Districts across the state are revealing their reopening plans for the fall to include giving students and families options to resume classes via online.
Each district has until August 1 to develop comprehensive school reopening plans as required by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). The Governor’s Office of Management and Budget requested the board propose an addendum to the Utah Leads Together color-coded guidelines to define the elements and itemize the requirements local K-12 schools would need to incorporate into their individual plans to safely reopen schools to in-person learning in fall 2020.
USBE has outlined the requirements and recommendations for a host of considerations such as:
Social distancing, Wearing of masks (which was mandated by the governor in all school buildings and while riding the bus),Riding school buses, cafeteria practices, Hygiene practices, Contact tracing,Large-group gatherings.
Each school district, including charter schools, prepare their plans from input provided by hundreds of community stakeholders, including parents, educators, health professionals, state officials, as well as the Utah Department of Health, safety, food, transportation and facilities administration.
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It is predicted that plans, while comprehensive, are neither exhaustive nor static because they are subject to change based on decisions by state and local government leaders.
Day-to-day school-level operational plans, athletics and activities guidelines, as well as detailed information regarding each district’s new online school, are to be publicly available by the August deadline. School districts that have already announced their reopening plans are:
Alpine School District – Will resume daily face-to-face instruction for students, while also providing an online learning option for those who choose. The Monday early-out schedule will now take place every day of the week to give teachers sufficient time to schedule student interventions and to plan in-person and online instruction.
Every employee and student will be expected to have a mask or face coverings and wear it in common areas, during transition times, classrooms, and when arriving and dismissing from school. Occasional allowances may be made under the discretion of the teacher with appropriate distancing.
Normal bus routes will run and masks or face coverings are required at all times for students and adults while riding a bus.
Canyons School District – An update to the proposed plan will be presented to the Board of Education on Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Davis School District – The “Big Five” has been established by the district that will be implemented and are: Hygiene etiquette, having staff and students stay home when sick, having staff and students wear cloth face masks, encouraging physical distancing, and ensuring regular cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.
Additional teachers will be hired for those students who have opted to learn virtually from home. More than 500 students have already registered for an online education in the fall and the number “rises exponentially every day,” the district told 2News last week.
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Jordan School District – Two options are offered: 1) Students would go to class Monday through Thursday and home school on Friday; or; 2) For those uncomfortable going to school, there will be a virtual learning option for the full week. This four-day, in-person plan is just for the fall semester. The situation will be reassessed after that.
Facial masks will be worn by everyone in adherence to state mandate. Buses will carry the same number of students but masks will be worn in accordance with the governor’s mandate.
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting will take place regularly in all buildings. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout every building. Protocols will be put in place to maximize health and safety. More details will be available in the full plan.
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, protocols established by the Salt Lake County Health Department will be followed.
Provo School District – The school board is conducting a meeting Tuesday and may address its reopening plans; 5 p.m .Study Session https://youtu.be/B92SIwCFcIU and 7 p.m., Business Meeting https://youtu.be/U-WbhBpyZGc
Salt Lake City School District – Letters have been sent to parents outlying two tentative plans for the school year depending on where the city stands. If Salt Lake City does not move to the “yellow” phase by the time school starts, August 19th, kids will continue learning online. If the city move to” yellow,” schools will transition to what the district is calling ‘blended learning.’
The letter from Interim Superintendent Larry Madden stated in part:
First, let me address the issue of how we will conduct school this fall. Salt Lake City is currently in the Orange (Moderate Risk) phase of Utah’s COVID-19 recovery plan. If we remain in this phase or move backward to the Red (High Risk) phase, all instruction will be conducted only remotely. In the Yellow (Low Risk) phase, our schools will be able to operate on a Modified Schedule, where students will spend time each week learning in class and time learning remotely. We will continue to support student learning in all Core content areas, as well as fine arts, music, physical education, and library services. Parents will be contacted by their school principals in the next few weeks with information on which days their student will attend school in our Modified Schedule.
As more district announce their reopening plans, this story will be updated to reflect those plans. You may review the state’s Color-Coded Risk Phases by clicking here. Please check back for updates.