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These Utah college towns ranked high for affordability (and low for quality of life)

These Utah college towns ranked high for affordability (and low for quality of life)

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 9:03 p.m.

Southern Utah University students apparently have something to celebrate: They're living in the most affordable college town in America... but it also ranks low for quality of life.
'We're not going to stand for this': Utah students strike, call for climate reforms

'We're not going to stand for this': Utah students strike, call for climate reforms

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 4:45 p.m.

About a couple hundred Utah middle and high school students participated Friday in Global Climate Strike, an issue they say they will deal with more than their parents will.
Everything parents need to know about COVID-19 vaccines for children

Everything parents need to know about COVID-19 vaccines for children

Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 9:18 a.m.

Children as young as 5 years old may be able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Halloween.
BYU to let undergrad students stay in nonstudent housing after 2 semesters

BYU to let undergrad students stay in nonstudent housing after 2 semesters

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 23 - 10:35 a.m.

Single undergraduate students will no longer be required to live in on-campus or off-campus contracted housing after their first two semesters.
COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

COVID-19 creates dire US shortage of teachers, school staff

Jocelyn Gecker, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 5:45 p.m.

One desperate California school district is sending flyers home in students' lunchboxes, telling parents it's "now hiring." Elsewhere, principals are filling in as crossing guards, teachers are being offered signing bonuses and schools are moving back to online learning.
Utah County shifts to automated contact tracing for middle, high school students

Utah County shifts to automated contact tracing for middle, high school students

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 10:29 a.m.

For the first time, Utah will use automated contact tracing for minors with COVID-19, as one local health department already announced it intends to use the system for middle and high school students who test positive for the virus.
One Utah college is projected to have lower enrollment this fall. What is it doing to reverse that trajectory?

One Utah college is projected to have lower enrollment this fall. What is it doing to reverse that trajectory?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 6:25 a.m.

Firm numbers for fall enrollment at Utah's public colleges and universities are not yet available, but projections suggest most head counts will be flat or grow with one exception.
Students get hands-on experience building tiny home

Students get hands-on experience building tiny home

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 10:34 p.m.

While 249 square feet is not a lot of space, it's helping students gain mansion-sized amounts of experience they can take with them on the job.
Bear River Health Department issues 'test-to-stay' order for elementary school classrooms

Bear River Health Department issues 'test-to-stay' order for elementary school classrooms

Mike Anderson, KSL-TV  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 9:02 p.m.

The Bear River Health Department is issuing a "test to stay" order based on the number of cases per class.
Mental health is a surging problem amid COVID-19, especially for kids. What's Utah doing to meet the need?

Mental health is a surging problem amid COVID-19, especially for kids. What's Utah doing to meet the need?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Updated Sept. 17 - 4:16 p.m.

Long before COVID-19, Utah schools reported that the need for mental health services was far outstripping the supply.
Opinion: BYU issued a 'Statement on Belonging.' Will it succeed?

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Opinion: BYU issued a 'Statement on Belonging.' Will it succeed?

Daniel Frost, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 17 - 11:32 a.m.

Brigham Young University President Kevin Worthen recently introduced a "Statement on Belonging" that seeks to address "the needs of all marginalized individuals on (BYU) campus." This "unique" approach will provide the framework to evaluate all proposals to foster belonging at BYU.
Salt Lake City Council extends mayor's K-12 school mask mandate 30 days

Salt Lake City Council extends mayor's K-12 school mask mandate 30 days

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 7:35 p.m.

Members of the Salt Lake City Council on Tuesday authorized extending Mayor Erin Mendenhall's COVID-19 emergency proclamation that requires masks in K-12 schools.
The 'Devious Lick' TikTok challenge that's provoking thefts, vandalism at schools has hit Utah

The 'Devious Lick' TikTok challenge that's provoking thefts, vandalism at schools has hit Utah

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 7:04 p.m.

Students nationwide have posted TikTok videos of themselves stealing school furnishings or committing acts of vandalism. Utah school administrators are denouncing the trend.
US News ranks University of Utah video game design program 3rd in nation

US News ranks University of Utah video game design program 3rd in nation

Jenny Rollins, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 10:21 p.m.

The University of Utah's video game design program ranked third in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural Best Undergraduate Game Design Programs list.
University of Utah offering weekly COVID-19 tests to families of students and employees

University of Utah offering weekly COVID-19 tests to families of students and employees

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 8:35 p.m.

The University of Utah is offering free, weekly asymptomatic COVID-19 testing to immediate family and household members of university staff, students and faculty.
New SLC Catholic middle school academy dedicated Monday

New SLC Catholic middle school academy dedicated Monday

Jenny Rollins, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 9:37 p.m.

A new middle school in Salt Lake City is being called the most significant development in Catholic education in Utah since the opening of San Juan Diego Catholic High School 20 years ago.
How did Utah colleges fare on US News rankings?

