Back to school: Every districts’ plan for the fall

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Utah (ABC4 News) – School districts across the start are preparing mandatory safety plans to return to school in the fall of 2020.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert announced during a coronavirus press conference that all students, faculty, staff, and visitors will be required to wear masks when returning to school this fall. All K-12 students will be asked to wear a mask in the building and on the bus.

Gov. Herbert announced every school district in Utah, all 41 of them, must have a school safety plan in place by August 1, 2020. Even school districts in ‘green’ counties must come up with a safety plan for the fall. 

ABC4 News has compiled a list of all 41 school districts and their current fall 2020 safety plans:

Alpine: One of the largest school districts in the state, will resume daily face-to-face instruction for students while also providing an online learning option for those who choose that route.

The ‘Monday early-out schedule’ will now take place every day of the week to give teachers sufficient time to schedule student interaction and to plan in-person and online instruction.  

Beaver: The school board decided that remote and in-person learning options will be available. Masks will be provided along with plexiglass in high-trafficked areas. The full plan can be found here.

Box Elder: The Box Elder School District has decided to have families choose between in-person or online learning this year. They make note that language-immersion classes and certain elective classes will not be available online though. School will start on Aug. 31.

Cache County: Cache County School District released its reopening plan for the 2020-21 school year. The school district does have plans in place to start school on Aug. 20 with a five-day school schedule. 

Canyons: Canyons School District plans to host in-person classes in the fall. They will provide online learning options for students to participate in throughout the school year, the online registration process begins July 27, 2020.  Students in the online classes will be following the same CSD curriculum maps like those in the in-person classes so all students will be able to seamlessly move between formats.

The district recently announced that the first day of school will be pushed back to Aug. 24.

Carbon: The Carbon School District published its reopening plan and the district says “all healthy students need to be in school.” View the plan for the 2020-21 school year.

Daggett: Daggett School District doesn’t have their plan in place yet but it will be announced before the Aug. 1 deadline. 

Davis: The Davis School District announced they will practice a split schedule. Students whose last name begins with A-K will attend school in-person on Mondays and Wednesdays with remote at-home learning on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students whose last name begins with L-Z will attend school in-person on Tuesdays and Thursdays with remote at-home learning on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Duchesne: The Duchesne School District released its full plan and it can be found on their website. It includes details on how they plan to social distance and how they plan to limit large gatherings while at school.

Emery: School officials say they intend for teachers and students to return in-person on Aug. 25 with flexibility for individual circumstances. The plan includes things such as a regular five-day schedule with families having the option for online learning as well. The district’s return plan is posted on the district’s website.

Garfield: Garfield School District will return to in-person learning on Aug. 19 and will follow the Governor’s school mask mandate.

Grand County: Grand County School District will return to in-person learning on Sept. 8. Students will also have the option of online learning. All Grand County School District staff will participate in a monthly COVID-19 testing program.

Granite: Granite School District officials say they are working to provide high quality, individualized learning experience for all students. Students and parents will be given the option to participate in in-person or virtual learning.

Iron County: Iron County School District has delayed their first day of school by two weeks. School will now begin on Aug. 25 instead of Aug. 11 to allow more preparation time. The district is also offering two full online options in addition to in-person learning.

Jordan: School will begin on Aug. 24, a week later than originally planned. The current plan is that Jordan School District students will attend in-person Monday through Thursday with the option to spend Fridays at home. Officials say Fridays will be structured around meeting individual student needs and extending learning from earlier in the week. Students will also be given the option to learn virtually from home instead of returning to school.  

Juab: The school district will have Monday through Thursday in-person instruction with Friday being taught online and being a teacher development day. However other options such as a blended learning/flexible schedule will be offered along with the option of complete remote learning.

Kane: The Kane County School District plans to return to school in-person on Aug. 19 with safety precautions in place. Kane County has drafted a final submission of their return plan. 

Logan: Students will return to school for a ‘soft-reopening’ on Aug. 19. The soft-opening will last until Sept. 11. During the soft-opening, students will only attend half-day, either in the morning or afternoon. Online learning will also be provided to supplement classroom learning.

Logan School District officials are encouraging parents to prepare their children for mask-wearing in the fall by starting those habits now by including face masks as part of back-to-school shopping.

