Provo’s Edgemont Elementary School moved to remote learning after spike in COVID cases
Students attending Edgemont Elementary School in Provo will have a few more days away from the classroom this week thanks to COVID-19.
Provo City School District’s policy for schools the size of Edgemont, which has 536 students, says if there are 30 or more cases of COVID in a 14-day period, they must work with the Utah County Health Department on next steps. The next step determined was to hold a Test-to-Stay event.
According to an announcement by the Provo City School District, a “high number of positive results identified in students and employees” during Edgemont’s Test-to-Stay event Friday resulted in the health department and school district agreeing to move the school to remote/online learning for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
Fall break is scheduled to start Thursday, with students returning Wednesday, Oct. 20.
“We found more positives and it is difficult to find substitutes, so we thought we would take advantage of the fall break,” said Caleb Price, district spokesman.
Edgemont Elementary is across the street from Timpview High School and is a feeder school to Centennial Middle School a few blocks north. Siblings of Edgemont Elementary students attend these schools.
“We’ve been watching the numbers at those schools and the numbers are not near as concerning as the elementary school,” Price said. “We haven’t seen a spike in those schools.”
This move only applies to Edgemont Elementary School. The school will be coordinating the specific details of remote learning in separate communication directly with the parents of Edgemont students.