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Parent Update Week of March 22-26, 2021

CSD BOARD UPDATE:  FRIDAY AT HOME LEARNING DAYS will continue through the end of the 20-21 school year.  Masks will continue to be required in schools through the end of the 20-21 school year.

CAYCI SURVEY administration this month!  Please take time and thought to complete this survey.  Students returning surveys by March 25 will get a fun prize for each sibling at EME and be entered into a drawing!

FOOD DISTRIBUTION – Tuesday March 30 and Thursday April 1 at East Midvale.  Non-perishables and fresh fruit vegetables on Tuesday, cereal and a gallon of milk on Thursday.

SPRING BREAK April 5-9.  No school.

SOY DE WALL – Pictures have been taken of participating students.  Posters are being created and shortly will be framed and hung!  Thank you Salt Lake Community College for your partnership on project!

WELCOME to our new Family Learning Center Director Claudia Flores.  English classes for parents are Thursday nights 5:00-6:30 pm.  For more information call Ms. Flores at 801-860-6301!

DOES YOUR CHILD NEED SUPPORT and you don’t know who to call. SMR (Stabilization and Mobile Response) is a service through Primary Children’s Hospital.  It doesn’t have to be a BIG or crisis issue.  It could be refusal to do homework, trouble at school, tantrums, running away, drug use, suicidal, bullying or not getting along with siblings.  SMR will work with you and your family to create a plan that fits your needs.  SMR services are free.  Call 1-833-SAFE-FAM (723-3326 anytime 24/7.   More information can be found at https://hs.utah.gov/smr

KINDERGARTEN and PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION happening now!  Contact EME front office at 801-826-8350.  Register for Kindergarten by April 23 and receive a fun take home learning packet!

2nd Step Social Emotional learning Tip of the Week

Starting this week, students will be learning PROBLEM SOLVING skills.  Lessons will use the acronym S.T.E.P. to help students remember the skills.

FIRST STEP – calm down and say the problem without blaming others. 

Look for times this week that your child is able to first use the calm down tools and say the problem without blame.  Reinforce this with specific feedback!

Parent Script Tip:  “I saw you calm down and say that the problem is you both need to use the computer at the same time.”

Look for the rest of the Problem Solving Steps over the next weeks in the 2nd Step Tip of the Week!

  • S – Say the Problem
  • T –
  • E –
  • P –

UTA offers Free Fare to COVID-19 Vaccination Appointments

Utah is increasing efforts to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine to all communities and UTA is supporting this effort by providing free fares to and from vaccination appointments through June 30, 2021.  Free fare is valid on all UTA modes – TRAX, frontrunner, S-Line, bus, Ski bus, Paratransit, UTA’s On Demand service and PC-SLC connect.  Use confirmed vaccination appointment as proof of fare upon boarding.  See flyers below for more information.

Staying the Course • Crossing the Finish Line of the COVID-19 School Year

The pandemic finish line is in sight, and — as with any marathon — we need to stay the course and keep up our stamina in order to safely put this test of endurance behind us.

With COVID-19 case counts falling and Utah’s vaccination rates picking up, what safety protocols remain in place in Canyons District schools? Are any changes to the weekly school schedule expected this year?

Canyons District will continue to follow all applicable laws and consult with local health guidelines in determining next steps as we head into the final leg of the 2020-2021 school year. For now, here are the latest COVID-19-related developments and updates:

Are face masks still required in schools, on buses?

Yes. Face masks will continue to be required in schools, on buses, and at the District Office after April 10, even for those who have received a vaccination for the novel coronavirus. A bill approved by Utah lawmakers during the 2021 legislative session ends the state’s mask mandate starting April 10. Schools, however, are exempted from the legislation. Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has said that, in line with the most recent Utah Department of Health order, “the mask mandate will continue after April 10 in schools and for large gatherings.” Canyons will continue to seek guidance from health authorities and update families and employees of any changes in our safety protocols.

How long will Virtual-Learning Fridays remain in place?

The blended-learning model that calls for four days of in-person learning, while reserving Fridays for independent study, will remain in place for the rest of the school year. The expectation is that next fall, schools will return to a five-day schedule. But to preserve planning and collaboration time for teachers this year, and predictability for staff, parents and students who have established childcare and work routines, the Canyons Board of Education on Tuesday, March 16 opted to stick with virtual Fridays through the end of the 2020-2021 school year. It’s a decision favored by the majority of teachers, parents, and students who voiced their opinions via email and through in-person public comments. The schedule has served as a “release-valve” for teachers who have been required to teach changing rosters of students across multiple learning environments (in-person, online and students in quarantine). Students say it’s also helped them cope with the stresses of the pandemic. Many are using Fridays to consult with faculty, receive tutoring, and meet with students in test-prep groups. To further support students with unfinished learning challenges, the District will offer summer learning opportunities. More details about the programs are forthcoming.

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