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Coronavirus Information

Our school buildings and district office buildings are closed until further notice, unless you have an appointment.


Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Dear families, 

We’ve made it to the last day of school! The end of this school year has been one filled with mixed emotions, with some highs and some lows, but I’m proud of all of us for getting here. THANK YOU for your support as we navigated this unprecedented time together. I know remote learning was challenging for many of us, and I am grateful to you for helping us navigate the many changes we’ve faced these last two months.  

We know we have a lot of work to do this summer to prepare for whatever may come in the fall, but please know how committed our teachers, school administrators, and district leaders are to making sure we’re ready to teach your students in August. The way we deliver education to your students next year may look a little different, but whatever form our learning takes, we look forward to the day when we can have our students in our classrooms once again. 

Over the summer, you will receive weekly updates, rather than my daily email communications. As district leaders continue to finalize educational plans for the fall, I will make sure you have any critical information as soon as possible.  

I want to also congratulate our graduates, the Class of 2020, for their many accomplishments. Today marks the first day of graduations for our seniors (Highland and SLCSE will graduate today), and I am immensely proud of our graduates for persevering even in the face of earthquakes and a pandemic. I know their resilience will carry them far. 

 

MEALS FOR STUDENTS (SUMMER) 

  • We will continue to operate a "Drive-thru Meal Service" at 14 designated school sites for children to receive a "Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow" combo meal each weekday during the summer from June 4 through August 19, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
  • Contact our registered dietician, Brianna Hardisty, to determine site location and make additional arrangements if your student has special dietary needs (Email Brianna.Hardisty@slcschools.org). 
  • These meals will be provided daily, free of charge, to ALL children ages 0 to 18. Meals will be provided at the sites and times listed below. 
  • Additionally, we will continue to partner with the Utah Food Bank this summer to provide a shelf stable Kids Café Dinner at 12 designated school sites. These additional meals will be served as part of our “Drive-Thru Meal Service” during the hours of 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.   
  • Note: Bryant Middle School, Clayton Middle School, Mary W. Jackson Elementary, Nibley Park School, and Riley Elementary, which have served as meal sites during the COVID-19 school dismissal will NOT be used as meal sites during the summer. These sites will close food service operations on June 4, 2020. 
  • * Kids Café Dinner sites are marked with a red asterisk in the list below. 
  • Normal day to day program information can be found on the Salt Lake City School District Child Nutrition page or by clicking on the green "Child Nutrition Home Page" button above.  
  • For all questions and concerns, please contact the Child Nutrition office: (801) 974-8380. 

SLCSD Emergency Meal Summer Sites (June 04 – August 19, 2020)  

*Backman Elementary (South Parking Area – Enter from 1500 West) 

601 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 

East High School (West Parking Area – Enter from 900 South) 

840 South 1300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah  

*Edison Elementary (U-shaped Driveway – Located in front of school) 

430 South Cheyenne Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

*Escalante Elementary (West Parking Area - Enter from 900 North) 

1810 West 900 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

*Franklin Elementary (Southeast Parking Area – Located at back of school) 

1115 West 300 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 

*Glendale Middle School (Northwest Parking Area) 

1430 West Andrew Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 

Highland High School (East Parking Area – Located next to main entrance) 

2166 South 1700 East, Salt Lake City, Utah *** Site will close July 1 *** 

*Liberty Elementary (Southeast Parking Area) 

1085 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 

*Meadowlark Elementary (Northeast Parking Area) 

497 North Morton Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 

*North Star Elementary (South Parking Area – Located next to South entrance) 

1545 North Morton Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 

*Parkview Elementary (Northwest Parking Area) 

970 South Emery Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

*Rose Park Elementary (West Parking Area – Located next to main entrance)  

1105 West 1000 North, 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

*Whittier Elementary (North Parking Area – Enter from Roberta Street) 

1600 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 

NEW ADMINISTRATOR 

  • Congratulations to Tim Miller, our new principal at Beacon Heights Elementary! 
  • We look forward to having you join us for the 2020-21 school year. 

REPORT CARDS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS 

Elementary school report cards will be mailed home this year. The elementary report card for the third trimester is different because of our remote learning period. Some of the differences are:   

  • We have implemented a "Q" mark, for “quarantine” that indicates students were in school dismissal for the majority of the last trimester. It will be listed on the report card key for reference in the future. 
  • No elementary students will receive a 1, N, or P (progressing but below grade level standards) for the third trimester.   
  • No student will be held back, or asked to repeat a grade, because of performance or participation during the dismissal period.   

 Nationwide, many districts are implementing similar practices on report cards. The "Q" for this trimester will not have a negative impact on students in the future.  

If you have any questions about your student's grade or progress, please reach out to your student's teachers.  

REPORT CARDS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

The following modified grading practices will be implemented in the Salt Lake City School District for the 4th quarter. These practices reflect guidance from the Utah State Board of Education.  

  • Passing grades below a C- will be replaced with a Pass (P). A “P” does not change the grade point average. It does award credit for the term. 
  • Students and families may have indicated they would like grades of C or B to be replaced with a pass. If so, that will be printed on the card and credit for the term will be awarded. 
  • No students will be held back or asked to repeat a grade because of the dismissal. 
  • No F grades will be issued during term 4. Any grade that would have been an F will be replaced with a No Grade (NG). An “NG” does not change the grade point average. It does not award credit for the term. 
  • If a high school student receives a No Grade (NG) for a class that is required for high school graduation, the student will have to make up the credit through a credit recovery or grade replacement process. Students and families should check in with the counselor next fall to create a plan so they are on track for graduation. 

