Draper charter is first to close after COVID-19 outbreak; Utah Military Academy follows

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A Draper charter has become the first school in Utah to be forced to close due to a COVID-19 outbreak. And a second charter has chosen to shut its doors after a smaller cluster of cases among staff.

American Preparatory Academy’s Draper 1 campus shut down Tuesday and learning will now shift online, confirmed Carolyn Sharette, the charter’s executive director. The move comes after 15 students and staff there tested positive for the virus less than two weeks after it had reopened.

“We’re just pivoting,” Sharette said. “I assume this will happen at all schools eventually.”

Utah Military Academy at Camp Williams in Lehi, a charter where students are referred to as cadets, also decided to close after nine faculty members there tested positive, according to an email sent to staff this week and shared with The Salt Lake Tribune. Administrators there could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But the note to employees mentioned that it had become difficult to continue running classrooms with so many teachers out sick; everyone there will now also move to remote learning.
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