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More Utah high schools switch to online classes as COVID-19 cases rise

Corner Canyon High School in Draper is pictured on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
Corner Canyon High School in Draper is pictured on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

DRAPER — Corner Canyon High School will switch to online learning — again — starting Monday as Utah experiences record levels of COVID-19 cases.

The school has 148 students and staff quarantined and 17 active cases, according to the Canyons School District’s dashboard. Some 2,200 students attend the school, the dashboard states.

A letter to the school community anticipates students will return to in-person learning on Nov. 30. “We will be watching our numbers closely to determine next steps,” the letter states.

In Davis County, school district officials announced Friday that Farmington High School will shift to remote learning starting Monday due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Virtual classes will continue through Nov. 24, then schools will be closed the remainder of the week for the Thanksgiving holiday.

It is anticipated the school will resume in-person classes on Nov. 30.

This the second time Farmington High paused in-person learning due to COVID-19 spread and shifted to remote learning.

Bountiful, Davis, Layton, Viewmont and Wood Cross high schools have also moved to remote learning due to spread of the virus.

Two other Davis School District high schools, Northridge and Syracuse, also remain in “soft closure,” with students continuing to attend school virtually. Those school plan to resume in-person instruction next week.

Growing numbers of Utah high schools are moving to remote learning until Nov. 30 as cases of COVID-19 climb and numbers of quarantined students and staff increase. Some schools are also reporting increasing difficulty finding enough substitute teachers to cover educators’ classes.

Teachers are struggling to manage instructional loads that include in-person learning and supporting remote learning of students who are quarantining or in isolation because they are ill.

Many schools have altered their school schedules to provide teachers with preparation time to better meet needs of students, help students with technological issues or conduct small group activities with students who need extra attention.