will
    • be given the option to have their student(s) learn online from home instead of returning to school in person.
      • Forms to request virtual online learning can be accessed here: Virtual Learning from Home for the 2020-21 School Year
      • A separate form must be completed for each student who wishes to participate in virtual online learning.
      • Forms to request virtual online learning must be submitted by the end of the day on July 31, 2020.
    • have the opportunity to identify students as higher risk for severe illness due to COVID-19 and will work with their principal to develop an appropriate short-term or long-term learning plan.
    • conduct temperature and symptom checks at home each school day.
      • Fever greater than 100.4 degrees
      • Cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing (if student has a history of asthma, does cough continue after using an inhaler)
      • Chills or muscle aches
      • Sore throat
      • New loss of smell/taste
      • Nausea and/or vomiting (unidentified cause, unrelated to anxiety or eating)
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Fatigue
      • Diarrhea
    • keep children home who are ill or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students will
    • not attend school if they are feeling ill or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
    • be required to wear a face covering in the school building and on the bus until further notice. Exceptions are outlined in the appendix of the plan for reopening schools.
    • be quarantined at school until a parent, guardian, or emergency contact can come pick them up if they
    • are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during the school day.
    • not be penalized for missing school due to illness or when required to isolate due to COVID-19. Make-up work may be required.

Employee Information:

  • The first day of work for employees has not changed. The first teacher contract day is August 10. This means teachers will have five additional days of preparation before students return to school.
  • Employees may identify if they are considered at higher risk for severe illness due to Covid-19 by logging into Employee Access through Skyward, selecting “task processes” and the “2020-21 Temp Request Covid” form. The initial deadline for making requests to work from home is July 31. Their supervisor and Human Resources will work with those employees to develop an appropriate work plan. Other workplace concerns can be discussed with an employee’s direct supervisor, who will consult with their Cabinet Level Supervisor to address any concerns.
  • Teachers can request the opportunity to teach from home by logging in to Employees Access through Skyward as described above. The initial deadline for making requests to teach from home is July 31. Requests will be accommodated to the greatest degree possible. The number of requests we can fulfill will depend on the number of students who choose to learn virtually from home.
  • If an employee tests positive for COVID-19 we will work with the county health department to determine next steps based on contact tracing.
    • An employee who becomes aware of a case of COVID-19 will report the case to their principal or director, who will then report the case to their Cabinet supervisor.
  • Required COVID-19 training for employees will be provided through Canvas and Skyward.
  • Personal protective equipment will be provided to employees based on assignment, including face masks, face shields, plexiglass, and hand sanitizer.
  • Faculty and staff will wear face coverings at work.
  • Detailed information regarding employee leave options for the 2020-21 school year will be forthcoming.

Mental and Social Health:

  • The District Mental Health Team has compiled a list of best practices, considerations, and action
    items to help support students’ social and emotional wellness as they return to school (see appendix in the Plan for Reopening Schools).