SALT LAKE CITY — Following a sustained increase in COVID-19 cases in the school community, Draper Park Middle School will close and shift to online learning for 14 days starting Tuesday.
No classes were scheduled at the school Friday because the school has been conducting parent-teacher conferences this week and Friday was a compensation day. Teachers will work Monday to prepare to teach virtual classes for the next two weeks.
Canyons School District spokesman Jeff Haney said there have been 16 positive cases of COVID-19 at the school within the past two weeks. According to the school district’s dashboard, 80 students and staff have been under quarantine the past two weeks. Some 1,430 students are attending the school in person this fall.
According to a letter to the school community, “the pause in on-campus learning was determined to be in the best interest of students, families and staff.”
The school is making arrangements to provide students with grab-and-go meals throughout the virtual learning period.
The decision to temporarily close the school and pivot to online teaching and learning follows guidelines recently established by the Canyons School District Board of Education, the letter states.
If an elementary or middle school reaches a 15-case threshold, the district engages in an immediate discussion with local health officials on potential schedule changes or other other precautionary measures.
School could resume by Oct. 12.
“In the meantime, the building will be thoroughly cleaned and sanitized,” the letter states.
This is the same schedule put in place at Alta, Brighton and Corner Canyon high schools due to increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases.