The Davis School District on Wednesday will begin testing all high school students involved in sports, drill team or drama for COVID-19 every two weeks.
A team of nurses will visit each of the district’s high schools on a rotating schedule. Students will be pulled out of class to do a nasal swab. The kits offer results in 15 minutes.
Jordan Walton is a junior on Bountiful High’s basketball team. He’s got a simple strategy for this season.
“Just have fun while it lasts,” he said.
He played football this fall as well, and got more season than he planned on.
“We were just hoping to play the next week,” he said.
But now the Davis district has more resources for rapid testing — and a mandate from the state to test athletes.
“The landscape has changed, and we just change with it,” said Chris Williams, the district spokesperson. “It makes for a safer place, so it’s a good thing.”
Williams couldn’t say whether the increased testing will prompt additional school closures.
Looking ahead, could this program be scaled to include all high school students?
“Those are questions that we haven’t answered yet,” he said. “We’re going to have to.”