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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.

At this time, the District is making core courses available online and some electives. The core courses available for online learning in elementary school are language arts, math, and science. In middle school, online learning will, at minimum, 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 some elective credits. It is strongly encouraged that these students meet with a school counselor for guidance on how to remain on track for graduation. See items below for more details about electives.

Canyons families have been given a wide array of choices regarding how they will approach learning this fall. This year, the Utah State Board of Education has waived requirements on the minimum number of hours school districts are required to conduct school. This change, coupled with a desire to encourage students to stay home from school when they are sick or exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, will allow in-person students more flexibility to choose what days they attend school during the week. Students wishing to take advantage of online instruction and in-person courses may contact their schools for in-person options that may be available. 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.

As of Aug. 4, 86 percent of students had completed registration. Of those, 76.9 percent chose in-person learning, 21.3 percent chose online learning, and 1.8 percent chose at-home, parent-guided and District-supported learning.

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, core classes and limited high school electives will be offered online. At the high school level, online electives include, 12 Advanced Placement courses: Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, English Literature, European History, French Language and Culture, Physics 1, Spanish Language, United States Government and Politics, and United States History.

HONORS: In middle school and high school, online core courses will have extensions that will be part of an honor’s curriculum to allow students to work at an advanced pace. The District is working on how to account for those credits on student transcripts.

SALTA: Online SALTA classes are available for students in grades 2-5. At the secondary level, online SALTA math courses will be available for grades 6-8. The District has reached out directly to SALTA families to let them know of their options.

DUAL IMMERSION: Administrators of Utah’s state-sponsored Dual-Language Immersion program are developing online courses for all world languages for grades 1-9. State courses for Chinese and French may not be ready on the first day of school but should be ready soon after. The courses will be created in Canvas and interactive, but designed for independent learning. The District has reached out directly to Dual Immersion families to let them know of their options.

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 reserves the option to temporarily enact a hybrid schedule at schools that are experiencing higher numbers of COVID-19 cases. CSD is currently operating on a four-day schedule, with Fridays as an independent learning day. The Canyons Board of Education chose this schedule, in part, because of the feedback received from families, the vast majority of whom made known in surveys that they want their children to attend school five days a week. 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.

The decision to start school on Aug. 24, instead of Aug. 17,  was made after much reflection, review, and thoughtful input from parents, teachers and students. It also honors requests from Canyons’ teachers, whose contracts start on Aug. 10. The change will give teachers two full work weeks to get ready for the start of school as the District adapts to and becomes familiar with safety protocols enacted because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the change, the majority of CSD students will start school on Aug. 24. Preschool and Kindergarten, including the Supplemental Hours of Instruction program, will begin Thursday, Aug. 27. Information about other events, such as student orientations, will be made available through your school.

The first day of school will be a B day so as to align with the District’s academic calendar. 

Canyons District schools and facilities are adhering to Utah Gov. Gary Herbert’s order requiring the use of face coverings in K-12 schools. Schools may make accommodations for students with disabilities and special medical or mental health needs, which often can be handled through the use of face shields. Students may remove face coverings while eating lunch and participating in outdoor recess provided they are able to maintain adequate physical distancing. The face covering requirement will be enforced in the same way all behavioral expectations are enforced, through positive feedback and working with families to make sure students have the resources and supports they need to succeed. If a student forgets to bring a face covering, the school will provide one. Refusal to wear one will result in an office referral and, if necessary, a phone call home to the student’s parents or guardians. Online learning is an option available for those who will not wear a face covering.

On Thursday, Aug. 13, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Health clarified that face shields are not a substitute for face coverings, except in special situations. This is in line with recommendations by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which advises that face shields do not provide protection comparable to a face covering. The use of face shields may be permitted for students seeking accommodations for disabilities or special medical or mental health needs; in situations when a teacher is communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing; or for speech therapy where seeing the mouth and lips is necessary. 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’s website.

