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Coronavirus Information

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


Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Dear families,

I hope this email finds you well. Our update today is very brief:

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

STUDENT HOTSPOTS

  • We’ve been working since mid-March to acquire mobile hotspots from T-Mobile for families who are unable to access internet via Comcast or other resources. We have finally received 200 hotspots, which our IT team has been preparing for student use. 
  • Unfortunately, we were only able to get 200 hotspots from T-Mobile, which we know is not enough to meet the needs in our district. 
  • We are working on a plan to prioritize distribution of those hotspots. We’ll keep you informed as soon as the hotspots are ready and we have a distribution plan in place.
  • For information on other options to access internet at home, please visit this link:  .

Stay healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, April 6, 2020

Dear families,

Below are a few announcements to start the week:

APPROVED VIDEO CONFERENCING TOOLS

  • As our teachers worked quickly to transition to remote learning, they began using many platforms with our students, including the popular video conference app, Zoom. After reviewing the latest information from Zoom regarding security and privacy concerns, we have determined that Zoom is not approved for use with students.  
  • We’ve asked our teachers to transition from this platform by Thursday of this week.
  • We understand this will cause some frustration, because there are many great features about Zoom. However, I want you to know how much care we take to protect our students’ privacy, and we cannot risk our students’ information by using platforms like Zoom.  
  • Zoom has said they will correct the current problems.  Once Zoom has made the corrections, we will reassess the product for use with students. 

Our approved video conferencing tools are as follows:

  1. Microsoft Teams
    1. This is our preferred and fully supported platform.
  2. Cisco Webex 
    1. Webex provides many similar features as Zoom.
  3. Canvas 

Thank you for understanding why this change is necessary to protect our students.

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT MENTAL HEALTH & EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING

The Student Services and Counseling Department would like to provide you with some additional resources to support you and your family during the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order from Governor Gary R. Herbert. Everyone responds differently to changes in life and routines. If you find that you need greater support to address your mental and emotional well-being, the resources listed below are available to you.

  • Utah Crisis Line sponsored by UNI and Salt Lake County and OptumHealth SLC: 1-800-273-TALK
    • Services are available 24/7 both locally and statewide as the Utah affiliate for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255). Licensed clinicians provide crisis intervention; suicide prevention, information, and referrals; emotional support; assistance to individuals experiencing emotional distress or psychiatric crisis; and follow-up support.
  • Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT): 801-578-3000
    • Triaged through the CrisisLine, UNI MCOT provides a free, prompt, face-to-face response to any resident of Salt Lake County who is experiencing a behavioral health crisis. Youth and adult services teams are available 24/7 and offer consultation and support.
  • Warmline: 801-587-1055
    • Available 7 days a week, 8 am-11 pm
    • This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis but seeking support, engagement, or encouragement. Certified peer specialists offer support and empower callers to resolve problems by fostering a sense of hope, dignity, and self-respect.

Please reach out if you need additional support. Thank you for all you do.

Sincerely,

Lexi Cunningham


Friday, April 3, 2020

Dear parents,

A few announcements in preparation for next week:

AMAZING APRIL

  • Here are the prompts for Amazing April next week. Join us by posting to social media every day with the hashtag #utahschoolspirit.
    • Sunday, April 5 – Deep Dish Pizza Day – What is your favorite type of pizza?
    • Monday, April 6 – Student Athlete Day – We want to see pictures of our current athletes and our future athletes!
    • Tuesday, April 7 – World Health Organization Day – Let's send out thanks to doctors and nurses in our community!
    • Wednesday, April 8 – Draw a Bird Day – Post your best bird drawing. 
    • Thursday, April 9 – Winston Churchill Day – Research Winston Churchill, and post a fun fact or quote.
    • Friday, April 10 – Farm Animal Day – What's your favorite farm animal? Post a picture, and tell us why.
  • See you online!

K-1 STUDENTS

  • Students in kindergarten and first grade now have access to district software such as Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft Teams. 
  • Login information can be obtained from their teacher. Please email your student’s teacher if you need this information. Teacher emails are available on your school’s website under the Faculty Directory.
  • Thank you to our IT team for helping prepare our K-1 student accounts.

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

  • This week (March 30 - April 3), our Child Nutrition teams served a total of 59,719 meals to children in our community. That’s:
    • 25,460 breakfasts
    • 25,472 lunches
    • 8,782 Kids Café dinners 
  • Participation continues to increase daily. Today alone, we served 5,710 breakfasts, 5,712 lunches, and 4,448 Kids Café dinners for a total of 15,861 meals served.
  • We will continue to provide student meals throughout the school dismissal for any children under 18 years of age every day from 11am-12:20pm at select schools.
  • You can find details here:  .

OUTSTANDING STEM STUDENTS

  • Just a few days before the school dismissal, high school students from across the state competed in the University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair (USEF) Senior Division competition. Students presented their projects to a panel of judges from the local science and engineering community.  
  • Winning students’ projects are deemed the most influential and promising in the scientific and engineering endeavors, acknowledging a high-level engagement in scientific research exhibited by each of the winners.
  • It is with great honor that we announce the five ISEF Grand Champion Winners from our school district: Olivia Slaughter, Molly Chien, Seung Jean Yoo, Christopher Li, and Clara Tandar. 
  • Our heart-felt congratulations go out to these five SLCSD students for the excellence they have shown in the fields of science and engineering. We regret that due to the current pandemic they will not have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments with their peers at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, but we wanted to make sure we highlighted their achievements.
  • Congratulations, Olivia, Molly, Seung Jean, Christopher, and Clara!
  • You can read more here:  .

SAFEUT APP

  • During the school dismissal, the SafeUT app continues to be available to any student in need. You can download the app on your mobile device through Apple’s App Store or via Google Play.
  • SafeUT is a mobile app that connects students in crisis with a crisis counselor who can provide support. 
  • Licensed staff are available 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to support those in need.
  • To reach a counselor via the chat/text function on the app:
    • Click "Chat – CrisisLine" from the main screen of the app. 
    • After you click “Chat – CrisisLine” you can chat directly with the crisis counselor on the next screen.
    • The crisis counselor will receive the message and respond quickly. 
    • By sending real-time text messages to the person in crisis, the counselor gives effective, confidential counseling and referrals.
  • To reach a counselor via a phone call:
    • Tap the “Call -- Crisis Line” button on the app.
    • Tapping this button will open the phone feature on your device and automatically add the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline* number to your screen.  (In Utah, this will connect you to UNI Crisis Services.)
    • Now, all you need to do is press the dial button to start the call.
  • SafeUT also has a Tip Line function that allows students or parents to report a confidential tip about safety or non-crisis health concerns. 
    • The app lists all schools that are currently trained to respond to tips. More schools across Utah will be added on an ongoing basis.
    • All tips are forwarded to the appropriate school personnel, families, or authorities to keep students, teachers, and the community healthy and safe.
    • Anyone can submit tips about bullying, threats of school violence, and other school-related concerns.
    • If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of physical injury, call 911 for an emergency response from your local emergency services.

