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Window Opens for Switching Learning Options, Nov. 1-8

Throughout the pandemic, our school has worked to provide families with in-person and remote learning options so they can choose what works best for them given their educational needs and health considerations.

Consistent with that commitment and our promise to allow families to reconsider their options at the end of the grading period, we will soon be accepting change requests. Those wanting to move from one of our two remote learning options to in-person instruction, or vice versa, can submit a change-request any time between Sunday, Nov. 1 through midnight on Sunday, Nov. 8. No action is required of families who wish to stick with their chosen path.

The changes will take effect with the start of the second term on Nov. 23 and carry through to the end of the term on March 5 when families will be given another chance to choose the learning mode that works best for them.

The three learning options are the same as described at the beginning of the year: In-Person Instruction; Online Instruction; or Parent-Guided, District-Supported At Home Instruction. An explanation of those options can be found at canyonsdistrict.org.

Families will be able to submit their change requests online using the same Skyward Family Access portal they used to register for school at the beginning of the year. Simply log in to Skyward, click on the “online forms” button, select “Term 2 Change-Request Form,” and follow the prompts. Please see this tutorial for detailed instructions or call the Main Office for assistance.

During the Nov. 1-8 window, parents can submit their change requests at any time or log back in to Skyward to amend their request. However, because the choices parents make during this window will guide the complicated process of shifting teaching assignments and allocating classroom resources, we cannot accept requests after the window closes at midnight on Nov. 8.  

As families consider their options it’s important to keep in mind that, depending on how many families choose to return to on-campus learning, class sizes may change. There is also the potential for students to have a different teacher this next term as teaching assignments shift to accommodate change requests.

Mask Up! Utah Revises School Quarantine Rules For Students, Employees Who Don Masks

Time in quarantine could be cut in half for Canyons students and employees who were wearing masks during the moments they were possibly exposed to COVID-19 while at school.  

Under guidelines released by Utah government and education officials on Thursday, Oct. 8, quarantined students and employees who test negative for COVID-19 after the seventh day from their last exposure — and, importantly, only if they were wearing masks at the time of exposure — can return to in-person learning, activities, and work.  

The previous length of the quarantine as mandated by health authorities was 14 days. 

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Continued Learning Fridays

Continued Learning Fridays – Beginning this Friday, October 9th, students will begin their new schedule of learning from home Fridays via remote or independent learning.  In-person learners will attend school according to their regular schedules, Monday through Thursday. There will be no early-out or late start days. Friday will be a planning, collaboration and student-consultation day for teachers and a day of independent study for students. Online learners will continue with their online learning Monday through Thursday and use Friday to do independent work as assigned by their teacher.  Here are some important points to note:

  • Friday School Work – Students will be given work to be completed each Continued Learning Friday.  The work will consist of “Must Do” and “May Do” assignments that could be completed either with a home computer (i.e. Canvas, Lexia, ST Math, Pearson) or paper/pencil. Online learners will access assignments on Canvas.
  • Communication – Friday work will be sent home by each Thursday with a checklist of what must and may be done.  Teachers will have specific office hours, but will be available on Fridays throughout the day and will respond in a reasonable amount of time when questions arise.
  • Teacher Office Hours – Teachers will have designated office hours from 9:15-11:15 a.m.  This time is designated for teachers to answer phone calls and email in order to answer questions.  Teachers may also provide help both for Friday work and to help students understand difficult weekly concepts virtually as needed during this time. Please reach out and set up an appointment with your child’s teacher if this is something you would like.  Teachers will work their regular Friday hours and will be accessible. 
  • Friday Attendance – Per state requirements attendance must be taken for each Continued Learning Friday.  This will be done either by logging into Canvas, or by signing and returning the Friday learning checklist from your student’s teacher. 
  • Friday Food – A sack with breakfast & lunch for Friday will be offered to each student at Park Lane on Thursday afternoon prior to student dismissal.  Please note that the sack will contain perishable items and should be refrigerated when the student gets home or to their after school care location.

As our friend Mrs. Kurtzhals at Eastmont MS suggested, we too recommend working together with your child and setting a Friday schedule.  Setting schedules and daily routines can be extremely helpful in completing assigned learning tasks efficiently.  Depending upon grade level work should take roughly between one and two hours.

Thank you,

Justin Jeffery
Park Lane Principal

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