Students are encouraged to choose and bring their own face coverings. Schools and buses, however, will have on hand supplies of cloth and disposable face coverings, and will make them available as needed. 

In addition to the equipment regularly provided to school nurses and school sick rooms, all schools have received the following:

  • Two cloth masks for every employee and every student in the District
  • One clear face shield for every teacher
  • Extra masks for students in need
  • Plexiglass for public-facing offices, reception desks, and other key locations
  • Hand-sanitizer for every classroom and additional bottles throughout school and office buildings.
  • Each classroom will be provided a spray bottle of peroxide-based sanitizer and cleaning towels which are safe to use during the school day to wipe down desks and other high-touch points.
  • Disinfecting wipes will be provided to every classroom and office for use throughout the day.

Additional Protective materials available upon request: 

  • Non-latex gloves
  • Additional face shields for faculty and staff

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. These plans are available on school websites. 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. Plexiglass barriers, directional signage and physical distancing markers will be strategically placed to reduce intermingling and promote physical distancing in high-traffic areas. Districtwide, visitors will be limited to buildings and undergo temperature checks. Those displaying symptoms will be asked not to enter CSD buildings. Families are asked to monitor their children for symptoms and perform daily temperature checks each morning before school. 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 and buses to be cleaned throughout the day, paying special attention to high touch points, such as desks, doors knobs and drinking fountains. Teachers will be provided peroxide-based spray sanitizer and ammonia-based wipes for use in the classrooms throughout the day. Custodial crews will perform additional cleaning at night using hospital-grade sanitizers and disinfectants. The District has adopted the use of electrostatic sprayers that emit a fog of Environmental Protection Agency- and Centers for Disease Control-approved disinfectant commonly used in hospitals, child care centers, food and beverage processing plants and veterinary clinics. This allows the sanitizer to adhere to all surfaces thereby decreasing the likelihood of any virus or bacteria surviving. All schools currently have at least one of these devices.

The air filtration, or HVAC, systems in our schools constantly pull outside air into the buildings through regularly serviced air filters, which are changed regularly. All schools have MERV-8 or MERV-13 filters, the recommended standard. This fall, the District will cycle air more frequently through the filters and keep systems running into the night and on weekends when fan speeds would normally be reduced to conserve energy. Increased airflow and filtration will happen in portable classrooms as well. 

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
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose

If a student, teacher, or employee tests positive for COVID-19, he or she will be asked to isolate right away. This means the individual needs to stay at home and will not be allowed to return to work until the isolation period is complete. Isolation lasts for at least 10 days from the start of symptoms or the date of a positive test result. The individual must also be without symptoms and fever-free for 24 hours without medicine before the health department will declare the isolation is complete. 

This year, students will be assigned seats on the bus and in classrooms to support contact tracing, or the identification of anyone who may have been exposed to a someone who tests positive for COVID-19. School nurses will work with local health officials to identify and quarantine “close contacts,” those defined as someone who was closer than 6 feet or 2 meters (about 2 arm lengths) to a person with COVID-19 for 15 minutes or longer. Because symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure, close contacts will be required to quarantine for 14 days. 

Parents need to check their child for symptoms of COVID-19 every day during the 14-day quarantine. If they get sick or develop symptoms of COVID-19 during quarantine, parents should call a healthcare provider and get their child tested for COVID-19. Testing locations can be found at Even if the student never gets sick or tests negative, he or she must finish the 14-day quarantine. 

Quarantine is for people who may have been exposed to COVID-19, but aren’t sick yet. Isolation is for people who are sick, have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for COVID-19.

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.

For 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: If you have contacted your teacher and they are unable to fix the issue, please use the Online Technical Assistance Form linked above to submit your request. When asked to describe the problem you are experiencing, please be as specific as possible. For example, “We are working on a District-issued Chromebook, using the Chrome browser, and the videos on this page in Canvas will not play for us (insert the URL to the page). We’ve tried clearing the cache and history and it still will not play.” Please let your teacher know you have submitted this form so they are aware of the issue.