STUDENT TECH SUPPORT

  • If students are having problems with their district computers, iPads, or with any software program, please reach out to our IT team by filling out this form:  .
  • Once the form is filled out, a technician will reach out to you as soon as possible. (We will try to reach out within one business day.) Most concerns can be resolved remotely.
  • For issues that can’t be fixed remotely, or if your student needs to exchange their district device, starting on Monday, April 6, we will have IT technicians at five schools to provide tech support and exchange student devices. Here 
  • Technicians will be available Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm at the following schools:
    • Rose Park Elementary
    • Mountain View Elementary (cafeteria)
    • Liberty Elementary 
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School

I hope you have a restful and rejuvenating weekend.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dear families,

We don’t have any big updates for you today, but we do want to share some important information about phishing and phone call scams during the current crisis.

COVID-19 email phishing and phone call scams are rampant right now. Be careful not to share your personal information over the phone or in an email. Most reputable organizations will never ask for your password or personal information via email. Please be certain of the people you are talking with or emailing to help keep your personal information safe.

We will be in touch again tomorrow with any new information. Thank you so much for all you’re doing to support your students during the school dismissal. We are grateful for you.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham


Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dear families,

It’s April 1st! There may have been a lot of jokes happening at your house today. Or you may have been busy filling out the Census. Whatever filled your day, we hope you’re able to enjoy the start of a new month by joining us to celebrate Amazing April on social media!

AMAZING APRIL

  • Every day this month, join us to celebrate Amazing April!
  • Join us daily by posting to social media with the hashtag #utahschoolspirit. Here are the prompts for this week:
    • April 1: Share your favorite joke. Make us laugh! (Here is our joke for today:  )
    • April 2: What is your favorite children’s book?  Post the title or a picture of the book.
    • April 3: Post a picture of you wearing all the colors of a rainbow!
    • April 4: Take a picture of you playing outside.
    • April 5: What is your favorite type of pizza?
  • You can find a list of the prompts for every day at:  .

BOARD OF EDUCATION LETTER

CENSUS DAY

  • Today, April 1st, isn’t just April Fool’s Day. In 2020, it’s also Census Day! If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the Census already, please make sure you fill it out!
  • It’s easy to do, takes only a few minutes, and can be done online. Follow the instructions you received in the mail, or get information at: 
  • Having our families complete the Census is an important way to make sure our neighborhood schools receive funding for EVERY student. Everyone should be counted, regardless of race, gender, age, or immigration status.
  • Make sure you fill out the Census today!

KEEP CALM & PRACTICE SELF-CARE

I hope your April is off to a great start!

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Dear families,

Tomorrow is the first day of April, which means a fresh start for all of us. We have a few updates for you today.

AMAZING APRIL

  • We’ll be spending the entire month of April engaged in remote learning. Let’s make it amazing! Join us every day by posting a photo to social media with the hashtag #utahschoolspirit.
  • You can find a list of the prompts for every day at:  .

CENSUS DAY

  • Tomorrow, April 1st, is Census Day. If you haven’t had a chance to fill out the Census already, I strongly encourage you to do it today or tomorrow.
  • You should have received information in the mail instructing you how to fill out the Census either online or via a paper application. You can find information at: 
  • Having our families complete the Census is incredibly important for our school district. Much of the federal funding we receive depends on the Census counts every 10 years. 
  • While we are in a unique time of social distancing and self-isolating, we can still take time to make sure we and our families are counted. Please take a few minutes to fill out the Census today on behalf of everyone living in your house on April 1st.  Everyone should be counted, regardless of race, gender, age, or immigration status.
  • PS: If you’re looking for a fun way to engage your children in the Census, here is a link to some free coloring and activity pages in support of the Census: 

DINNER FOR STUDENTS

  • SLCSD is teaming up with the Utah Food Bank to provide a shelf stable Kids Café Dinner to students in our community.
  • Dinners will be served as part of our “Grab and Go” student meal program on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am-12:30pm at 15 school locations during the school dismissal. 
  • We will begin serving dinners tomorrow, Wednesday, April 1st, at the school sites listed below:
    • Backman Elementary
    • Bryant Middle School
    • Edison Elementary
    • Escalante Elementary
    • Franklin Elementary
    • Glendale Middle School
    • Mary W. Jackson Elementary
    • Liberty Elementary
    • Meadowlark Elementary
    • North Star Elementary
    • Parkview Elementary
    • Riley Elementary
    • Rose Park Elementary
    • West High School
    • Whittier Elementary
  • All meals are open to ANY child between the ages of 0-18.

STUDENT DEVICE SUPPORT

  • For students who checked out district laptops or iPads, if your device needs troubleshooting, we will have IT technicians available Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm at the five schools listed below to exchange and repair laptops. This will last for the duration of the dismissal. The locations are:
    • Rose Park Elementary
    • Mountain View Elementary
    • Liberty Elementary
    • East High School
    • Hillside Middle School
  • Please be aware that technicians will ONLY be available at these locations. The rest of the school technicians will be working on the Help Desk from home.

Thank you for all you’re doing to support your students and our staff during this school dismissal.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Monday, March 30, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

Welcome back from Spring Break! I hope you were able to rest and enjoy time with your families. As we get back into a school routine, I want to thank you again for all you’re doing to help us transition to remote learning. Please reach out to your student’s teacher(s) if you have questions for how your student’s remote learning is being conducted. Here are a few updates for today:

BUILDINGS & PLAYGROUNDS

  • A reminder that our buildings and playgrounds are CLOSED to the public during the school dismissal. Thank you for helping us do our part to keep our community safe and healthy at this time.

INTERNET ACCESS FOR FAMILIES

  • We know many of you are still looking for ways to get internet access in your homes to help your students through the school dismissal. Here are three options:

Xfinity Hotspots

  • In light of the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast has also announced that their Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
  • For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit  .
  • Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

Smartphone Hotspots

  • Right now, most mobile phone providers have suspended data limits, giving customers access to unlimited data on their cell phones.  
  • This means smartphones can be turned into mobile hotpots to give internet access for up to 2-3 devices at a time.

