Grand County High School cancels classes, activities due to COVID-19 outbreak

A 30-day mask mandate for students of all grades goes into effect Wednesday, regardless of vaccination status.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) East High School students crowd the halls for the first day back of school on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to surge. A school district in southeast Utah will enact a 30-day mask mandate for students in all grades starting Wednesday.

An outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a Utah high school to cancel classes and extracurricular activities for a week.

Grand County School District announced on its website Saturday that 10 staff members and eight students at Grand County High School had tested positive for the coronavirus. Due to that, classes and after-school activities on and off campus — including athletics — will be canceled Tuesday through Friday. Monday is Labor Day.

“We are unable to provide substitutes for this many staff members,” the district said.

Classes at the high school will resume Sept. 13. Custodians will deep-clean the high school in the meantime, the school district said.

Three teachers and four students at Helen M. Knight Elementary have also tested positive, the district announced. But that school has not yet canceled classes or activities. However, the district said it will inform parents if classes and activities at that school or Margaret L. Hopkin Middle School need to be canceled.

Starting Wednesday, a mask mandate will be put in place for students of all grades, as well as staff, volunteers and parents, regardless of vaccination status, the district said. That mandate will be in place for 30 days.