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What to Expect During the Two-Week Dismissal of Schools

The Canyons Board of Education and Administration wish to express appreciation for the community’s support and efforts and diligence of our employees as we work together to address logistics related to the dismissal of all 50 CSD schools and programs. As we work to implement this preemptive measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we will be updating this page regularly with guidance for students, parents, and employees. Please keep in mind that government guidelines are changing rapidly and may impact the current decisions. Here are the latest announcements:

Student Learning Will Continue at Home

  • Details about specific plans for at-home student-learning opportunities are forthcoming. Canyons District schools will be making grade-specific learning guides available to students online or as hard-copies and families will have access to a web portal to learning resources. Each school will be communicating details directly to their student families. 
  • Canyons District will make computing devices and WiFi hotspots available for check-out by students who don’t have Internet access at home. The equipment is reserved for students who demonstrate need. Students can inquire about our “Bridging the Digital Divide” program by calling the Main Office of their schools. Families will be asked to sign an agreement that outlines the appropriate use of the devices. The WiFi hotspots are filtered using the same technology used to restrict Internet browsing on the District’s school campuses. 
  • Given the most recent gathering-size instruction by federal officials, starting immediately, Canyons District teachers may choose to start working from a remote location.
  • Teachers can also choose to work at the school. If teachers wish to work from their individual classrooms, they are welcome to do so. During the two-week dismissal, Canyons District schools will practice social distancing to safeguard those who are in the facility. No more than 10 people may work together in one area at a time, according to new federal guidelines. 
  • While working at remote locations, Canyons teachers will be expected to 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, please contact the Main Office or the Principal.

Spring Break to Continue as Scheduled

  • At this time, Canyons District is not expecting an alteration to the current academic calendar. Plans for the April 6-10 Spring Recess will proceed as scheduled.  

No Plans for Extension of School Year

  • Because instruction will continue throughout the two-week dismissal and schools will be supporting at-home student learning, the Utah State Board of Education has indicated there should be no need to extend the school year to accommodate make-up days. 

School Activities, Events Postponed or Cancelled

  • In addition to the dismissal of classes, all school-related athletic competitions and practices, activities, events, dances and performances are cancelled or postponed.
  • Preschools, night classes, and adult and Community Education classes are cancelled.
  • All in-person proctored exams have been postponed.

School Operating Hours 

  • While students won’t be attending classes, school campuses will be on a “soft open” schedule, which will permit students to briefly enter to retrieve personal items, missing assignments, and homework. 
  • Schools, however, won’t be open for students or families to congregate. Schools will not be providing childcare of any kind during the two-week dismissal. There will be no supervision on school property, including playgrounds and play fields.

Grab-and-Go Sack Lunches Available for Pick-Up at Select Sites During the Dismissal

  • CSD’s Nutrition Services Department is providing grab-and-go lunches every regular school day from March 16 to the end of the dismissal. All students under the age of 18 can pick up free sack lunches from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at centrally located sites throughout the District. Please see the Canyons District website — canyonsdistrict.org — for details. 

Advanced Placement Exams to Remain As Scheduled

  • In a March 12, 2020 statement, the College Board has said, “The AP Program is closely monitoring the updates and guidance about the coronavirus (COVID-19) provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other leading health organizations.” The organization’s primary concerns are for the health and safety of students and ensuring they have the supports and instruction to perform well on the exams. For now, schools are still planning on administering AP exams May 4-8 with late testing scheduled for May 20-22. We will update families if, given unforeseen circumstances, this changes. 

Details Forthcoming Regarding Academic, Counseling Supports

  • Plans for providing academic counseling, mental-health supports, and special education services will be communicated in the coming days.
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