Salt Lake 6th grade teacher is Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year

SALT LAKE CITY — An unexpected visitor dropped by John Arthur’s sixth grade classroom at Meadowlark Elementary School Thursday.



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It was none other than State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson, who popped in to tell Arthur he had been selected as Utah’s 2021 Teacher of the Year.

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Ordinarily, the winner is announced at a banquet. But in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is no ordinary school year.

Arthur was in the middle of an online lesson because the Salt Lake City School District started the school year with remote instruction.

“He was so worried about making sure that they (his students) were being taught while they were on. It was amazing to watch him manage everything while we were punking him,” Dickson said.

Arthur, addressing the Utah State Board of Education via Zoom later in the morning, said he was still in shock, describing the

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SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake City schools will remain in remote learning mode until at least Nov. 9, according to a letter sent to the school community by Interim Superintendent Larry Madden on Tuesday.

“As we approach the first midterm checkpoint, Salt Lake City has not met the metrics the board selected to return to in-person learning. Therefore, we will continue in remote learning through the end of the first quarter, which ends on Nov. 9,” Madden wrote.

Prior to the start of the school year, the Salt Lake City Board of Education established the metrics to allow students to return to some form of in-person learning provided that Salt Lake County’s COVID-19 positive test rate was below 5% for seven consecutive days, and there was a COVID-19 positive case count of less than 10 per 100,000 residents of Salt Lake County.

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