 If you have any questions about your student's grade, please reach out to your student’s teacher.  

SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

  • School registration will begin after July 15.  
  • Please watch for a letter and/or phone call from your student’s school with more information about registration.  
  • If your contact information has changed, please update it with the school as soon as possible.   

TEACHER OF THE YEAR 

  • Congratulations to John Arthur for being named the Salt Lake City School District’s Teacher of the Year! 
  • Mr. Arthur is a 6th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary who believes he has the best job in the world working the best kids in the world. 

 

Congratulations again to the Class of 2020 and to all of us for ending this school year with aplomb. 

Sincerely, 

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D. 
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District 


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dear families, 

Over the last week, you and your family have likely spent time watching, listening to, or reading news coverage about the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests across the country. I know our teachers have spent a lot of time yesterday and today talking with our students about these important events. I encourage you to continue the discussion with your families at home. The work that our educators do to teach our students is important, but it means nothing if families aren’t having these important conversations together.  

I want our students and our families to know that even though the world isn’t always a safe place, they have people they can count on at school and in our school district. That even though we are part of a system that has a history of racial inequities, their teachers and school leaders are working every day to make sure they have every opportunity available to them. I welcome your feedback and input as we continue to look for ways to provide our students – EVERY student – with the best education experience, with excellence and equity: every student, every classroom, every day. 

BOARD MEETING LIVESTREAM 

RETURNING STUDENT DEVICES 

  • We will have five schools available for students to return devices and other educational equipment. 
  • Here are the five schools: 
    • East High School, 840 S. 1300 E., Salt Lake City, UT 84102 
    • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108 
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111 
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104 
    • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116 
  • These five locations will be open from, 9am-7pm on the following dates: 
    • Monday, June 1 
    • Tuesday, June 2 
    • Wednesday, June 3 
  • We will also be available from 8am-4pm on: 
    • Thursday, June 4 
    • Friday, June 5 
  • All computers, books, and equipment can be returned to one school, even if a family checked them out at multiple schools.
  • Principals, please make sure your school communities know if your school has its own device return hours or procedures not listed above.  

Thank you for your impact and the effort you put in every day in the important work of educating our students. 

Sincerely, 

Lexi Cunningham 


Monday, June 1, 2020

Dear families, 

We’re officially here: the last week of school! And graduation week! It’s a time to celebrate our students’ accomplishments and reflect on this memorable year. A few announcements for you are below –  

BOARD MEETING LIVESTREAM 

CYBERBULLYING: TIPS FOR PARENTS TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE IN ONLINE ENVIRONMENTS 

Congratulations! You and your child made it to the end of the school year! Just because school has ended doesn’t mean you should stop doing all the things you’ve been doing to keep your child safe online. You can carry the good digital citizenship habits you’ve formed with your child into the summer.  

The following links provide educational experiences/activities for you and your child to enjoy: 

These are just a few of the sites you can explore with your child this summer. You can also help them find other safe, educational, and fun online activities to participate in.  

Remember, to report instances of cyber-bullying that occurred during the school year, please contact your school’s principal or the district’s compliance officer, tina.hatch@slcschools.org

REPORT CARDS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS 

Elementary school report cards will be mailed home this year. The elementary report card for the third trimester is different because of our remote learning period. Some of the differences are:   

  • We have implemented a "Q" mark, for “quarantine” that indicates students were in school dismissal for the majority of the last trimester. It will be listed on the report card key for reference in the future.
  • No elementary students will receive a 1, N, or P (progressing but below grade level standards) for the third trimester. 
  • No student will be held back, or asked to repeat a grade, because of performance or participation during the dismissal period.   

 Nationwide, many districts are implementing similar practices on report cards. The "Q" for this trimester will not have a negative impact on students in the future.  

If you have any questions about your student's grade or progress, please reach out to your student's teachers.  

REPORT CARDS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS 

The following modified grading practices will be implemented in the Salt Lake City School District for the 4th quarter. These practices reflect guidance from the Utah State Board of Education.  

  • Passing grades below a C- will be replaced with a Pass (P). A “P” does not change the grade point average. It does award credit for the term.
  • Students and families may have indicated they would like grades of C or B to be replaced with a pass. If so, that will be printed on the card and credit for the term will be awarded.
  • No students will be held back or asked to repeat a grade because of the dismissal.
  • No F grades will be issued during term 4. Any grade that would have been an F will be replaced with a No Grade (NG). An “NG” does not change the grade point average. It does not award credit for the term.
  • If a high school student receives a No Grade (NG) for a class that is required for high school graduation, the student will have to make up the credit through a credit recovery or grade replacement process. Students and families should check in with the counselor next fall to create a plan so they are on track for graduation. 

 If you have any questions about your student's grade, please reach out to your student’s teacher.  

RETURNING STUDENT DEVICES, BOOKS, INSTRUMENTS, ETC.

The Salt Lake City School District will continue to support student learning through the last day of school, June 3. However, we know that, depending on your family’s unique circumstances, it may be easier to return district laptops, iPads, musical instruments, books, and other educational materials sooner than that.

  • In order to provide our families with this flexibility, the following five locations will be open for families to return educational materials they have borrowed from their student’s school or from the district (Please note that each school will also have days they are open for returns. Schools will publish their own dates and times.):
    • East High School, 840 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
    • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • These five locations will be open from, 9am-7pm on the following dates:
    • Monday, June 1
    • Tuesday, June 2
    • Wednesday, June 3
  • All computers, books, and equipment can be returned to one school, even if you checked them out at multiple schools. Please contact your school principal for details on how/when to return devices at your student's school.

SALT LAKE COUNTY COOLING CENTERS 

  • Due to the hot weather we’ve been experiencing lately, Salt Lake County has opened two cooling centers from May 29-June 2. The cooling centers are air-conditioned, indoor spaces open to the public.
  • Anyone seeking a break from the heat can visit to cool off, hydrate, and stay safe from heat-related illness.
  • SLCo encourages residents to look out for each other and check on neighbors, particularly those who are older or have chronic conditions, during periods of extreme heat.  
  • The cooling centers are available May 29–June 2 from 12-7p.m. each day.  
  • Social distancing protocols will be enforced inside the facility, and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.  
  • People with symptoms of illness should refrain from coming to the facilities. 
  • WiFi is available at both centers. 
  • The two cooling centers are: 
  • Mountain America Expo Center 
    9575 South State Street, Sandy, UT 
    (parking is free and available) 
  • Salt Palace Convention Center 
    100 South West Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 
    (parking is free) 

SCHOOL REGISTRATION 

  • School registration will begin after July 15.
  • Please watch for a letter and/or phone call from your student’s school with more information about registration.  
  • If your contact information has changed, please update it with the school as soon as possible.   

Sincerely,  

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D. 
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District 


Friday, May 29, 2020

Dear families,

It’s hard to believe this is the last Friday email of this school year. Our students have worked SO hard during the school dismissal, and we know you have, too. THANK YOU for all you’ve done to help your students continue to engage in remote learning these last two months.

I will continue my daily emails to you through the official end of the school year, which is next Wednesday, June 3. Throughout the summer, you will hear from me once a week.

CHANGES TO STUDENT MEALS FOR SUMMER

  • Starting June 4, we will have a few changes to our student meals program for the summer. As of June 4, we will no longer be serving emergency meals at the following schools:
    • Bryant Middle School
    • Clayton Middle School
    • Mary W. Jackson Elementary School
    • Nibley Park K-8 School 
    • Riley Elementary School
  • On July 1, we will need to close the meal site at: 
    • Highland High School 
  • ALL OTHER SCHOOL MEAL SITES WILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE THROUGH THE SUMMER.
    • Student meals will be served Monday through Friday from 11am-12:30pm.
  • We know these changes may cause difficulties for some of our families. The changes will be made in order to adequately staff our remaining emergency meal sites with a limited number of front-line employees throughout the summer. 
  • Families may obtain student meals at ANY of our school meal sites. But for your convenience, here is a list of the next closest meal sites for the schools where will no longer be serving student meals this summer:
    • For Bryant Middle School, you may go to East High School (840 South 1300 East
      Salt Lake City, Utah 84102) or West High School (241 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103)
    • For Clayton Middle School, you may go to East High School (840 South 1300 East
      Salt Lake City, Utah 84102) or Highland High School until June 30 (2166 S. 1700 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84106)
    • For Mary W. Jackson Elementary, you may go to West High School (241 North 300 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103) or Rose Park Elementary (1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116)
    • For Nibley Park School, you may go to Whittier Elementary (1600 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115) or Highland High School until June 30 (2166 S. 1700 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84106)
    • For Riley Elementary, you may go to Glendale Middle School (1430 West Andrew Avenue, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104) or Parkview Elementary (970 Emery Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104)
    • Starting July 1, for Highland High School, you may go to Whittier Elementary (1600 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115) or Liberty Elementary (1085 South Roberta Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111)

MEALS SERVED TO STUDENTS THIS WEEK

  • This week (May 26-May 29), our Child Nutrition team served a total of 45,707 meals to children in our community. That’s:
    • 19,254 breakfasts,
    • 19,274 lunches, and
    • 7,179 Kids Café dinners.

PRINCIPAL & ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

  • The nomination period is now open for the 2021 Principal of the Year and 2021 Assistant Principal of the Year awards! Nominations must be submitted by June 19, 2020.
  • Please show your support for your favorite administrator before the nomination period closes on June 19. Nominations must be submitted online using the nomination form.
  • Principal of the Year
    • The 2021 Salt Lake City School District Principal will receive a $1,000 award in addition to the $200 award for being one of the two finalists.
    • Any Salt Lake City School District principal who is a licensed administrator in the state of Utah, an employee of the Salt Lake City School District, and an active principal for at least three (3) years is eligible for consideration. Anyone may nominate principals for this award.
  • Assistant Principal of the Year
    • The 2021 Salt Lake City School District Assistant Principal will receive a $1,000 award in addition to the $200 award for being one of the two finalists.
    • Any Salt Lake City School District assistant principal who is a licensed administrator in the state of Utah, an employee of the Salt Lake City School District, and an active assistant principal for at least three (3) years is eligible for consideration. Anyone may nominate assistant principals for this award.
  • Please contact Jennie Vuich at if you have questions regarding this recognition program or process.

REPORT CARDS FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Elementary school report cards will be mailed home this year. The elementary report card for the third trimester is different because of our remote learning period. Some of the differences are: 

  • We have implemented a "Q" mark, for “quarantine” that indicates students were in school dismissal for the majority of the last trimester. It will be listed on the report card key for reference in the future.
  • No elementary students will receive a 1, N, or P (progressing but below grade level standards) for the third trimester. 
  • No student will be held back, or asked to repeat a grade, because of performance or participation during the dismissal period. 

 Nationwide, many districts are implementing similar practices on report cards. The "Q" for this trimester will not have a negative impact on students in the future.

If you have any questions about your student's grade or progress, please reach out to your student's teachers.

REPORT CARDS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The following modified grading practices will be implemented in the Salt Lake City School District for the 4th quarter. These practices reflect guidance from the Utah State Board of Education.

  • Passing grades below a C- will be replaced with a Pass (P). A “P” does not change the grade point average. It does award credit for the term.
  • Students and families may have indicated they would like grades of C or B to be replaced with a pass. If so, that will be printed on the card and credit for the term will be awarded.
  • No students will be held back or asked to repeat a grade because of the dismissal.
  • No F grades will be issued during term 4. Any grade that would have been an F will be replaced with a No Grade (NG). An “NG” does not change the grade point average. It does not award credit for the term.
  • If a high school student receives a No Grade (NG) for a class that is required for high school graduation, the student will have to make up the credit through a credit recovery or grade replacement process. Students and families should check in with the counselor next fall to create a plan so they are on track for graduation.

 If you have any questions about your student's grade, please reach out to your student’s teacher.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION

  • School registration will begin after July 15.
  • Please watch for a letter and/or phone call from your student’s school with more information about registration.
  • If your contact information has changed, please update it with the school as soon as possible. 

UTAH COMMUNITY ACTION PROGRAM SUMMER DINNERS FOR KIDS

  • Utah Community Action Program, in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education, will serve hot, fresh dinners this summer for children ages 0-18.
    • Adults may purchase a meal for $3.
  • Dinners will be served curbside every Monday through Friday from 4-6pm, June 1 to August 7, 2020.
  • Locations:
    • Shriver Head Start 1307 S 900 W, Salt Lake City Utah
    • SSL Head Start 2825 South 200 East, Salt Lake City Utah
    • CCH Head Start 6447 West 4100 South, West Valley City, Utah
    • CCC Head Start 8446 South Harrison Street, Midvale, Utah
    • Kearns Head Start 5361 South 4220 West, Kearns, Utah
    • Magna Head Start 8275 West 3500 South, Magna, Utah

Have a wonderful weekend,

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Dear families,

It’s hard to imagine that next week, our school year will be over. For now, here are a few announcements:

BOARD MEETING LIVESTREAM

DEVICE RETURN & SUMMER DEVICE USAGE

  • We are asking that all student devices be returned to be inventoried and refreshed for the new school year.
  • If your student is interested in using a device during the summer to continue their learning, they can check out a device at the Liberty Community Learning Center (1078 S 300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84111) starting Monday, June 8. 
  • We will have device check-out and tech support from 11 am-2 pm, Monday-Thursday at the Liberty Community Learning Center throughout the summer.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONS

  • We have less than a week left in the 2019-20 school year, and that means our high school graduations are next week!
  • Visit our webpage ( ) to view the graduation plans for the various secondary schools in the Salt Lake City School District.
  • We are so proud of all our graduates!

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

During this challenging time, the physical and mental health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. We have compiled a list of helpful links and resources and placed them in appropriate categories on our website for fast and easy searches.  

Here is the link to the webpage: .

NEWEST ADMINISTRATOR

  • Congratulations to Mike Tuckfield, our new assistant principal at Franklin Elementary! Mike will be joining our team for the 2020-21 school year.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed. D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dear families,

Below are some important announcements:

CHANGES TO STUDENT MEALS FOR SUMMER

  • Starting June 4, we will have a few changes to our student meals program for the summer. As of June 4, we will no longer be serving emergency meals at the following schools:
    • Bryant Middle School
    • Clayton Middle School
    • Mary W. Jackson Elementary School
    • Nibley Park K-8 School
    • Riley Elementary School
  • On July 1, we will need to close the meal site at:
    • Highland High School
  • We know these changes may be difficult for some of our families. These changes will be made in order to adequately staff our remaining emergency meal sites with a limited number of front-line employees throughout the summer.
  • Families may obtain student meals at ANY of our school meal sites. For convenience, please refer to the list below to determine the next closest meal site for your student:
    • Bryant Middle > East High / West High
    • Clayton Middle > East High / Highland High (until June 30)
    • Mary Jackson Elem > West High / Rose Park Elem
    • Nibley Park Elem > Whittier Elem / Highland High (until June 30)
    • Riley Elem > Glendale Middle / Parkview Elem
    • Highland High (starting July 1) > Whittier Elem / Liberty Elem
  • Thank you for your flexibility and understanding as we strive to continue serving our students and families during the pandemic.

