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Learning Option Comparison Charts

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  • Learning Options

Students will register with their school and receive online instruction from a Canyons District teacher. Students participating in the online-instruction option will follow the same curriculum maps as those in the in-person classes, which will help students move between formats and enable CSD to pivot quickly to online-learning-only if state government and health officials order another closure of Utah schools. Teachers will regularly connect with their students through Google Meet and hold virtual office hours. Grading and testing will be handled as usual. Canvas will continue to be the portal through which teachers communicate expectations and assignments. Students will be provided computing devices, as needed, and schools will schedule times and dates for students to check out the devices and pick up any required materials. Parents will be invited to an online instruction orientation meeting to review essential information for positioning students to succeed in the online learning environment.

At this time, the District is making core courses available online. The courses available for online learning in elementary school are language arts, math, and science. In middle school, online learning will cover language arts, math, science, and social studies. High school students who enroll in online learning will be able to earn core (language arts, math, science, and social studies) credits and limited elective credits. Please note that high school students who participate in the online-learning option may not have access to a full credit-bearing schedule. It is strongly encouraged that these students meet with a school counselor for guidance on how to remain on track for graduation.

The availability of in-person courses for those students who have chosen online instruction will vary from school to school. During the Online Registration period, which starts July 27, students wishing to take advantage of online instruction and in-person courses should choose the Online Instruction option. Students enrolled in online learning at the elementary and middle schools may contact their school for in-person options that may be available. In-person options may not be guaranteed and, again, will vary from school to school. High school students enrolled in online learning who also wish to take some in-person classes will be directed to select those courses through Arena Scheduling, the tool CSD high school students use to build their class schedules, at the time of registration. All students will have access to extracurriculars, regular counseling and other social-emotional supports, nutrition services, and Special Education, and they will receive regular communications from their school.

Only those who want a mix of online and in-person instruction will be directed through the registration process to adjust and confirm their class schedules. However, students who opt for in-person instruction also are encouraged to re-examine their schedules through Arena Scheduling after completing their registration. Some students may be happy with their class schedules and want to leave them as is. Others may want to make changes. Either way, it’s a good idea for all students to review their schedules and confirm their course selections. Arena Scheduling will be open until Aug. 2. At that point, schools will take stock of course enrollments, re-assess the needs of students and determine what, if any, further courses they are able to make available online. Schools will re-open Arena Scheduling if needed. 

At this time, only core classes and limited high school electives will be offered online. The limited high school online electives include 12 Advanced Placement courses. Supports for SALTA and DLI students who request online instruction will be available, though, the specific supports will not be finalized until the number of SALTA and DLI students receiving online instruction is known. Students enrolling in online instruction maintain their place in these programs.

Yes. Students who participate in online learning will have access to sports and arts programs, regular counseling and other social-emotional supports, nutrition services, and extracurriculars, and they will receive regular communications from their school.

Students are expected to commit to their chosen learning option for at least one grading period (a quarter, trimester or semester).

Online instruction will be a combination of teacher-led instruction via Google Meets and videos and independent learning. Teachers will be online interacting with and answering questions during school hours, and will schedule Google Meets and office hours. However, students will be free to access their online lessons during non-school hours.

Students will be provided computing devices, as needed. Schools will manage the distribution of devices and communicate distribution times and dates.

The District is launching an initiative to support equitable Internet connectivity for students. If you are in need of assistance with Internet access, please contact your child’s school.

Special Education services will be delivered online by a special education teacher. Families selecting this option will be invited to attend an IEP meeting to determine appropriate Special Education services.

School teams will work to identify accommodations needed for students with medical conditions through development of an Individualized Health Care Plan and possible 504 accommodations. For additional information, please contact the school nurse assigned to your building.

Canyons is not currently contemplating a split or staggered schedule, in part, because of the feedback we received from families, the vast majority of whom made known in surveys that they want their children to return to school in the fall. Concerns about equity also play a role. Some students have greater supervisory needs and require face-to-face instruction, including our youngest students and some Special Education students. Many of the students we serve live in households where both parents work full time. Roughly a third of our students rely on our schools for breakfast, lunch and other health and counseling services, and an estimated 20 percent of students do not have a device or Internet connectivity to fully participate in online learning. CSD’s learning options strive to meet these families’ needs while also providing options for those families who, for health or personal reasons, don’t feel comfortable sending their children back to school. Online courses enable us to achieve the same goal as a hybrid, or split schedule without imposing undo hardship on so many of our families, because they effectively reduce the total number of students inside our school buildings, thereby facilitating physical distancing. After Online Registration, we’ll have a better sense of how many students choose to enroll in online core classes, at which point, schools will adjust their staffing and may be able to offer even more online options.

