The Latest

•4/12/2021-At our recent Member Meeting, Sarah Young, Director of Strategic Initiatives for USBE presented information on federal covid relief funds, including the latest funding from the American Rescue Plan Act. 



•3/31/2021 Updated Masks are required in K-12 schools until June 15th, even with the statewide mask mandate being lifted April 10th for most public places. From UDOH, "The confusion comes with the language in HB294 vs the school mask mandate public health order. HB294 states "A public health order or health and safety requirement described in Subsection 70(3)(a) shall be terminated no later than July 1, 2021." The public health order requiring masks in schools ends on June 15, which meets this deadline. Any other public health requirements, such as required in the transmission index for example, will end on July 1 (as well as the mask requirement for gatherings of 50 or more people)."

The USBE has prepared some great info to help:



1/8/2021 Updated Covid 19 School Manual w/updated information regarding quarantine and Test to Stay and Test to Play protocols. Updated UHSSA guidelines are now also available. Summary information available here.

1/4/2021 Free Rapid Testing Sites rolled out by the Utah Department of Health to quickly identify all covid-19 cases, even if no symptoms are experienced. Locations, by county, can be found here. See a map here for local testing sites.

12/17/2020 Updated Covid-19 School Manual Summary-changes announced by Governor Herbert take effect January 4, 2021 for all K-12 schools. Major changes include no quarantine necessary IF the school can verify that both people were wearing face masks (the person who was exposed and the person who tested positive) as defined by state public health order, and the person who was exposed does not have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

11/24/2020 Resources for High School Extra-Curricular Activities Covid-19 Testing Requirements:  Beginning November 30, 2020 students must be tested for Covid-19 every 14 days to participate in extra-curricular activities due to the State Public Health Order. High schools will be provided tests to use on-site. Check the Training Calendar for in-person testing trainings the week of November 30th.

•11/10/2020 Governor's State of Emergency FAQs:  Details on how the order (effective through November 23, 2020) will affect businesses, schools, and gatherings. 

•8/14/2020 Governor's Updated Mask Mandate announcement and Executive Order

• 8/6/2020 Covid-19 School Manual: From the website

• 8/7/2020 Updated USBE Reopening Plans: Planning Requirements Updated on 7/31/2020

• 8/7/2020 USBE Teaching and Learning: Below are several documents to give curriculum guidance for focused learning. These documents outline "essential standards and key instructional practices that may support LEAs in focusing their instruction on the most essential standards in the core areas while keeping in mind student well-being" (email from USBE dated 8/7/20) 

"Additionally, we are seeking feedback from educators, students, families and other community members on our PreK-12 Core standards across the content areas.  This annual feedback opportunity is intended to gather key insights into any concerns the public may have related to our current standards.  The feedback will be used to make future revisions to the standards.  We invite you to participate and to share the opportunity with others.  You can respond to the feedback at: Feedback will be accepted until September 6, 2020." (Jennifer Throndsen, Director of Teaching and Learning, USBE)

Drama K-6 Essentials
Drivers Education EssentialsELA Elementary
ELA SecondaryElementary ScienceHealth Physical  Education Recess Elementary
Health Physical Education Recess SecondaryK-6 Art EssentialsK-6 Dance Essentials
Mathematics GuidanceMathematicsMusic K-6 Essentials
Music Secondary EssentialsPreschool EssentialsSecondary Dance Essentials
Secondary ScienceSecondary Visual Arts EssentialsSocial Studies Elementary
Social Studies SecondaryTheatre Essentials SecondaryWorld Languages Essentials

• 7/7/2020 National Alliance for Public Charter Schools report: A Compendium of Public Resources on the Safe Reopening of Charter Schools.  This guide was produced by charter support organization leaders across the country to help the NAPCS team think through what would be the most helpful to charter schools when creating reopening plans. They acknowledge that every community and state has different circumstances relating to the pandemic, but this guide provides some summary guidelines and suggestions on key topics. This guide does not replace official guidance from public health and state education officials, but hopefully provides some guidance to charter school leaders as they engage in planning efforts.

• 7/1/2020 Utah State Board of Education School Reopening Page:

School Reopening Planning Handbook

School Reopening Requirements Template

Slide Presentation: Templates and Tools to Reopen K-12 School

Resources from State Agencies 

•Utah State Board of Education

•Utah State Charter School Board

Utah Education Network

Governor Declaration School Dismissal Extended to May 1 letter

Governor Executive Order Open and Public Meetings Act Adjustments Letter

5/27/20 Governor's Executive Order Summary-Order Releasing Updated Guidelines for Low-Risk Phase in the Utah Leads Together Plan 

The complete Executive Order is found on a shared drive here:

The updated phased guidelines are found on a shared drive here:

Resources from Federal Agencies

Summary of Federal CARES Act for Public Charter Schools (Click on description for Powerpoint)

U.S. Department of Education Resources:  (also has fact sheets for students, families, and staff understand COVID-19)

CDC site:

•Office of Schools and Secondary Education

U.S. Department of Agriculture 

Resources for Teaching/Online Educating

•Zoom offering free videoconferencing to K-12 schools:

The National Center for Special Education in Charter Schools

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

National School Choice Week

•Williamsburg Learning    They are offering to assist in training and support of schools using platforms like Zoom or Google Meet, or can help administrators learn to run effective distributed teams. They can provide assistance at NO CHARGE. Their team just wants to pitch in and help out. Contact James Ure at Williamsburg Learning website is

TNTP (The New Teacher Project) blog:

Instruction Partners

10 tips 

We Are Teachers and

Action steps 


Emerson Collective 


Charter School Growth Fund 

Barbara Bush Foundation 

Learning Heroes 

National Summer Learning Association 


Great Minds 

Learn at Home  

Kahn Academy

Resources for Education Support

Education Trust

School House Connection

Internet options for families

The Food Research and Action Center