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Davis School Board unanimously votes to move ahead with hybrid schedule

Posted at 9:14 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 23:14:53-04

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Davis School Board unanimously voted to continue with plans for a hybrid of online and in person classes for the fall during a special called meeting.

“I would rather start cautiously on a hybrid schedule, see how things go then move to a five-day week schedule when it is safe to do so,” Brigit Gerrard, Davis School Board member, said.

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While there was discussion brought up by board member Julie Tanner for a hybrid option where students would do in-person learning three days a week half the month and two the other, the board ultimately decided against that option. Citing concerns of teacher appointments on Fridays, deep cleaning and the fact that the deadline to submit re-opening plan options to the State Board of Education has passed.

President, John Robison, also brought up questions from Tanner about whether or not legally the board voted on the hybrid plan and offered public comment. After seeking legal counsel from more than one source, he said the answer is yes, everything about the re-opening plans and deciding on plans was done legally.

Ultimately, the board all voted to move ahead with the hybrid schedule.

“I would much rather start off slow and not have a spike and return to remote learning,” Marie Stevenson, Davis School Board member, said.

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Before the board met, dozens of people gathered outside some in support of the hybrid schedule others calling on students going back to school full time.

The news of the hybrid schedule moving forward, came with mixed reactions.

“It’s unfortunate that our teachers were chosen over our students,” Payton Beard, Davis School District parent, said.

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Others who showed up in support of the schedule cheered.

“It really is the wisest choice, it’s the best compromise,” Caryn Crowley, Davis School District teacher, said.

For more information on school re-opening guidelines in Utah, click here.