Comcast Internet Essentials

  • Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials service to Salt Lake City School District families, and it includes two months of free Internet service, if you apply by April 30, 2020.
  • After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer for $9.95/month.
  • Salt Lake City School District has been pre-approved for a streamlined enrollment process. Call 855-846-8376 or apply online at  . You’ll need to provide your contact information and school name. 
  • Customers who do not have a social security number or who do not want to provide their social security number must provide one (1) form of Primary Identification OR two (2) forms of Secondary Identification.
    • The following items count as Primary Identification:
      • Current US or Canadian Driver's License or state photo ID card or expired photo Driver's License not more than five years from expiration date
      • Current US Passport or expired US Passport not more than five years from expiration date
      • Current Foreign Country Passport
      • Current photo US Military ID/Merchant Marine card
      • Current photo US Military Dependent ID card
      • Valid Resident Alien Card/Permanent Resident Card (INS Form I-551)
      • Certificate of US Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
      • Certificate of US Naturalization (N550, N-570, or N-578)
      • Employment Authorization Document (INS Form I-688 or I-766)
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal ID card
      • Photo employment ID card issued by US Government agency
      • Current Welfare / Social Services photo ID card
    • The following items count as Secondary Identification:
      • Matricula Consular Card
      • Non-photo Driver's license
      • US Department of State Non-Immigrant Visa
      • Social Security card
      • Court document in applicant's name – must contain full name, DOB, court seal Examples: Marriage certificate, Divorce decree, Legal name change
      • Current weapons or gun permit with photo
      • Current school photo ID card
      • Medicare/Medicaid card
      • Copy of utility bill in applicant's name is preferred
      • Voter Registration card
      • Current employment badge / photo ID
      • W-2 form
      • Selective Service Registration (Draft card)
      • Birth certificate
      • Mortgage coupons or notarized lease in applicant's name
      • Bank statement in applicant's name
      • Credit card in applicant's name

We know these solutions may not be ideal for some families. We are still looking into other options for our families and will let you know if anything else becomes available.

SALT LAKE COUNTY ORDER + GOVERNOR’S PRESS CONFERENCE

  • Over the weekend Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson announced a public health order in support of Governor Herbert’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe Directive.”
  • The order is in place through April 13. It directs all individuals to stay home, except to engage in essential activities, and provides guidance on businesses that are considered essential, guidelines for employers, and restrictions on public spaces (including announcing the closure of children’s playgrounds). 
  • You can read the full details here: 
  • You can also find a helpful graphic here: 
  • In addition to this news from Salt Lake County, Governor Herbert today spoke during a press conference and urged Utahns to recommit to staying home. The coming weeks are crucial to our success in battling COVID-19, and I want to add my own encouragement to our Salt Lake City School District to please stay home.
  • We are supporting non-essential employees through telework options and continue to encourage our community members to be mindful of social distancing (6 feet of space between individuals) and other health norms when you cannot avoid coming to our schools (such as to pick up student meals or emergency food from our pantries).

Thank you for being mindful of these important health guidelines. It is imperative that we do all we can to keep our communities healthy and safe.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent


Thursday, March 26, 2020

Dear parents,

It’s hard to believe Spring Break is almost over. Amid the uncertainty, we’re looking forward to establishing some routines again for our students. We know there will be some adjustment for all of us. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding as we embark on this journey together. 

Below are some important updates as we move into next week:

BUILDINGS

  • Before we learned the school dismissal would be extended, we had made arrangements for our custodial and facility services crews to deep clean our buildings. We moved forward with these plans in spite of the extended dismissal and are happy to report back that the deep cleaning of ALL district buildings has now been completed.
  • THANK YOU to our team members who continue to work so hard to maintain our community’s health.

EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES

  • Our schedule for next week will be Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-12pm.
  • Emergency food boxes can be picked up at our three community learning centers during the hours listed above.
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

IMPORTANT HEALTH GUIDELINES

  • I know many of us are feeling the strain of social distancing and many of you are feeling the pressure of continuing with your own jobs while also supporting your students. Thank you for everything you’re doing. Your efforts matter, and you’re doing a great job.
  • As we continue with remote learning over the next several weeks, I want to remind you that our buildings and playgrounds will remain closed to the public. Thank you for understanding that we need to prioritize the health of our community right now.
  • We will still provide essential services – like student meals and emergency food boxes – to our school district community, and we ask you to please be mindful of the health of our community and employees. 
    • Please maintain six feet of space between yourself and others.
    • Whenever possible, please stay in your car, and we will provide “grab and go” service to your vehicle.

REMOTE LEARNING

  • Student safety and student learning are some of our greatest priorities. Schools are safe and welcoming places for our students. Teachers provide students with learning environments that are nurturing, predictable, and comforting. 
  • The current situation has interrupted our opportunities to continue the daily connections that make students feel safe and ready to learn. 
  • Our first priority during the school dismissal is to maintain relationships through positive communication with our students.
  • Of course, learning is important, and we will continue using different strategies to engage our students during this time. 
  • Over the course of this school dismissal, students will develop the ability to be flexible in their thinking; problem solve; demonstrate perseverance, think critically, and use prior learning to negotiate real life situations.

During the dismissal, we are committed to:

  • Providing positive communication to students every instructional day;
  • Creating realistic and appropriate plans that will support Standards-aligned learning, but with the understanding that we are learning how to learn in a new way;
  • Understanding that all students will have different levels of access to resources and support and that they may have different social and emotional needs at this time.

We are committed to high quality, engaging instruction and are working to provide opportunities and options for our community and the best possible support for students and families at home. Please watch for email communication from your student’s teachers for information specific to your student's classes.

STUDENT MEALS

  • This week, Monday-Thursday, we served 28,716 meals to children in our schools (14,335 breakfasts & 14,381 lunches). 
  • As we try to follow health department guidance and practice social distancing, I am grateful to our essential employees, including our Child Nutrition team, who still come to work every day – even in the cold, snow, wind, and rain – to serve our students.
  • We will serve “grab and go” breakfast and lunch tomorrow (Friday, March 27) from 11am-12:30pm and will continue to serve lunch and breakfast to students next week Monday through Friday from 11am-12:30pm. You can find the locations at this link:  .

As a reminder, you will NOT receive a daily update from me tomorrow. Our virtual offices will be closed for a previously scheduled day off for most of our employees. However, please be on the lookout on Saturday morning for an email with important information about cyber-bullying at this critical time, when the amount of time our students are spending online is exponentially increased.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

Today’s email is much lighter than yesterday’s email, but I want to make sure you always have the latest information. Here are the updates for today:

PLAYGROUNDS

  • This week, the Salt Lake County Health Department is expected to issue a health order that closes playground equipment at community parks. 
  • Our campuses are already closed to the public, but in accordance with this health order, we will be posting signage at our schools letting community members know that our playground equipment is off limits during the school dismissal.