CYBERBULLYING: TIPS FOR PARENTS TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE IN ONLINE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS

  • Is your child feeling socially isolated because of their online experience?
  • Your child has been out of the physical classroom and away from their peers for more than two months. This separation has required a lot of rapid adjustments for everyone involved and has been very hard for some children.
  • While many children have been able to adjust, to interact, and to have a successful experience in the online learning environment, some have not.
  • If your child hasn’t felt acceptance or connection in the digital classroom, the following tips may help:
    • As they work in the online classroom, encourage them to answer questions or to participate in any virtual study groups that are offered.
    • Reach out to your child’s teacher if you feel your child is not fully participating in class and ask for suggestions about how your child can interact more with the class.
    • Help your child maintain connections with friends by using virtual platforms such as Facetime, Skype, or Google Hangouts.
    • Watch your school’s social media for opportunities to interact with teachers and administrators at a safe distance.
    • Take your child on a virtual field trip. Many museums and other businesses are offering online tours. Look for opportunities to use these tours to help your child find information for school assignments.
    • Watch for any classroom interactions that may make your child feel socially isolated from other students. Talk to your child’s teachers if you have any concerns.

If your child experiences cyber-bullying in an online learning environment, please contact your school’s principal, or the district’s compliance officer, or .

FAMILY RESOURCE HOTLINE

  • A reminder that our Family Resource Hotline continues to operate in support of Salt Lake City School District families during the COVID-19 school dismissal.
  • We can support families with questions about topics including student coursework, tech support, emergency food resources, UTA bus passes, and help to meet families’ basic needs.
  • Help is available in English and Spanish. We can provide support in other languages as needed.
  • The hotline number is (801) 301-6476.
  • Someone will be available to answer calls Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. If someone doesn’t answer, you can leave a message. We will do our best to call everyone back within 24 hours.

UPDATED LOCATION for FREE COVID-19 TESTING

The following are special COVID-19 testing opportunities available this week.

  • Wellness Bus Testing Schedule for May 26-28th   
    • Tuesday, May 26, 2-6 pm, at the Central Park Community Center, 2792 South 200 East, Salt Lake City, Utah.
    • Thursday, May 28, 2-6 pm, at the Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 South 900 West, Salt Lake City, Utah
    • Saturday, May 30, 2020, 9 am-1 pm at Chinatown Supermarket 3390 State Street, #11 (west parking lot). moved to Utah Cultural Celebration Center (1355 W 3100 S, West Valley City).
    • Testing is free. Medical insurance is not required. ID not required. Appointments strongly encouraged.
      • To make an appointment, call Karl at 801-651-9915 or Anna at 801-512-1459.
    • Saturday, June 6, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, at Calgary Baptist Church, 1090 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111. This event is in partnership with University of Utah Wellness and is coordinated with state-contracted Community Health Workers.

HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

The following modified grading practices will be implemented in the Salt Lake City School District for the 4th quarter. These practices reflect guidance from the Utah State Board of Education.

  • Passing grades below a C- will be replaced with a Pass (P).  A “P” does not change the grade point average. It does award credit for the term.
  • Students and families may have indicated they would like grades of C or B to be replaced with a pass. If so, that will be printed on the card and credit for the term will be awarded.
  • No students will be held back or asked to repeat a grade because of the dismissal.
  • No F grades will be issued during term 4. Any grade that would have been an F will be replaced with a No Grade (NG). An “NG” does not change the grade point average. It does not award credit for the term.
  • If a high school student receives a No Grade (NG) for a class that is required for high school graduation, the student will have to make up the credit through a credit recovery or grade replacement process. Students and families should check in with the counselor next fall to create a plan so they are on track for graduation.

If you have any questions about your student's grade, please reach out to your student’s teacher(s).

SALT LAKE CITY HOUSING ASSISTANCE & RENTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  • The COVID-19 health crisis has left many in our community hard-hit with financial challenges.
  • Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, the State of Utah, and other local nonprofit agencies can provide answers and assistance to help renters, landlords, and homeowners navigate this difficult time.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, staff, and schools.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Dear families,

I hope you had a fun and relaxing Memorial Day weekend. It’s hard to believe we're almost down to just one week more of school for this year! Here are a few announcements for today:

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REGISTRATION

  • Elementary school registration will begin after July 15.
  • Please watch for a letter and/or phone call from your school with more information about registration.
  • If your contact information has changed, please update it with your child’s school as soon as possible.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REPORT CARDS

Elementary school report cards will be mailed home this year. The elementary report card for the third trimester is different because of our remote learning period. Some of the differences are: 

  • We have implemented a "Q" mark, for “quarantine” that indicates students were in school dismissal for the majority of the last trimester. It will be listed on the report card key for reference in the future.
  • No elementary students will receive a 1, N, or P (progressing but below grade level standards) for the third trimester. 
  • No student will be held back, or asked to repeat a grade, because of performance or participation during the dismissal period.  

Nationwide, many districts are implementing similar practices on report cards. The "Q" for this trimester will not have a negative impact on students in the future.

If you have any questions about your student's grade or progress, please reach out to your student's teacher. 

