By Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com | UPDATED - Dec. 17, 2020 at 12:32 p.m. | Posted - Dec. 17, 2020 at 10:26 a.m.
"Herbert also announced that quarantine guidelines for students at Utah schools will change after the first of the year. Students who had a close contact with another student who tested positive for COVID-19 will be allowed to stay in the classroom, so long as all students were wearing masks at the time of the contact, Herbert announced.
Data shows that classrooms are a low-risk environment for COVID-19 transmission, so state leaders made the decision to update those guidelines, Herbert said.
The governor added that he believes most teachers would welcome measures to keep students in classrooms because in-person learning is more effective than remote instruction.
State leaders hope to vaccinate Utah teachers by mid-January, and in the meantime, teachers are able to get tested for COVID-19 every week if they wish to do so, Herbert said.
"That will help give them some confidence, I think, going forward and hopefully boost morale," he said. "Our teachers have (shown) up every day to do their part, and so we thank them, we recognize their good work."
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