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Utah schools prepared for possibility of COVID-19

Posted: 5:06 PM, Mar 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-03 19:34:13-05

SALT LAKE CITY — While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah as of Tuesday, state officials are preparing in case that were to change. Governor Gary Herbert met with leaders across Utah on Monday to announce the creation of a Utah coronavirus task force. School district officials are also making plans.

The Salt Lake City School District sent a letter to parents Monday, outlining the districts plans. The district superintendent also sent a letter to parents recently. You can read that letter here.

“Please be assured that student safety is always our top priority. We will continue to work closely with the Utah Department of Health and Salt Lake County Health Department to make sure students’ and employees’ well-being remains a priority as our community navigates the spread of COVID-19,” Superintendent Lexi Cunningham said.

Each of the district’s 37 schools have a special machine that sprays hospital grade detergent. Right now, the custodial staff at Jackson Elementary are doubling up on how often they spray the ‘touch points’ around the school. This is not abnormal for cold and flu season, as they work to kill germs and keep kids healthy.

“Especially since the Coronavirus, we just keep up on this and then do it a little more often than usual,” head custodian Angel Gullien said as he sprayed disinfectant.

The windows are also disinfected daily, and anywhere where kids are touching. The school is also adding a major focus on hand washing and working to educate the students and staff.

The state has launched a new website to help Utahns track the spread of COVID-19: coronavirus.utah.gov