- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - A Utah television station has conducted a survey suggesting that most of the state’s students could return to school in-person this fall.

KUTV-TV queried five school districts in big metropolitan areas about how many of their students planned to take online courses either from home or in so-called hybrid settings where they attend school part-time.

The result suggested most students were shying away from the online options but the numbers reported by the districts are not final because thousands of students have yet to register, the TV station reported.

The Odgen School District said about 9% of its students have enrolled online, but the district’s superintendent said that number is expected to drop closer to 5% as more families register their children.

The Alpine School District in suburbs of Provo, the state’s largest, reported that 13% of its kindergarten through sixth grade students had chosen an online option as of Monday. About 12% of its secondary school students have signed up for some online courses, but just 2% selected fully online curriculums. Almost 4,000 students selected hybrid schooling.

Jordan School District, in suburbs of Salt Lake City, said slightly less than of 20% of its students requested to study online in some capacity.

The Granite School District, also in suburbs of Salt Lake City, reported that more than 80 percent of its students were expected to attend school in-person, KUTV-TV reported.

In the Canyons School District south of Salt Lake City, 76.5% of students registered for in-person learning as of Tuesday, the television station reported.

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