PARK CITY, Utah. — This morning, Park City School District announced that the high school and junior high school would shift to online learning starting tomorrow. With 16 active Covid-19 cases reported at PCHS as of today, the school crossed its case threshold, requiring the switch to remote learning. Online learning will remain in place for 10 days. The district expects in-person learning to resume Jan. 25.
“Upon return we will implement a Test to Stay program which will involve testing all students on a two week rotation,” PCHS Principal Roger Arbabi wrote in a letter to families.
Park City High School Chemistry teacher Zachary Niemeyer said he was ready to adapt accordingly.
“We have a lot of cases, we do need to do something in Summit County to bring those cases down,” Niemeyer said. “As to our learning, it is going to be a challenge, but we’re tasked with figuring it out all the time. That’s what teachers are good at, so we’ll figure it out.”
Summit County reported 38 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, a decline from previous daily reports that have hovered closer to 70 new cases per day as an expected post-holiday spike occurred.
Some medical professionals cautioned against considering that number indicative of how widespread Covid-19 is in the county given the tens of thousands of non-county residents who either work or vacation in Summit County daily, but whose health statistics do not show up in local case counts.
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