COVID-19 Response Plan
Create a learning environment that reduces the transmission of COVID-19 and protects the most vulnerable, while providing top-notch educational experiences and opportunities. Together we can accomplish this goal.
As we approach the coming school year, we recognize that we are still operating in a pandemic. We are fortunate this year in that we have many more tools and resources available as we work to create a safe learning environment for students. This document was developed by local health departments and several Utah school districts (Box Elder, Cache County, Logan City, and Rich) and follows the Utah Department of Health layered prevention approach.
Last year, DaVinci Academy had a very successful school year in spite of COVID-19. In fact, DaVinci Academy’s COVID-19 response plan was very effective in keeping COVID-19 infections at a very low level. This success was due to our staff, parents, and students following COVID-19 recommendations like wearing face masks, social distancing, enhanced cleaning of facilities, staying home when sick or not feeling well, and following proper hygiene protocols. We encourage and strongly recommend that staff, parents, and students continue to follow DaVinci Academy’s COVID-19 recommendations in order to keep our staff, students, and visitors safe and to keep all kids at school.
Face Coverings (Masks)
Masks and other face coverings remain an important tool for reducing the spread of COVID-19. While masks are not required in our school buildings or on school grounds, mask use is strongly encouraged as a prevention approach to keep our students safe, especially if they have underlying health conditions, or if transmission rates are high, or if they have been exposed to COVID-19. Any individual who chooses to wear a mask should feel comfortable and welcome to do so in our schools.
The Weber-Morgan Health Department will provide free diagnostic testing for anyone that experiences symptoms or believes they have been exposed. Information on testing locations and times will be provided on the Weber-Morgan County Health Department Website. The health department will also assist with “Test to Stay” protocols should we experience significant outbreaks.
A major tool currently available to anyone 12 and older is vaccination. Most of our adult population over 65 have been vaccinated, as well as a majority of adults 18 or older and a significant percentage of our student population 12 and older. The decision to receive a vaccine is a personal decision and parental consent is required for anyone under 18. Vaccinations are free through the Weber-Morgan Health Department or can be scheduled through local pharmacies or health care providers. We will also be hosting a vaccine clinic during our onsite registration at Big DaVinci.
It is critical to continue to be diligent with DaVinci’s illness protocols. Employees or students who experience symptoms or are ill should remain home until symptoms subside. If symptoms are COVID-19 related, individuals should take advantage of testing.
As simple as it may seem, handwashing and hand-sanitizing are both important ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Hand sanitizer and soap dispensers are readily available in schools for students and staff. Handwashing, hand sanitizing, and other good hygiene practices will be encouraged by teachers and school staff.
Enhanced cleaning of schools will continue during the 2021-22 School Year. Enhanced cleaning is defined as more frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces, strategic cleaning of high-use areas, and focused cleaning if a classroom or school has a high case count.
Positive COVID-19 cases will continue to occur in schools. In cooperation with the Weber-Morgan Health Department, we will address positive COVID-19 cases in the following ways:
Individuals Who Test Positive
The health department will notify school nurses/administrators of any positive cases of COVID-19 among students or staff populations. Individuals testing positive for COVID-19 must isolate themselves for 5 days from the onset of symptoms or from the point they receive a positive test result. They may return to school after those 5 days, and if it has been 24 hours since symptoms subsided. They will need to wear a mask for 5 days after returning to school.
Individuals Who Are Exposed
Staff or students who shared a classroom or participated in an extra-curricular activity with a positive individual for 15 minutes or longer are considered exposed and will be contacted by the school. The following recommendations will be provided:
There are no recommended restrictions for students or staff who:
- Regularly wear a mask; or
- Have had COVID-19 in the last 90 days; or
- Have been fully vaccinated.
If a student or staff member does not meet any of the above criteria, the following options are recommended:
- Quarantine at home for 5 days and test on the 5th day and if negative wear mask for the next 5 days; or
- Wear a mask at all times while at school during the 10-day period following exposure; or
- Wear a mask at all times while at school during a 7-day period and remove the mask if you test negative on day 7.
Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 should monitor for symptoms and seek testing at the onset of any symptoms. If testing results in a positive case of COVID-19 then quarantining must be followed as stated above.
Test to Stay
If DaVinci Academy meets a threshold of 30 positive cases, a “Test to Stay” protocol will be implemented in cooperation with the Weber-Morgan Health Department.
A “Test to Stay” protocol means that individuals would need a negative COVID test result to remain in school during an outbreak period. If an individual chooses not to be tested, they would not have a negative test and according to state statute cannot attend school during an outbreak period.
We are grateful for your continued support and trust in DaVinci Academy. We hope that you will continue to trust our COVID-19 recommendations and the reasons for them. We are excited for the upcoming school year and we are focused on providing your child with increased opportunities that will result in a competitive advantage in their upcoming futures. If you have any questions or concerns about Davinci Academy’s COVID-19 Response Plan, please feel free to call, text, or email me or any of the school principals. My cell is 801-675-9538 and my email is Fred.Donaldson@DaVinciAcademy.org.
Testing Requirements, times, and Locations:
1. Consent to test: Please click this link so we can test your child or anyone for COVID-19
2. We only test those who show symptoms, were exposed, or it is the seventh day of quarantine.
3. Please call or text 801-675-9538 to schedule a time you are coming to get tested. We may not be there if you don't schedule the appointment
4. Testing location at times:
Big DaVinci Main Office--2033 Grant Ave.
7:00 am to 8:30 am or 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm Mon.-Friday
As of Aug. 10, 2021