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More Utah schools moving to online learning

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Updated - Nov. 16, 2020 at 5:27 p.m. | Posted - Nov. 16, 2020 at 2:29 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Two more Utah high schools and two junior highs will move to online learning as the state's current COVID-19 surge continues, while another school district said Monday it opposes a temporary suspension of extracurricular activities.

Also Monday, Utah doctors warned that they expect to see more cases of school-aged children hospitalized with a related inflammatory system syndrome.

Tooele High School and North Summit High School will move to online-only learning starting Tuesday, the school districts announced. Both schools will return in person on Nov. 30, after Thanksgiving break.

Tooele High School teachers will be reaching out to their students with more information, according to an announcement from the school. Per Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's emergency order, extracurricular activities will not resume until Nov. 24, and basketball and wrestling tryouts will begin on that day at Tooele High School.

Breakfast and lunch will also be provided for students to pick up. More information is available at Tooele High School's website.

For North Summit High School, the move to online learning only affects the high school. Elementary and middle school students will continue in-person learning.

Legacy and Syracuse junior highs will also be transitioning to online learning due to the two schools experiencing 15 or more positive COVID-19 cases during the 14-day rolling count, according to the district dashboard. Tuesday will be used as a teacher preparation day. In-person classes are expected to resume on Dec. 1.

As more schools shift into remote learning, Uintah School Board has mailed a letter to Gov. Gary Herbert and other state officials stating that the board is unanimously opposed to any suspension of extracurricular sports and activities in our schools beyond Nov. 23.

"Some may view extracurricular activities as less important than what takes place in the classroom. We assert, however, that classroom learning is amplified by involvement in extracurricular activities, where teamwork, goal setting, time management, problem-solving, and leadership are taught and reinforced. We also know there are some kids in our schools who would stop attending were it not for the ability to participate in school sports, clubs, and activities," the letter stated.

According to the district, it is currently reporting fewer than a dozen positive COVID-19 cases districtwide during the 14-day period.

Contributing: Ashley Fredde,

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