Weekly District Update - Oct. 2, 2020

Weekly District Update - Oct. 2, 2020
Posted on 10/02/2020
This is the image for the news article titled Weekly District Update - Oct. 2, 2020The district continues to prepare for a potential outbreak of COVID-19 in one or more of our schools. One critical part of this work is the development of “quads,” which will allow the district to reduce in-person attendance to 50 percent or 25 percent of capacity, if necessary, if there is an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in our schools. (See the USD Learning Plan.)

Currently there is no need to reduce in-person attendance, however, the district is ready to assign students to one of four groups – referred to as “quad” – based on bus routes, geographic area, school, grade, and siblings. The formula provides for siblings to be in the same quad and allows for buses to run their normally scheduled routes.

Any prior information you received about quad assignments should be disregarded because we’ve learned that every time a student enrolls in the district, changes schools, or leaves the district, the quads are altered. In some instances, this changes quad assignments for many other students, which requires us to review and update the quads each week.
Due to the frequent changes, we will only announce quad assignments if it becomes necessary to implement them.

Quad information will be shared with you by email within 24 hours of any decision to reduce the percentage of students attending school in person. We realize this may cause some inconvenience initially, if quads are implemented, but please know that students will still be able to attend school, according to the district’s plan.

The Uintah School Board of Education will hold a regularly scheduled work session beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020, in the auditorium at Eagle View Elementary School. Following the work session, the board will hold an Impact Aid hearing at 5:30 p.m., and then hold its regularly scheduled business meeting at 7 p.m.

All three board meetings will be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel: bit.ly/USD_YouTube.

Last but not least, congratulations to Uintah High School senior Eoin O'Hearn, who earned a perfect score on the ACT. Eoin took the standardized college admissions test in June, earning a score of 36. Only 0.195 percent of students who take the test earn a perfect score of 36, according to the ACT website.

Eoin is the son of Brian and Diane O'Hearn, of Vernal. He has also qualified as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. More than 1.5 million juniors entered the National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the PSAT last year. Semifinalists represent less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors and include the highest scoring entrants in each state.

To read the Vernal Express article about Eoin earning a perfect ACT score, go to https://ubmedia.biz/news/17590/uhs-student-earns-perfect-score-on-act/.

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