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Davis schools prepare to return to additional in-person classes

Five days of in person classes anticipated to return in 2021
Posted at 5:12 PM, Sep 16, 2020

FARMINGTON, Utah — The Davis School Board voted to increase the number of in-person learning and leave behind the hybrid schedule Tuesday evening. All students who did not elect to go online, will return to the classroom Monday through Thursday, while Friday will remain online for all students.

The new schedule will begin in elementary schools Sept. 28 and on Oct. 5 for all secondary schools.

Each week the Davis County Health Department and district leaders meet to discuss trends in schools.

Since the start of the school year, there have been 93 confirmed cases at Davis schools.

“For the last four weeks now, it’s been stable, so we haven’t seen big increases or big decreases,” Brian Hatch, Davis County Health Dept. Dir., said.

Educating children is the main priority, and it’s always been the priority to safely bring kids back to the classroom.

“As we started looking at numbers in other districts, we saw that the spread isn’t necessarily occurring in the schools,” Chris Williams, Davis School Spokesperson, said.

The news of leaving the hybrid schedule has come with mixed reactions from parents.

“I think going back to a full-time schedule, they are going to end up with a lot more quarantines and I think they are going to shut down a lot of classes,” Beth Rosenlof, a Davis school parent, said.

Many parents are happy to see the move towards full time in person learning.

“I think it’s a good idea. I am seeing the emotional toll that it is doing to my fifth grader,” Darcie Wiedeman, a Davis school parent, said.

The goal is for Davis district students to move back to in-person learning Monday through Friday beginning second semester (Jan. 2021).