Teachers, Parents Concerned After Davis School District Shifts To In-Person Learning
Sep 25, 2020, 5:49 PM | Updated: 6:44 pm
FARMINGTON, Utah – Teachers, faculty, parents and students demonstrated outside the Davis School District headquarters to show their frustration and concern after the board switched to in-person classes.
The demonstrators wanted the board to reinstate the hybrid schedule they dropped earlier in the week.
“If we go back off of hybrid, I have as many as 36 kids in the class. We are at two-person tables. I can’t distance them six inches, let alone six feet,” said Jennifer Baker, a teacher at Sunset Junior High School.
Elementary schools will go to four days a week of in-class learning, starting Monday. Secondary schools will do the same in November, unless the school board changes their minds.
Baker said the number of quarantined, per case count in Davis School District, is very low right now. She’s concerned that number will shoot up as class-sizes double.
She added teachers are already working 60 to 70 or more hours a week.
“We had put a lot of effort into this and were told originally by the district that we’d go through at least December on this schedule, and so to have it change does undo a lot of the plans we have made,” said Baker.
She said there is a lot of concern that the change will put not only teachers and faculty at risk, but also student families.
Some parents at the Friday rally were making arrangements to get teachers more personal protection equipment.
The timing is important as Davis County recorded its highest case count since the beginning of the pandemic with 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The Health Department reported a record 1,411 positive cases Friday.