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Jordan School District sees slight decline in cases, re-evaluating rest of school year

Posted at 7:32 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 21:39:21-04

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah — New COVID19 active cases in the Jordan School District were released Wednesday.

The Jordan School District has been wrestling with decisions impacting everything they do in and now out of the classroom.

Tracy Miller has been the Vice President for the Jordan School District Board of Education for two years and says this year has been challenging.

“Students learn better when they’re at school and it’s better for our teachers to have their students there as much as possible,” said Miller.

COVID-19 outbreaks have caused infection rates to spike on a few of the campuses, including Bingham High School.

Just a few days since their emergency board meeting to address the case increase, numbers have seen a slight improvement.

“Our numbers are coming down which is a good sign that our plan is working,” said Miller.

On Friday of last week, the district reported 303 active COVID19 cases with 1,372 students quarantined from exposure.

Compare the numbers with Wednesday’s: 299 active cases with 1,072 students quarantined from exposure.

“I’m very encouraged with what I saw,” said Miller. “For the schools that have been online learning those numbers are going down.”

At the beginning of next week, students will have completed their first full quarter back in school.

It’s time, said Miller, to reevaluate the district plans.

“I think the biggest decision we need to make is whether or not we need to continue doing what we’re doing,” said Miller.

Whether that means continuing the online Friday and four day in-person class schedule or their case threshold school plans—the biggest realization since day one of re-opening, said Miller, is that COVID19 is here to stay longer than anyone wants it to.

The board of education will receive one more update in numbers on Monday before their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday.

Miller hopes Tuesday’s meetings is where they will discuss what the rest of the school year will look like.