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Some schools to cancel in-person classes Wednesday due to snow

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Posted at 9:05 PM, Feb 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 00:44:49-05

As winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories are in place for much of Utah Tuesday night through Wednesday, schools are evaluating whether to hold in-person classes.

So far, the Canyons School District has announced that it will conduct remote learning only.

An email sent to parents and guardians read:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 will be a remote-learning day for all students because of expected heavy snow and dangerous road conditions. CSD is heeding the recommendation of Utah transportation officials to avoid traveling on roads Wednesday morning. This means all schools and District Offices will be closed for the day, but instruction will continue in line with new state rules that allow school districts to treat “snow days” as remote-learning days. Moving to remote-learning, instead of dismissing classes, benefits both students, by maintaining continuity of instruction, and families, by alleviating the need to adjust their schedules to accommodate make-up days, which can disrupt holidays and summer plans. This announcement is for one day only. Parents will be notified if remote-learning is extended for additional days. If you have questions, please refer to our website www.canyonsdistrict.org [track.spe.schoolmessenger.com].
  • Emergency-closure and remote learning expectations:
    • If inclement weather is in the forecast, teachers will work with students to make sure they have the materials and assignments they need to learn from home.
    • On remote-learning days, elementary students will work independently with a parent or guardian to complete the assignments and learning expectations communicated each week by their teacher using instructional packets or by logging in to CSD’s Canvas learning portal.
    • Middle and high school students will log in to the Canvas dashboard for each of their classes and work their way through their regular course schedules.
    • Teachers will be available on remote-learning days via email and connect with students through Canvas and Zoom or Google Meet.
    • Extracurricular activities — sporting events and practices, afterschool tutoring and theatrical rehearsals and performances — will be canceled unless road conditions improve enough to be able to safely hold such activities.
    • We understand inclement weather can cause power and Internet outages. If you lose power or WiFi access at home, contact your teacher or school to report the outage and continue to work on previously assigned learning activities.

Many others told FOX 13 they will monitor the conditions and make the decision early in the morning on whether to cancel classes, go virtual or delay their start time.

They include:

  • Alpine (by 6 a.m. via social media and district website)
  • Davis
  • Granite (at 5 a.m.)
  • Jordan (around 5 a.m.)
  • Murray (by 5 a.m.)
  • Nebo (after 6 a.m.)
  • South Summit (around 5 a.m.)
  • Tooele County
  • Wasatch County
  • Weber

Those not listed did not return FOX 13's phone calls or were unable to be reached.

This article will be updated with the latest.