As Students Start The Second Week Of Class, COVID-Related Issues Pick Up

Sep 1, 2020, 11:47 PM

DRAPER, Utah – American Preparatory Academy’s draper campus was the latest school to close as a result of positive COVID-19 test results. The school hit the critical number of 15 cases Monday and shut down Tuesday.

“They (the health department) required that we close,” said APA Executive Director Carolyn Sharette. “It makes sense for us to close for a few days.”

Sharette said parents have been understanding at her schools, but that’s not the case everywhere.

In Davis County, a very vocal group on Facebook met Tuesday night to announce two write-in candidates for the Davis School District.

Still, DSD Board President John Robison was proud of his district and the decision to start school with a hybrid week — a plan that puts students in the classroom two days a week and online the other three.

“It got to the end of July and said, look, we’ve got pretty good numbers but let’s start in a position of strength,” said Robison. “Let’s try to minimize the problems, keep our numbers down so we don’t have another outbreak and we can eventually get into that five-day-a-week school schedule.”

Pleasant Grove High School closed Monday. Alpine School District officials plan to reopen on Thursday with half of the students in class at a time. That means those students will only attend school two days a week.

Draper APA will be back in class on Sept. 8. And, if COVID-19 numbers don’t keep rising, Robison said Davis County schools could be in session five days a week by mid-September.

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As Students Start The Second Week Of Class, COVID-Related Issues Pick Up