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Davis School District Elementary Schools Prepare For 4-Day Weeks

Sep 24, 2020, 12:25 PM

FARMINGTON, Utah – Elementary school teachers in the Davis School District are preparing for a big switch to more in-person learning next week.

The district ditched the two-day hybrid plan at a district meeting Wednesday.

Starting Monday, 62 schools in the Davis School District, including Farmington Elementary, will switch to face-to-face in person learning Monday – Thursday.

Josh Webb’s two daughters who attend Farmington Elementary will be among the thousands of students returning to class four days a week.

“For them I think it is best that they are in school,” he said, noting that it can be difficult for a parent to take on the role of a school teacher.

Webb admitted there is a lot of controversy surrounding the two-day hybrid or four-day face-to-face learning, but he said the hybrid schedule came with its own challenges.

“They are so much more tech savvy than I was when I was in elementary school,” he said. “It is difficult to let them sit down and do it on their own. For my daughters, I can’t. My second grader, I’ve go to spend a little more time to make sure she understands it. We’ve all kind of turned into teachers.”

A letter sent to parents Wednesday night from the district’s board of education informing them of the new approved plans states:

“The board decided that junior high and high school students will remain on a hybrid schedule — in which students receive two days of face-to-face in-person instruction and three days of remote learning — until the beginning of the second term on Nov. 2.”

Fridays will be limited remote-learning days and teacher preparation days for all students.

Webb said, he thinks it is a win-win.

“But for others that are maybe immune compromised or feel like there is a bigger threat because of COVID, like, they can do online so I feel like there is a balance,” said Webb.

In a related note regarding the district’s online school, Davis Connect, a

A survey posted to the district’s parent/guardian website on Sept. 21 requested parents indicate whether they want their student to be enrolled for in-person learning or in the district’s online school, Davis Connect.

That survey, located at mydsd.davis.k12.ut.us, will remain open through Friday for elementary students and through Oct.14 for secondary students.

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