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Canyons School District Classes Dismissed, March 16-27

Post Date:03/13/2020

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At the recommendation of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah State Board of Education, Canyons School District is dismissing school for two weeks starting the morning of Monday, March 16. This means schools will not be in session from Monday, March 16 to Friday, March 27.

While the Canyons District Offices will be open to conduct the public’s business for the two-week dismissal period, until further notice, classes will be dismissed until Monday, March 30. If this date is extended for any reason, Canyons District will immediately communicate with parents.

During the state-requested dismissal of K-12 public schools, Canyons District elementary, middle, and high schools will be open to the public during regular school hours on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17. During these two days, students may come to the school briefly to collect personal items or homework left behind at school.

During the two-week dismissal, select Canyons District schools will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. so that students can participate in the School Nutrition Program. Sack lunches will be available for any child under 18 years of age. The schools will be open to students to obtain the grab-and-go-meals.

In addition to the dismissal of classes, all District-related athletic competitions and practices, school activities, events, dances and performances are cancelled. Community Education classes also are cancelled. Please be assured that during the two-week dismissal, as a proactive measure, school custodians will complete a thorough cleaning of all Canyons District facilities with hospital-grade disinfectants.

Early next week, Canyons District will provide additional guidance to parents about the learning opportunities that will be provided during the two-week dismissal. Details about year-end tests and the accumulation of credits that count toward graduation also are forthcoming. If you have questions about Canyons District’s response to COVID-19-related issues, please refer to canyonsdistrict.org or Canyons District’s social media pages, which will be updated regularly.

If you have additional questions or comments, please send an email message to communications@canyonsdistrict.org and a representative will be ready to help you. Again, we thank you in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we work through the many issues associated with a districtwide dismissal of classes.  



March 12, 5:30 p.m. COVID-19 Update • Guidance on Travel, Large Gatherings and School Events

This message is to communicate the direction of Canyons School District following this afternoon’s statements by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, state health authorities, and education officials regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As it has been previously communicated to parents, local school districts, including Canyons, take their cues in matters of public health from the Salt Lake County Health Department. While health authorities are encouraging those who are ill to remain home, they have not recommended the closure of schools. As such, Canyons schools will remain open until further notice. That said, we recognize and respect the rights of parents and guardians to make decisions that are in the best interest of their children and families. To keep families informed, as they make these decisions, we offer the following updates and information:

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY:

  • Effective immediately, based on recommendations of local health authorities, Canyons School District is suspending all out-of-state, District-related employee and student travel through April 15. As that time approaches, we will work with local health authorities to re-evaluate and advise extending or rescinding that recommendation based on what is happening nationally with COVID-19 at that time. Employees who have plans to travel on District business in the United States between now and April 15, 2020, should cancel the trip. Parents of students who have plans to travel on a school trip should cancel their flights and work to secure refunds or ticket vouchers for future travel. School advisors are working with travel booking agencies and hotels in the hopes of securing refunds. Please keep in mind that full or partial refunds are not guaranteed. More information will be forthcoming about reimbursing families.
  • Canyons also encourages employees to avoid personal travel within the United States and internationally. If they do travel, they may be restricted from returning to work, depending on their health and risk of exposure.
  • Effective immediately, all field trips are cancelled until further notice. In addition, all mass gatherings — including school events and dances, assemblies, performances, and employee professional development — that involve more than 100 people are cancelled until further notice.
  • Smaller-scale, after-school programs and activities, such as tutoring and Community School programs, will continue as scheduled and planned.
  • Athletic teams and performing groups may continue to practice if the total number of participants does not exceed 100.
  • Canyons will follow the decision of the Utah High School Activities Association to suspend all athletic competitions and activities beginning March 16 until further notice.
  • Per state guidance, CSD schools are taking additional steps to minimize the congregation of students in close proximity. For more information, please contact your child’s school.
  • We understand some students have special health and family considerations. We have directed schools to work with families in matters of school attendance. Parents are the ultimate arbiters in determining whether to keep their children home from school. Keep in mind, however, that students may be expected to make up any missed work when they return to school. Also, teachers may not be in a position to immediately communicate missed classwork or assignments.
  • Students who have been directed by health authorities to be under quarantine or self-isolation should notify their school to make arrangements for the continuation of educational services.
  • In the event of school closures, we are working on plans for students to access learning opportunities.
  • If you are an employee in a high-risk category, over 60 years of age with underlying health conditions, please contact your immediate supervisor so the District can discuss possible options for minimizing your participation in groups of more than 20 at a time.
  • Employees or students who have had contact with someone displaying symptoms, or have concerns of any kind, should contact their health care provider, their supervisor or school principal, and the state COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-456-7707.

Keep in mind that these updates may change as we respond to rapidly changing dynamics. Canyons District’s administrative team is working with local health authorities to monitor the situation on a daily basis and will publish regular updates. We thank you in advance for your patience, understanding and cooperation as we navigate this issue in the Canyons community.



March 12 COVID-19 Update 

We know many parents, employees and patrons have questions about steps Canyons School District is taking to help slow the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), especially in light of announcements made today by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and state health authorities at a noon press conference. Please be advised that, at this time, Canyons District schools are open. Preemptive closure due to COVID-19 is not recommended at this time by the Salt Lake County Health Department. In the event of school closures, the District will immediately notify all employees and families.

Later today, we will have updates to share with regard to restrictions on employee and student travel, school activities, and large gatherings. We also will have information to share about Canyons District’s attendance policies.

We thank you for your support and patience as we work with state and local partners to do our part to protect the health and safety of our students, employees and community.

