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Superintendent's Newsletter - March 25, 2021

Dear Salt Lake City School District community, 

I think we are all looking forward to Spring Recess in a few days. The week off (March 29-April 2) will hopefully be a chance to take a break and relax. However, I am asking for your help during Spring Recess. Our community is currently doing a great job at slowing the spread of COVID-19, and we need to keep that going. 

With COVID-19 numbers going down and anyone age 16 or older now eligible for the vaccine, I know many of us are feeling hopeful, something we may not have felt for a long time during this pandemic. However, we need your help to continue to stay the course with the safety protocols we’ve been practicing all year, namely dedicated mask-wearing when interacting with those outside our own household, social distancing, frequent hand washing, and sanitizing. 

I would ask that we put a special emphasis on these safety measures during the days off from school. After Spring Recess, we still have several weeks of school left, and we all need to work together to keep our students, employees, families, and schools safe and healthy. 

Masks in Schools 

While the State Legislature has set a deadline of April 10 on the general state mask mandate, please remember that this does not include schools in Utah. On March 10, Governor Spencer Cox issued the following announcement: “...It’s important to note that the mask mandate will continue after April 10 in schools and for large gatherings. Also, businesses can still require masks. And of course, every individual can choose to wear a mask...” 

Under the current public health order for schools, all employees, students, and visitors will still be required to wear masks on school property, on a school bus, and in school buildings until at least the end of the current school year.  

We are winning this battle, and now is not the time to give up. 

Meals for Children During Spring Recess 

I’d like to remind you that during the week of Spring Recess, March 29 - April 2, Salt Lake City School District will provide meals for children on two days only. Meals will be served during the hours of 10:30 am-12:30 pm.  

  • On Monday, March 29, we will provide our normal Grab and Go Meal Service at 22 designated school sites.   

  • On Tuesday, March 30, sacks of groceries, equivalent to four days of school meals, will be available for parents to pick up at any of 22 designated school sites. All food will be simple to prepare, healthy menu items that can be stored, prepared, and served to children at home. 

You can find more information, including a list of the 22 designated school sites, on the district website

Substitute Teachers 

Are you interested in making a difference in our schools? We are currently hiring substitute teachers. Our need for substitute teachers is as great as ever, and we need your help. Please use the link below to apply today or share the link with others you know who may be interested.  

District Office - Substitute Teacher (  

Teachers and Principals of the Year Nominations 

Each year, the district recognizes and honors not just a district teacher of the year but also a number of other teachers and administrators. Nominations are currently open for our Special Education Teacher of the Year, Early Childhood Teacher of the Year, Principal of the Year, and Assistant Principal of the Year awards. If you know an outstanding teacher or administrator, please use the links below to submit a nomination. We accept nominations from employees, students, families, and the community.  

2022 Principal and Assistant Principal of the Year nominations are due by April 15, 2021. 

2022 Special Education Teacher and Early Childhood Teacher of the Year nominations are due by May 29, 2021. 

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Larry Madden 
Interim Superintendent 
Salt Lake City School District