Tuesday, January 19

Education

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Teachers concerned about their health and quality of education when dealing with COVID-19 – The Canadian News

OTTAWA - Kelly Main says she has never felt so drained and stressed during her 27 years of high school teaching as since she returned to the classroom this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic. As someone who teaches grades 10 and 12 at Waterloo, you are faced with the challenge of delivering material to students in class and online at the same time. The Waterloo Region School Board, like many others across the country, has adopted a hybrid system to have fewer students in class at the same time in an attempt to prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. “We are expected to deliver the material every day to both cohorts,” she said of the 15 students she has in class with her and the other 15 who study remotely from home. The two groups change places every five days. "You will never be on the ...
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FAFSA Filings Start Oct. 1

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Everyone who plans on going to college or sending a child to college should fill out the The Free Application for Federal Student Aid immediately. Students used to wait until spring to submit their FAFSA applications, but time is of the essence this year. Ashley Boucher with Sallie Mae said that “the biggest reason families don’t file is that they don’t think they qualify.” She noted that nearly all those who file will qualify for some amount of federal aid. However, some of that aid is first come, first served. According to Sallie Mae, two years ago, 83% of parents and students filed for aid. Last year, that number dropped to 71%. It’s crucial not to put off applying, especially since there’s $150 billion up for grabs in grants, scholarships ...
Attending in Person, Back to School, Coronavirus, Coronavirus Utah, Education

Parents Express Concern About Who Decides School Closures

RIVERTON, Utah – When it comes to closing schools, is it up to the School Boards or Health Departments? The question was raised during an emergency meeting in Riverton on Wednesday. It’s a major concern for parents at Riverton High School. The school is currently closed for 2 days, but who makes a final, long-term decision? It’s a concern this Riverton High School parent expressed during Wednesday’s emergency meeting with the school board. “I’m just a mom of four kids who everyday are hoping they get to stay in school,” a parent said at the Jordan School District emergency meeting. “I know we’re in a pandemic, and there’s a virus, and we need to be careful but we also want to balance health,” another parent said. In a statement, Salt Lake County Health Department sa...
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Corner Canyon Teacher In ICU With COVID-19, 500 Students Quarantined

DRAPER, Utah – A Corner Canyon High School teacher is in critical condition in an intensive care unit due to COVID-19. Known lovingly as “Mama J” by her students, Charri Jensen is a favorite at the high school. “She loves Corner Canyon more than anyone I know,” Talesha Jensen said about about her mom. “But it’s not just that; she has the biggest heart.” Last week Charri Jensen started coming down with what her family called “a cough and cold-like symptoms.” She decided to get tested after her co-worker tested positive for COVID-19. The test was positive. Less than a week later, her symptoms were much worse. She went to a family doctor who sent her to the hospital. By that point, her oxygen had dropped so low she was admitted and intubated. Corner Canyon is now leadi...
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Riverton High To Close For Deep Cleaning After Rise In COVID-19 Cases

RIVERTON, Utah – Officials with the Jordan School District said Riverton High School will close Thursday and Friday for deep cleaning after more than 15 COVID-19 cases were reported at the school. Board members voted to close the school for deep cleaning during an emergency meeting Wednesday night. The meeting came after health officials said Riverton High had 16 students and a faculty member test positive for COVID-19, which exceeds the state’s threshold to close a school. Of the school’s 2,800 students, 119 are on quarantine. All classes, virtual and in-person, will be canceled Thursday and virtual instruction will resume Friday. Officials said students will not be allowed in the building either day, but staff may enter to pick up instructional materials, if neede...
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BYU Urges Students To Be Cautious Of COVID-19 Over Labor Day Weekend

PROVO, Utah – Ahead of the Labor Day weekend, Brigham Young University officials urged students to take all COVID-19 precautions and restrictions seriously and do their part to help “maintain an on-campus experience.” “We’re concerned w/ reports & videos circulating about off-campus activities,” read a statement circulated through the school’s social media channels. “Behavior this weekend could make or break our ability to remain on campus.” The statement noted that the school had 40 cases of COVID-19 reported in its campus community which have been connected to on-campus and off-campus gatherings.3/ We have 24 students in Helaman Halls who were exposed to COVID-19 at a gathering where physical distancing wasn't maintained. These students were instructed to quarantine. We'll...
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Canyons School District Offering Free Meals To All Students