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • We received information from the Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) about the process for vaccinating students before school this fall.
  • Due to precautions necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, SLCoHD has made some changes to their processes.
  • To successfully practice social distancing in public health centers, SLCoHD will limit the number of people allowed inside the clinics at a given time.
  • They are also taking extra precautions regarding disinfecting waiting and other common areas in buildings, including disinfecting clinic rooms between each immunization client.
  • The preparation time around these important precautions will result in fewer appointments available per day, which is likely to make it more difficult to accommodate parents and guardians who wait until August to request an immunization appointment for their students.
  • Please review your students’ immunization records and request an appointment NOW—ahead of the August rush—for any vaccines necessary for the 2020–21 school year.
  • Appointments are available by calling 385-468-SHOT (7468).

NEW ADMINISTRATORS

Congratulations to our newest administrators!

  • Robert Guido - West High Assistant Principal
  • Kate Arch - West High Assistant Principal
  • Jacqlyn Spell - Meadowlark Elementary Assistant Principal

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Friday May 22, 2020

Dear families,

Another week is done and I continue to be amazed – amazed by administrators who come up with ideas on how we can better serve students and families; amazed by teachers who have adjusted so quickly and so professionally to this new way of remote learning; and amazed by you, our students and families, who have juggled all the changes along with your regular daily responsibilities. I want to say thank you to everyone. 

This coming Monday is Memorial Day. All schools and district offices will be closed for the holiday. This means the following services will not be available.

  • We will not be serving student meals.
  • Our WiFi vehicles will not be available.
  • You will not be receiving an email update from me.

All services will resume as normal on Tuesday, May 26. 

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

During this challenging time, the physical and mental health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. We have compiled a list of helpful links and resources and placed them in appropriate categories on our website for fast and easy searches.   

Here is the link to the webpage:  .

RETURNING STUDENT DEVICES, BOOKS, INSTRUMENTS, ETC.

Returns for student devices, books, and other educational materials began this week and will continue next week (but not on Memorial Day).

The Salt Lake City School District will continue to support student learning through the last day of school, June 3. However, we know that, depending on your family’s unique circumstances, it may be easier to return district laptops, iPads, musical instruments, books, and other educational materials sooner than that.

In order to provide our families with this flexibility, the following five locations will be open for families to return educational materials they have borrowed from their student’s school or from the district (Please note that each school will also have days they are open for returns. Schools will publish their own dates and times.):

  • East High School, 840 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
  • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
  • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on the east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
  • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104
  • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116

These five locations will be open from, 9 am-7 pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 26
  • Wednesday, May 27
  • Thursday, May 28
  • Friday, May 29
  • Monday, June 1
  • Tuesday, June 2
  • Wednesday, June 3

We will also be open for returns from 11 am-2 pm on Saturday, May 30. 

All computers, books, and equipment can be returned to one school, even if you checked them out at multiple schools. Please contact your school principal for details on how/when to return devices at your student's school.

TITLE VI AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING

Our Title VI American Indian Education Public Hearing will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 6-7 pm.

This meeting is open to all Native American/Alaskan Native families, parents, and students within the Salt Lake City School District. Additionally, any local Native American organizations are invited to attend. 

For the Zoom meeting ID and password, please email  .

Have a great weekend! I will be in touch again next Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Thursday, May 21, 2020

Dear families,

As we approach the end of the 2019-20 school year, we’re already thinking ahead to what school will look like next Fall. We’ve been paying close attention to the guidance issued by our national, state, and local leaders and will continue to do so throughout the summer.

Yesterday, Governor Herbert announced “Utah Leads Together 3.0,” the latest iteration of Utah’s plan for health and economic recovery. ( .) This new version of the plan includes instructions for high risk populations, addresses impacts to Utah’s multi-cultural community, and plants seeds for Utah’s ultimate recovery.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also released national guidance for reopening the country, including guidance specifically for schools. ( .) 

We are taking these recommendations seriously as we plan for the fall. Because of the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, it’s hard to determine this far in advance exactly what school will be like in August. We are taking every scenario into consideration and are preparing for scenarios including the following:

  • A return to in-person school, with social distancing and hygiene guidelines in place.
  • A return to in-person school that might be interrupted mid-year by another school dismissal. In this scenario, we would be prepared to switch again to remote learning. If you haven’t already given us your feedback via our email survey (It was sent to you last week from “Michelle Amiot” with the subject: Remote Learning Experience.), please respond at your earliest convenience. Your feedback is critical to helping us prepare for any possible future dismissal.
  • A return to school via a hybrid model, where we would combine in-person instruction with remote student learning.

Essentially, our goal is to prepare for whatever may come as the pandemic evolves. We hope for a return to normalcy for our students and want to thank you for your continued patience as we navigate the coming changes together.

BOARD MEETING LIVESTREAM

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

During this challenging time, the physical and mental health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. We have compiled a list of helpful links and resources and placed them in appropriate categories on our website for fast and easy searches.   

Here is the link to the webpage:  .

TEACHER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

  • Yesterday, we announced our four finalists for the “Teacher of the Year” award. The four finalists are:
    • John Arthur, 6th grade teacher, Meadowlark Elementary
    • Alison Bulson, Physics teacher, West High School
    • Ashlee Ekins, 4th grade teacher, North Star Elementary
    • Natosha Washington, Dance teacher, West High School
  • We feel SO fortunate to have these dedicated educators in our ranks.  .

