Tuesday, August 11, 2020


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    In-person schooling will begin Sept. 8; parents may opt for online learning

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    HMK teacher Mikalyn Steinbrueck conducts an activity with students during a January 2019 lesson on meteorites. The 2020 school year will look different — perhaps very different — than the scene shown, in accordance with reopening plans passed by the Board of Education of the Grand County School District. Photo by Carter Pape

    The Board of Education of the Grand County School District approved its COVID-19 school reopening plan Wednesday, July 15 during a regular meeting. The plan calls for a return to in-person classes for most students, though the district is offering flexibility to parents and students who require accommodations.

    School will start later this year. Rather than sticking with the previously planned Aug. 20 start date, classes will restart for most students on Sept. 8 to give teachers time to plan for the vastly changed mode of teaching they will have to engage this year due to the pandemic.

    At-risk students who cannot safely return to class can opt to take their classes online trough the school district, though details on what will entail with online learning at the school district will not be final likely until sometime after August 7, the date by which district parents must commit either to in-person or online instruction for their children.

    The guidelines provide myriad details on how school this year will be different. Among the top-line items: Students and teachers will be required to wear face masks in school buildings; non-essential visitors to the school will not be allowed; and all district staff will participate in monthly COVID-19 testing through Moab Regional Hospital.

    The presentation prepared by district Superintendent Taryn Kay is available online through the district website. Further reporting on the district’s reopening plan, the process that informed it and more will be available in next week’s edition of The Times-Independent.

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