Just yesterday Governor Herbert announced what he is calling a “soft closure” of all Utah public schools, effective next Monday, March 16. What does this mean to you, your kids, grandkids and family?
First of all, there is no need to worry. Utah school closures have been announced as a coronavirus preventative measure, not because it is widespread in our schools. And it’s not going to be.
I agree that the two-week dismissal is a great way to combat the spread of the virus. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure, and Utah school district closures is an important tool in that effort.
Kids who need meals will still be able to pick them up at schools, teachers will be on site and many school districts are making arrangements for special ed students. Online resources will continue to provide them with a quality education, something that has always been important to me
During this time, it's important not to consider this a school vacation and to instead practice social distancing, the new buzzword for limiting interaction, as recommended by government and health officials. In Italy, people were slow to respond to government recommendations and now that country is in crisis.
“What we don't want is to become like Italy," says Dr. Kurt Hegmann a physician with University of Utah Healthcare. "We can avoid this."
“Getting the public to comply with the government restrictions is more important than anything doctors can do,” Dr. Hegmann said quoting an Italian doctor on the front lines.
As a mother and grandmother, I’m as concerned about how our coronavirus efforts will affect our children and I plan to stay on top of all developments. In the hours ahead, I’ll sift through the overload of information and bring the most important news straight to you here.
I commend Gov. Herbert on staying ahead of this virus and not sitting on his hands, waiting for Washington to tell them what to do. When I am elected, it’s this very type of leadership I will continue to show in the governor’s office. Utahns deserve no less.