RIVERTON, Utah — Jordan School District board members voted to close Riverton High School Thursday and Friday for a deep clean because of rising COVID-19 cases.
No instruction will be given Thursday, but virtual instruction will be provided on Friday.
They also voted to re-open the school as normal on Monday and will keep a close eye on case counts.
The board gave the school administration the flexibility to move forward or postpone with homecoming activities, which were scheduled for this weekend.
The vote was 6-1 in favor of the plan.
The District hosted an emergency meeting Wednesday night to discuss the rising COVID-19 cases at the school.
According to the district, there are 17 active cases within the school as of Wednesday.
Nine of the reported cases were associated with two extracurricular activities.
The Salt Lake County Health Department recommended the school move to virtual learning for two weeks.
All students reportedly have a device to be used for virtual learning.
One Riverton High School student who spoke during the period of public comment described her experience being quarantined. She believes that moving to virtual learning will take a large toll on the mental health of students.
Other parents spoke as well, agreeing that closing down the school would be too extreme.
A student (member of girls soccer) that was quarantined for the last two weeks is sharing her experience.— 𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐧𝐞𝐞 (@brian_schnee) September 17, 2020
Her experience: “You were exposed you can come back in two weeks.”
“I kind of felt like I was treated like a criminal.”
Would like to see athletics continue regardless.
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