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The first elementary school in Utah going to virtual learning due to COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 7:45 AM, Nov 19, 2020

HERRIMAN, Utah — For the first time in Utah, an elementary school has reached the threshold of 15 COVID-19 cases and will move to learning online.

Butterfield Canyon elementary in Herriman is dealing with an outbreak.

It’s not alone though. Wednesday marked the highest single day increase of COVID-19 cases for K-12 schools in Utah, adding 598. The previous high was 378.

READ: Over 1 million children in U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19

The biggest share of those cases are in the Jordan School District.

The school board has decided to move three elementary schools -- Butterfield Canyon, Foothills and Westvale -- to virtual learning.

It appears Butterfield Canyon will be the first elementary school in the state to hit the 15 person outbreak threshold.

Two elementary schools have closed in the state, both in the Piute County school district in central Utah, but it was a precaution without having 15 cases.

READ: Piute County schools shift online for 2 weeks due to COVID-19 impact

Pediatricians are warning that more kids with severe illness from the virus are landing in the hospital.

Westvale will only be shut down Monday and Tuesday since the rest of the week is Thanksgiving break. Westvale says it's also dealing with several teachers and administrators being out.

Butterfield Canyon and Foothills will close for the full two weeks with the last in-person day happening Thursday, before going remote until December 4.