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Superintendent's Message 2020-12-03

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 of the Salt Lake City School District. In January, we will welcome three new Board members, Joél-Léhi Organista (Precinct 1), Jenny Sika (Precinct 2), and Mohamed Baayd (Precinct 5). We also congratulated Board Member Kristi Swett on her re-election to the Board of Education. Ms. Swett and the new Board members will be sworn into office during our first Board meeting in January 2021. 

Here are a few more announcements for this week. 

Early Open Enrollment

Students who live outside of district or school boundaries and who are interested in enrolling in a Salt Lake City School District school for the 2021-22 school year may apply for an out-of-resident transfer during the Early Open Enrollment period. This will run from December 1, 2020, until 4 p.m. on February 19, 2021.

We believe every child can learn, and Salt Lake City School District has programs and services to assist all students and families. By offering a wide array of programs and services, we strive to the meet the needs of every child and offer a variety of choices to every parent. 

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Food for Families

The Salt Lake Education Foundation will distribute food for families on the following dates and at the following locations: 

  • Wednesday, December 9, 2020, 3:00-5:00 p.m
    Rose Park Community Learning Center (1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Thursday, December 10, 2020, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    Glendale Community Learning Center (1388 S. Navajo Street (1340 W.), Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Thursday, December 17, 2020, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
    Liberty Community Learning Center (1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah)

Holiday Giving

Every winter, hundreds of families in our district struggle to find shoes, socks, clothing, or even food, let alone holiday gifts. This year, the need is even higher due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact in our city. There are several ways you can help make a difference in the lives of our students this holiday season.

  •  - The Foundation works with community partners to make sure the basic needs of our students are met, enabling them to become life-long learners. You can support the foundation’s efforts directly at: 
  •  – 100% of donations made to KSL’s Quarters for Christmas Campaign return back into our community for children’s shoes, clothing and coats. 
  •  - ABC4 News is teaming up with the Salt Lake City School District for the first Coats 4 Kids drive. ABC4 hopes to collect 10,000 coats for students in our school district. Donating is easy! All you have to do is drop off a new coat for a child at one of several drop-off locations across Salt Lake County.  .

Thank you for your continued support.

Sincerely, 

Larry Madden
Interim Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District 

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