STUDENT DEVICE SUPPORT

  • If students are having problems with their computers or software, please complete this form:  .
  • Once the form is filled out, a technician will reach out to you as soon as possible.
  • If your student’s laptop or iPad is broken or a technician cannot fix the computer remotely, parents can go to one of the following schools Monday-Friday from 9am-2pm:
    1. Rose Park Elementary
    2. Mountain View Elementary 
    3. Liberty Elementary 
    4. East High School
    5. Hillside Middle School
  • We will have IT technicians at these five schools who will be able to exchange the device. 
  • If a student device is stolen, families should inform their school principal, as well as claim the computer on their police report and homeowner’s or auto insurance claim, if applicable.

I hope you’re enjoying this week of Spring Break. Remember to join us online to participate in #UtahSchoolSpirit week! .

I’ll be in touch again tomorrow.

Thank you,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

This morning, I met with district leaders to discuss how we move forward with the extended school dismissal. We still have some things to figure out, but I know that together, we will move through this successfully. Please know that whatever other changes may come, our priority is to continue supporting our students while doing our part to keep our community healthy.

Below are a few updates I can share with you today.

AP & IB TESTING

BUILDINGS & CRUCIAL HEALTH GUIDELINES

  • Over Spring Break, our buildings continue to be CLOSED to allow our custodial staff to complete the deep cleaning of our schools and district buildings.
  • We completed another round of inspections today and are grateful that none of our buildings sustained any structural damage from last week’s earthquake or from any of the proceeding after-shocks.  
  • During the dismissal, our buildings will NOT be open to the general public. I have told employees that through the end of the school dismissal, everyone who can is encouraged to work from home.
  • That being said, I realize it is not possible for ALL our employees to work from home at this time. We remain committed to providing our students and families with essential services like daily breakfast/lunch, emergency food boxes, etc. We are grateful to our essential personnel who continue to come to work in person in order to serve our students and our school communities.
  • As you come to our buildings for these programs, please remember it is critical right now to maintain social distancing and other health guidelines. When it is necessary to have families come to our schools, we are doing everything possible to serve you in a “grab and go” or drive through style as much as possible. If, for some extenuating reason, it becomes impossible to avoid in-person contact, please make sure you maintain 6 feet of space between individuals. 
  • The services we provide to our families, including food, are crucial, but we need to make sure we do all we can to ensure the safety of our community members and employees. 

EMERGENCY FOOD BOXES

  • We know there is a great need in our school district community for emergency food resources right now.
  • Our community learning center food pantries will operate tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) and Friday (March 27) from 9am-12pm.
  • Next week, they will operate on Tuesday, March 31 and Thursday, April 2 from 9am-12pm.
  • Food pantries will be open at our three community learning centers:
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
  • Thank you to the Salt Lake Education Foundation, our afterschool group leaders, and all those who have helped to serve our families at our food pantries.
  • And THANK YOU to all who have contributed financially to help ensure these programs can continue. Now that we know we will be in school dismissal until at least May 1, we need your support more than ever. If you are in a position where your family is able, I encourage you to consider a donation, even a few dollars, to the Salt Lake Education Foundation, to help us continue to meet our students’ basic needs at this time. You can make a donation at  .

FAMILY RESOURCE HOTLINE

  • Today, our Family Resource Hotline is officially open for business! The hotline will operate Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm.
  • SLCSD families who are in need of resources can call 801-301-6476 to ask for help.
    • A voicemail inbox will be available during off-hours and will be monitored throughout the weekend.
    • Families who leave a voicemail should expect to hear back from someone within 24 hours.
  • The hotline will provide support to families needing help with homework, student tech/devices, emergency food resources, and other basic needs. We will do our best to connect families to community resources if we cannot directly provide assistance. 

SCHOOL EVENTS

  • Due to the extended statewide school dismissal through May 1, ALL school and district events and meetings will be cancelled through May 1. We will provide additional guidance if the dismissal continues beyond May 1.

STUDENT MEALS

  • Yesterday, we implemented a change to our program for student meals. Families will now only have to come to our schools once a day to receive food for their students. 
  • I’m happy to report that the change to “Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow” seems to be going well. Thank you to all who have worked to implement this change and to make sure that even in times of crises, we continue to meet the basic needs of our students.
  • As you all know, things can change quickly, and we will follow up with you if additional changes are required to our food program now that the school dismissal has been extended to May 1. Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these many unexpected changes. 

This extended school dismissal is going to be difficult. We miss seeing our students, teachers, and staff in our schools. When we began this year, we had no idea that we would be in a dismissal. We are doing everything possible to take care of our students’ educational needs and meet the needs of our families. We won’t be perfect in all that we do, but please know that we are trying. We care about our SLCSD community. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham


Update on Monday afternoon

Dear SLCSD families, 

We just heard word from Utah Governor Gary Herbert and State Superintendent Dr. Sydnee Dickson that the school dismissal has been extended through Friday, May 1.  

Meal services will continue for Salt Lake City School District students in the “Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow” format. This program will continue to run Monday through Friday from 11am to 12:30.  

Remote learning will continue during this time. We will provide more information about our remote learning plan later this week.  

Thank you for continuing to support our staff and students during this unprecedented time. I know this next little while will be difficult, especially for our families. Thank you for supporting your students during this stressful time and for the grace you’ve shown our employees as we all work to figure out what the school dismissal will mean for our students.  

I will provide more information to you as soon as it becomes available.  

Sincerely, 

Dr. Lexi Cunningham 
Superintendent  
Sat Lake City School District  

 

PRESS RELEASE

State issues extension on K-12 and Technical College dismissal 

SALT LAKE CITY (March 23, 2020) - Gov. Gary R. Herbert, State Superintendent Syd Dickson, and Acting Commissioner of Technical Education Jared Haines announced today that Utah’s K-12 public schools will extend their dismissal through Friday, May 1st, and that Utah’s technical colleges will suspend teaching from Monday, March 30 until Friday, May 1. These entities will continue to evaluate the situation to make a determination about the remaining school year.

Gov. Herbert expressed his appreciation to the educators throughout our state who have quickly adapted their instruction to remote learning platforms.

“These are unprecedented times in Utah’s and our nation’s history,” the governor said, “I have been overwhelmed with Utahns’ outpouring of support for one another, and nowhere has this been more evident than in the way our educators are supporting Utah students and families.”

