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Davis School District Moves To Four Day In-Person School Schedule

FARMINGTON, Utah – The Davis School District voted Wednesday night to make another change to the schedule, moving students back into the classroom for a four-day schedule. The vote gets rid of the hybrid schedule they were operating under for the beginning of the school year. Elementary students will begin the new schedule September 28 and high schools will begin November 2.Quite the turnout outside of the @DavisSchools emergency board meeting. Parents and teachers rallying to keep it at a hybrid schedule. Others supporting a return to the classroom full time. @KSL5TV #school — Matt Rascon (@MattRasconNews) September 24, 2020Dozens of parents, teachers and students showed up inside and outside the school board meeting Wednesday night s...
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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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Weber State Staff Members Complete Marathon Drive To Get Equipment

OGDEN, Utah – It came down to the wire at Weber State University to get critical equipment to the school just in time for hundreds of classrooms to begin hybrid learning on Monday. Two school employees made the marathon drive to Los Angeles to pick up the supplies and bring them back to Ogden. The pandemic is causing delays for shipments from China. That included the boxes bound for WSU, full of 200 microphones that would have missed the first day of class if not for the two employees who completed the delivery Friday.Two @WeberStateU employees come to the rescue, after a shipment of hundreds of mics for online learning got held up in L.A. The surprise welcome back, and the rush to get everything ready in time for classes Monday, on @KSL5TV at 6pm.
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Utah Parents Form ‘Pandemic Pods’ To Solve Distance Learning Challenges

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With many students starting the school year online, others going back to the classroom and still more who don’t quite know yet, some parents are taking matters into their own hands. “Pandemic pods” are popping up all over the country, as a way to pool resources to manage the added responsibility. The idea was born from experience. When school went online in the spring, many parents struggled. “We took it day-by-day and week-by-week,” said Meghan Candee. “It was really hectic and hard,” said Marianne Erekson. So when the Salt Lake City School District announced its students would be 100% online again in the fall, Candee and Erekson knew they needed a plan. “The idea of having to do the school year again at home, being isolated, just for my kids...
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Federal Funds Deliver Internet Access To Navajo Nation Schools

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Better internet access is on the way for students in San Juan County as part of $475 million in CARES funding that was approved by Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer. The announcement Wednesday from the Navajo Nation earmarks $4 million toward better internet access in the San Juan School District. “(For) our schools that serve predominately Navajo students, that will be very exciting and be a game-changer for them,” said San Juan School District Superintendent Ron Nielson. There are 12 schools in the district and Nielson said six of those predominantly serve Navajo children. He added nearly half of the 1,300 Navajo students in the county don’t have access to reliable internet, and some have none at all. “I thi...
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Online Learning For USU Students May Cost More

LOGAN, Utah – Universities across Utah announced they are reducing student fees for the upcoming semester, saving the average student around $150. However, officials with Utah State University said they will have to pass costs for recent investments in online learning improvements to their students this fall. Computer technology is making it possible for classrooms to be online and in-person at the same time, something that some students hoped could make the school safer from the coronavirus. “For me, it doesn’t matter one way or another, but I was trying to be thoughtful and considerate of others,” said student Jaren Carlson. He said he decided to stay home early to do his part in reducing the spread of COVID-19. Now, he found out it’s going to cost him up to $180 ...
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KSL Investigates If Utah Schools Are Doing Enough to Vent The Virus

BRIGHAM CITY, Utah — Back-to-school guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say a lot about more frequent sanitization, face coverings and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But those guidelines say very little about a potential superspreader in schools and classrooms: proper air filtration and ventilation. Study after study suggested social distancing will do no good in a school where proper air filtration and circulation are ignored. Meaning, when fresh air increases, COVID-19 transmission decreases. The CDC’s school guidelines only recommend that ventilation systems “operate properly” and that administrators “increase circulation of outdoor air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors.” However, the C...
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Granite School Board Adjusts Elementary Schedule Days Before Classes Begin

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Granite School District officials made a last minute change to the schedule just days before students return for the 2020-2021 school year. Elementary school teachers now get Fridays off for planning or distance learning. It’s a win in one area, but teachers said they were hoping for more. “I’m excited and nervous in a way that I don’t think I’ve been since I was a first year teacher,” said Michael McDonough, who’s a teacher and also the president of the Granite Education Association. The last minute changes are being welcomed by teachers in the Granite School District. “I’m really glad that the school board and the district listened to teachers, and they came up with a good solution to that problem,” said McDonough. The Granite School Board h...
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In-Person Teachers Question Pay Boost For Online Teachers

BLUFFDALE, Utah – Jordan School District teachers heading back to the physical classroom said they feel blindsided by the district’s decision to give online elementary school teachers a $3,000 stipend. “It doesn’t seem right,” said Laurie Larson who teaches physical education to special needs students at several schools in the district. Larson said she and fellow teachers were surprised by the news, and wondered why in-person teachers aren’t being offered hazard pay. “They have so much fear of being exposed,” she said. “They are the ones that are going to have to be in the hallways, worried about the bathroom, worried about cleaning.”“It doesn’t seem right" A decision by the Jordan School District to give online elementary school teachers a $3,000 stipend is being...
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Gephardt: ‘Financial Crisis’ Looms For Parents Whose Kids Can’t Return To Class

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Marla Love owns Arte Primero in Sugar House, where elementary-aged kids learn through art. In the summer, it’s an all-day summer camp. The other nine months of the year, Love offers an after-school program. This year will be different. When the Salt Lake City School District announced they will abandon in-person learning until at least October, Love said her phone exploded with desperate parents who cannot both work and home school. “How do we make it work?” she said parents asked. Love, who has two elementary-aged daughters of her own, will keep her studio open, and she and her staff will help kids manage their online learning. Marla Love teaches at Arte Primero. It means increased costs, especially to pay for her employees who will now be wo...
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Navajo Nation Moving To Phased Reopening Plan With Online Learning

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. – Navajo Nation officials said they will use a phased-in approach to reopen beginning Aug. 17, while tribal leaders disagreed with a federal mandate ordering all schools on the reservation to prepare for in-class learning. The Navajo Nation Reopening Plan will serve as a guide to safely and gradually reopen business on the Navajo Nation during the COVID-19 pandemic.Nez-Lizer Administration issues guidelines and plan to carefully reopen the Navajo Nation with phased-in approach For more information on the “Navajo Nation Reopening Plan,” please visit: — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez (@NNPrezNez) August 13, 2020“This will not be a rushed reopening. We spent many weeks working together with...
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Back To School Shopping: Don’t Break The Bank On Buying Tech

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Back to school shopping is looking different this year for many students as some districts and families opt for online learning for the time being. Many of those school districts are working to get devices to students who will be learning from home. However, for those who want to use their own devices, there’s no need to break the bank. Here are a few things to know to make things a little smoother. New Computer? Some students won’t necessarily need a new computer, and parents should look into upgrading the memory on an existing computer first. Eight gigabytes is about all most people need, and it will cost less than $100 for those who own a PC. “Desktops will usually last longer than a laptop,” said Amy Iverson, Deseret News tech columnist. “...