Granite Board of Education meets in emergency session to authorize distance learning

WHERE: No public in person option available. Meeting will be livestreamed at www.graniteschools.org.

WHEN: Thursday, January 13, 2022 @ 9pm

Under state statute, schools may only shift to short term distance learning under certain circumstances with the primary permission being granted by the Governor, and other state officials along with our board of education. This state authorization was provided to the district this morning and our board of education will meet in emergency session at 9pm to discuss an administrative recommendation to utilize this option. 

The recommendation (in bold) is as follows

  • Tomorrow, Friday, January 14th is a previously scheduled teacher planning day
  • Monday, January 17th is a state holiday (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL)
  • Starting next Tuesday, January 18th, all schools in Granite District will enact distance learning for 4-days through Friday, January 21st. 
  • Students will return for in-person instruction on Monday, January 24th. 

To make this possible, teachers will make learning materials available through two main modalities:

1- Online learning via the district-utilized technology tools. Instruction may include synchronous (live video instruction), asynchronous (self-paced), or a combination of both.   OR

2- Paper-based learning materials for students who cannot access the online learning option due to connectivity or other access barriers (e.g. developmental level, ability level, language, etc.)

Teachers and schools will reach out to students and families with instructions to access learning. Learning resources will be available to pick up at our schools. Here is a link for parents who need assistance with distance learning resources – https://www.graniteschools.org/distancelearning/

Grab and Go breakfast (at participating schools) and lunches will be available and schools will share the times that those will be available. Extra-curricular practices and events will proceed as normal. 

Superintendent Rich Nye concluded, “We fully recognize that distance learning is not ideal and we have concerns with respect to our students and their emotional well-being. In-person instruction provides important structure and support for our kids. However, in the last two weeks, we have had over 2200 teacher substitute requests as well as a surge in student absenteeism. In 3 recent Test to Stay events at our schools, newly identified cases were significant with 1 in 5 students testing positive.”

It is the district’s sincere hope that this brief pause from in-person instruction will provide both our staff and students an opportunity to reduce the spread of COVID 19 and this highly contagious Omicron variant within our community. This will also provide time for students and staff who are ill to regain their health.

The board will consider the recommendation and vote to implement it. The meeting will be in person and livestreamed at www.graniteschools.org.