How did Utah colleges fare on US News rankings?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 9:09 p.m.

Dixie State University ranked 11th through 17th among top public colleges in the West and 37th through 48th overall in the region in the 2022 U.S. News and World Report's college rankings.
Syracuse Elementary School activating 'Test to Stay' protocol after COVID-19 outbreak

Syracuse Elementary School activating 'Test to Stay' protocol after COVID-19 outbreak

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 3:22 p.m.

Syracuse Elementary School will conduct a Test to Stay event on Tuesday after more than 30 students and staff were diagnosed with COVID-19, according to a letter to parents.
SLC mayor urges council to extend mask mandate as Utah reports 4K new COVID cases

SLC mayor urges council to extend mask mandate as Utah reports 4K new COVID cases

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 13 - 3:15 p.m.

Salt Lake City's mayor urged the City Council to extend a K-12 school mask requirement Monday, the same day Utah reported 4,213 weekend COVID-19 cases and 16 more deaths.
This Utah school district is offering fresh food to families

This Utah school district is offering fresh food to families

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 9:15 a.m.

A new program will offer food to families in need in the Granite School District, which officials say has faced a growing issue of food insecurity during the pandemic.
Did beards evolve to protect men from punches? Here's what U. of U. researchers discovered

Did beards evolve to protect men from punches? Here's what U. of U. researchers discovered

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 7:14 a.m.

It all started with a dispute over sperm whales at an academic conference. Now the resulting University of Utah research on the purpose of beards has won an Ig Nobel Peace Prize.
Should public tuition assistance be used to attend religious schools? Sen. Mike Lee thinks so

Should public tuition assistance be used to attend religious schools? Sen. Mike Lee thinks so

Dennis Romboy, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 11 - 9:03 a.m.

Mike Lee wants the Supreme Court to strike down a Maine law that prevents students from receiving tuition assistance if they choose to attend schools deemed religious or sectarian.
SLCC joins several other Utah colleges in requiring COVID-19 vaccine for spring semester

SLCC joins several other Utah colleges in requiring COVID-19 vaccine for spring semester

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 10 - 1:43 p.m.

Salt Lake Community College officials announced Friday the college will require students to receive the COVID-19 vaccination by the beginning of spring semester.
How Salt Lake mayor's school mask order is getting enforced — without policing

How Salt Lake mayor's school mask order is getting enforced — without policing

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 10 - 6:18 a.m.

When a student disobeys a school rule, there are opportunities for "teaching moments" to help bring them into compliance.
Amazon to fully fund college tuition for frontline employees

Amazon to fully fund college tuition for frontline employees

Eva Mathews, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 12:25 p.m.

Amazon.com will fully fund college tuition for over 750,000 of its frontline employees, the e-commerce giant said on Thursday.
Hunger rose for U.S. minorities, children in 2020, despite federal pandemic aid

Hunger rose for U.S. minorities, children in 2020, despite federal pandemic aid

Christopher Walljasper, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 8:03 p.m.

The number of Hispanic and Black families without enough to eat climbed in 2020, the U.S. government said on Wednesday, as the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered businesses and left millions of laid off Americans scrambling to put food on the table.
Prosecution may not call star witness in 1st trial in college admissions scandal

Prosecution may not call star witness in 1st trial in college admissions scandal

Nate Raymond, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 11:21 a.m.

One key face could be missing from the first trial in the college admissions scandal that ensnared wealthy corporate executives and Hollywood actresses — the scheme's mastermind.
Utah's Teacher of the Year sees a role for every student

Utah's Teacher of the Year sees a role for every student

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 2:58 p.m.

Daniels said he was grateful for the recognition but he is still getting used to the idea of being singled out among tens of thousands of Utah educators as teacher of the year.
Legal battles brew as educators hesitate to return to in-person classes

Legal battles brew as educators hesitate to return to in-person classes

Tom Hals, Reuters  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 1:41 p.m.

A legal battle is brewing over remote work between administrators at U.S. colleges committed to in-person classes and some faculty with disabilities.
He's the first University of Utah alum to lead the school in 50 years

He's the first University of Utah alum to lead the school in 50 years

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 10:22 a.m.

Taylor Randall may be new to the position of University of Utah president, but the school has been part of his life since childhood.
Schools still have billions of federal COVID-19 relief money to spend

Schools still have billions of federal COVID-19 relief money to spend

Katie Lobosco, CNN  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 4:41 p.m.

Congress authorized more than $190 billion to help America's schools reopen and stay open during the pandemic — and while a lot of the funds were used to buy personal protective equipment, upgrade ventilation and boost summer school programs, there are still billions of dollars left to be spent.
Grand County High School classes canceled next week due to COVID cases among staff, students

Grand County High School classes canceled next week due to COVID cases among staff, students

Lisi Merkley, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 4 - 6:03 p.m.

