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Jordan High To Go Virtual During Week Leading Up to Winter Recess

Jordan High students will be home in the days leading up to the holidays — but that doesn’t mean they won’t be engaged in learning.

Starting Monday, Dec. 14, all Beetdiggers will turn to online learning for the last week of school before Winter Recess. The decision to move to virtual classes for a short period of time was made Friday, Dec, 11 after Canyons District’s Administration met with Salt Lake County Health Department officials to discuss the number of confirmed cases among the Jordan High school community in the past 14 days. 

Also taken into consideration was the increased positivity rate in the Sandy neighborhoods near the school. 

Jordan High teachers will provide instruction in the virtual format until Thursday, Dec. 17. 

Friday, Dec. 18 is scheduled as a day of planning and preparation for teachers and independent learning for students.

In-person instruction at Jordan High will resume on Monday, Jan. 4. 

Following guidance from the Salt Lake County Health Department, when students return after Winter Recess, the number of COVID-19 cases associated with Jordan will reset to zero on Canyons District’s COVID-19 data dashboard.

Jordan High students who also are participating in courses at the Canyons Technical Education Center can attend those classes in-person if they are not in quarantine or isolation. While transportation will not be provided from homes during Jordan’s online-learning period, a bus to CTEC from Jordan High will continue to run on its regular schedule. CTEC students also may ride the bus back to Jordan High. 

The decision to temporarily pivot to all-online-learning at Jordan High for the short period of time follows guidelines established by the Canyons Board of Education. If any CSD traditional high school reaches a 1 percent COVID-19 rate within a two-week period, according to the guidelines, it will trigger a discussion about possible mitigation efforts, including a temporary schedule change. 

The high school has reached at least a 1 percent threshold, according to the most recent data from health officials. 

The community also can monitor how many cases are at each CSD school by reviewing information on the District’s data dashboard, which can be accessed on the Canyons District website.

The Canyons community is asked to follow safety precautions do in-person learning can continue after the start of the new year. Please wear a mask. Wash your hands often. Use hand sanitizer.  Follow physical distancing requirements when in public.  

Students will not go hungry during the turn to online learning before the holiday break. They can continue to get meals at one of the “open lunch” sites operated by Canyons District.

These are locations where any child, 18 years of age or under can pick up a free sack lunch and cold breakfast to enjoy the following day. Parents can pick up sack meals at any of the following curbside locations without having their children present. Pick-up times vary and are determined by each school.

  • Butler Middle,  7530 S. 2700 East, Cottonwood Heights
  • Midvale Middle, 7852 Pioneer Road, Midvale
  • Draper Park Middle, 13133 S. 1300 East, Draper 

Jordan High students may also receive a meal from any Canyons school in which a sibling is enrolled. Schools ask, however, that meals are preordered so that the kitchens know how much food to prepare. Emails requesting the meals can be sent to the school’s cafeteria manager. Contact information for the cafeteria manager can be found on the website of the school where the meal would be provided.  

Parents already would have been contacted by school or health officials if, during the contact-tracing process, their child was identified as a student who may have been exposed.

Students participating in extracurriculars must agree to be tested for the novel coronavirus every 14 days in order to continue participating in the activity.  

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

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