Millard: The school district will return to school as planned on Aug. 19 and will try to maintain a ‘normal’ schedule as much as possible.

Morgan: In-person and online options will be available. For in-person learning, school will be held Monday through Friday and will dismiss one hour earlier than last year to allow for building sanitation among other things. School will begin Aug. 25.

Murray: Under Murray School District’s current plan, it will offer classroom, online, and hybrid options for learning. It will also address safety for students, staff, and patrons in a number of different ways. Check out the graphic below provided by the school.

Courtesy: Murray School District

Nebo: In preparation to return to school, Nebo School District is encouraging parents and students to ‘be S.M.A.R.T.’. Staying home when sick, maintaining clean spaces, Advocate for distancing, Remember your mask, and training on hygiene and safety. Students will have the option to be in school every day full-time or they will have the option to be assigned a Nebo remote learning teacher. So far, nearly 95% of students have opted for the in-person learning option.

Students will attend five days a week but will have the ‘early-out-Monday’ schedule every day.

North Sanpete: In-person or online options are available for students. Students will meet every week day. The district is prepared for online learning if the whole district needs to start learning 100% remotely.

North Summit: School is set to start on Aug. 19. In-person learning will take typical COVID-19 precautions. Online learning will also be an option for students. Parents will need to contact the district for what online options works best for their student.

Ogden City: Ogden schools will return to in-person learning on Aug. 26. Online options will also be available for students not comfortable with attending school.

Park City: Park City School District plans to open for full, in-person instruction for all students. Families can choose a fully online school option as well. School begins on Aug. 20 and will follow a full five-day-week schedule.

Piute County: Piute County School District will hold in-person school as scheduled and will follow state guidelines for COVID-19 safety.

Provo City: Provo School District will have options for in-person learning or full-time online learning. The district has several plans in place if the need arises to change their in-person learning.

Rich County: Rich County School District will follow the state’s guidelines on returning to school.

Salt Lake City: Salt Lake Board members voted in favor of delaying the start of the school year until the Tuesday after Labor Day on Sept. 8. After Labor Day, students will then begin online-only school. Remote learning will take place for the district until at least the end of the first quarter.

San Juan: San Juan School District will provide three options for students: Face-to-face learning, blended virtual learning and independent virtual learning.

Sevier: Sevier School District will provide in-person learning, a hybrid learning option and complete remote learning. Those who choose the remote learning will be assigned a teacher from their school. School will start on Aug. 19.

South Sanpete: Traditional face-to-face instruction will be available in all schools for all courses. Online/virtual at-home learning will also be available. School will start, as scheduled, on Aug. 20.

South Summit: In addition to regular in-person learning, students who are high-risk or how live in households that have high-risk individuals will have the option to do their schooling online.

Tintic: With only about 250 students in the district, Tintic will resume school as planned on Aug. 19.

Tooele County: Students within the district will attend school (If they choose to) Monday-Thursday. Friday will be reserved for online teaching and deep cleaning of the schools. The first two weeks of school will consist of just a half-day schedule. 

Uintah: Students within Uintah School District will have two options when it comes to learning in the fall. Traditional schools will provide a blended learning model where both face-to-face and online instruction will be provided. Students who are not able to attend school or who would rather participate online will be able to enroll in the Uintah Online School. 

The school board has also approved additional personnel to be hired to provide social, emotional and academic support this upcoming school year. 

Students will attend school Monday-Thursday. On Friday, students will learn remotely from home.

Wasatch: As long as the county remains in the yellow phase of coronavirus precautions, Wasatch School District will follow guidelines such as no gatherings of more than 50 people and strict social distancing. Students and teachers will follow the state’s mandate of wearing a mask. Students will meet face-to-face every day.

Washington County: Traditional in-person, virtual at-home learning, online through Utah Online School, and a blend of in-person/virtual learning will be provided through the district. Students will be in school Monday through Friday.

Wayne: School will begin Aug. 19. In-person, remote learning with an assigned teacher or online curriculum will be available through the district.

Weber: Weber School District has outlined moderate precautions, enhanced precautions, and intense precautions. The schools will open under moderate precautions.

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