March 11, 2020 COVID-19 Update


In matters of public health, Canyons District takes its cues from local and state health authorities. As of today, March 11, 2020, local and state health departments have not issued any travel restrictions in the United States as a result of COVID-19 illness concerns. Until Canyons District receives guidance from health officials that it is unsafe to travel to a specific location within the country, Canyons District will not restrict the district-related travel of staff or students within the United States. The district will re-evaluate this decision on a daily basis as we continue to receive information from health authorities. If travel restrictions are put into place in U.S. states or cities, then Canyons will cancel district-related travel to those locations. Likewise, if organizers of events to which the students are traveling decide to cancel the activities, the travel plans will be cancelled.

Canyons District respects the rights of parents and guardians to decide what is best for children in their care. Parents are the final arbiter in the decision of whether to allow individual students to continue with school-related travel plans. Students who were scheduled to go on the trips but will now not attend will not be penalized academically for missing the performances or competitions with their student groups. If parents decide that their child should not attend the trip, they should be made aware that full or partial refunds for pre-paid travel and hospitality services cannot be guaranteed. However, medically fragile students whose parents can provide a doctor’s note stating the child should not participate in the trip because of pressing health conditions would be reimbursed by Canyons School District. We will continue to communicate with parents, patrons and employees if we receive additional information that would alter our district-related travel decision. Our website and social media pages will be updated regularly with information about CSD’s response to COVID-19-related issues. Previous messages can be referenced below. If you have questions, please call your child’s principal or the CSD Office of Public Communications at 801-826-5084 or 801-826-5050.


March 2, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Steps We're Taking to Keep Schools Healthy

The Canyons Board of Education and Administration want the community to be aware of the District’s planning efforts to appropriately respond to any outbreak of COVID-19, otherwise known as the novel coronavirus. We take the safety and health of Canyons students and employees seriously and are aware of the potential of this global virus impacting our local community. Please know that Canyons District administrators have started discussions about how to respond if there is an outbreak in our area. So far, there is only one case in Utah, and that patient is quarantined and being monitored closely by medical professionals. To be clear, while there is a case being treated in the state, no Utah schools have been closed as a result of the novel coronavirus.  

In matters of public health and planning ahead for a potential emergency responses, Canyons District takes its cues from the county and state health departments. In the event of an outbreak, our school nurses and Responsive Services Department will work closely with health authorities to execute a plan. In fact, Canyons District’s Administration has been in close contact with the health department for the past several weeks about this very issue. Our academic team also has started discussions on how students could continue learning online or in other formats if schools are closed for a significant amount of time. 

Canyons District’s custodians and other maintenance workers also are at the ready to reduce the spread of disease. To the end of being prepared, the District recently invested in special cleaning equipment that sprays hospital-grade disinfectant on surfaces that are often touched by students. Deep-cleaning to combat specific illnesses entails using specialized chemicals and tools, such as the electrostatic sprayers, which can cover an entire area with a bug-fighting coating of disinfectant. Custodial crews are using the sprayers weekly to ensure that Canyons classrooms, hallways, restrooms, cafeterias, and common spaces are clean.  

According to health authorities, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those related to seasonal colds or the flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms on their own should not be cause for alarm, we encourage families to keep sick students home and to monitor their student’s health closely if these symptoms arise. Parents can reinforce good hygiene practices at home:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make sure you are cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. 
  • Avoid shaking hands, especially with those who appear to be ill. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. 
  • Disinfect shared surfaces. 
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
We thank parents, students and employees for their support and cooperation as we handle such sensitive and important matters. If you have additional questions about this or any other issue regarding Canyons District’s policies and procedures, please call 801-826-5000 or send an email to communications@canyonsdistrict.org and a representative will be ready to help you.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions


What will happen in the event of school closures? 
To date, there are no restrictions on public gatherings in Utah, including at public schools. In the event of an outbreak, our school nurses and Responsive Services Department will work closely with local and state health officials. Parents and guardians will immediately be notified of any developments via Canyons District’s emergency messaging system. The Canyons District academic team also has started discussions on how students could continue learning through various formats, in accordance with Administrative Rule R277-419-12(5), if schools are closed for a significant amount of time. In the event of school closures, the Utah State Board of Education has advised District officials that they are in a position to grant waivers to state rules that require schools to hold a minimum number of instructional hours and days per year.  

My student has plans to travel domestically with a school club/arts group/sports team. If I choose to keep my child home, is it possible to receive a refund of the travel expenses we’ve paid?
Canyons schools respect the rights of parents and guardians to decide what’s best for children in their care. Because travel arrangements have to be booked and paid for in advance, full or partial refunds are unlikely. For more information, please contact your school or faculty adviser.

Are employees under any travel restrictions?
Canyons District recommends avoiding professional or personal travel to any country with a CDC level 3 advisory based on a region’s number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. These advisories change frequently and currently include China and South Korea. Italy, Japan and Iran are also experiencing sustained spread of the virus and travelers are encouraged to take precautions if visiting these countries. If you do have a staff member or student who has flu-like symptoms and who has direct or indirect connections with people from areas with coronavirus, please notify Sally Goodger in Canyons District’s Nursing Services Department at 801-826-8066.

What safeguards should families and employees be taking?
According to health authorities, the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those related to seasonal colds or the flu, including fever, cough, and shortness of breath. While these symptoms, on their own, should not be cause for alarm, we encourage families to keep sick students home and to monitor their student’s health closely if these symptoms arise. Parents can reinforce good hygiene practices at home:
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often. Make sure you are cleaning between your fingers and under your nails. 
  • Avoid shaking hands, especially with those who appear to be ill. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. 
  • Disinfect shared surfaces. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
Where can I get more information?

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