Rallying To Return: Utah Students Push To Open Schools

Hundreds of Salt Lake City parents and students gathered Monday, hoping school board members will allow students to return to in-person learning after a report showed thousands are failing classes. KSL's Debbie Worthen reports.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (NBC News) — Hundreds of Salt Lake City School District parents and students gathered Monday, hoping school board members will allow students to return to in-person learning after a report showed thousands are failing classes.

The district of roughly 22,000 students has been the only district to be 100% online since the pandemic hit. Students said the increase of failing students, combined with their overall lack of quality of life is reason for the board to reconsider plans to reopen.

“I miss the social interactions with other people, the tiny conversations I have between classes, the ones I have during classes,” student Weston DeMordaunt said.

Emily Snow brought her three children to the rally because they can’t drive yet. She worries about their grades and their mental health.

“I’m a former high school English teacher. And you know what it means to get an ‘F’ in English, it means you have to make it up to graduate from high school,” Snow said.

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