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Safely Back to School: Granite District is giving parents options

Posted at 1:34 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 12:35:41-04

There's a lot of uncertainty about going back to school this fall. And, school districts are working to do what's best to help kids learn and keep them safe during the pandemic.

We talked with Granite District Director of Communications Ben Horsely about his district's plans. He says it's a constantly changing situation, but they're anticipating both in-school and distance learning for elementary families including kindergarten and pre-school as well.

For distance learning, Horsely says they are enhancing the program after learning quickly how to do it starting in March when they only had days to prepare. He says this fall it will look a lot different, and will be improved and will continue to improve as time goes by.

Distance learning programs will be more robust and will be a consolidation of resources so parents have an easier time helping their kids at home and don't have to re-learn everything themselves.

For the in-person school option, Horsely says their plan is based on guidance from the COVID-19 task force, health department and the Centers for Disease Control.

Classrooms will be kept small with fewer students and there won't be recesses with large amounts of kids. That way, there will be classroom clusters so tracking of a possible exposure will be easier. If there is an outbreak, the whole school likely won't need to shut down, perhaps just a classroom with a handful of students.

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