Distance learning will continue during the extended dismissal for all K-12 public schools, where feasible. Employees will be limited at school buildings, following the Governor’s and CDC’s guidelines to avoid gatherings of groups of ten or more. Teachers are being, and will continue to be, encouraged to telecommute when possible.

“We recognize that being away from school creates additional work and stress for everyone in our communities; however, it is a necessary step in stopping the spread of COVID-19,” said State Superintendent Sydnee Dickson. “During the uncertainties of the coming weeks, it is more important than ever to remain socially connected with our students and families while doing our best to ensure learning continues. The flexibility and initiative of our educators is a shining example of how we rise together in challenging circumstances.”

Meal services at K-12 public schools will also continue on an as-needed basis. Please visit the Utah State Board of Education’s website for an interactive map of emergency meals available for c children daily. 

In addition, all of Utah’s technical colleges will temporarily cease instruction and coursework beginning Monday, March 30th through Friday, May 1st. Utah’s higher education campuses have previously moved to strictly online instruction; however, given the unique nature of technical college coursework with hands-on instruction and open-entry scheduling, continuing in an online-only model is not widely feasible for students at this time. 

Students currently enrolled in technical college programs will retain their progress toward completion during this pause. In addition, college presidents have discretion to address limited exceptions for delivering coursework online or for individuals or small groups of students nearing completion, following the guidelines provided by the CDC and for which instructional equipment can be properly sterilized. Colleges will provide further guidance to their employees.

“I appreciate the willingness of our UTech instructors and programs to be flexible through this time of disruption,” Interim Commissioner Jared Haines said, “We are invested in the quality of our instruction and want technical college students to have the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in industry. This requires hands-on labs and assessments that we are unable to safely administer at this time. Students will be able to seamlessly resume their progress toward completion as soon as possible.” 

The COVID-19 Task Force, Utah Department of Health, and Governor Herbert will continue to monitor and assess the risks, and respond accordingly in conjunction with Utah’s school officials. All of our schools play an important role in protecting our communities from the growing spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.

For more statewide information, we would encourage you to visit  . For questions related to K-12 public schools, visit  , or contact your local school, district, or charter. For questions related to technical colleges, click on the COVID-19 link on each institution’s website.


Monday, March 23, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

Welcome to Spring Break! While this break is admittedly different from others, I sincerely hope you get a chance to have some fun with your families. To assist in finding some fun and keeping students engaged, this week, we have launched Utah School Spirit Week, and students from across the state are joining in. Each day, students and families are asked to take a selfie of a specific item or action (for example, today is Crazy Sock Day) and post it to social media, with the hashtag #UtahSchoolSpirit. Schools and districts throughout the state have agreed to participate. You can find details on the district’s  , and   pages. I can’t wait to see your posts online! 

Here are a couple of reminders for you for this week.

Family Resource Hotline

  • Starting TOMORROW, Tuesday, March 24, the Salt Lake Education Foundation will provide a hotline to support Salt Lake City School District families during the COVID-19 school dismissal. 
    • The hotline number is (801) 301-6476. Someone will be available to answer calls, Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. If someone does not answer, you can leave a message.
    • When you call the hotline, you will speak to an intake specialist who will write down your questions and will refer them to the appropriate person in our district.  We will do our best to call you back within 24 hours.   
      •  We can support families with questions about topics including student coursework, tech support, emergency food resources, and help to meet families’ basic needs.
    • Help is available in English and Spanish. We can provide support in other languages as needed.

Food Boxes for Families

  • We will have food boxes available for families in need at all three of our community learning centers on:
    • Wednesday, March 25, 9am-12pm
    • Friday, March 27, 9am-12pm
  • Food will be available for families from 9am-12pm, or until we run out of food. 
  • Here are the locations:
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow

  • This morning, we started serving student meals once a day. We will continue to have a “Lunch today, Breakfast tomorrow” program, which means families only need to make one trip to schools each day for student meals. This is important as we work to practice social distancing, and we hope it will also be more convenient for families to only come once a day for student meals.
  • The sack lunch can be eaten immediately, and the sack breakfast can be refrigerated to be eaten by your students tomorrow morning.
  • Student meals will be served each weekday, 11am-12:30pm.
  • You can find student meal locations here:  .

Thank you for your patience and enjoy Spring Break. I will continue to work with our local health department and state leaders as they form plans on where we go from here. I will share any updated information pertaining to our schools with you as soon as it is available.

Yours in education,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Dear parents,

A few quick reminders for you --

"Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow” -- New Schedule for Student Meals

  • Tomorrow, we will begin our new schedule for student meals. 
  • We will not have breakfast tomorrow at 8:30am. 
  • Starting tomorrow, we will serve meals once a day. We will have a “Lunch for today, Breakfast for tomorrow” program that will mean families only need to make one trip to schools each day for student meals.
  • The sack lunch can be eaten immediately, and the sack breakfast can be refrigerated for the next day.
  • You can find student meal locations here:  .

Food Boxes for Families

We will have food boxes available for families in need tomorrow at all three of our community learning centers. These will be available from 9am-12pm, or until we run out of food. Here are the locations:

  • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
  • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
  • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

A Message for Parents of Students With Disabilities

To our parents of students with disabilities, 

We want you to know that we are thinking about you all the time. Teachers are pouring themselves into the materials they are sending home and into plans they are making if the school dismissal continues. We are grateful for the opportunity we have to serve your child. We are currently working on our plans to deliver services to your student after spring break. We are also working on plans to be able to hold IEP meetings with you either virtually or over the phone. After spring break, you should expect to hear from your child's special education provider in regards to the individual plans for your student.  Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

 

We will be in touch again tomorrow at 3pm for our daily update.

-- Salt Lake City School District


Friday, March 20, 2020

Dear families,

I will continue to send daily updates to you at 3pm Monday through Thursday throughout spring break. But please note that we will be closed on Friday, March 27. (This was a previously scheduled day off for our employees.)

ACCESSING STUDENT APPLICATIONS ONLINE

AP & IB TESTING

  • Our email from yesterday included an announcement about statewide testing. AP & IB exams are overseen by the College Board and International Baccalaureate.
  • Both College Board and International Baccalaureate are monitoring the global situation and are making plans to adjust testing windows. 
  • We are also watching the situation and will share concrete information about AP & IB exams with you as soon as we have it. 
  • AP and IB teachers will also communicate with students.

FOOD BOXES FOR FAMILIES

  • We will resume providing emergency food for families on Monday from 9am-12pm at our three community learning centers:
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Glendale Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
  • We ran out of food very quickly this morning, which tells us there is a big need in our school district community right now. If you are in a position where you are able, please consider making a donation to the Salt Lake Education Foundation to help us support the needs of our students and families during this time of crisis. 
  • You can donate online at:  Select “Emergency Relief Fund” in the Designation section of the online form.

