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Remote Learning Fall 2020

September 17, 2020

Dear families,

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

I’m happy to report that we’ve had three successful school days so far, with hopefully, many more to come. I know many of you may still be working through some tech issues, but I’m confident we’ll be able to address those and get every one of our students connected. It’s been wonderful to see some of our teachers back in the buildings, to see students online, and to even see a few of our special education students participating in small group instruction at school.

At our Board meeting on Tuesday night, we discussed the COVID-19 numbers in Salt Lake County. Our goal is to get students back in the classroom as soon as possible and to do it safely. I’m working to schedule a meeting with the Salt Lake County Health Department next week to discuss whether the metrics we’re using to decide when to bring students back in person still make sense, to discuss lessons learned from the experiences of neighboring school districts, and to review any other information our health experts think we should consider. We’re committed to making evidence-based decisions that safeguard the health and well-being of our students and our employees. I will share an update when I have more information from this conversation.

Below are a few other reminders for you this week:

HELPFUL LINKS

PERSONAL PRONOUNS FEATURE ON CANVAS

We frequently use pronouns when referring to individuals. Sometimes, people make assumptions about the gender of another person based on their name or appearance. Using someone’s correct pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment, which is always our goal in the Salt Lake City School District. Canvas, our district's main online learning platform, allows users to enable their pronouns on their Canvas page.

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For more information regarding pronouns, you can visit  .

U.S. CENSUS DEADLINE IS LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY

Every 10 years, the federal government conducts a census to count the population in the United States and five U.S. territories. The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to schools, hospitals, fire departments, roads, and other resources based on census data.

Your participation in the 2020 Census is critical to support our students, our schools, and our community. An accurate census provides increased funding for our schools, including funding for

  • high poverty schools,
  • student meals,
  • adult education, and
  • preschool education.

This year, the Census is available online. When you respond to the Census, your answers are kept anonymous. By law, the Census Bureau cannot release any identifiable information about you, your home, or your business, even to law enforcement agencies.

Please make sure you fill out the Census online by going to . But hurry! The 2020 Census ends on September 30.

Sincerely,

Larry Madden
Interim Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


Dear families,

Yesterday afternoon, Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall made an announcement moving Salt Lake City to the "Yellow" phase of Utah's COVID-19 recovery plan. Please know this does not change our plan to start the year with remote learning. Our Board of Education voted on the following parameters for returning to in-person learning:

  • New COVID-19 cases need to fall below 10 new cases per 100,000 citizens in Salt Lake County.
  • The COVID-19 positive test rate needs to be below 5% in Salt Lake County.

We still haven't met those parameters. Currently, Salt Lake County is at 13.3 cases per 100,000 citizens, and the COVID positive test rate is currently at 8.95%, according to the Salt Lake County Health Department.

We are looking forward to seeing students online on Tuesday, and I have a few updates for students and families as the start of school draws closer.

CANVAS VIDEOS FOR PARENTS

We have uploaded some videos we hope will be helpful in learning how to use Canvas. These videos come from the Canvas website, and while the narration is in English, we have been able to translate the subtitles/closed captions into Spanish.

If you can’t see the subtitles/close captions when you first start playing the videos, be sure to click on the “CC” button in the controls just below the video.

If you don’t want to watch a video, we have also created a written Canvas Guide for parents. It is also available in English and Spanish

CENSUS REMINDER

Your participation in the 2020 Census is important to our schools and students. An accurate census provides increased funding for our schools, including funding for

  • high poverty schools,
  • student meals,
  • adult education, and
  • preschool education.

If you have not yet responded to the 2020 Census, you can fill out the Census online by going to . The 2020 Census ends on September 30, 2020.

FOOD FOR FAMILIES

Title I schools in Salt Lake City School District will be working with the Utah Food Bank to keep an in-school pantry going for their school families this year. Please refer to your school for more information about the school food pantries. These school pantries are intended ONLY for their school communities.

Our Community Learning Centers will distribute food for families twice a month. Everyone is welcome to come get food from our community learning centers. Here are the dates and times for September:

  • Thursday, September 3
    Liberty Community Learning Center (1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah)
    3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 10
    Glendale Community Learning Center (1388 S. Navajo Street (1340 W.) , Salt Lake City, Utah)
    2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 16
    Rose Park Community Learning Center (1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah)
    4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 17
    Liberty Community Learning Center (1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, Utah)
    3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 24
    Glendale Community Learning Center (1388 S. Navajo Street (1340 W.), Salt Lake City, Utah)
    2:00 – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, September 30
    Rose Park Community Learning Center (1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, Utah)
    4:00 – 6:00 pm

MEALS FOR STUDENTS

Thanks to a last-minute waiver granted by the United States Department of Agriculture, the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) will once again resume "Grab and Go Meal Service" at 16 designated school sites. Children can receive a "Lunch Today, Breakfast Tomorrow" combo meal each weekday from Sept. 3, 2020 through Oct. 30, 2020.

