Social distancing. Mass gatherings. School dismissals. There is so much to know as the community pulls together to combat COVID-19. Here, for your ease of reference, are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Click a topic below to expand the section for more information.
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In line with state restrictions on mass gatherings and recommendations for social distancing, all school-related athletic competitions and practices, activities, events, dances and performances are canceled or postponed. Preschools, night classes, and adult and Community Education classes are canceled. All in-person proctored exams have been postponed.
Schools are operating on a “soft close” and limiting visitors to certain hours or requesting that they make appointments. Call your child’s school or visit the school’s website for more detailed information. Canyons District schools will have staff available to answer phones and email. In addition, all teachers will be available by email, phone or video-conferencing during usual school hours. We ask parents and students to give teachers 24 hours to respond to questions. If parents or students do not receive a response within that timeframe, they are asked to contact the Main Office or the principal. Schools will not be providing childcare of any kind during the dismissal. There will be no supervision on school property, including playgrounds and play fields.
STATE ASSESSMENTS: The Utah State Board of Education voted to pause end-of-year testing this year. This applies to the RISE exam for grades 3-8, and Utah Aspire Plus for grades 9-10. Federal education officials have said they won’t enforce testing requirements, and have created a path for states to seek waivers from the requirements.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS: High school students this year will be able to take their Advanced Placement (AP) exams online, the College Board announced. The test administrator says the tests will be taken at home with open books and notes and last 45 minutes, a shortened timeframe designed to reflect what classes should have been able to cover by mid-March. Students can take the exams on any device — a smartphone, tablet or computer — and will get to pick one of two testing dates scheduled between May 11-22. Makeup tests will be available June 1-5. More information can be found on the College Board’s website.
ACT EXAMS: Eleventh-grade students who haven’t had a chance to take their ACT college-entrance exams will be receive a voucher for a make-up test to be held some time in the summer or fall. More details are forthcoming.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB) EXAMS: The 2020 exams, previously scheduled to take place between April 30 and May 22 for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme students, have been canceled. IB students will be awarded a Diploma or Course Certificate that reflects the standard of their coursework. Testing for students in the Middle Years Programme also is canceled.
PROCTORED EXAMS: Any in-person proctored exams scheduled to take place during the dismissal of schools have been postponed. The Canyons Virtual High School (CVHS), however, offers remote proctored exams for CVHS-enrolled students.
Are you struggling financially? Are you in need of food, housing, transportation assistance, or medical care? Utah’s 211 is a service that connects families with government aid and vital resources. For other needs, please see the links below. Or, call one of Canyons District’s traditional high schools, which operate giving closets for community members in need of food, clothing or hygiene items.
Call: Dial 211
Text: Send your zipcode to 898-211
Crisis Nurseries: visit familysupportcenter.org or call 801-967-4259
Child care options: 1-800-670-1552
Child care subsidies: jobs.utah.gov
As Canyons District schools are practicing social distancing, we do not have many volunteer opportunities at this time. We encourage parents to continue to work with their neighborhood schools to meet local volunteering needs. Or, sign up to be “on call” if the need arises by joining our volunteer registry. Simply email your name and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 801-826-5171.
DONATIONS: The Canyons Education Foundation, CSD’s non-profit arm, is encouraging community members to use their time and resources to support the many local businesses and families disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though not actively seeking donations, the Foundation created a special fund to be used to support Canyons District families who have been hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Patrons may also consider donating hygiene or non-perishable food items to the pantries run by our traditional high schools. Though we are practicing social distancing, it’s still possible to grab takeout meals from your favorite local restaurant. Or purchase a gift certificate to a local store, hair salon, or sports and entertainment venue.
Canyons District’s custodians and other maintenance workers have been hard at work during the dismissal disinfecting schools and buses. The District recently invested in special cleaning equipment that sprays hospital-grade disinfectant on surfaces that are often touched by students. These electrostatic sprayers can cover an entire area with a bug-fighting coating of disinfectant to ensure buses, classrooms, hallways, restrooms, cafeterias, and common spaces are clean. For the latest information on steps Utah is taking to slow the spread of COVID-19, visit: https://coronavirus.utah.gov/
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