FUN THINGS ON THE INTERNET

LEARNING AT HOME

  • Having everyone at home is a big adjustment for families. Students are used to a routine at school that is very different now. We know the suggestions below might not work for every family situation, but in case they are helpful, here are some tips from our Teaching & Learning Department to help support your child during this period of remote learning:

MEALS FOR STUDENTS – “LUNCH TODAY, BREAKFAST TOMORROW”

  • Starting on Monday, we will have a change to our Meals for Students program.
  • We will no longer serve breakfast from 8:30-9:30am every day. Instead, we will serve combo meals every day from 11:30am-12:30pm. We will continue to serve meals every weekday, Monday to Friday, even during Spring Break.
  • Each combo meal will include a sack lunch to eat today, and a sack breakfast to refrigerate and eat tomorrow. 
  • Depending on demand, sites may remain open longer if families are still in line after 12:30pm.
  • Please note that we will NOT serve breakfast on Monday morning as we shift to this new format. We apologize for any disruption this may cause.

SPRING BREAK & DAILY UPDATES

  • Spring Break is next week! That means no student coursework will be due until at least Monday, March 30. Check with your student’s teacher(s) for information about your student’s work.
  • You will continue to receive a daily update from me at 3pm every day during spring break, except on Friday, March 27. This is a previously scheduled day off for our employees, and the district will be closed that day.
  • Our buildings will be CLOSED during spring break to allow for deep cleaning, so food programs will continue outside.
  • When Governor Herbert called for a statewide school dismissal, he promised to re-assess after two weeks. We will hit that two-week mark next Friday. We will let you know as soon as we can if there is any change to our dismissal status.

TECH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

  • During the school dismissal, if students have any problems with district devices or learning resources, their first point of contact should be their teacher(s), including for resetting of passwords. 
  • If you have a more serious tech issue, there is also  that families can fill out to receive tech support. 
  • Please complete the form, and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Our tech teams will be working every weekday, except Friday, March 27.

UTAH SCHOOL SPIRIT WEEK

  • We have all made it through our first week of school dismissal. It is now time for Utah schools to show our Utah School Spirit. Please join SLCSD schools by participating in Utah School Spirit Week online!
  • Post a selfie using #utahschoolspirit and tag your school or district on Twitter/Instagram. We want to hear from students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members. Have fun!
    • Monday, March 23 – Crazy Sock Day. The crazier the better! 
    • Tuesday, March 24 – What Ya Readin’? Take a picture with the book you are reading.
    • Wednesday, March 25 – Pajama Day. Post your coziest shot! 
    • Thursday, March 26 – Terrific Teacher Day. Post a message to a teacher that you miss.
    • Friday, March 27 – School Spirit Day. Wear your school colors or spirit wear

I hope you are able to get some rest this weekend and are able to enjoy spring break next week. I’ll be in touch on Monday.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Thursday, March 19, 2020

Dear families,

Due to high demand, we ran out of food boxes for families earlier than expected today. However, we have some great news! We received word from the Utah Food Bank this afternoon that they would be able to deliver six pallets of food to our community learning centers. This means we will be able to provide emergency food boxes to our families tomorrow. Please come to one of our locations tomorrow between 8am-12pm if you are in need of food:

  • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
  • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
  • Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 

We look forward to serving you tomorrow.

– Salt Lake City School District


Dear parents and families,

It was great to see so many of you this morning and to have students with us, even if only briefly. As we continue to transition our students to remote learning this week, we want to thank you for your patience and flexibility. We hope this return to educational content will help provide some normalcy for our students during a very stressful time.

A few reminders:

BUILDING STATUS

  • All district buildings have been inspected internally and externally after yesterday’s earthquake. It has been determined that all buildings are safe to occupy.
  • We feel confident moving forward with breakfast and lunch for our students and checking out laptops and iPads to students.
    • These activities will continue outdoors, as all district buildings are scheduled to be deep cleaned and will be closed except to essential custodial personnel. 

EMERGENCY RESOURCES

FOOD BOXES FOR FAMILIES

  • Due to high demand, we ran out of food boxes for families earlier than expected today.
  • However, we have some great news! We received word from the Utah Food Bank this afternoon that they would be able to deliver six pallets of food to our community learning centers. This means we will be able to provide emergency food boxes to our families tomorrow. 
  • Please come to one of our locations tomorrow between 8am-12pm if you are in need of food:
    • Rose Park Community Learning Center: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116  
    • Liberty Community Learning Center: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111 
    • Community Learning Center: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104 
  • We look forward to serving you tomorrow.

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

  • We will continue to provide “grab and go” meals for students on Friday, March 20, and over Spring Break (March 23-27)
  • Breakfast will be served from 8:30-9:30am and lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm at the following locations:

Backman Elementary (South Parking Area – Enter from 1500 West)
601 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bryant Middle School (East Driveway – Enter from 800 East)
40 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Clayton Middle School (South Driveway – Enter from 1900 East)
1470 South 1900 East, 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

Liberty Elementary (Southeast Parking Area)
1085 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mary W. Jackson Elementary (Northwest Parking Area – Enter from 800 West)
750 West 200 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Meadowlark Elementary (Northeast Parking Area)
497 North Morton Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nibley Park School (West Parking – Located next to main entrance)
2785 South 800 East, 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

Riley Elementary (South Parking Area)
1410 South 800 West, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rose Park Elementary (West Parking Area – Located next to main entrance)
1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake Center for Science Education (East Driveway / Parking Area)
1400 West Goodwin Avenue, 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

SPRING BREAK

  • Next week (March 23-27) is our regularly scheduled spring break. Students may engage in online learning during this time but no assignments will be due until March 30.
  • All schools will be CLOSED during spring break and will not be accessible to anyone.
  •  will continue Monday-Friday during spring break. 
  • IT support for students will be available today, tomorrow, and March 23-26. Support will not be available on Friday, March 27, as this is a previously scheduled day off for our employees.

STATEWIDE ASSESSMENTS

  • Earlier today, the Utah State Board of Education moved to suspend the requirement for the administration of statewide assessments this year. You can find the press release for their announcement here:  . Below are the main points: 
    • While the State Board values measurement of learning and growth, during this extraordinary time, the health and safety of individuals and communities should be the focus of our energies and decision-making. This unprecedented move is to assure schools districts that they will not be penalized as a result of the school dismissal.
    • While no one knows how long the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic will persist, it is reasonable to expect disruptions to our daily routines for at least several more weeks. 
    • School districts may elect to administer the assessments to provide a continuity of data and provide information to the subsequent year's teachers, families, and students.
  • The State Board knows parents and educators will have many questions, and they will make additional information available at a later date.

