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Board of Education Letter to Parents


Dear Salt Lake City School District families and community partners, 

We’re writing to check in and say thank you. As a school board elected to represent all of you at the District office, none of us imagined that we would serve through an earthquake and the beginning of a pandemic. You all have shown immense patience and courage as we’ve worked together to figure out what school means in this upside-down world. 

As one of our teachers said recently in an online lesson, “You might be scared. Remember that most everything has a beginning, a middle, and an end. This strange time will come to an end.”

It’s been inspiring to hear from so many people who want to help in any way they can. Those of us who have been able to volunteer on the frontlines with our Salt Lake Education Foundation have felt buoyed by your camaraderie. We will continue to need your creativity in the coming weeks and months. If you have a great idea, please don’t keep it to yourself. 

Peeking in on online lessons, we’ve been reminded of the great teachers of our own school days. Our educators are bravely forging into the uncharted territory of distance learning. Please call us and let us know how it’s going. We can’t help our district leaders to direct this grand experiment without your input as families, students, and community.

The crisis we are facing now is far from over. Education will continue in spite of all the challenges. We will need to ask for your help meeting the basic needs of many of our students. Kids can’t learn without food, and they can’t learn from home without technology. If you can, please consider donating to the Salt Lake Education Foundation, or reaching out to its director, James Yapias, if you are able to help out in other ways. We can’t do this without you.

Take care of yourselves. Take a moment to reflect on the ways in which you have already supported each other and all of us. Prioritize your own physical and mental health. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Our students rely on all of you. 

In gratitude, 

The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education

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