Classes are canceled for Grand County High School next week after 10 staff members and 9 students tested positive for COVID-19.
Tooele County issues mask order for schools meeting COVID-19 threshold

Tooele County issues mask order for schools meeting COVID-19 threshold

Nick Wyatt, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 8:17 p.m.

The Tooele County Health Department has issued a mask order for schools that meet a particular COVID-19 case threshold.
Natalie Cline reprimanded by State School Board over social media posts that 'incited hate speech'

Natalie Cline reprimanded by State School Board over social media posts that 'incited hate speech'

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Updated Sept. 3 - 5:55 p.m.

Leaders of the Utah State Board of Education took the "unprecedented" step of reprimanding board member Natalie Cline for social media posts that they said "incited hate speech."
 Granite teacher union highlights substitute teacher shortage

Granite teacher union highlights substitute teacher shortage

Nick Wyatt, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 8:06 a.m.

A teacher's union for Granite School District says its schools are woefully understaffed with substitute teachers.
COVID cases in Utah kids 3.5 times higher this school year, health official says

COVID cases in Utah kids 3.5 times higher this school year, health official says

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Sept. 2 - 8:23 a.m.

Utah's COVID-19 cases in school-age children are 3.5 times higher at the beginning of this school year than last, one top health official said Tuesday.
Weber-Morgan health director wants K-6 mask mandate

Weber-Morgan health director wants K-6 mask mandate

Lindsay Aerts, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 10:08 p.m.

The director of the Weber-Morgan Health Department said he wants to issue a health order requiring masks for K-6 students in Weber and Morgan counties. But says county commissioners are hesitant.
Another Utah college will require COVID-19 vaccines. Do students support shot mandates?

Another Utah college will require COVID-19 vaccines. Do students support shot mandates?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 9:43 p.m.

Colleges and universities around the state are rolling out vaccine requirements, while a national poll showed 69% of students support colleges requiring COVID-19 vaccination
Utah legislators, Gov. Cox may form group to address limited hospital space, health care worker shortages

Utah legislators, Gov. Cox may form group to address limited hospital space, health care worker shortages

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Sept. 1 - 9:00 p.m.

Cox and his staff met with members of the House Majority Caucus on Wednesday for what House Speaker Brad Wilson called a "robust discussion."
Masks in schools? A behind-the-scenes look at Gov. Cox's conversations about allowing requirements

Masks in schools? A behind-the-scenes look at Gov. Cox's conversations about allowing requirements

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Updated Aug. 31 - 6:31 p.m.

Gov. Spencer Cox is mulling potential public health orders to give school districts more tools to clamp down on COVID-19 outbreaks — including temporarily requiring face masks.
University of Utah Health will require COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital, clinic staff

University of Utah Health will require COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital, clinic staff

Jacob Klopfenstein, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 6:34 p.m.

University of Utah Health will require COVID-19 vaccinations for hospital and clinic staff who have contact with patients, officials announced Monday.
Feds announce civil rights probe into Utah, other states' bans on school mask mandate

Feds announce civil rights probe into Utah, other states' bans on school mask mandate

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug. 30 - 4:04 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation in Utah and four other states, determining if their bans on indoor masking "discriminate" against students with disabilities.
UVU announces spring vaccine requirement for students

UVU announces spring vaccine requirement for students

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 30 - 1:41 p.m.

Utah Valley University announced Monday it will require students to receive COVID-19 vaccine for its spring semester, which starts in January.
Are Salt Lake City schools enforcing mayor's mask mandate?

Are Salt Lake City schools enforcing mayor's mask mandate?

Tamara Vaifanua, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 28 - 7:15 a.m.

A week into the school year — are schools in the Salt Lake City School District enforcing the mask mandate? Some parents are concerned about a letter the district wrote to principals before school started, which states they should not discipline a student if they're not wearing a mask.
University of Utah, USU, Weber State to require COVID-19 vaccination for students

University of Utah, USU, Weber State to require COVID-19 vaccination for students

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Updated Aug. 27 - 9:40 p.m.

The governing board over Utah's public colleges and universities is encouraging institutions to consider requiring COVID-19 vaccination at no cost to students. At least three universities have announced they plan to implement such a requirement.
'Heartbroken' friends remember Midvale teacher killed in motorcycle crash

'Heartbroken' friends remember Midvale teacher killed in motorcycle crash

Pat Reavy, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 7:40 p.m.

A motorcyclist who died after colliding with a suspected drunk driver in Salt Lake City this week was a teacher at Midvale Middle School, according to friends.
Will FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine open the door to vaccine mandates at Utah colleges, universities?

