Prioritized COVID-19 Testing for Utah Teachers

Prioritized COVID-19 Testing for Utah Teachers

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Sarah Lynn Camper started this petition to Governor Gary R. Herbert

Dear Governor Herbert & Utah Department of Health, 

Utah educators are answering the call to go back into the classroom to educate our students mid-pandemic, but we need your help in prioritizing COVID-19 testing results for teachers and education staff members. Having these test results quickly will allow Utah educators to get back to work quicker and put less strain on the finite resource of substitute teachers/staff members. 

Teachers and staff members are often exposed to bacteria and viral infections that share or mirror many of the symptoms of COVID-19. These illnesses will be circulating with COVID-19 this school year. In order to be most informed staff members need to have access to testing results in a timely manner. 

Utah’s students deserve to have professional educators in the classroom as much as possible. Days of best instruction could be lost to professional educators waiting for test results, whether they are positive or negative. Everyone in the educational setting counts on professional instruction to help students maintain proper educational pacing.  When teachers know they will be provided test results quickly, they will not be faced with the decision whether or not they are sick enough to take time off to get tested. This could help staff members make testing a priority and not treat it as a nuisance. 

Prioritizing testing for educational staff members will allow for more effective contact tracing to take place. This will allow Utah educators to minimize exposure to students and fellow staff members, if their results came back positive. 

You have asked teachers to step up and return to in-person instruction knowing that social distancing will be difficult or impossible for most classrooms. Utah educators will need to make wise decisions to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 every day. Prioritized testing and accelerating test results for educators would allow the Utah State Government to support the vital and essential workforce in Utah schools. 

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