Utah school district firm to online learning despite critic

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — After Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox criticized the Salt Lake City School District for not mandating in-person learning, the district reaffirmed its commitment to online learning during the pandemic until it is safe.

“Many of our students are being left behind – especially those in low-income areas, students with disabilities,” Cox said during a gubernatorial debate on Tuesday. “The Salt Lake City School District is the only school district in the state that has not gone back to in-person learning. And that’s a huge mistake. It is damaging our kids and that needs to change right now.”

School district spokesperson Yandary Chatwin said that despite Cox’s comments, the district will continue with remote, online learning in order to keep faculty, staff, students and their families safe from the coronavirus.

There have been 73,042 confirmed cases and 459 deaths from the coronavirus since the pandemic began, according

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