WEST JORDAN, Utah – Officials with the Canyons School District announced school breakfast and lunch will be available at no charge to all CSD students under a temporary waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The program begins September 8 and will continue through December, or until federal funding runs out. “This is welcome news for the communities we serve,” said Sebasthian Varas, district nutrition services director. “We have families who may not qualify for free or reduced-price lunch but have been financially hurt by the pandemic. This will hopefully bring them some peace of mind and take at least one worry off their shoulders.” All students in the district, whether they are attending in-person classes or learning online or at home, are eligible and do not need to apply fo...
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Utah School District Wants To Opt Out Of State COVID-19 Quarantine Guidelines

ST. GEORGE, Utah – As Utah’s 670,000 students head back to school, at least one district would like to modify some of the Utah Department of Health’s guidelines for quarantining students. Washington County School District Superintendent Larry Bergeson said students who are exposed to COVID-19 but receive negative test results and show no symptoms for 48 hours should be allowed back in schools, instead of being forced to quarantine for 14 days. Technically, Bergeson has the authority to make that decision. However, he said it’s not that simple. “There just seems to be a lot of pressure,” Bergeson said. “I think we’ve reached a point where we would like a little more freedom to decide what’s best for the children.” The Utah State Board of Education worked tirelessly leading up to the star...
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Coronavirus Detected In Wastewater Of USU Residence Halls

LOGAN, Utah — Nearly 300 students living in on-campus housing at Utah State University will be tested for coronavirus and asked to quarantine after elevated levels of the virus were detected in wastewater coming from four resident halls. A safety alert was issued Sunday afternoon saying the samples were detected at the Rich, Jones, Morgan, and Davis Halls. Officials said wastewater testing is used to provide an early alert warning for the university to address potential cases and prevent the further spread of the virus. University health officials then announced a response plan for the affected areas, which included testing for the residents and asking them to quarantine. Officials said USU was working with the Utah Department of Health and the Bear River Health Department to organize t...
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Safe In 60: It’s Time For Drivers To Pay Extra Attention In School Zones

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Over the past month, there’s been plenty of coverage on health and safety in school, most of which has been related to COVID-19. There are some important safety reminders that haven’t changed – like keeping kids safe as they walk in school zones. That responsibility falls on Utah drivers. It’s been some time since commuters have seen the flashing lights at school crossing zones and school buses. It also may take some time to get back into the groove of sharing the road as the school year starts. One of the best things drivers can do is leave on time. People make more mistakes when they’re in a hurry, and those mistakes can be deadly when children are walking to school. Here are a few things to keep in mind as districts reopen:Watch out for school zones and cross...
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U Of U Tests Thousands Of Students For COVID, Sets Up Isolation Dorms

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The first day of classes at the University of Utah start Monday, and the university is taking a lot of precautions, hoping they won’t have to send everyone home. Before moving in in shifts this week, every student living on campus had to get a mandatory COVID-19 test. Approximately 3,500 students were tested. Most students were very supportive. “I don’t think you could have classes in person if you haven’t tested every person,” said Tyler Telleson. “I’m 100% glad they did it.” “I think, kind of like the NBA bubble, there should be some weekly tests,” said Truman Wisen. University officials said so far, a handful of students have tested positive. They hope to have all the results by Monday. But just in case students living on campus get sick, t...
Coronavirus, Education, National News

Syracuse University Suspends 23 Students After ‘Incredibly Reckless’ Gathering

Students gathering on the Syracuse University campus on Wednesday Aug. 19, 2020, in Syracuse, NY. Syracuse University has issued suspensions to 23 students in the wake of the large on-campus gathering that administrators say could force them to shut down campus. College officials announced the disciplinary action late Thursday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Walter Freeman via AP) (CNN) — An “incredibly reckless” gathering has brought the suspensions of 23 Syracuse University students, school officials say in a letter. The gathering was Wednesday night about 10 p.m., wrote the dean of students, Marianne Thomson, and the head of public safety, chief Bobby Maldonado, on Thursday...