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Alta, Brighton and Corner Canyon High to Return to On-Campus Learning

When Alta, Brighton and Corner Canyon High students return from Fall Recess, they’ll be returning to on-campus learning.

Starting Monday, Oct. 19, the three schools will shift from split or virtual schedules to full calendars of on-campus instruction.

The change comes at the recommendation of local health officials and signals a significant decline in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases associated with the schools. In recent days, active cases among Alta, Brighton and Corner Canyon students and employees have fallen well below the 15-case-per-school threshold that triggers discussions about mitigation strategies per Canyons’ guidelines.

Parents received notifications on Wednesday about the return to on-campus learning.

District administrators and school leaders are heartened by these numbers and thank families for doing their part to slow the spread of the virus. For the past two weeks, the Hawks, Bengals and Chargers have redoubled their efforts to remain as safe as possible.

However, now is not the time to relax. This weekend for Fall Recess, many families have planned short getaways, which we hope families enjoy safely. Gatherings or outings without masks or physical distancing increase the chances of COVID-19 taking hold again in the school community.

Parents and guardians can access information about COVID-19 cases in Canyons schools on CSD’s data dashboard, found on Canyons District’s website, canyonsdistrict.org. Information from the dashboard guides Canyons District as the community works together to face this public-health challenge.

As a reminder, all Canyons District schools, including Alta, Brighton and Corner Canyon, are under a four-to-one schedule with four days of classroom learning and Friday reserved for remote, or independent, learning.

Please direct questions by email to communications@canyonsdistrict.org or the Main Office of your student’s school.

Mask Up! Utah Revises School Quarantine Rules For Students, Employees Who Don Masks

Time in quarantine could be cut in half for Canyons students and employees who were wearing masks during the moments they were possibly exposed to COVID-19 while at school.  

Under guidelines released by Utah government and education officials on Thursday, Oct. 8, quarantined students and employees who test negative for COVID-19 after the seventh day from their last exposure — and, importantly, only if they were wearing masks at the time of exposure — can return to in-person learning, activities, and work.  

The previous length of the quarantine as mandated by health authorities was 14 days. 

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All Classes Will Remain Online at Corner Canyon High Until at Least Oct. 16

As a result of the of the number of positive COVID-19 cases associated with the school, coupled with the increase in the community transmission rates, Corner Canyon High students will continue on an online-only learning model until at least Friday, Oct. 16. 

The decision to remain all-online at CCHS is in line with a recommendation from the Salt Lake County Health Department. It also follows the Canyons Board of Education’s COVID-19-response guidelines.

The number of cases associated with Corner Canyon High are available on Canyons’ data dashboard. Information from the data dashboard guides the Canyons Board of Education and Administration as the community works together to face this public-health challenge.

Also taken into consideration in this decision is the number of students who are on quarantine. Every positive case among students has potential to lead to an exponential number of students on quarantine. At that point, teachers are put in the difficult position of having to teach in-person students while also supporting the students on quarantine, who cannot attend class for two weeks. 

Canyons School District will monitor pertinent data to determine when Corner Canyon will return to in-person learning. Information will be provided to parents and students in the coming weeks about the schedule that will be put into place at that time.   

Canyons District continues to ask the Corner Canyon community for vigilance to health and safety precautions. Please observe physical distancing guidelines and wear face coverings. Only by working together can we maintain the level of health and wellness that would be required to return to campus. 

Questions?  Send an email to communications@canyonsdistrict.org. Parents also can call the school during school hours or the District Office at 801-826-5000. 

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