Over 16,000 local kindergarten through twelfth grade students have returned to school this fall in Tooele County. This includes students in the Tooele County School District, Saint Marguerite Catholic School, and the three charter schools in Tooele County: Bonneville Academy in Stansbury Park, Excelsior Academy in Erda, and Scholar Academy in Tooele City.
Some of these students are pursuing their education using various online options. Others are attending a brick and mortar school in-person for the first time since the state placed schools on a “partial” closure due to COVID-19 in March 2020.
The Tooele County School District reported that almost 90% of their students will start the new school year in a traditional in-person classroom with face-to-face instruction from their teachers.
This means that once again, both early in the morning and in the afternoon, school buses will be on the road. Students will be waiting at bus stops or walking home from them. Some students will be walking to and from school while some high school students will be driving themselves to school.
Drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout for students on the road, especially as darkness lingers longer in fall mornings.
Remember to observe traffic laws that relate to school buses. Be aware of school zones that have been void of students for months. They will now be teeming with students who may not remember proper pedestrian safety.
Schools will comply with state regulations to help contain COVID-19. Local and state health department officials will help guide decisions to contain outbreaks.
Parents of students are asked to help out too. Children who are ill should be kept home, especially those with symptoms of COVID-19, which may include a wide variety of symptoms like fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle aches or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.
Despite the obstacles of masks and other safety protocols, we wish all teachers, students, staff, and parents a productive and safe school year.