To help ensure safety, all meals will be prepared, packaged and delivered by SLCSD staff directly to each family’s vehicle. For those without a vehicle, walk-up service is also available. Meals for those with specific needs will be made available upon request. Contact our registered dietician, Brianna Hardisty, to determine site location and make additional arrangements, as needed ( ).

This 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 0 to 18.

Student Meal Sites:

  • Backman Elementary (South Parking Area – Enter from 1500 West)
    601 North 1500 West, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Clayton Middle (Southeast Parking Area – Located by front doors)
    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
  • 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
  • M. Lynn Bennion Elementary (Parking Area – Located next to loading docks)
    429 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Meadowlark Elementary (Northeast Parking Area)
    497 North Morton Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Nibley Park School (Main Entrance - Driveway)
    2785 South 800 East, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Northwest Middle (Northeast Parking Area – Located next to main entrance)
    1730 West 1700 North, 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

REMOTE LEARNING RESOURCES

We have created a webpage where we have posted links designed to help parents and students navigate online learning. The page has links to learning resources, Canvas videos for parents, information on Digital Citizenship, and information on how to access technical support.

or by going to and clicking on the blue “Remote Learning Resources” button on the right-hand side of the page.

STUDENT COMPUTERS UPDATE

We know there are a lot of questions about student devices. Demand for student devices has been extremely high. We have checked out 50-60% more devices than what was requested by parents during Online Registration. Global supply chain delays also mean that 6,000 laptops are on back order.

We know some of our schools have run out of devices, but the district is working with suppliers to send us about 1,300 devices next week, and more will be coming in the following weeks. Your school will contact you when devices arrive, but the soonest they will start arriving is next week.

I’ve had the privilege of visiting schools this week and watching how teachers, counselors, and administrators are preparing for the start of online classes next week. While there is still some work to be done in the next few days, I am amazed at what has been accomplished. Our schools are amazing! Please, if you have any questions about what online learning will look like for your student, contact your student’s teacher.

Sincerely,

Larry Madden
Interim Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District


August 27, 2020

Dear families,

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

COVID-19 VISITOR GUIDELINES

We’re so excited to have you in our schools to meet teachers, check out laptops, etc. To maintain the health and safety of your family and our employees, please make sure you follow our COVID-19 visitor guidelines:

  1. Check in with the front desk and use hand sanitizer when you arrive.
  2. Wear a face mask at all times.
  3. Practice social distancing and keep 6 feet (2 meters) of space between yourself and others. No handshakes.
  4. Follow proper cough etiquette (cough into your elbow, cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing).
  5. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently or after touching frequently touched surfaces.
  6. Please do not visit if you are sick, experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or are waiting for results of a COVID-19 test.

These guidelines will certainly make things different at schools this year, but we thank you in advance for your conscientious efforts to help keep our school community healthy and safe.

You can also view the   and  .

HOW TO CHECK OUT A COMPUTER OR HOTSPOT

Many of you indicated during online registration that you needed a computer or hotspot for your student this year. You can pick up these devices from your student’s school (please check with the school regarding pick-up instructions). Our community learning centers will have time every weeknight to check out student computers, from 5-7 pm from now through next Thursday, September 3.

The community learning center locations are:

  • Liberty CLC - 1078 S. 300 E., Salt Lake City, UT
  • Glendale CLC - 1388 S. Navajo Street (1340 W.), Salt Lake City, UT
  • Rose Park CLC - 1105 W. 1000 N., Salt Lake City, UT

IMMUNIZATIONS

A quick reminder to make sure your student’s immunizations are up to date. While we will be learning remotely to start the year, we hope to get back into the classroom as soon as health conditions in our city allow. Students are required to be up to date on their vaccinations in order to attend school. This year, it’ll be especially important to also get the flu shot. Contact your healthcare provider or the Salt Lake County Health Department at 385-468-SHOT (7468) to schedule an appointment.

PANDEMIC ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER (P-EBT)

The federal government’s “Families First Coronavirus Response Act” includes a benefit called Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) for children who received free or reduced-price school meals in the 2019-2020 school year whose school was closed during the pandemic. If you are a Salt Lake County resident who is not enrolled in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), you have to apply separately for P-EBT to receive a credit of up to $308 per child. Enrollment started August 1 and ends August 31. Learn more at   or apply at  .

We’re looking forward to seeing more of you at our schools in the coming week. Please respond to this email if you have any additional questions.

Sincerely,

Larry Madden
Interim Superintendent
Salt Lake City School District

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