Ogden schools switch to online learning due to student and teacher absences due to illness

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The Ogden School District has transitioned all schools to online learning as student and teacher absences due to illness continue to rise.

The temporary shift to remote learning will begin today January 21 and will continue until Monday January 24.

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“Whether the cause is COVID-19 or any other disease, we believe we are reaching a point where our in-person learning will not be as effective as it should be due to the high number of students and staff. who are missing school due to illness. We had a record number of employees absent today and expect it to be worse tomorrow,” the district said in a news release Thursday.

The district goes on to cite three main reasons that led to the decision to move to online learning.

They note the increase in “officially” reported COVID-19 cases as well as unreported home testing, the large number of students and teachers unable to attend school and the public health system being overwhelmed. statewide by COVID-19 testing and reporting.

Distance learning content and activities will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday.

Schools will be responsible for distributing personal devices like the Chromebook to students. Parents should have received instructions on how to collect devices from each school.

Each school will also provide pre-packaged meals available for pickup at each school’s drive-thru locations. Availability will be between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday.

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The district said each food parcel will include two breakfasts and two lunches for students.

District officials said additional information regarding a return to in-person learning will be provided on Monday, Jan. 24.

“In addition to our own school employees affected by illness in their homes, our available supply of substitute teachers is also limited due to the illness. We encourage community members with spare time to consider joining our hand. Thank you for your patience, flexibility and support as we continue to deal with the ongoing pandemic,” the district’s announcement concluded.

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