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Hello Parents and Students,

Due to high positive COVID-19 case counts, and nearly 250 individuals in quarantine (including key faculty and staff members), we are closing Orion Junior High for two weeks. Our capacity to conduct safe and effective in-person instruction is highly compromised. Tomorrow will be a day for teachers to prepare for online instruction. Actual online instruction will begin Monday, November 16th. Students are scheduled to return to school in-person on Monday, November 30th. Of course, no online instruction will be provided during the Thanksgiving Break.

To review the specifics regarding what leads to a closure, click here for the Utah Department of Health manual (page 95). Not all parameters cited in the manual necessarily relate directly to each school closure decision.  An effective and safe educational experience cannot be facilitated at this time due to the large proportion of students and staff who are at home.

During the closure, the building will be disinfected and sanitized according to our Safe Weber Framework. https://www.google.com/url?q=https://wsd.net/covid-19/news/safe-weber&source=gmail&ust=1605379701120000&usg=AOvVaw3kOirYsPEZSSZG-7UJ_h3i">https://wsd.net/covid-19/news/safe-weber

A couple of important items to know with regards to this soft closure:

This is not considered a quarantine for all students in the school. This is a preventative measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19 by reducing the number of people in the school. Any students who have been quarantined to this point by the Weber-Morgan Health Department are still considered quarantined until their release date. If your child is ever exposed at school to someone who has tested positive for COVID, we will contact you directly regarding the quarantine requirements.

During the soft closure, all students are expected to attend and participate online with their classes during the designated times. This should be done via Google Meet with the teachers. Check their Canvas sites for more information. We are going to follow the schedule below each day:

                       1st period: 8:00am- 8:25am   
                       2nd period: 8:35am-9:00am
                       3rd period: 9:10am-9:35am 
                       4th period: 9:45am- 10:10am
                       5th period: 10:20am -10:45am
                       6th period:11:05am-11:30am
                       7th period: 11:35am-12:00pm

During this soft closure, do not consider this a “Work at your own pace” situation. Be diligent about engaging in your google meets and completing the assignments. We want you all to continue the second quarter on the right academic path.

Communication is going to be key with your teachers. If there are questions or concerns, ask early, and get help. Teachers are available from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm for individual online meetings as needed, by appointment.

Students who test positive for Covid-19 during the soft closure should still report this outcome to the school for tracking purposes. Accurate and timely reporting will help us make prudent and safe decisions going forward.  We are still conducting contact tracing and expect to have additional students and staff placed on quarantine.  We also anticipate that we will receive additional positive COVID cases.

Those students attending Project Lead The Way Classes will participate with their classes through Canvas.  PLTW buses will not be running.

During this school closure, in accordance with the health department and UHSAA guidelines, our  volleyball team and NAL (National Academic League) will have their season suspended until further notice.
All other extra-curricular activities have also been suspended for two weeks under the Governor’s mandate issued on November 8th.

The Seminary building will also be closed as part of the soft closure.

The building will be closed on Friday, November 13th, until 9:30am.  Students who need to access their school supplies for online learning may access the building after 9:30am. Visits to get supplies should be a quick in and out.

We will continue to work closely with officials from the Weber Morgan Health Department in monitoring this situation and we will provide updates as needed.
We would like to remind everyone to continue to be vigilant in following current health guidelines by wearing face coverings, practicing good hygiene and physically distancing from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We look forward to getting our students back to school. Please continue to do your part as we move through this soft closure.
https://www.google.com/url?q=https://wsd.net/covid-19/news/safe-weber&source=gmail&ust=1605379701120000&usg=AOvVaw3kOirYsPEZSSZG-7UJ_h3i">https://wsd.net/covid-19/news/safe-weber

Regards,

Matthew Patterson
Principal Orion Jr. High School

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