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Superintendent's Newsletter - April 22, 2021

Dear Salt Lake City School District community, 

I am excited to share that, in partnership with the Salt Lake County Health Department, our high schools will soon be hosting COVID-19 vaccination clinics for students ages 16 and older. Making vaccines more readily available to eligible students is one more tool in our COVID mitigation arsenal, and we are excited to offer this opportunity to students who are old enough. High school students and families, please look for detailed information coming soon from your school. And thank you, parents and families, for all you’ve done to help us keep our school communities safe this year. 

Graduation Information 

Last week, I told you the district is planning to hold in-person graduations for our seniors this year. We have been able to compile the dates, times, and locations, as well as the health guidelines we must follow to hold in-person ceremonies. All of this information is now available for you on our website.  

Guidelines for Dances, Fieldtrips, and Other Activities 

Our schools are currently busy planning end-of-year activities, including dances, assemblies, and other celebrations. I am happy to report that these activities can be held in person, as long as we follow health and safety guidelines. These guidelines have been created by our district leadership, in consultation with local health experts, and shared with our school principals. You can review the guidelines on our district website. 

Changes to Meals for Children  

Starting Friday, April 30, there will be a few changes to our distribution of student meals. Due to low demand, four of our school sites will no longer offer Grab and Go meals to the public. They are Hawthorne Elementary, Indian Hills Elementary, Wasatch Elementary, and Washington Elementary.  

A review of participation rates at these schools and their proximity to other school meal sites has shown us that we could better utilize our Child Nutrition staff by closing these sites for Grab and Go meals. These four schools will continue to serve meals to students who attend those schools, but other children ages 0-18 in the community will need to visit a nearby school where Grab and Go meals are served. You can find a full list of our Grab and Go Meal sites on the district website.  

Also, April 30 is a Non-Student Day for our elementary and middle schools. On this day, when elementary and middle schools are closed, Grab and Go Meal service to the public will be provided during the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the designated elementary and middle school locations. High schools will feed students on campus and provide Grab and Go Meal Service to the public during their designated times. 

  • East High (10:00 - 10:30 a.m.) 
  • Highland High (10:00 - 10:30 a.m.)  
  • West High (11:30 a.m. - noon) 


Larry Madden 
Interim Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District