STUDENT DEVICES

  • If your student still needs to check out a laptop or iPad to use during the school dismissal, we will be checking out student devices from 9am-2pm tomorrow, Friday, March 20. Please come to your child’s school to get one.
  • If you are unable to come pick up a device by the end of this week, please email your student’s principal as soon as possible to let them know you still need a device. We will assess the need versus the number of devices available at the end of the week.

TECH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS

  • During the school dismissal, if students have any problems with district devices or learning resources, their first point of contact should be their teacher(s), including for resetting of passwords. 
  • If you have a more serious tech issue, there is also a   that families can fill out to receive tech support. 
  • Please complete the form, and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Our tech teams will be working every weekday, except Friday, March 27.

Lastly, many of you have expressed the desire to help our students during the statewide school dismissal. The Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake Education Foundation are working to support our students and families during this critical time.  If you would like to assist in this effort, please make a donation to the Salt Lake Education FoundationYou may do so online at:  . Select “Emergency Relief Fund” in the Designation section of the online form. 

Thank you for continuing to support our students during this time of crisis.

Please stay safe and stay healthy.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

Thank you so much for your patience this morning. We regretted having to cancel student meals, food boxes for families, and device check-out this morning, but we needed to make sure our buildings were safe. Our crews have spent the day assessing damage, and at this time, we feel it is safe to continue with student meals, food boxes for families, and device check-outs tomorrow.

However, please note that these events will be held EXCLUSIVELY outdoors. You will not be able to access the building for any reason – not for bathrooms, not to access student items, not for anything. We appreciate you understanding our need to be extra cautious at this uncertain time.

FOOD BOXES FOR FAMILIES

  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Salt Lake Education Foundation and Salt Lake City School District are working with community partners to provide emergency “grab and go” food boxes to families. Starting March 19, 2020, families will be able to pick up food boxes from the district’s three community learning centers on the following dates from 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. –
    • Thursday, March 19, 8am-12pm
    • Friday, March 20, 8am-12pm  
    • Monday, March 23, 8am-12pm  
    • Wednesday, March 25, 8am-12pm  
    • Friday, March 27, 8am-12pm  
  • The addresses for the Community Learning Centers are: 
    • Rose Park CLC: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116 
    • Liberty CLC: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    • Glendale CLC: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104
  • A reminder that this will be conducted entirely outdoors.

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

  • “Grab and go” breakfast will be served tomorrow from 8:30-9:30am, and lunch will be served from 11:30am-12:30pm. These meals will be available at the following locations:

Backman Elementary (South Parking Area – Enter from 1500 West)
601 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bryant Middle School (East Driveway – Enter from 800 East)
40 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Clayton Middle School (South Driveway – Enter from 1900 East)
1470 South 1900 East, 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

Liberty Elementary (Southeast Parking Area)
1085 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mary W. Jackson Elementary (Northwest Parking Area – Enter from 800 West)
750 West 200 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Meadowlark Elementary (Northeast Parking Area)
497 North Morton Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nibley Park School (West Parking – Located next to main entrance)
2785 South 800 East, 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

Riley Elementary (South Parking Area)
1410 South 800 West, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rose Park Elementary (West Parking Area – Located next to main entrance)
1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake Center for Science Education (East Driveway / Parking Area)
1400 West Goodwin Avenue, 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

STUDENT DEVICE CHECK-OUT

  • We will be checking out student devices from 9am-2pm. 
  • You may also pick up other educational materials from your student’s teacher at this time. (There will be a dedicated station for this outside the building.)
  • Parents, please make sure you have your child’s student ID # ready. You will need to provide a signature in order to check out devices.

STUDENT TECH SUPPORT DURING DISMISSAL

  • During the school dismissal, if students have any problems with district devices or learning resources, their first point of contact should be their teacher(s). 
  • If this is a more serious tech issue, there is also a   that families can fill out to receive tech support. 
  • Please complete the form, and someone will contact you within 24 hours. Our tech teams will be working every weekday, except Friday, March 27.

We will continue to keep you up to date on our website,  , with any new information. Thank you for being patient during this quickly changing situation.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Our teachers, administrators, and staff have continued to work hard today to be ready to transition our students to learning remotely starting tomorrow. We’ve also been busy and have been glad to see many of you today at our schools for breakfast and lunch. I want to thank you for your patience as we have worked on making this quick transition. We’re all in this together, and I’m confident we’ll be able to provide our students with support for their learning.

Below, I’ve included some important information that you will need over the next several days:

DEVICE CHECK-OUT

  • Schools will distribute devices (computers or iPads) to students who do not have a computer in their home on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Devices will only be available for students in Grades 2-12.
  • Each school will have a slightly different process for picking up the devices, so please check with your school principal for guidance and watch for directions at your school when you arrive.
  • Devices will be checked out at your student's school. If you have students who attend multiple schools, you will need to pick up a device at each school. Elementary schools will check out one (1) device for every two (2) students. Middle schools and high schools will check out one (1) device per student.
    • Newman, Mary W. Jackson, and Glendale students will all receive their student iPads. 
  • Parents and guardians, please have your student's name and school ID number ready when you come to the school. (This is the number they use at lunch and to log into their computers.) You will need this number for each student in order to check out a device for them.
    • Parents and guardians will also need to fill out a Student Device Checkout Form. If you would like to review this form before heading to your school, it is available on our website in and .
  • Note for parents of students receiving Special Education services: If you are a parent of a child with a disability and you are unsure if you need to be checking out a device, please contact your child's Special Education provider and ask. If your child only receives speech or resource services, please plan to check out a device.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Our IT team has had to reconfigure every device before it goes home so that it will work properly off the school network. This is done in small batches and is very time-consuming. We have had teams working on this all weekend and this week.
    • We are also disinfecting each device and checking to make sure it is logging in appropriately before it is checked out to families.
    • Because this is time-intensive, even with our staff members working so many hours over the last several days, we will not have the full number of devices available on Wednesday. That is why we have three days to check out devices to families.
  • Schools will have approximately the following numbers of devices available each day:
    • 100 devices at each elementary school
    • 200 devices at each middle school
    • 400 devices at each high school
  • When a school has distributed the number of devices they have that day, they will notify families that they are closed for the day and will open the next morning. You will hear from your school principal tonight with information about how they will let community members know when they have run out of devices for the day. If they are finished for the day, devices will be available the next morning. Again, this is a very fluid process, and we are grateful for your patience.
  • We anticipate many families will come to pick up devices on the first day. We will do our best to follow new health guidelines to limit groups to no more than 10 people. You can help us by keeping distance between your family and others and using good judgement when you are waiting at the school.
  • Checking out devices may take some time, so please be prepared, and remember we will be checking out devices on Wednesday, Thursday, AND Friday from 9am-2pm.

EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS

  • If your student's teacher is providing any additional materials, these packets will be available for pick-up on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9am-2pm.
  • When you come to your child’s school, please look for directions telling you where to pick up these materials. In order to follow health guidelines, we need to maintain at least 6 feet of space between groups, so it’s possible that the pick-up stations might be a little spread out.
  • Keep an eye out for an email from your student’s teacher with additional instructions.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES & HYGIENE KITS FOR STUDENTS

  • In partnership with the Salt Lake Education Foundation, the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office, and the Utah Food Bank, bags of food for families and hygiene kits for students will be available at all of our Community Learning Centers starting on Wednesday, March 18, on the following schedule:
    • Wednesday, March 18, 8am-12pm
    • Friday, March 20, 8am-12pm
    • Monday, March 23, 8am-12pm
    • Wednesday, March 25, 8am-12pm
    • Friday, March 27, 8am-12pm
  • The addresses for the Community Learning Centers are:
    • Rose Park CLC: 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
    • Liberty CLC: 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    • Glendale CLC: 1388 S. 1340 W. Navajo Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104

INTERNET ACCESS

  • We recognize that a home Internet connection is more important now than ever to ensure that you and your child can stay connected to online assignments, classmates, teachers, and the latest information about COVID-19.
  • Comcast is offering their Internet Essentials service to Salt Lake City School District families, and it includes two months of free Internet service, if you apply by April 30, 2020.
    • After your first two free months expire, you can either cancel the service (which you can do at any time) or keep it as a regular paying Internet Essentials customer for $9.95/month.
    • Salt Lake City School District has been pre-approved for a streamlined enrollment process. Call 855-846-8376 or apply online at . All you need to provide is your contact information and school name.
  • Comcast has also announced their Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free, including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers.
    • For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit .
    • Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

  • The Meals for Students program started today. As a reminder, we are providing a grab and go meal service at 20 designated school sites. This will allow all children, ages 0-18, to receive a breakfast and lunch each weekday during the COVID-19 school dismissal.
  • Meals will be served every weekday this week (March 17-20) and during Spring Break (March 23-27).
  • Meals will be served at 20 schools across the district. You can find a list of those schools at .
  • Breakfast will be served from 8:30am-9:30am.
  • Lunch will be served from 11:30am-12:30pm.
  • To help ensure safety, all meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered by our staff directly to your car. For those without a vehicle, walk-up service is also available.
  • Special meal requests/dietary restrictions will be accommodated upon request. Please call our Child Nutrition Department at (801) 973-8380.
  • These meals are free to all children, ages 0-18, and will not be charged to your student’s account.

STUDENT TECH SUPPORT

  • During the school dismissal, while students are engaging in remote learning, we know there may be an occasion when your student will need tech support.
  • Your student’s teacher can support your student in how to access lessons and instruction online.
  • If your family is using a district device and has technical issues, we will provide an IT request form on our website that your student can use to submit a request for assistance.
  • Our IT help desk will be available every weekday during the two-week dismissal, except for Friday, March 27.

Thank you again for your patience over the next few days. If you have any questions about any of the above procedures, please contact your student’s school for more information.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham


Monday, March 16, 2020

Dear SLCSD families,

I spent the morning in our schools with our teachers and administrators, and I want you to know how hard our educators are working to continue serving our students during this time of crisis. We appreciate your patience this week as we work through these changes together.

A few quick updates for you today.

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Starting tomorrow, the Salt Lake City School District will provide a grab and go meal service at designated school sites. This will allow all children, ages 0-18, to receive a breakfast and lunch each weekday during the COVID-19 school dismissal.

To help ensure safety, all meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered by our staff directly to your car. For those without a vehicle, walk-up service is also available. Special meal requests/dietary restrictions will be accommodated upon request.

  • Meals will be served every weekday (March 17-20), including during spring break (March 23-27).
  • Breakfast will be served from 8:30am-9:30am.
  • Lunch will be served from 11:30am-12:30pm.

This federal food service program is open to the public. Free/reduced meal benefit status and school enrollment is not a requirement. These meals will be provided daily free of charge to all children ages 18 and younger.

Updated menus and program information can be found on the Salt Lake City School District webpage: .

If you have questions or concerns about our food service program, please contact the Child Nutrition office at (801) 974-8380.

We will serve meals for students at the following locations:

Salt Lake City School District - Emergency Meal Delivery Sites:

Backman Elementary (South Parking Area – Enter from 1500 West)
601 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah

Bryant Middle School (East Driveway – Enter from 800 East)
40 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Clayton Middle School (South Driveway – Enter from 1900 East)
1470 South 1900 East, 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

Liberty Elementary (Southeast Parking Area)
1085 South 300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah

Mary W. Jackson Elementary (Northwest Parking Area – Enter from 800 West)
750 West 200 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Meadowlark Elementary (Northeast Parking Area)
497 North Morton Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah

Nibley Park School (West Parking – Located next to main entrance)
2785 South 800 East, 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

Riley Elementary (South Parking Area)
1410 South 800 West, Salt Lake City, Utah

Rose Park Elementary (West Parking Area – Located next to main entrance)
1105 West 1000 North, Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake Center for Science Education (East Driveway / Parking Area)
1400 West Goodwin Avenue, 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

STUDENT DEVICE CHECK-OUT

On Wednesday, March 18, students who do not have computers or other electronic devices at home will be able to check out a device on loan from their school between the hours of 9am to 2pm.

We do not have enough devices to accommodate every student, so the devices will be distributed as follows:

  • Students in Grades 2-6 may receive one laptop for every two students in a family based upon need
  • Students in Grade 7-12 will receive one laptop per student based upon need

We will send more detailed information tomorrow about device check-out as well as information for picking up non-electronic materials for students.

If you have any questions, please feel free to respond to this email. We thank you for your support of our students and our schools.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lexi Cunningham
Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Please be assured that student safety is always our top priority. We will continue to work closely with the Utah Department of Health and Salt Lake County Health Department to make sure students’ and employees’ well-being remains a priority as our community navigates the spread of COVID-19. We will continue to share information from our local health departments as we receive it.

In the meantime, please read over the Frequent Asked Questions. You can also visit the following websites for more information about COVID-19:

 

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