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Canyons, Granite districts begin school year

Posted at 8:09 AM, Aug 24, 2020

SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah — Tens of thousands of students in the Canyons and Granite school districts began the 2020-21 school year Monday.

Both districts will enforce the state-mandated use of face coverings in K-12 schools, take steps to emphasize social distancing and make remote learning options available.

"I can tell you, no doubt, that we are doing everything possible that we can do to keep our kids safe, not only disinfecting-wise, but the chemicals that we are using around our students is safe for them to use, to be in contact with every single day," said Kevin Kelson, custodial/grounds coordinator for Canyons School District.

School administrators have worked diligently to create school reopening plans that allow students to return to in-person classes for the first time since March. The plans can be adjusted quickly to accommodate additional safety requirements as needed.

"We're kind of excited to go from the hypothetical planning to reality. And I have no doubt that we're going to have kids and teachers here, and we're going to watch things and say 'We need to adjust this, we need to tweak this' but, what's exciting about that is then we're planning on reality rather than guesses," said Tyler Howe, the principal of West Lake STEM Jr. High School.

Click here to read Utah's COVID-19 School Manual and click here for a list of school reopening plans for each district.