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Asynchronous Days Jan. 14 & 18, Remote Learning through Jan. 21st

Dear families, 

The COVID-19 case count in Salt Lake City is climbing at alarming rates, and our schools are being impacted daily. We are seeing increasing numbers of both student AND employee absences due to COVID-19. This week, four of our schools (East High School, West High School, Highland High School, and Northwest Middle School) reached enough positive COVID cases to trigger the Test to Stay protocol. With the temporary suspension yesterday of the Test to Stay program due to lack of health department resources, we are looking at other ways to keep our school communities safe. 

For that reason, the Board of Education voted unanimously tonight to have ALL district schools implement a temporary period of remote learning on: 

  • Wednesday, January 19 
  • Thursday, January 20 
  • Friday, January 21  

In-person learning would then resume on Monday, January 24.  

Tuesday, January 18 will be a regular, in-person learning day, and students will go home that day with the devices and/or learning materials they need to temporarily learn remotely on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. (Please note that East High School, Highland High School, West High School, and Northwest Middle School will be learning remotely on Tuesday, January 18.) 

We realize remote learning is not the ideal learning scenario, which is why this change is only temporary. Our hope is that, combined with the January 22-23 weekend, these five days away from school will help us to curb the spread of COVID-19 in our schools. We look forward to welcoming our students back to in-person learning on Monday, January 24.  

Additionally, we strongly encourage all community members to continue implementing good public health practices, including using masks, and becoming vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19. Our three Community Learning Centers will be hosting vaccination clinics, which are FREE and open to the public. You can find information for those clinics here. 

Please visit the district website for additional details about remote learning next week. 

Sincerely, 

Timothy Gadson, III, Ph.D.
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District 

 

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Dear parents,

Earlier this week, you received notification that our school had met the threshold for the Test to Stay program. Unfortunately, many other schools across the Wasatch Front have also hit this milestone, which has severely stretched county and state health department resources. The Test to Stay program has been temporarily suspended due to this shortage of resources. In its place, schools across the state have been given permission to implement remote learning days once they hit the Test to Stay threshold to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

At our school, we will implement remote learning days on Friday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 18. Three schools in our district will be remote on these days: East High School, Highland High School, and West High School. All three of these schools have met the Test to Stay threshold. The other district school will continue with in-person learning. School will resume in- person learning on Wednesday, January 19.

Our schools play an essential function in our communities beyond providing our students with quality education, and we don’t take this decision lightly. We hope that, in conjunction with the upcoming three-day holiday weekend, these five days away from school will help us curb the spread of COVID-19 among our school community. At this time, we strongly encourage your child to isolate and if your child is unvaccinated, we encourage them to get vaccinated.

Please read the information below for details about how we will operate on Friday and Tuesday.

ATHLETICS AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

All non-UHSAA (Utah High School Athletics Association) events will be canceled, and only parents will be allowed to attend UHSAA events. Masks will be required for parents. Athletic practices will continue, but only team members may attend. Please reach out to me if you have questions.

LAPTOPS + INTERNET ACCESS

Every student will have access to a laptop and/or hard copy materials from their teachers for all their classes on both Friday and Tuesday. If your family does NOT have access to Internet at home, we also have a limited number of hotspots available for check-out.

Students who are absent today or who were not able to check out a laptop for Friday and Tuesday can come to the school on Friday morning between 8am-12pm to check out a laptop. Student IDs will be required to check out a device.

MODE OF INSTRUCTION

Your student’s teachers will provide asynchronous learning opportunities to your students on Friday and Tuesday. These may be in the form of online learning or hard copy assignments distributed today. Teachers will continue to engage students via Canvas. Instruction will follow the current learning schedule for the course and continue and/or enhance students’ learning.

Teachers will be available tomorrow and Tuesday during the regularly scheduled school day to support students with their learning and assignments. This means that even though the lessons and student

work will be asynchronous (not live), your student can still expect to have access to their teacher during the scheduled class time. Teachers will publish their contact information on their Canvas homepage for support on Friday and Tuesday.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Instruction for students receiving special education services will also be asynchronous. If possible, students may receive synchronous (real time/live) online instruction; students should check their teacher’s canvas page or packet materials for detailed instructions. Teachers will be available remotely during regular school hours as outlined above.

If appropriate, your student will be provided with compensatory education for services and instruction missed during these remote learning days. Your student’s special education teacher will contact you to discuss your student’s eligibility for compensatory services in the upcoming weeks.

STUDENT MEALS

We will provide free “Grab and Go” breakfast/lunch combo meals to students on Friday and Tuesday from 10am to 12pm at the locations listed below. Grab and Go meals may be picked up by the student or their parent / guardian at any participating school during a designated outside meal service time slot.

  • East High School (West Parking Area – Enter from 900 South) 840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • West High School (U-shaped Driveway – Located North of building next to cafeteria entrance) 241 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Highland High School (East Parking Area – Located next to main entrance) 2166 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rose Park Elementary (West Parking Area – Located next to main entrance) 1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Glendale-Mountain View Community Learning Center (Parking Area – Located next to main entrance) 1388 South 1340 West Navajo St, Salt Lake City, Utah

All meals will be pre-sacked and offered in a manner to protect students, kitchen staff, and the public from COVID-19. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide more than one menu option because of these constraints. Our menus are completely pork free, and peanut butter will not be served to students who eat on campus. Other food preferences such as vegan/vegetarian that are not medically necessary will not be accommodated.

Meals for children with special dietary needs will be provided upon request. Contact our dietician, Brianna Hardisty R.D., via email at Brianna.hardisty@slcschools.org or by phone (801) 974-8380 to make arrangements.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to keep our school community safe. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have questions.