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dear families,

I have listed a few reminders for you below --

DARK SKIES CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT

  • The District Science Department, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Center for Science Education/Bryant Middle School Dark Sky Research class, would like to invite you and your families to participate in Sky Search 2020! 
  • This global citizen science campaign focuses on collecting data about stars and light pollution. It will be held starting TODAY, Wednesday, May 20, and going through Memorial Day, Monday, May 25. 
  • We have adjusted this event to align with global and local social distancing guidelines and have also created a technology-free platform to increase access for all students.  
  • Instructions for webapp data entry and the paper version, and details for the event can be found in the following PDF documents. Here is the  . Here is the  . (If you need a translation in any other language, please reply to this email, and we will provide a copy via email.)
  • We are grateful for the work of Ms. Wickelson and her students in creating artwork and information for this event. 

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

During this challenging time, the physical and mental health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. We have compiled a list of helpful links and resources and placed them in appropriate categories on our website for fast and easy searches.   

Here is the link to the webpage:  .

RETURNING STUDENT DEVICES, BOOKS, INSTRUMENTS, ETC.

A quick reminder that returns for student devices, books, and other educational materials will start tomorrow, Thursday, May 21.

The Salt Lake City School District will continue to support student learning through the last day of school, June 3. However, we know that, depending on your family’s unique circumstances, it may be easier to return district laptops, iPads, musical instruments, books, and other educational materials sooner than that.

  • In order to provide our families with this flexibility, the following five locations will be open for families to return educational materials they have borrowed from their student’s school or from the district (Please note that each school will also have days they are open for returns. Schools will publish their own dates and times.):
    • East High School, 840 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
    • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on the east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • These five locations will be open from, 9 am-7 pm on the following dates:
    • Thursday, May 21
    • Friday, May 22
    • Tuesday, May 26
    • Wednesday, May 27
    • Thursday, May 28
    • Friday, May 29
    • Monday, June 1
    • Tuesday, June 2
    • Wednesday, June 3
  • We will also be open for returns from 11bam-2 pm on:
    • Saturday, May 30 

All computers, books, and equipment can be returned to one school, even if you checked them out at multiple schools. Please contact your school principal for details on how/when to return devices at your student's school.

TITLE VI AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARING

  • Our Title VI American Indian Education Public Hearing will take place via Zoom on Thursday, May 28, 2020 from 6-7 pm.
  • This meeting is open to all Native American/Alaskan Native families, parents, and students within the Salt Lake City School District. Additionally, any local Native American organizations are invited to attend. 
  • For the Zoom meeting ID and password, please email 

Thank you for your continued support. 

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Dear families,

I hope you are enjoying our great spring weather and get to spend some time outside. I have really enjoyed seeing the videos and pictures of our middle and elementary school parades. I’m not sure who is having more fun: our teachers or our students! 

Our high schools are finalizing their plans to recognize seniors and will be communicating with you if you have a student who will be graduating this year. You can find a synopsis of our schools’ graduation plans here:  .

BOARD MEETING LIVESTREAM

COVID-19 TESTING

  • Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20, the Wellness Bus will be available for free COVID-19 testing from 10am-2pm.
  • The bus will be located at the Sorensen Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 W., Salt Lake City, UT
  • Tests will be available by appointment only.
  • Call 801-747-9547 or 801-413-3248 to schedule an appointment.

DEVICE RETURN

  • The Salt Lake Education Foundation has graciously provided five laptops that will be given away in a prize drawing to students who return their district devices (laptops, iPads, etc).  
  • As students return the devices to our schools, staff members will make a list of students who have brought devices back. 
  • On June 3, our Information Technology department will randomly select five students to receive a laptop as a prize.
  • Make sure you return all district devices by June 3 to participate in the prize drawing!

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

During this challenging time, the physical and mental health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. We have compiled a list of helpful links and resources and placed them in appropriate categories on our website for fast and easy searches.   

Here is the link to the webpage:  .

SCAM EMAIL

  • A scam email was recently sent out to students and staff with the subject “Part time Pet walker/ Pet sitter Needed. Pay is $300 weekly.” This is a scam. Please do not respond.  
  • We’ve managed to contain the email in our system and wanted to flag this issue for you.
  • If your student received the email but did not respond with their password, your student's account should be fine. If your student replied to the scammer, please let them know not to continue communication. 
  • Remember that you always have access to change your student's password in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.

WIFI VEHICLES

We’ll continue with our five WiFi vehicle locations through the end of the school year. Please note WiFi vehicles will not be available on Memorial Day, Monday May 25. Each vehicle can serve devices within 300 feet (about the length of an American football field).

  • The WiFi vehicles will be available from 8am-3pm.
  • The WiFi network will be Kajeet SmartBus. The password to log on is: smartbus

Here are the WiFi vehicle locations:

  • SEASONS AT PEBBLE CREEK/BRIAR ROSE APARTMENTS
    • 1616 Snow Queen PL, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
  • PALMER COURT APARTMENTS
    • 999 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
  • THE VILLAGE AT RAINTREE APARTMENTS
    • 870 North 900 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
  • APARTMENTS ON THE GREEN
    • 1153 North Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
  • PARK PLACE AT CITY CENTER
    • 731 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

If you are interested in having a WiFi vehicle come to your neighborhood, please let your school principal know.

