Dear Employees,

Due to the growing concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we want to assure you that your safety, and the safety of students is our top priority.  We remain in daily communication with the Utah County Health Department and are prepared to respond to arising concerns. Based on the information we are receiving from the experts, along with the Utah County Health Department, our response to COVID-19 may include:

Direct communication from the Utah County Health Department to parents

Alternatives to face-to-face lessons

Temporary cancellation of extracurricular activities, field trips and large events

Temporary cancellation of individual schools

As always, we will ensure industry standards, regarding cleaning practices in our schools.

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah County, as of today. There are also no current restrictions on public gatherings, including our public schools.

According to the Center for Disease Control, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those related to the seasonal illnesses we see in our community this time of year, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.

As a reminder, the best way to prevent the spread of illness is to teach and practice good hygiene and wellness – including frequent and thorough hand washing.

In efforts to keep you informed and help you prepare, we’ve included a list of our ongoing plans to ensure safety and some peace of mind:

Communication and coordination with the Utah County Health Department on a daily basis

Ensuring ways to continue education, including preparing online options

Exploring ways to continue essential meal programs

Finding alternatives for vital medical and social services provided for students

Should you have questions or concerns, several resources are available for you:

The state has opened a new hotline for public questions regarding COVID-19. Utah Coronavirus Information Line: 800-456-7707

CDC Factsheet: What you need to know about coronavirus disease 2019

CDC Website: What to do if you are sick with coronavirus 2019

CDC Factsheet: Stop the spread of germs – help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses like  COVID-19

Utah Department of Health

You can also visit our website at provo.edu for the latest updates.

Sincerely,

Jason Cox

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