Will FDA approval of Pfizer vaccine open the door to vaccine mandates at Utah colleges, universities?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Aug. 27 - 6:23 a.m.

Expressing growing urgency to act as COVID-19 cases mount, Utah Board of Higher Education members voiced support for mask and vaccine requirements at public colleges and universities.
11 Salt Lake school teachers miss first day due to COVID-19 exposure at training event

11 Salt Lake school teachers miss first day due to COVID-19 exposure at training event

Ladd Egan, KSL-TV  |  Posted Aug. 26 - 9:32 a.m.

Nearly a dozen teachers in the Salt Lake City School District missed the first day of school due to possible exposure to COVID-19, the district confirmed to KSL-TV.
US COVID-19 cases among children are surging. Experts warn it may get worse

US COVID-19 cases among children are surging. Experts warn it may get worse

Madeline Holcombe, CNN  |  Posted Aug. 26 - 8:42 a.m.

Last week, the number of COVID-19 cases in children in the US reached levels not seen since the winter surge. And with the return to schools, the Delta variant on the rise and this winter approaching, health officials are concerned it could get worse.
Utah State School Board investigating member for post about LGBTQ youth

Utah State School Board investigating member for post about LGBTQ youth

Ashley Imlay, KSL.com  |  Updated Aug. 25 - 3:51 p.m.

The Utah State Board of Education is reviewing a controversial social media post made by board member Natalie Cline for "potential board bylaw violations."
Weber-Morgan Health Department won't impose school mask mandates unless threshold is met

Weber-Morgan Health Department won't impose school mask mandates unless threshold is met

Dan Bammes, KSL NewsRadio  |  Posted Aug. 24 - 10:34 p.m.

The Weber-Morgan Board of Health voted Monday to consult with local county elected officials before imposing mask mandates on schools.
Salt Lake Mayor Mendenhall ordered masks in K-12 schools. Did families comply?

Salt Lake Mayor Mendenhall ordered masks in K-12 schools. Did families comply?

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Posted Aug. 24 - 9:25 p.m.

Salt Lake students, teachers and employees largely adhered Tuesday to Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall's executive order that requires mask-wearing in grades K-12 schools.
Poll: Majority of Americans support school mask, vaccine mandates

Poll: Majority of Americans support school mask, vaccine mandates

Collin Binkley and Hannah Fingerhut, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug. 24 - 3:11 p.m.

As COVID-19 cases surge around the country, a majority of Americans say they support mask mandates for students and teachers in K-12 schools, according to a new poll, but their views are sharply divided along political lines.
Can Salt Lake City's mayor keep her mask mandate for schools? This Utah lawmaker insists it's 'NOT enforceable'

Can Salt Lake City's mayor keep her mask mandate for schools? This Utah lawmaker insists it's 'NOT enforceable'

Katie McKellar, Deseret News  |  Posted Aug. 23 - 7:09 p.m.

Riled by SLC Mayor Erin Mendenhall's new school mask mandate, a legislator is threatening to use state law or a lawsuit to crack down on what he's calling an overreach of power.
Why this mom and other parents are suing Gov. Cox and Salt Lake County over Utah laws prohibiting school mask mandates

Why this mom and other parents are suing Gov. Cox and Salt Lake County over Utah laws prohibiting school mask mandates

Marjorie Cortez, Deseret News  |  Updated Aug. 23 - 5:44 p.m.

A group of parents filed a complaint in 3rd District Court Monday challenging the constitutionality of laws that limit pandemic restrictions like mask orders.
Elder Holland: BYU must stand 'committed to its unique academic mission and to the church that sponsors it'

Elder Holland: BYU must stand 'committed to its unique academic mission and to the church that sponsors it'

Tad Walch, Deseret News  |  Updated Aug. 23 - 2:47 p.m.

The new vice president-level position will join Worthen's Cabinet, the President's Council, and oversee a new Office of Belonging.
Students' routine vaccines behind schedule at start of school

Students' routine vaccines behind schedule at start of school

Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press  |  Posted Aug. 23 - 11:56 a.m.

The vaccinations that U.S. schoolchildren are required to get to hold terrible diseases like polio, measles, tetanus and whooping cough in check are way behind schedule this year.
BYU reveals temporary plans for the old Provo High School

BYU reveals temporary plans for the old Provo High School

Sean Walker, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 21 - 9:01 p.m.

Minimal construction began this week on the former Provo High School campus as BYU prepares to temporarily house the College of Fine Arts and Communications.
Summit County issues public health order regarding masks for elementary schools

Summit County issues public health order regarding masks for elementary schools

Ashley Fredde, KSL.com  |  Posted Aug. 21 - 4:18 p.m.

Summit County Health Department issued a public health order requiring masks if any elementary school reaches a 2% COVID-19 positivity rate over a 14-day period.