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Superintendent's Message 2020-21

January

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2021-01-04 Posted: Mon. 01-04-2021 - 05:31 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

Welcome back! I hope your Winter Break was enjoyable and that you were able to take some time to relax. This week will be a busy one, so I wanted to write a message today and update you on several topics.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2021-01-07 Posted: Thu. 01-07-2021 - 03:15 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

First, I want to acknowledge the devastating events that unfolded yesterday in our nation’s capital and even here at our own state capitol building. Many of our students may have watched these events in the news and on social media with great concern. (I know I did.) It is important for us to convey to our students that this violence is no...

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2021-01-14 Posted: Thu. 01-14-2021 - 01:33 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

I am happy to report that Salt Lake City School District is collaborating with Canyons, Jordan, Murray, and Granite School Districts on a unified plan for distributing COVID-19 vaccinations to our employees. 

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2021-01-21 Posted: Thu. 01-21-2021 - 08:15 AM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community:

This week, the Salt Lake City School District Board of Education voted to move forward with an in-person learning option for secondary schools beginning on February 8, 2021.

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December

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-12-03 Posted: Thu. 12-03-2020 - 04:05 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

This week was our last Board of Education meeting for 2020. We said farewell to our three outgoing Board members, Michelle Tuitupou (Precinct 1), Michael Nemelka (Precinct 2), and Samuel Hanson (Precinct 5), and thanked them for their service on behalf of the students and educators.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-12-10 Posted: Thu. 12-10-2020 - 01:34 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

During the past week, you may have seen posts on social media about the Black Lives Matter flag and LGBTQ Pride flag hanging inside Rose Park Elementary. I appreciate the concerns that have been shared, but I want to make sure our community understands the purpose of these flags.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-12-17 Posted: Thu. 12-17-2020 - 09:47 AM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community, 

I want to start my message to you today by expressing my gratitude for the work our teachers and staff have undertaken during the pandemic on behalf of our students and their families. Our educators in the Salt Lake City School District have done a phenomenal job of teaching and engaging students in spite of numerous ch...

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November

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-11-06 Posted: Fri. 11-06-2020 - 03:02 PM

I wanted to provide a recap for you of some information I shared in our Board of Education meeting earlier this week. (If you are interested in watching the recording of the meeting, you can find that View the board meeting discussion on YouTube.) Please note that the Board did not take a vote to change our mode of instruction. For the time being, we remain in remote learn...

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-11-12 Posted: Thu. 11-12-2020 - 02:21 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community, 

Our district is currently searching for its next superintendent. As part of the search process, the district is soliciting community input via an online survey. The survey is open to ALL community members, regardless of whether they have children who are students in the district, and will be available through Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. ...

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-11-19 Posted: Thu. 11-19-2020 - 04:03 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

On Tuesday night, the Board of Education voted to offer an in-person option for our youngest learners beginning at the end of January. This will begin sometime the week of January 25 with students in pre-K, kindergarten, and 1s tgrade. We will expand to bring in students in 2nd through 6th grades after that.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-11-24 Posted: Tue. 11-24-2020 - 03:22 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

It’s the week of Thanksgiving, and this time of year, many of us take time to consider the things for which we are thankful. While 2020 has been a year of ups and downs, I’d like to share a few things from my list.

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October

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-10-08 Posted: Thu. 10-08-2020 - 03:08 PM

Dear families,

On Tuesday, we had one of our longest Board meetings in a while. Our Board and district leaders spent a lot of time reviewing the feedback you gave us via our online survey, looking at the latest data from the Salt Lake County Health Department, and weighing our options for how to provide the best possible education for our students right now.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-10-14 Posted: Wed. 10-14-2020 - 03:43 PM

Dear families,

Happy Fall Recess! As we adjust to the issued by Utah Governor Gary Herbert yesterday, I want to take a moment to remind you about our COVID-19 visitor guidelines. These guidelines are in place whenever you or your students visit one of our campuses, including to pick up breakfast and lunch meals for students.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-10-21 Posted: Wed. 10-21-2020 - 04:44 PM

Dear families,

As you know, we are currently in the middle of a search for our next superintendent. If you haven’t already done so, please take a few minutes right now to take our Community Survey.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-10-29 Posted: Thu. 10-29-2020 - 03:44 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District community,

We’re just a few days away from Election Day, I want to encourage all who are able, to make your voice heard and VOTE. 

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September

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-09-03 Posted: Thu. 09-03-2020 - 07:02 AM

Dear families,

Yesterday afternoon, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall made an announcement moving Salt Lake City to the "Yellow" phase of Utah's COVID-19 recovery plan. Please know this does not change our plan to start the year with remote learning.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-09-17 Posted: Thu. 09-17-2020 - 03:48 PM

Dear families,

I want to start by thanking you for your incredible patience and flexibility last week. Certainly, none of us expected a windstorm, on top of a pandemic, along with everything else we’ve experienced this year, but I thank you for your understanding of our delays to the first day of school.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-09-24 Posted: Thu. 09-24-2020 - 04:32 PM

Dear families,

Remember that tomorrow (Friday, September 25) is an asynchronous Digital Learning Day for students. That means classes won’t be held live tomorrow. Instead, learning will take place online at each student’s pace.

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Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-09-29 Posted: Tue. 09-29-2020 - 05:35 PM

Dear families,

The priority of the Salt Lake City School District is the health and safety of our students, families, and employees. This summer, the Board of Education used data from the Salt Lake County Health Department and other public health experts to select specific metrics that would determine when it was safe to return to in-person learning in some capacity.

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August

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-08-27 Posted: Thu. 08-27-2020 - 04:38 PM

Dear families,

Welcome to the 2020-21 school year. While classes don’t officially start until Tuesday, September 8, it’s been wonderful to see many of you on our campuses this week. Moving forward, I wanted to let you know we will be sending weekly emails to you on Thursday.

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July

Larry Madden
Superintendent's Message 2020-07-01 Posted: Wed. 07-01-2020 - 02:31 PM

Dear Salt Lake City School District families,

My name is Larry Madden, and I am thrilled to serve for the next year as your Interim Superintendent. I’ve thought long and hard about what I wanted to say in my first message to you.

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