WEST JORDAN, Utah — The Jordan School District is moving 14 schools to online instruction starting as soon as Friday.
"I'm disappointed that they're asked to go to school today when there's enough increasing cases to have them go online for two weeks," said Heather Banks, a Bingham High School parent, in an interview Wednesday. "There was over 2,300 cases yesterday, and I don't think enough people are taking it serious, and everyone is frustrated, they're tired, they just want to do their own thing, but that's why we continue to have our problem."
In an emergency meeting held Wednesday night, the District discussed rising COVID-19 cases among students and staff and moved five high schools and nine middle schools to online instruction.
Some parents have voiced their frustrations with the Jordan School District on social media, saying the district is not considering families with two working parents who have to leave their children unsupervised. Others have argued that keeping kids out of school is stressing them out and causing mental damage.
The Jordan School District is providing "grab and go" meals for students. (Scroll down to find the details on these meals.)
Here's a timeline of which schools are moving online in the coming days:
- Riverton High School - Currently 25 active COVID-19 cases and 149 people in quarantine. Moving to online learning for 2 weeks starting Monday, November 16. Thursday will be an in-person day.
- Bingham High School - 271 people are in quarantine following 30 active cases. 681 students were absent on Tuesday. Moving to virtual learning starting November 17. Students will be in-person tomorrow to prepare for the transition and no school on Monday.
- Herriman High School - 32 COVID cases, 205 in quarantine and high absentee rate. Will start virtual learning Friday because the situation is so bad that the board doesn't want to wait to remove students from classrooms.
- Mountain Ridge High School - 25 COVID cases and trending upward. 20% of students absent from classroom. Will move to virtual learning starting Thursday through Thanksgiving.
- West Jordan High School - 17 active cases, 70 in quarantine. Absences are around 40% each day. Will be in person starting Thursday to prepare for transition. Virtual learning will begin Friday and last through Thanksgiving.
- Elk Ridge Middle School - 25% of student body in quarantine. Immediately moving to virtual learning. School canceled Thursday for teacher preparation. Online learning will begin November 13 and continue through the Thanksgiving break.
- Copper Mountain Middle School - Classes canceled Thursday, two-week move to online learning begins Friday.
- Ft. Herriman Middle School - 113 people in quarantine and more students calling in sick. Closed Thursday and two weeks of virtual learning will begin on Friday.
- Hidden Valley Middle School - 203 students in quarantine. No school Thursday and two weeks of online learning will begin on Friday.
- Mountain Creek Middle School - No school Thursday and two weeks of online learning will begin on Friday.
- South Jordan Middle School - 22% of students on absentee list. 10% on quarantine. No school Thursday and two weeks of online learning will begin on Friday.
- Sunset Ridge Middle School: 15 COVID cases. 295 students absent on Tuesday. 20% of students stayed home. No school Thursday and two weeks of online learning will begin on Friday.
- West Hills Middle School - 13 COVID cases, 279 in quarantine. 37% of students absent. No school Thursday and two weeks of online learning will begin on Friday.
- West Jordan Middle School: Up to 40% of students absent — about 400 students stayed home Wednesday. No school Thursday and two weeks of online learning will begin on Friday.
The only school that was discussed that was not placed on a virtual learning plan for the next two weeks was Oquirrh Hills Middle School. The board said COVID-19 cases are decreasing at that school and that a vigilance letter will be sent to be sent to families while they continue to monitor cases.
Watch the full Jordan School District board meeting here.
GRAB AND GO MEALS
Beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020 grab and go lunch and breakfast for the next morning will be served from a designated outside door (Monday-Friday) 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:
· Elk Ridge Middle
· Mt. Creek Middle
· Hidden Valley Middle
· South Jordan Middle
· Sunset Ridge Middle
· West Hills Middle
· West Jordan Middle
· Herriman High
· Mt. Ridge High
Beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020 grab and go lunch will be served from a designated outside door (Monday-Friday) 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:
· Ft. Herriman Middle
· Copper Mt. Middle
Beginning Monday, November 16, 2020 grab and go lunch and breakfast for the next morning will be served from a designated outside door (Monday-Friday) 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the following locations:
· Riverton High
· Bingham High
· West Jordan High
Watch FOX 13 for updates.