OREM — Another high school is moving to a hybrid learning model due to Utah’s rising number of positive cases of COVID-19.
Timpanogos High School will transition to a hybrid A-B schedule beginning next week, Alpine School District spokesperson Kimberly Bird confirmed to KSL.com on Friday.
Like much of Utah County, the Timberwolves have seen an increasing number of positive test results recently, though neither the school nor the district specified how many students or faculty have tested positive.
“Due to the increasing number of positive COVID-19 cases in our community and within THS, we have been asked to transition to a modified schedule,” Timpanogos principal Dr. Joe Jensen said in a message to the community.
The school will be closed to students Monday to allow teachers time to plan for the new schedule, which will have half of all students learning in a divided A-B schedule two days a week, followed by two days of online learning while the other half attends classes. Students will be divided based on last names.
Here’s how the school designed the plan, which will last through at least Thursday, Oct. 1. At that point, school administrators will consult with district and local health officials to determine if the schedule will continue, Jensen said.
- Sept. 21 — No school
- Sept. 22 — "A" day for last names beginning A-K
- Sept. 23 — "B" day for last names beginning A-K
- Sept. 24 — "A" day for last names beginning L-Z
- Sept. 25 — "B" day for last names beginning L-Z
- Sept. 28 — "A" day for last names beginning A-K
- Sept. 29 — "B" day for last names beginning A-K
- Sept. 30 — "A" day for last names beginning L-Z
- Oct. 1 — "B" day for last names beginning L-Z
The change in schedule will not impact extracurricular activities such as athletics and drivers’ education courses.
Timpanogos is the second high school known to have transitioned to a hybrid schedule, after Pleasant Grove followed the district’s plan back on Aug. 31, after just a few weeks of school.
Just north of Timpanogos, Canyons School District pushed classes at Corner Canyon High School online amid a surge of more than 70 active cases at the Draper-based secondary school.
Utah County reported 501 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, the most in the state and nearly half of the record-high 1,117 new cases, according to the Utah Department of Health. Most of the rise in cases can be traced to the 14-24 age demographic, namely at Brigham Young University, Utah Valley University and area high schools, state epidemiologist Dr. Angela Dunn has said.