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Thousands of Utah kids have changed schools during COVID-19, while ‘school choice’ left others out

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Posted at 6:11 AM, Feb 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-01 08:11:53-05

SALT LAKE CITY — When the Salt Lake City School District announced all classes would be online this fall, Molly Pearce immediately knew she had to literally map out another option.

Helping her four school-age children learn at home last spring, after Utah’s schools closed abruptly to slow the spread of COVID-19, was “disastrous,” she said.

“Computers crashing and the websites not working, passwords not working … My legs hurt by the end of the day from running from computer to computer,” Pearce said. “And the stress level of myself and all of my children and my husband, who has been working from home, was incredibly high.”

So, the Pearce family took advantage of school choice. Also called “open enrollment,” it’s an option that has been available in Utah for nearly 30 years but has faced its biggest test with the coronavirus pandemic. For the most part, it has done what it was designed to: allow parents to find a school that best meets their children’s needs.

Click here to read the full story from The Salt Lake Tribune.