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0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efb02e0000KPCW's COVID-19 news coverage for Summit County and Wasatch County, Utah. 0000017b-652b-d50a-a3ff-f7efb02f0000You can also visit the Utah Department of Health, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization websites for additional information.

Governor Orders Schools Remain Closed Until May 1


Governor Gary Herbert has ordered all public schools, K-12 to extend closure through Friday, May 1.
Two weeks ago, Governor Herbert ordered schools closed to circumvent widespread infection of COVID-19. With the increasing spread throughout the state, he announced public schools and technical schools will stay closed through Friday, May 1. State Superintendent Syd Dickson says they will continue to evaluate the situation before deciding if they’ll remain closed through the school year.

In his directive, he acknowledges the additional work and stress that results from closing schools statewide.  But he says it is a necessary step to slow the spread of the virus. They continue to focus efforts on slowing the spread to not overwhelm healthcare systems and hospitals.

State Superintendent Dickson encourages families and students to remain socially connected through this period and she acknowledges the flexibility and initiative shown by Utah’s educators in dealing with the challenges of teaching remotely.

The statement says meal services at K-12 public schools will continue on an as-needed basis.

More statewide information can be found at coronavirus.utah.gov.

KPCW reporter Carolyn Murray covers Summit and Wasatch County School Districts. She also reports on wildlife and environmental stories, along with breaking news. Carolyn has been in town since the mid ‘80s and raised two daughters in Park City.
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