Hello, and welcome to Illuminate Ė Salt Lake City School Districtís new community newsletter.
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Illuminate is a new endeavor for the Salt Lake City School District. For many years, the district's website has served as the main channel for communicating with employees, parents, and the community. The website will continue to contain important information, but interest in improving outreach efforts has led to the creation of this new newsletter. Just like a school newsletter strives to keep you up to date on what is happening at the school level, Illuminate is designed to keep you informed about what's happening at the district level.
We don't want to overload your inbox, so our current plans are to electronically distribute this newsletter once a quarter. Suggestions and questions are welcome at Jason.Olsen@slcschools.org.
The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education consists of seven elected board members, representing different areas of the city, and one non-voting student board member. The board typically meets twice a month, on the first and third Tuesdays. The meeting held on the first Tuesday of each month is a business meeting, where board members conduct the business of the district, such as reviewing and approving policies and budgets. The meeting typically held on the third Tuesday is a study session. This meeting is more informal and gives the board a chance to review topics in depth. The public is welcome at both meetings. The meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at the district offices, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.
If you cannot attend the meetings, there are plenty of links on our website, allowing you to follow the board discussions. On the district home page, under the title of Board of Education Information, are links to board meeting agendas and board reports. These other links may be helpful as well.
Did you know you can apply to attend a school outside of your neighborhood boundaries? Thatís right, the stateís school choice law allows such an opportunity, if there is space available in the school you would like your child to attend. School choice is alive and well in Salt Lake City School District. Approximately 25 percent of our students attend a school outside of their neighborhood school boundaries.
The districtís school choice website is a great way to learn about the options and choices available to your child. There you will also find instructions on how to apply for school choice, links to our schools' websites, and information on the programs they offer. The school choice website will be updated throughout the next few weeks. The Open Enrollment Window starts December 3, 2012, and runs through February 15, 2013.
Some of the most popular features on our website are school calendars. Schools include calendar information in their respective newsletters, but there are electronic versions of these calendars as well. The district utilizes Microsoft Outlook calendars, but donít be discouraged if you donít use Outlook. You can view all school calendars online, or you can subscribe to one or multiple school calendars if you use Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, Appleís iCal, or any other electronic calendar that supports the iCal format. Simply go to our calendar subscription webpage, and you will find instructions on how to subscribe to our school calendars.
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The Salt Lake City School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, or sexual orientation in its programs and activities, except where appropriate and allowed by law. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries and complaints regarding prohibited discrimination, harassment, and retaliation: Kathleen Christy, Assistant Superintendent, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111, (801) 578-8251. You may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, Denver, CO, (303) 844-5695