Salt Lake City won’t reopen junior high and high schools until teachers can get vaccinated — jeopardizing deal to secure $1,500 bonuses

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Salt Lake City will delay reopening its junior high and high schools in early February as planned, postponing any in-person return to classrooms until after teachers can get both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The decision came just before midnight Tuesday after nearly four hours of debate by the city’s board of education, with members bickering back and forth over the impacts. Their 5-2 vote now directly puts into jeopardy an agreement that the district made with lawmakers to allow secondary students to return so that teachers could collect a $1,500 bonus.

“What we’ve done tonight is basically throw everything into limbo,” announced board member Kristi Swett — who opposed the delay — when the discussion finished.

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