Weber High School

Soft Closure Announcement

December 11, 2020

Hello Warriors,

Due to the current number of 16 positive COVID-19 case counts, and approximately 260 individuals in quarantine (including key faculty and staff members), we are closing Weber High School for two weeks. Our capacity to conduct safe and effective in-person instruction is highly compromised. Classes will continue on Monday as usual and students will need to check their Canvas courses for Google Meet Links and instructions. Students are scheduled to return to school in-person on Monday, January 4th, following the Holiday Break. Online instruction will not be provided during the Holiday Break. Students are expected to participate in online learning from Monday, December 14th - Tuesday, December 22nd. Students are asked to check their emails and Canvas beginning on Monday for instructions and messages from teachers.

To review the specifics regarding what leads to a closure, refer to page 95 in the COVID-19 School Manual. According to the manual, an outbreak is defined when 15 people test positive for COVID-19 across multiple settings in the school (more than one classroom) and are counted by the same time period. For example, 15 students and teachers in different classes in the school test positive within two weeks of each other.

During the closure, the building will be disinfected and sanitized according to our Safe Weber Framework: https://wsd.net/covid-19/news/safe-weber

Important information to know concerning this school closure:

  • While this soft closure was impacted by the Covid testing processes conducted today, which involved student-athletes and some extracurricular participants, it is important to note that Weber High’s positivity rate in relation to the first round of Covid testing is 1.1%. This positivity rate is far below the state’s overall positivity rate, which is currently above 25%. However, Weber High’s positive case count has been hovering around the almost-15 positive case mark for several weeks. We continue to strongly encourage our families and students to follow the recommended guidelines set forth in the Public Health Order, especially as we move into an extended holiday break.
  • This is not considered a quarantine for all students in the school. This is a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people in the school. Any students who have been quarantined to this point by the Weber-Morgan Health Department are still considered quarantined until their release date. If your child is ever exposed at school to someone who has tested positive for COVID, we will contact you directly regarding the quarantine requirements.
  • During the soft closure, all students are expected to attend and participate online with their classes during the designated times. This should be done via Google Meet with the teachers. Check their Canvas sites for more information. We are going to follow the schedule below each day:

1st/5th period: 8:30am - 9:15am
2nd/6th period: 9:30am - 10:15am
3rd/7th period: 10:30am - 11:15am
4th/8th period: 11:30am - 12:15pm

  • This soft closure is NOT a vacation nor is it a "Work at your own pace" situation. Be diligent about engaging in your Google Meets and completing the assignments. We want you all to continue the second quarter on the right academic path. #WERISE
  • Communication is going to be key with your teachers. If there are questions or concerns, ask early, and get help. Teachers are available from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for individual online meetings as needed, by appointment.
  • If you have Chromebook issues, email Linda Brown, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and she will troubleshoot with you. If you need to come into the school to get your Chromebook fixed, you will schedule an appointment with her.
  • Students who test positive for Covid-19 during the soft closure should still report this outcome to the school for tracking purposes. Accurate and timely reporting will help us make prudent and safe decisions going forward. We are still conducting contact tracing and expect to have additional students and staff placed on quarantine. We also anticipate that we will receive additional positive COVID cases.
  • The current Driver’s Ed December class will continue through Google classroom. Mr. Ward will be sending out information. Range and Road tests will still continue as scheduled unless a student is quarantined and can’t participate at this time. Students are required to wear masks.
  • Those students attending Project Lead The Way Classes will participate with their classes through Canvas. PLTW buses will not be running. Students attending Two Rivers will still be provided transportation to/from Two Rivers at their normal pick-up/drop-off times and locations.
  • UHSAA-sanctioned athletics events (practices and games) will continue to be held during the soft closure and non-moratorium period of the holiday break. 
  • The Seminary building will also be closed as part of the soft closure. Seminary teachers will contact their students.
  • Parents can order breakfast and lunch for their students through the parent portal. These orders must be made each day by 9:30 AM. These breakfasts and lunches can then be picked up at Orchard Springs Elementary (3300 North 975 East, Pleasant View, UT 84414) or Snowcrest Jr. High School (2755 North Hwy 162, Eden, UT 84310).
  • The building will be closed on Monday, December 14th until 9:30am. Students who need to access their school supplies for online learning may access the building after 9:30am. Visits to get supplies should be a quick in and out. 
  • We will continue to work closely with officials from the Weber Morgan Health Department in monitoring this situation and we will provide updates as needed.

We would like to remind everyone to continue to be vigilant in following current health guidelines by wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene and physically distancing from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to getting our students back to school. Please continue to do your part as we move through this soft closure.

https://wsd.net/covid-19/news/safe-weber

Warriors, stay strong, be positive, academically work hard and continue to do things that will keep you safe and healthy. #BeAWarrior #WERISE #MyKids

 Ms. Earnest