Sunday, November 1

Student Wellness

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Farmington Family Struggles With Socializing Teens And Coronavirus Safety

FARMINGTON, Utah – New coronavirus cases across Utah are being led by a significant spike in cases in young people 15- to 24-year-olds which illustrates the struggles they face to be safe while socializing as young people do. Getting those high school and college aged kids to follow guidelines is hard and the Duncan family in Farmington explained why it’s such a struggle. There are four daughters in the family, two teens, a 20 year-old, and an almost-teen. They are dealing with the same reality that other young people face. Ellie Duncan is 15-years old. She said they do their best to stay safe. “We just try and keep it like down small numbers, like we don’t like to hang out with a ton of people.” 15-year old Ellie Duncan (KSL-TV) No one’s perfect, but we can all do ...
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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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Last-Minute Student Quarantines Present Challenges For Parents

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Families across Utah are doing their best to prepare for the ramifications of in-person school and potential last-minute quarantines. Over the first few weeks of the new school year, the domino effect has begun as COVID-19 cases pop up in districts across the state and send exposed students home to quarantine for a mandatory 14- day period. On Thursday, Jordan School District officials sent an email to families with an update on the numbers for the district. Over 500 students and adults have been sent home for two weeks after positive COVID-19 tests and possible exposure. The logistics of a last-minute quarantine can be a nightmare for families with two working parents. Nicole and Brian Goeckeritz have three kids in school, and they both work full-time. Nicole and...
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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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Parents Tour New Elementary School In West Jordan

WEST JORDAN, Utah – Parents got a chance to tour a brand-new elementary school in the Jordan School District and see what steps educators are taking to protect students during the pandemic. First day jitters are normal for students going back to school. But this year, you can’t blame parents for maybe having a few jitters, too. “We’ve got extra concerns about her where she’s had some health issues,” said Shane Squire. Squire’s daughter is going to be in third grade at the new Antelope Elementary School in West Jordan. On Friday, teachers and administrators at the school held tours for parents and students.We toured the new Antelope Canyon Elementary School in the @jordandistrict with parents today. Many of them wanted to see the new building, but also what's being...
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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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School Psychologist Offers Tips Amid Back-To-School, COVID-19 Anxieties

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on many parents’ mental health. If parents are feeling stressed about the unpredictability, chances are children are feeling it, too. Kirsten Mele, a school psychologist and a board member for the Utah Association of School Psychologists, said she’s been seeing a new kind of back-to-school anxiety. She said students are worried about what class is going to look like, if their friends are going to be there, and if they’ll be able to interact with them. They’re also worried about following COVID-19 safety guidelines. Some of those fears have been projected onto them by their parents, Mele said. “My biggest advice to parents is to try to stay calm and confident,” she said. “Let your children know, yes, it...
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COVID-19: Pediatrician Urges Families To Be ‘Patient And Flexible’ During Back To School

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – It’s back to school time for more than a dozen school districts in Utah on Wednesday, and a Utah pediatrician is urging families to be patient and flexible during the reopening process amid the pandemic. With research and knowledge constantly changing around COVID-19, it can be hard for parents to keep track of everything. Dr. Ryan Gottfredson with Utah Valley Pediatrics joined KSL Today to answer viewer questions as families send their children back to school. One KSL TV viewer asked how wearing masks will affect children who have asthma. Gottfredson said wearing masks could actually be beneficial for those students. “There’s some decent research that suggests that wearing a mask may in fact benefit people with asthma and its ability to filte...
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More Substitute Teachers Needed To Prepare For School Year

LEHI, Utah – As thousands of teachers and students returned to class Tuesday, one company that partners with several Utah school districts continued its search for more substitute teachers to prepare for a potential increase in absences this school year. “They said potentially I could substitute every day. So they’re expecting quite a high need,” said Aysa Freeman, one of the hundreds of substitute teachers recently hired by Educational Solutions Services to work in the Alpine School District. “I actually lost my previous job to COVID,” said Freeman, who worked as a surgical assistant until she was laid off when the pandemic prompted limited elective surgeries. “Losing my surgical position did make me reevaluate,” she said. “And I think the schools are a great oppor...
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St. George Company Donates Touchless Thermometers To School District

ST. GEORGE, Utah – Schools in the Washington County School District are going to be a little safer thanks to a donation of 100 touchless, infrared thermometers from a southern Utah company. Representatives from St. George-based ZUMM made the donation at district headquarters Tuesday afternoon. The district had already bought one thermometer — which retails for $70 — for each school, but officials said having extras will allow staff members to test more students quicker. “This is such a big deal for us,” said Steven Dunham with the Washington County School District. “It really is. It’s huge.” You can’t be safe enough this year, which is why the Washington County School District is happy to have more of these thermometer scanners. The donation will give each school tw...