Utah colleges would need 85% of classes to be in person by August under this House bill

By: | March 2, 2021

Utah’s colleges and universities would be required by August to offer at least 85% of the number of in-person classes that they provided in fall 2019 under a bill that passed through the House of Representatives on Monday.

That forward-looking provision came as an amendment to a proposal that seeks overall to keep students in the classroom as the pandemic wears on, by allowing those who test negative for COVID-19 during an outbreak to return to class and requiring those who test positive to stay home.

“We know that students will do much better in the classroom,” said Rep. Paul Ray, R-Clearfield and the bill’s House sponsor, during debate of the measure on Monday. “That’s our goal is to try to get the kids back in the classroom.”

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