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Two high schools in Jordan district shift to online learning for two weeks due to COVID-19 cases

Posted at 11:14 PM, Sep 29, 2020

SALT LAKE COUNTY — For the second time in a matter of weeks, Jordan School District’s Board of Education held an emergency meeting pertaining to COVID-19 cases in district schools.

After motions were passed from board members, West Jordan High School and Mountain Ridge High School (in Herriman) will transition to online learning for the next two weeks until the schools reach fall break. Both schools are planning to return to in-person learning on Oct. 27.

As of Tuesday, West Jordan High School has 26 active COVID-19 cases, nine of which are staff members. More than 200 students and staff are quarantined.

“Last Tuesday we were at five cases, now we’re at 26,” said board member Jen Atwood, who introduced the motion to move schooling online due to the increase in cases.

Atwood said staff members currently in quarantine are “critical” and finding substitute teachers has been difficult.

As of Tuesday, Mountain Ridge High School has 22 active COVID-19 cases, four of which are staff members. More than 200 students and staff are quarantined.

In both school scenarios, the future of activities will be determined by school administration.

Wednesday will be used for a teacher prep day for both staff and students to prepare for online learning. The first day of online instruction will take place on Thursday.