  • Health, Safety and Wellness

Canyons District schools and facilities are adhering to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s order requiring the use of face coverings in K-12 schools. It is expected that every student and employee in a school facility or on a school bus will wear a face covering. Schools, however, will make accommodations for students with disabilities and special medical or mental health needs, which often can be handled through the use of face shields or alternative protections. Students may remove face coverings while eating lunch and participating in outdoor recess provided they are able to maintain adequate physical distancing. Canyons District’s Responsive Services Department is providing guidance to schools for managing non-compliance.

Cloth face coverings are preferred. But the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recognizes there are times when a cloth face covering is not feasible or recommended, and defines a face covering as a cloth mask or plastic face shield that covers both the nose and mouth. A cloth face covering is secured to the head with ties, straps, or loops over the ears, or is wrapped around the lower face. A cloth face covering can be made of synthetic or natural fabrics. Information on how to make and properly care for cloth face coverings can be found on the CDC website.

Families are expected to send their children to school with a face covering. Schools will have limited supplies of face coverings on hand and make them available as needed. 

After Online Registration, we’ll have a better sense of how many children will be taking advantage of online learning and how that will reduce in-person class sizes. Classroom seating will be set up to allow for the maximum amount of space between students, excess furniture will be removed, and large congregation areas may be used for instructional purposes. Because schools vary in the layout and size of their facilities, each school has been tasked with designing operational plans with an eye toward maximizing physical distancing and mitigating health risks. Schools will publish these plans on their websites no later than Aug. 1. Districtwide, limited visitors to buildings will undergo temperature checks and those displaying symptoms will be asked not to enter CSD buildings. Extra cleaning and physical distancing precautions will be put into place in higher-risk courses, such as choir or physical education, which involves high respiratory output.

Because schools vary in enrollment and the layout and size of their facilities, each school has been tasked with designing lunch, recess and other operational plans with an eye toward maximizing physical distancing and discouraging the congregation of students. Schools will publish those plans on their websites no later than Aug. 1.

Our COVID-19 Back-to-School Action Plan calls for all buses to be cleaned between routes and at the end of each day with hospital-grade sanitizers and disinfectants. Bus drivers will wipe down handrails and other high-touch points, and spray down every seat after students exit the bus. Buses will be stocked with hand sanitizer. Drivers will wear gloves and face coverings, and students also will be expected to wear face coverings.

Our COVID-19 Back-to-School Action Plan calls for all schools to be cleaned throughout the day with hospital-grade sanitizers and disinfectants. Canyons will supply hand sanitizers, soap, and other Personal Protection Equipment, such as Plexiglas in high-traffic areas, face shields and masks. Physical distancing will be implemented when feasible, limited visitors to buildings will undergo temperature checks, and anyone displaying symptoms will be asked not to enter CSD buildings. Students will be trained on proper hygiene. All current 504 and student health care plans are being reviewed so CSD staff can work with each family and school and ensure accommodations are in place for students with health concerns. Extra cleaning and physical distancing precautions will be put into place in higher-risk courses, such as choir or physical education, which involves high respiratory output. CSD also will proactively provide mental health services and counseling.

The air filtration, or HVAC, systems in our schools constantly pull outside air into the buildings through regularly serviced air filters. This fall, the District will keep these systems running, even at night and on weekends when fan speeds would normally be reduced to conserve energy. 

As in any school year, students will work with their teachers to ensure they have all their assignments and are able to make up any missed quizzes or tests. 

A protocol has been established for students and employees to follow if they qualify as high-risk, if they’ve tested positive, or have been in contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. Additional school nurses will be provided to CSD facilities for medical advice and support.

As part of the precautions we are taking to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are asking families to add daily temperature checks to their morning routines. Families will receive a daily symptom checker to use in monitoring their children’s health. Any individual who shows signs or symptoms of illness should stay home, call a medical center or professional, and notify their school’s Attendance Secretary. 

  • Fever or chills (temperature of 100.4 degrees F or higher)
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Any diagnosed communicable disease (flu, chickenpox, measles, etc.)
  • Known close contact with an individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • School Events

Field trips, assemblies, and other large gatherings during the school day have been canceled or postponed. Some schools are arranging to welcome small groups back for student orientations or hosting virtual back-to-school events. These decisions will be made at the school level in accordance with state and District guidelines.

We value the contributions of our volunteers and schools are working to determine their volunteer needs. Limits will be placed on nonessential volunteers, volunteer activities and volunteer groups. When entering a school building, essential volunteers will undergo temperature checks, sign a log to facilitate contact-tracing, and be expected to wear a face covering. They may also be restricted to certain areas of school buildings.

Parents will be invited to an online instruction orientation meeting at the beginning of the school year to cover essential information for positioning students to succeed in the online learning environment. The District also has resources in place to help families trouble-shoot technical problems they encounter. 

For hardware issues with a computing device: During business hours, M-F, 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., contact our Help Desk at 801-826-5200. For after-hours or weekend support, complete this Online Technical Assistance Form and a technician will follow up with you.

For questions about Canvas and other learning software: Contact your child’s teacher.

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