Jordan High, Indian Hills Middle Pivot to Online Learning Until After Thanksgiving Recess

As a result of an increase in COVID-19 cases associated with the two schools, Jordan High and Indian Hills Middle schools will immediately transition to online learning until after the Thanksgiving Recess.

Parents of students at Jordan High and Indian Hills Middle were notified on Tuesday about the decision via robocall, email and text.

Beetdigger and Warrior students who are registered for on-campus classes will not attend school on Wednesday. Nov. 11. That day will be used by faculty and staff to prepare to teach virtual classes for the next two weeks. Online instruction for all Jordan High and Indian Hills Middle students will begin Thursday, Nov. 12. More information about online learning expectations via Canvas will be forthcoming from the school and individual teachers.

It’s hoped that in-person instruction at both Jordan High and Indian Hills Middle can resume on Nov. 30.  In the meantime, the buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized. 

The decisions about the temporary schedules at the two schools follow guidelines established by the Canyons Board of Education for when a school reaches a certain threshold of positive cases within a two-week period.

According to the parameters, if any CSD traditional high school reaches a 1 percent COVID-19 rate within a two-week period, it will trigger a discussion about possible mitigation efforts, including a temporary schedule change.  If a CSD middle school reaches a count of 15, an online-learning schedule for all students will be put into place for two weeks.  

The most recent reports from health authorities indicate that the schools have reached those thresholds. The community can monitor Canyons District-associated COVID-19 cases, as well as how many CSD teachers and staff are on quarantine, on the District’s data dashboard, which can be accessed on the Canyons District website.

Canyons District, which continues to monitor the health and well-being of school communities in partnership with the Salt Lake County Health Department, encourages the community to follow safety precautions, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing, to stem the spread of COVID-19 in the CSD community. 

Canyons also urges adherences to Gov. Gary Herbert’s executive order, which became effective at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9. The order, issued at the same time as a mirroring health order from the Utah Department of Health, mandates the wearing of masks statewide and restricts social gatherings until Nov. 23. It also postpones participation in school intramural or extracurricular activities.

Parents also should monitor children for symptoms of COVID-19. Please contact a health provider immediately if your child begins to suffer a fever, cough, fatigue, muscle or body aches, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion, nausea, or has difficulty breathing.

Questions?  Please direct questions by email to communications@canyonsdistrict.org. Parents also can call the schools or the District Office at 801-826-5000 during work hours.

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