East High School in Salt Lake City is pictured on Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. | Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Plan envisions return to hybrid model once county’s positive COVID-19 test average dips below 5% for 7 days
SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City School District students will start the academic year on Sept. 8 in remote mode online, but the district plans to shift to a hybrid model once COVID-19 infections in Salt Lake County consistently reach lower levels.
After 2 1/2 hours of discussion and debate Thursday, the district school board voted 6-1 to approve the plan.
Interim Superintendent Larry Madden said the district’s goal “is to provide quality learning while maintaining the safety of our community and take steps that will allow us to open and remain open as soon as it’s safe. We all want this,” he said.
Students will attend school online during regular school hours and follow a standard school schedule. Educators will teach “live” with students using video conferencing technology such as Zoom and Teams. Students will learn online at the same time and depending on their level in school, self-direct some of their learning.
Madden said the district will buttress the plan with technology. …read more
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