Copper Hills High to go online through Thanksgiving, effective immediately

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UPDATE (11/4/2020) The Jordan School District board decided Wednesday night during an emergency meeting that Copper Hills High School will switch to online learning until Thanksgiving.

The following letter was sent to parents Wednesday night:

Dear Copper Hills Parents and Students:

Due to the rapid increase of active COVID-19 cases at Copper Hills High School, the Jordan School District School Board held an emergency board meeting to discuss the status of  Copper Hills High School. The Board has determined that beginning tomorrow, November 5, 2020 through Tuesday, November 24, 2020, Copper Hills High School will transition to virtual learning.

With the exception of JATC classes, the transition to virtual learning will begin tomorrow with an ‘At-Home’ learning day similar to every Friday so far this school year. JATC classes will continue as normal (please see JATC / SOUTH VALLEY STUDENTS below for more information regarding transportation) and students with those classes should plan on attending their B-Day JATC classes tomorrow.

Beginning Monday, November 9, our teachers will conduct virtual learning by holding classes, providing instruction, and conducting meaningful learning activities primarily via Zoom conferences linked through Canvas. All classes will still be held on an A-Day/B-Day format with a modified bell scheduleThe bell schedule is detailed below.

Students will receive valuable content instruction, be able to interact with their teachers and classmates, ask questions about assignments, and obtain support for their assignments. We expect each student to log on and be engaged in the learning for each of these virtual learning days. Please connect with your teachers and classmates, so you are able to actively participate in learning and stay on pace with your classes. You do not want to get behind in your studies!

We eagerly await the return of students following the Thanksgiving Break. We would like to reiterate the importance of the protocols that have been outlined by the health department. While we understand and suffer COVID fatigue with you, we also need to stress the importance of the adhering to the following guidelines over the next couple of weeks and, more importantly, as we plan our return to school:

  • If a student has even one COVID symptom, please have him/her stay home.
  • If someone in your household gets tested, please wait until the results come back negative before having any student attend school.
  • Continue to wash hands and make wise decisions outside of the school environment.
  • As parents, please carefully consider what activities you are promoting and encouraging your students to attend. Please be responsible with masks and social distancing.
  • When students are exposed to someone who has tested positive, they need to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure or be tested with a negative result no sooner than 7 days after the date of exposure in order to return to school.

Parents will want to refer to the email for further details on virtual classes, Chromebook rentals, students attending JATC and South Valley Student information, extracurricular activities, counseling centers, and returning to school which is anticipated for November 30.

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Jordan School District has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday night to discuss the high number of cases at Copper Hills High School.

According to the Jordan COVID-19 Dashboard, Copper Hills currently has the highest number of cases of all schools in the district with 31 active cases which is a little over 1% of the schools 2941 individuals in the building.

According to the Utah Department of Health, all current health guidelines are recommendations from the state, there is nothing enforced.

The decision to transition from in-person learning to hybrid or remote learning will be made by school administrators with the local school board and the health department.

In September, Copper Hills High School shut down for one day for a deep cleaning after more than 15 cases of COVID-19 were reported.

Guidelines from UDOH recommend the school transitions to two-week digital-only learning if more than 15 students at one school test positive. Officials say even though the guidelines put in place are not currently being enforced, each county health department has the authority to shut down any school or group due to “unfit” health protocols.

An email sent to parents of Copper Hills students states that due to rapidly increasing COVID-19 cases at Copper Hills High School and the strain it places on faculty and staff, the Board of Education will be meeting to discuss possible action.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 4th at 6 p.m.
The Board does not anticipate taking public comments during the meeting but will consider written comments submitted prior to the meeting.

If anyone wishes to provide input, please submit written comments to the board member that represents the area in which you live.

Board member email addresses can be found at the following link:
Locating the board member that represents your area, that information is available at:
Nov. 4, 2020 Board Meeting Agenda 

Riverton High School also has over 1% with 30 active cases and 2344 individuals in the building. You can see the full list of schools in the Jordan School District and their case counts and percentages on the Jordan COVID-19 Dashboard.

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