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District Newsletter - September 2, 2022

Salt Lake City School District Newsletter

Dear Salt Lake City School District families and community,

Welcome back to another great year! It’s been wonderful to have students and staff back in our buildings this week. As Board members, we’ve been able to attend many of our Back-to-School nights and first day of school events, and it’s been a privilege and a pleasure to rub shoulders with so many of you.

The energy in our buildings has been invigorating, and it’s exactly the boost we all needed. I want to thank our educators, administrators, and staff for everything they’ve done to prepare to welcome our students back. We see the effort you’ve put in, and we want you to know we recognize how hard you’re working. Thank you for your monumental contributions, especially to those who are going above and beyond to help compensate for areas where we are still hiring.

For those interested in working with us, our biggest needs right now are for Child Nutrition workers, bus drivers, Special Education teachers and paraprofessionals, and general education paraprofessionals. You can view all our job openings at:

Parents, thank you for trusting us with your students. We don’t take lightly our role as stewards of their education, and we remain committed to working tirelessly on their behalf.


Melissa Ford
Board President


Nate Salazar
Board Vice President

Free/Reduced School Meal Applications

Many of the grants and waivers that were available during the pandemic have now expired, and school meals are no longer free for all children. That means families will need to fill out an application to see if they qualify for free and reduced meal benefits. More information can be found on the Child Nutrition website at

If you need help or have other questions, contact our Child Nutrition department via one of the following:

School Fees Public Hearings

The Salt Lake City School District Board of Education will hold two public hearings regarding changes to our school fees. These public hearings will take place during our regularly scheduled board meetings on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, and Tuesday, October 4, 2022. The public hearings will be held at the district offices (465 South 400 East, Suite 300, SLC, UT) and begin at 7 p.m. More information, including the revised school fee schedule, will soon be posted on the district website:

Feasibility Studies

The Board of Education has hired two architectural firms to conduct feasibility studies exploring the possibility of rebuilding Highland High School and West High School. A feasibility study is a way for the district to get expert opinions on the needs of the school building and community, look at cost estimates, make sure we meet student needs, and consider priorities like energy efficiency.

The district will hold public information meetings to gather feedback from you about the possibility of rebuilding these two schools. These meetings are open to ALL community members.

West High School Auditorium (241 North 300 West)
Wednesday, September 7
7:00 p.m.

Highland High School Auditorium (2166 South 1700 East)
Thursday, September 8
7:00 p.m.

Spanish translation will be available at the meetings. We can provide translation into other languages by request. Please call (801) 578-8378 to request translation into a language other than Spanish.

Both meetings will also be livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel in both English AND Spanish.

How to Pay for School Meals

The district uses MyPaymentsPlus to facilitate paying for school meals online. MyPaymentsPlus is a free online service that allows families to manage their student’s meal account. This system speeds up serving lines in the cafeteria and eliminates the need to send checks to school or worry about lost or forgotten lunch money.

To sign up, visit, then Click on “Register Now.” You will need your student’s ID number to complete registration. If you don’t know your child’s student ID, please contact your school. MyPaymentsPlus also has a free mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android phones.

If you can’t pay for your child’s meals online, you can pay in the main office at your student’s school. More information can be found on our website at

Safe Passage Initiative

The Salt Lake City Police Department has announced the city’s Safe Passage Initiative. The initiative will include highly visible, marked patrol officers who will saturate three identified areas to serve as a deterrence to any type of crime. The three schools identified are Mary W. Jackson Elementary, Backman Elementary, and Horizonte Instruction and Training Center.

The increased patrols will continue for two weeks and will include traffic education and enforcement, bike and walking patrol, and highly visible police presence throughout the neighborhoods near the three identified schools. The Safe Passage Initiative may be extended to other schools throughout the year as staffing, funding, and resources allow.

We’re Hiring!

We're looking for motivated and caring people interested in making a difference in our students' lives. We have many types of jobs available, but we are especially looking for bus drivers, Child Nutrition workers, Special Education teachers and paraprofessionals, general education paraprofessionals, and substitute teachers. If you or someone you know is looking for a great job, go to

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