Thank you for your continued support. 

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, May 18, 2020

Dear families,

I hope you were able to rest and recharge this weekend. We have a few updates for you below.

COUNTY RESOURCE FOR EMERGENCY FOOD

  • Salt Lake County has created an online tool to help families locate emergency food resources, such as food pantries or soup kitchens.
  • Individuals can use to locate a nearby pantry to volunteer or donate money or food.
  • And as a reminder, the Salt Lake Education Foundation is also working to provide emergency food for families on Tuesdays and Thursdays. .

CYBERBULLING TACTICS: TIPS FOR PARENTS TO KEEP STUDENTS SAFE ONLINE 

It is important for parents to know what cyberbullying looks like so you can take action if it occurs. Some of the most common cyberbullying tactics are listed below:

  • Rumors or negative comments. Someone may post information about your child in a chat group or on social media that is mean, hurtful, or embarrassing. This may include sharing false information and/or allegations about your child. 
  • Threats. Someone may threaten to hurt your child or may tell your child to harm themselves. 
  • Photos or videos. Someone may post a mean, hurtful, or embarrassing picture or video of your child. Any nude photos of a child that are shared in an online environment should be reported to law enforcement authorities immediately.
  • Spoofing or “sock-puppet” accounts. Someone may send emails or make posts from a fake account that appears to be your child’s account. The posts/emails may be hurtful to other people or may contain inappropriate materials. 
  • Doxing. Doxing is an abbreviation for the word “documents,” and refers to someone sharing private, personal information in a public setting. This information could include your child’s address, grades, personal relationships, or phone number.

If any of these tactics apply to behaviors your child experiences in their online learning environment, please contact your school’s principal, or the district’s compliance officer, or complete the following form:

The Cyberbullying Research Center provides additional resources for parents at:

DARK SKIES CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECT

  • The District Science Department, in conjunction with the Salt Lake Center for Science Education/Bryant Middle School Dark Sky Research class, would like to invite you and your families to participate in Sky Search 2020! 
  • This global citizen science campaign focuses on collecting data about stars and light pollution. It will be held Wednesday-Monday, May 20-25.   
  • We have adjusted this event to align with global and local social distancing guidelines and have also created a technology-free platform to increase access for all students.  
  • Instructions for webapp data entry and the paper version, and details for the event can be found in the following PDF documents. Here is the . Here is the . (If you need a translation in any other language, please reply to this email, and we will provide a copy via email.)
  • We are grateful for the work of Ms. Wickelson and her students in creating artwork and information for this event.  

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

During this challenging time, the physical and mental health and safety of our students, families, and staff is our top priority. We have compiled a list of helpful links and resources and placed them in appropriate categories on our website for fast and easy searches.   

Here is the link to the webpage:

NO STUDENT MEALS ON MEMORIAL DAY

RETURNING STUDENT DEVICES, BOOKS, INSTRUMENTS, ETC.

The Salt Lake City School District will continue to support student learning through the last day of school, June 3. However, we know that, depending on your family’s unique circumstances, it may be easier to return district laptops, iPads, musical instruments, books, and other educational materials sooner than that.

  • In order to provide our families with this flexibility, the following five locations will be open for families to return educational materials they have borrowed from their student’s school or from the district (Please note that each school will also have days they are open for returns. Schools will publish their own dates and times.):
    • East High School, 840 1300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84102
    • Hillside Middle School, 1825 E. Nevada St, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
    • Liberty Elementary (Community Learning Center entrance on east side), 1085 S. Roberta St., Salt Lake City, UT 84111
    • Mountain View Elementary (Cafeteria), 1380 S. Navajo St., Salt Lake City, UT 84104
    • Rose Park Elementary, 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT 84116
  • These five locations will be open from, 9am-7pm on the following dates:
    • Thursday, May 21
    • Friday, May 22
    • Tuesday, May 26
    • Wednesday, May 27
    • Thursday, May 28
    • Friday, May 29
    • Monday, June 1
    • Tuesday, June 2
    • Wednesday, June 3
  • We will also be open for returns from 11am-2pm on:
    • Saturday, May 30 

All computers, books, and equipment can be returned to one school, even if you checked them out at multiple schools. Please contact your school principal for details on how/when to return devices at your student's school.

WIFI VEHICLES

We’ll maintain our five WiFi vehicle locations tomorrow. Each vehicle can serve devices within 300 feet (about the length of an American football field).

  • The WiFi vehicles will be available from 8 am-3 pm. 
  • The WiFi network will be Kajeet SmartBus. The password to log on is: smartbus

Here are the WiFi vehicle locations:

  • SEASONS AT PEBBLE CREEK/BRIAR ROSE APARTMENTS
    • 1616 Snow Queen PL, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
  • PALMER COURT APARTMENTS
    • 999 S. Main Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
  • THE VILLAGE AT RAINTREE APARTMENTS
    • 870 North 900 West, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
  • APARTMENTS ON THE GREEN
    • 1153 North Redwood Road, Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
  • PARK PLACE AT CITY CENTER
    • 731 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

If you are interested in having a WiFi vehicle come to your neighborhood, please let your school principal know.

Stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District

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