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Jordan school board sends Bingham High to virtual learning for 3 days after fall break

By Graham Dudley, KSL.com | Updated - Oct. 16, 2020 at 3:47 p.m. | Posted - Oct. 16, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

RIVERTON — The Jordan School District Board of Education voted unanimously Friday afternoon to move Bingham High School to virtual learning on Oct. 27-29 following an uptick in COVID-19 cases at the campus.

The board's decision comes days before the district begins a weeklong fall break, which spurred the emergency board meeting as an opportunity to remove students from campus for a full 14 days while only doing three days of virtual learning. Students are also scheduled off on Monday, Oct. 26, as a "grade transmittal" day.

The district is already using remote learning each Friday, as well.

During the meeting, the board also decided to deep clean Riverton and Copper Hills high schools before students return from fall break. Students will not be moved to virtual learning following fall break at those campuses but will return in person as normal on Tuesday, Oct. 27.

As of Friday, Bingham High was listed as having 27 active coronavirus cases and 263 students in quarantine. Riverton and Copper Hills each had 21 reported cases, and the schools have 133 and 43 students in quarantine, respectively.

School board president Bryce Dunford explained during the meeting that Copper Hills' coronavirus cases were not increasing as Bingham's and Riverton's were, but neither were they decreasing. The number of cases at Copper Hills had remained in the 20s for some time, he said, leading the board to consider action at the school during the meeting.

Overall, the Jordan School District is reporting 303 active coronavirus cases. The district updates its COVID-19 dashboard daily but will only update it once on Wednesday, Oct. 21, during fall break.

Mountain Ridge and West Jordan high schools, which haven't met in person since Oct. 1, are scheduled to resume in-person learning on Tuesday, Oct. 27, after fall break.

Dunford ended the meeting by asking students and parents to follow state coronavirus guidelines during fall break. "What you do over the next week will determine whether we can keep these schools open," Dunford said. "We plead with everyone — parents, students — please be wise."

Graham Dudley

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