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FARMINGTON – Two additional schools in the Davis School District announced a transition to remote learning on Thursday.
The schools added to the tally are North Layton Junior High School and West Clinton Elementary School. These schools, the district said, will return to in-person instruction on Wednesday, Jan. 26.
Davis moved 19 of its schools to remote learning on Wednesday after each of these schools exceeded the COVID-19 case threshold established in the state's Test to Stay program, which has been suspended because of rapidly rising case numbers that have overwhelmed testing capacity.
Central Davis Junior High and Creekside and Foxboro elementaries began teaching classes remotely Thursday and will return to in-person instruction on Tuesday, Jan. 25. District officials said that parents of students attending those schools have all been notified. In all, students in 24 of 92 Davis School District schools will be in remote learning on Friday.
In the Weber School District, Roy, Fremont and Weber high schools also surpassed the threshold mark Tuesday and moved to virtual learning Wednesday through Friday. Roy Junior High returned to remote learning Thursday and students there will return to classes in person next Tuesday.
The schools include:
- Bountiful High School
- Clearfield High School
- Davis High School
- Farmington High School
- Northridge High School
- Syracuse High School
- Centennial Junior High
- Centerville Junior High
- Fairfield Junior High
- Farmington Junior High
- Kaysville Junior High
- Legacy Junior High
- Millcreek Junior High
- Mueller Park Junior High
- North Davis Junior High
- North Layton Junior High
- Shoreline Junior High
- South Davis Junior High
- Syracuse Junior High
- West Point Junior High School
- Central Davis Junior High
- Creekside Elementary
- Foxboro Elementary
- West Clinton Elementary School
"The goal of remote learning is to continue to educate students, while keeping them physically separate from one another," Davis School District officials said in a statement. "The intent is to keep students separate for a five-day period (which could include a weekend) to slow the spread of the virus."
Davis School District officials reminded parents that this is a "temporary situation that the governor has allowed during the weeks of Jan. 17 and Jan. 24."
On Tuesday night, the Board of Education of the Davis School District unanimously voted to allow the superintendent to decide the district's COVID-19 response for the next two weeks, in accordance with state guidelines given by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox and other state leaders, a district spokesman said. The decision will allow the superintendent flexibility and avoid the need to call emergency board meetings, officials said.
District grants employees COVID response stipends
In the same meeting, the board approved a one-time stipend of $500 for all Davis School District employees. The employees will receive the stipend in their February paycheck.
The stipend was approved "to show gratitude for all that has been done for the COVID-19 response," board member Brigit Gerrard said in the district's statement.
In addition to the school board's vote, funding for the stipend was made available by the CARES Act.