SALT LAKE CITY — Schools in Utah continue to adjust schedules as COVID-19 cases rise.
On Monday, the Roy High School football team said all 81 of its players are now under a mandatory quarantine and Brighton and Alta high schools announced students will move to a temporary split-schedule.
Murray High School and Piute County School District schools both announced Sunday evening that students will move to online learning starting Monday for the next two weeks.
The news came after Murray High School, schools in Piute County district, Alta High School and Brighton High School reached the 15-case threshold for COVID-19.
Piute County School District temporarily moves to online learning
"Over 60 Piute High School students were absent on Friday, (Oct. 2) for quarantines, isolations, and other illnesses," read a statement from the district. "The high school has had difficulty finding enough substitutes to fill in for all the teachers and staff that have either been quarantined or requested leave for illness."
Some Piute groups and one-on-one tutoring may still be provided in person at the school buildings. More specific instructions for digital learning will be provided by each individual school within the district.
Piute baseball practices and games will continue under the Utah High School Athletic Association's COVID-19 guidelines. Volleyball practices will start again on Oct. 12.
Piute schools plan on returning on Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Murray High School temporarily moves to online learning
Despite moving to online learning, Murray High School students will continue to follow their usual A/B schedule for Zoom meetings with teachers for each class. Teachers will be reaching out to students with more information and tools for the upcoming two weeks.
"This online schedule is NOT intended to be two weeks off of school. Instead it is two weeks of online instruction that will allow our school/community to reset and allow all those students that are infected by the virus to recover," Murray High School officials said in a statement.
All Murray High School extracurricular activities will continue. Spectators for scheduled competitions will be limited to parents only. Groups with three or more confirmed COVID-19 cases will remain in quarantine, according to a school statement.
Murray High School plans on holding in-person classes on Monday, Oct. 19.
Roy High School football quarantined
On Monday, school officials announced the entire Roy High School football team had been placed under a precautionary 14-day quarantine due to high COVID-19 numbers.
A total of 81 players and 13 coaches are impacted by the quarantine.
The school was notified by the Weber-Morgan Health Department on Monday that a third person associated with the team had tested positive within a two-week period.
To prevent further spread of the virus, it’s recommended by officials whenever three or more people in the same school setting test positive to quarantine the entire classroom, or in this case, team.
Due to the team’s quarantine, a football game between Roy High School and Weber High School originally slated for Friday has been canceled and officials weren’t sure if it would be rescheduled.
Brighton, Alta high schools adopt temporary split-schedule
Brighton and Alta High Schools in the Canyons School District are adopting a temporary split-schedule that goes into effect on Wednesday.
Under the new split-schedule, students can return to campus for classes “while also decreasing the number of students on campus at any one time,” school officials said. “It’s hoped this schedule will possibly reduce the number of students quarantined after a possible exposure to COVID-19, better support physical distancing, and supplement existing contact tracing efforts.”
The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases prompted the decision as well as the community’s rate of transmission, officials said.
School officials explained the new schedule as follows:
The new schedule replaces the online-only learning model that was put into place Wednesday, Sept. 23 in response to an increase in positive cases of the novel coronavirus, coupled with a significant number of students who had been placed on quarantine because of a possible exposure.
Starting Wednesday, Brighton High students will attend on the following schedule:
- Wednesday, Oct. 7 — For students with last names starting with letters A-K
- Thursday, Oct. 8 — For students with the last names starting with letters L-Z
Friday will be a day of virtual learning, or independent study, for students. Teachers will be planning, collaborating with colleagues, and preparing for the coming week, as part of the new blended-learning schedule that started throughout Canyons District on Monday, Oct. 5.
On the week of Monday, Oct. 12, Brighton High students will attend on the following schedule:
- Monday, Oct. 12 — For students with last names starting with letters A-K
- Tuesday, Oct. 13 — For students with last names L-Z
- Wednesday, Oct. 14 — For students with last names A-K
Classes will not be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 15-16, for Fall Recess. The next week, the rotating pattern of A-K students attending one day, then L-Z students attending the next, will continue until Thursday, Oct. 22. For the ease of students and parents, a calendar for the split-schedule will be published on the school’s website.
Officials hope the temporary schedule will end by Monday, Oct. 26 and students will return to on-campus education. However, if case numbers at either school rise to a concerning level, it’s possible the schedules could remain in place for longer.
Information on confirmed cases in any Canyons School District schools can be found on the district’s website here.