Canyons School District meets after more than 500 students quarantined

Sep 18, 2020, 8:08 PM
Corner Canyon, a Utah school....
FILE: Corner Canyon High School, located in Draper, Utah. Corner Canyon High is Utah's highest ranked public school in the 2022 rankings by U.S. News and World Report. Photo Credit: Paul Nelson

DRAPER —  The Canyons School District is mapping out how schools should move forward with their education plans during an outbreak of COVID-19 inside one of their schools.  This decision comes after over 100 people in the district have been infected, and one teacher is in intensive care.

Walking through the halls of Corner Canyon High School in Draper, you were likely to see a lot of people wearing purple.  Students who know teacher Charri Jensen say it’s her favorite color, and the students wanted to show their support for Mama J, as they call her.

Students like Macie Savage say they knew Jensen was infected with COVID-19, but they didn’t know Jensen was hooked up to a ventilator in an intensive care unit, fighting for her life.

(Macie Savage and the rest of her tennis team showing their support for Jensen. Credit: Derek Peterson, KSL TV)

She says, “I was heartbroken.  I didn’t know how to feel because we don’t know how critical it is.”

Her mother, Shannon Savage, says Mama J is the biggest cheerleader the school could ever have.

“She is the ultimate teacher, mentor to these kids.  She loves them all.  Most of all, the kids know they have a friend in her.  She as always got their back,” Savage says.

Jensen is one of 150 positive cases happening in the Canyons School District, with 73 of those cases being found in CCHS, alone, according to district officials.  Savage says health officials assure her the actual spread of the virus isn’t happening inside the schools, so, in a way, she feels her daughter can be safer at Corner Canyon, given everyone follows proper safety guidelines.

Savage says, “The kids, they need each other in these times.  They need to be with each other.”

The Utah Education Association has openly criticized districts that don’t follow the Utah Department of Health Guidelines, suggesting that schools should go into a two-week quarantine if there are 15 new cases, or more, within a two-week period.  However, Spokesman Jeff Haney says that guideline was never intended to be a one-size-fits-all rule.

Haney says, “A [total of] 15 in a school of 2,400 students is vastly different then a number of 15 at a school of 150 students.”

Corner Canyon has shifted to a hybrid schedule, which Haney says has reduced the number of students at the school on any given day.  Students are split into two groups, based on their last names, and only come to in-person classes two days a week.  Haney says they’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback from students and parents, and the information they’re getting is overwhelmingly one-sided.

“[The vast majority of] parents would like to see the schools remain open, even in a hybrid fashion,” according to Haney.

The Canyons Schol District board met on Friday and said they will launch a dashboard to post updates on COVID-19 cases throughout the school district and the communities laying out the data based on their three-tier system. 

Each tier will have different actions that a sub-committee of the Board and the District Administration will take to help mitigate the spread of the virus in their schools and communities.

Related Links:

Canyons School District votes to postpone first day of classes

Canyons School District back in class

Canyons School District likely won’t mandate student masks



Today’s Top Stories


CDC reports monkeypox cases....
Waverly Golden

CDC confirms five monkeypox cases in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed a total of five monkeypox cases in Utah, earlier this morning. According to the Utah Department of Health, four of the cases are located in Salt Lake County and one in Utah County. On Tuesday, the total number of cases statewide […]
1 day ago
A crowd gathers in front of the Utah State Capitol on Friday, June 24, 2022, to protest the U.S. Su...
Becky Bruce

Different abortion law now in effect in Utah

A different abortion law is now in effect in Utah, and it bans abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy. However, there are several exceptions to this law.
2 days ago
Rising temperatures across the country are putting the homeless at risk of heat-related death. Many...
Waverly Golden, Aimee Cobabe

Heat waves bring concerns for heat-related illnesses and the homeless population

Record-breaking heat waves have caused an abundance of heat-related deaths among the homeless.
2 days ago
IV bags hang in a room. Intermountain healthcare conducted a study on IV fluid....
Samantha Herrera

Intermountain Healthcare study finds “better” IV fluid treatment

Researchers with Intermountain Healthcare conducted a 15-month-long study to learn the effects of using an alternative IV fluid for patients.
2 days ago
thousands turned out to demonstrate their opposition to the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade...
Curt Gresseth

Lawmaker seeks to remove felony statute from Utah’s abortion trigger law

A Democratic lawmaker in Utah said she has filed a bill to remove the felony-punishment aspect of Utah's trigger law that went into effect when the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday.
3 days ago
Protesters hold signs and chant at the Utah Capitol in Salt Lake City on Friday, June 24, 2022, as ...
Simone Seikaly

Temporary stay issued for Utah’s trigger law

In the lawsuit, Planned Parenthood of Utah names multiple defendants and says Utah's abortion trigger law violates the state constitution.
3 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: The Most Common Mistakes People Make When Filing Their Taxes

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Follow @ikeyospe...

Tax Tuesday: How will last year’s child tax credits affect you?

Fortunately, for most average earners, they will not end up owing overpayments received for the Child Tax Credit in 2021.
Canyons School District meets after more than 500 students quarantined